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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At camp/school, Lauren is starting to learn to find her name. Christine caught her first attempt on video. I remember this being a fun process with Maile that really starts to ramp up – first the circles, then before you know it she’s writing her name in English (and Chinese!)

So many names...

So many names...

Fun to watch that little mind working 🙂

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A Swimming Graduate!

by Papa K on July 17, 2016

Big milestone today for Maile Girl – she earned her Level 4 ribbon at La Petite Baleen which means she has fully graduated from their learning to swim program!

The proud swimming graduate!

The proud swimming graduate!

We went looking back at old pictures and Christine realized that it was almost exactly 3 years ago that we started the program.

Yeah, she’s come a long way…

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When Maile was at her cooking camp a couple weeks ago, she learned how to make empanadas filled with apples. We had a picnic for Mommy’s work on Sunday, so we decided to give the recipe a shot – it was a family affair in the kitchen (and I have to say, they came out quite tasty!)

Maile and Lauren led the way while Mommy and I play sous chefs.

Maile and Lauren led the way while Mommy and I play sous chefs.

Here’s Maile Girl showing off her technique…

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7

by Papa K on July 11, 2016

Maile Girl on her 7th birthday

Maile Girl on her 7th birthday

And then, just like that, she was seven.

She has a big ol’ hole in her mouth where an absolute monster of a tooth is working its way in. I love her.

She keeps Christine and I on our toes – she hears everything, remembers more and her logic will twist you in knots (and even when she is patently, blatantly, completely wrong – she’ll wiggle and work to find a way to the light). I love her.

She’s the most cuddly little girl ever – perhaps watching TV is bad, but nothing can be this bad when you have this little munchkin curled up by your side. I love her.

Give her a few minutes in a new place and she’ll make a friend. Leave her for a few hours and there will be hugs on the way out the door. I love her.

She still gets scared by cartoons made for 3 year olds. I love her.

Yet, she gets braver every day on her bike and running, jumping, exploring this great big city. I love her.

She’ll sit down and work on a project for hours and creates things that baffle and amaze me. I love her.

This weekend I gave her a new book about coding and she carried it around with her all day long. I love her.

She can be the best, most caring, most loving, most fun big sister in the whole world. And sometimes she’s not. I love her.

She grew up so much this year – she developed these things called emotions and they ran wild on her – she worked so hard to try to figure it all out – and she is doing an amazing job. I love her.

It’s getting hard to remember the times before she was with us … and that’s just okay by me.

I love her.

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Maile’s Body Map

by Papa K on July 10, 2016

Maile and Lauren have been having a blast at summer camp so far this summer – they are just about to start their third week at camp. Lauren has been spending her time at PKS – they mix things up a bit in the summer time and she’s been having a lot of fun with her friends.

Maile is old enough that she can attend some of the other camps throughout the city and there are some really great options out there. Her first week, she spent at Sprout Cooking Club – she spent the week going around to real restaurants throughout the city and learning to cook everything from pizza to empanadas to carving a chicken at a farm. She had a blast – her love for cooking is really growing.

Last week, she spent with the Renegade Girls Club and they did an in depth week on the human body. It was great – every day Maile came home with new facts she learned about the body. Check out this video of the “body map” she made…

Of course, all this body talk led to her asking Christine and I tonight how babies get out of a mommy’s tummy. Yay!

Next week Maile is off to musical theater camp – the show tunes are coming 🙂

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As I’ve posted, the girls have been getting more and more into bike riding. Up until now, Christine and I have mostly run around behind them and our rides have been pretty limited. I finally thought Maile was ready to ride along side me, so on Sunday, I brought my bike out and we headed out for a family bike ride. Well, a split up family ride. Christine went running with Lauren beside her on her scooter bike (she said it was the perfect pace actually) and Maile and I rode up ahead. We went down to Golden Gate Park where they close off the streets and had a really nice ride for a couple miles.

Not the most demanding pre-PMC training, but fun all the same!

The crew - ready to rock!

The crew - ready to rock!

Its only a matter of time before this one is lapping all of us!

Its only a matter of time before this one is lapping all of us!

After our ride we met up again and Lauren had the good idea to do some geocaching - so we went in hunt of a treasure!

After our ride we met up again and Lauren had the good idea to do some geocaching - so we went in hunt of a treasure!

... and after some good searching we found the cache!

... and after some good searching we found the cache!

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Creeping After Bedtime…

by Papa K on July 4, 2016

Lauren has been having trouble going to sleep. With Maile, it sometimes takes a little bit to get her into her room, but once her head hits the pillow, she is pretty much out. Lauren is a bit different – for the past few weeks, she pops out of her room after we’ve put her to bed with all sorts of excuses around why she can’t sleep (often involving wanting something from Mommy).

Tonight was amazing. Christine caught this video of her creeping out of her room.

I think her philosophy was that if she couldn’t see us, then clearly we couldn’t see her either.

I love her.

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Maile Girl, Tomb Raider

by Papa K on June 26, 2016

The day before we left Kauai, Maile and I went on an adventure. It was a kayak hiking trip to check out a small waterfall on the island and, most importantly, go on a rope swing. Maile was most excited about the rope swing.

Maile and Daddy ready to rock our kayak adventure...

Maile and Daddy ready to rock our kayak adventure...

Maile got her very own paddle and actually did a good job manning the front of the kayak.

Maile got her very own paddle and actually did a good job manning the front of the kayak.

Maile showing off some of the pretty flowers she collected along the way...

Maile showing off some of the pretty flowers she collected along the way...

Kayak part done, now off to hike to the rope swing...

Kayak part done, now off to hike to the rope swing...

Maile Girl leading the way...

Maile Girl leading the way...

We had actually gone on this trip once before a couple years ago – that time we compared Maile to Dora the Explorer, but this time she was indeed more of a Tomb Raider! She didn’t even hesitate with the rope swing – she walked right up and jumped on – our little girl that used to hesitate at the top of the slide has come a long way!

One unfortunate part of the trip was that despite using bug spray, poor Maile’s legs got eaten alive and she developed a slight reaction and developed pretty big welts on her legs. They were super itchy and I felt so bad for her. Going in the cool water at the rope swing helped her out and she was a trooper all the way through. The bites were bad enough that I took her to the doctor the next day before we left for home and he prescribed some stronger medicine that really helped get the bites under control. She is indeed my daughter – but didn’t let that stop the adventures!

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Kite Flying with Papa

by Papa K on June 23, 2016

Today, I took Maile out for a kayak/hiking adventure (more to come on that). While we were away, Lauren got some quality time with Grandma and Papa (and Mommy too). With two little girls competing for their attention, its nice some times to get some 1:1 time!

The wind was blowing nicely, so they decided to head out and fly some kites. Lauren had a blast!

Go go gadget kite!

Go go gadget kite!

Quite proud that she her kite way up high!

Quite proud that she her kite way up high!

Papa Cal helping Lauren keep an eye on things...

Papa Cal helping Lauren keep an eye on things...

Something about flying a kite that just makes you smile…

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