A Special Visit with GG Bea

by Papa K on August 22, 2016

On Wednesday, we all converged on Chicago to start a midwest visit of Daddy’s side of the family. Grandma Jill and Maile arrived from Boston, while Mommy, Lauren and I arrived from San Francisco. We didn’t get any pictures of videos of it, but suffice to say Maile and Lauren were very excited to see one another! (And Maile was only slightly less excited to see Mommy.)

On Thursday we spent the morning visiting with GG Bea (after a pit stop to get an apple pancake at Walker Brother’s, of course). It was really nice seeing GG and she loved seeing the girls. We checked out her new place, played some games and took GG out for lunch at a local hot dog spot.

Maile Girl and GG Bea

Maile Girl and GG Bea

A wonderful visit with GG Bea!

A wonderful visit with GG Bea!

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So old!

by Papa K on August 16, 2016

While it’s true that we’ve only been away from Maile Girl for about 1.5 weeks – I look at this picture that Papa Mike sent this evening and I feel like she’s grown up years in just that amount of time!

7 going on...

7 going on...

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Swinging

by Papa K on August 14, 2016

We’ve been getting some quality park time in with Lauren this weekend and Christine caught an awesome picture of her today in full “swinging joy”…

Swinging. Is. The. Best.

Swinging. Is. The. Best.

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Quality Time with Lauren

by Papa K on August 11, 2016

With Maile in Boston, Christine and I have been getting some quality time with Lauren. Been fun and strange having just one little 3.5 year old running around and occupying our time. I think Lauren has been enjoying the extra attention, although she’s made it very, very clear she misses her big sister. Apparently, Maile is much better at playing “princess baby” than Daddy is.

Goofing around with Daddy without any big sister distractions!

Goofing around with Daddy without any big sister distractions!

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(Dad note: Apologies for the long delay on posts! Maile and I traveled back to Boston last Wednesday and over the weekend I was riding in the PMC. Between the ride, work and lots of travel, I’ve been behind on my posts – sorry!)

Maile is spending a couple weeks in Boston staying with Grandma and Papa. Its quite an adventure for Maile Girl and so far she is doing great and having a blast. When Grandma heard that Maile went to cooking camp earlier this summer she had the great idea to have Maile throw a dinner party when she came to town.

They sent to work soon after we arrived, picking out recipes, making centerpieces and placemats, and then, of course, all the prep and cooking. They spent two afternoons in the kitchen getting everything ready – including vegetable crudite appetizers with an herb dip, sloppy joes and a crumble for dessert. Grandma even showed her how to make radish flowers!

Prep, prep, prep!

Prep, prep, prep!

Showing off her radish flower!

Showing off her radish flower!

Sloppy Joe, Slop, Sloppy Joe...

Sloppy Joe, Slop, Sloppy Joe...

The chef with her guests, Nancy and Andrew

The chef with her guests, Nancy and Andrew

At the dinner table, ready to dig in!

At the dinner table, ready to dig in!

The funny thing about this chef is while she loves cooking, she still sometimes is picky when eating :)

The funny thing about this chef is while she loves cooking, she still sometimes is picky when eating 🙂

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This summer, we’ve been watching (and enjoying) American Ninja Warrior as a family. The girls are really in to it – and Christine and I like it, particularly how while they are competing, they are root for each other and more often than not, they don’t make it all the way through, but they still come away positive and ready for more.

On Saturday, we decided to head to the park and make up our own Ninja Warrior training course. Unfortunately, the video stopped right as we got going, but I got a few other pictures along the way…

Second obstacle was getting across this net without touching the ground...

Second obstacle was getting across this net without touching the ground...

... Lauren wasn't going to let her big sister have all the fun!

... Lauren wasn't going to let her big sister have all the fun!

Going all the way to the top of the rope ladder...

Going all the way to the top of the rope ladder...

Lauren grunts it out...

Lauren grunts it out...

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A Big Night

by Papa K on July 28, 2016

We’ve started talking to the girls (Maile in particular) more and more about the election. Tonight we started watching Chelsea’s speech and Maile was into it for awhile, but then got a bit bored so we stopped it. The girls headed to bed and Christine and I started watching Hillary’s speech. We had it on a little too loud, so Maile popped out, Lauren soon followed and we invited them to watch a bit with us.

Maile and Lauren were there watching when Hillary accepted the nomination!

Maile and Lauren were there watching when Hillary accepted the nomination!

Taking it all in...

Taking it all in...

They didn’t make it for the whole speech, but that’s okay. We’ll share more later. When I brought Maile to bed, I knelt down and told her that she can do anything she wants, where ever her dreams might take her.

I think she believed me.

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On Sunday, we headed out to a community pool in San Rafael to celebrate Maile’s 7th birthday. San Rafael is about 40 minutes outside the city over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was the perfect day for a pool party – when we left the city, it was a normal 59 degree San Francisco summer day – but out in San Rafael it hit 90!

We had a blast spending the afternoon in and out of the pool with friends – so much fun, we didn’t take too many pictures or videos – but here’s a few we snagged along the way…

We arrived early and Maile and Lauren probably ate half the watermelon before their friends arrived...

We arrived early and Maile and Lauren probably ate half the watermelon before their friends arrived...

Goofing around in the pool...

Goofing around in the pool...

Lauren had her BFF Elena there to keep her entertained.

Lauren had her BFF Elena there to keep her entertained.

Maile shared her celebration with her friend Aiden

Maile shared her celebration with her friend Aiden

Happy Birthday, Maile Girl!

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Maile spent the last two weeks at Musical Theater Workshop camp and last Friday they held their final performance. She had an absolute blast – not a big surprise at this point, but Maile Girl definitely enjoys being on stage 🙂 The performance was fantastic and I’ve included clips below for your viewing pleasure – if you don’t want to watch them all, I recommend the last one – What A Wonderful World, complete with sign language – I have to say after all the craziness going on with the convention last week and everything else, was kind of nice to sit there and watch the kids sing a song like that…

Featuring Maile Girl, one of the stars of the show!

Featuring Maile Girl, one of the stars of the show!

First up, “It’s A Small World”…

Next, Maile and crew set the stage for the show with some narration.

“Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from Mary Poppins…

Learning to sing, “do re mi”…

Do you have worries? Hakuna Matata!

Maile’s big role was the “king” in the “King & I”…

From under the sea Aladdin’s magical carpet (h/t to Christine for correcting my lack of Disney knowledge here), “A Whole New World”…

And the finale, “What A Wonderful World” with sign language accompaniment…

It really was a great show and a wonderful couple of weeks that I think really awakened a love for Maile for theater – will be keeping an eye out for more opportunities for her to participate.

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Yes, another birthday for Grandma Jill is in the books and its an opportunity to watch one of my favorite videos with Maile Girl…

We can’t wait to see you in a few weeks and celebrate (minus the tears 🙂

Love all of us!

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