Sunday was dance performance day and the girls did not disappoint! They got all dressed up in their performance outfits and we headed down to Nagata Dance for their quarterly performance. Of course, we took video – the long ones that only grandmothers watch until the end 🙂 I have to say that both girls impressed – Lauren is coming into her own as a little dancer and Maile continues to amaze with how she keeps all the moves from all the different routines straight!

Maile and Lauren striking a pose on our way to their performance!

Maile and Lauren striking a pose on our way to their performance!

First up was Lauren performing to “Singing in the Rain”…

And then Maile and her crew closed out the show with a routine to “Good Morning”…

And then, per tradition, the show was closed out with a family dance to “Lean On Me” – in the past the girls brought Mommy or I up to dance with them, but this time they just wanted to dance with eachother…

Very proud of Maile and Lauren and the whole Nagata Dance crew!

The full Nagata Dance crew :)

The full Nagata Dance crew 🙂

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Okay, so it was a couple weeks ago already – but A LOT has happened since then 🙂 This year for mid-winter break, Grandma and Papa Boston came out to San Francisco to spend the week with the girls. The girls had a blast running all over the city and keeping Grandma and Papa on their toes…

When they weren't running, they were cuddling and reading...

When they weren't running, they were cuddling and reading...

Checking out the scene down at Pier 39

Checking out the scene down at Pier 39

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

Showing Papa our furniture climbing skills...

Showing Papa our furniture climbing skills...

One of the many good eats

One of the many good eats

Maile and Lauren getting their dentist training in with the play doh set...

Maile and Lauren getting their dentist training in with the play doh set...

Grandma and Papa always take the girls on adventures exploring the city...

Grandma and Papa always take the girls on adventures exploring the city...

Papa steps out from behind the camera with his girls!

Papa steps out from behind the camera with his girls!

And yes, the girls showed Grandma and Papa every corner of the playground...

And yes, the girls showed Grandma and Papa every corner of the playground...

A special treat getting a pedicure with Grandma

A special treat getting a pedicure with Grandma

It was cold, but that didn't slow them down...

It was cold, but that didn't slow them down...

And, of course, a trip wouldn't be complete without some baking :)

And, of course, a trip wouldn't be complete without some baking 🙂

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Transitions

by Papa K on March 1, 2017

It’s been a long time since I posted – the longest gap since Maile was born 7.5 years ago. To say things have been busy out here in San Francisco is an understatement. So let’s catch up.

First, we’ve moved! We’re still in San Francisco, but moved about three miles to an area called The Richmond. We’re pretty excited – its a great new apartment with the number one feature being the girls will each get their own bedrooms. Once they get them setup, we’ll do a tour, but needless to say they are both pretty excited. Last night was our first night in the new place and the girls did great (Christine and I half expected to find them in the morning in the same room – but they stuck to their own beds for now.)

To say we made a lot of memories in our old apartment is an understatement - and perhaps this wall of heigh measurements captures it as well as anything.

To say we made a lot of memories in our old apartment is an understatement - and perhaps this wall of heigh measurements captures it as well as anything.

Right now there are A LOT of boxes in our new apartment - but we're happy and we'll get it all sorted soon enough!

Right now there are A LOT of boxes in our new apartment - but we're happy and we'll get it all sorted soon enough!

The other reason my posting has been light the past couple of months is that last Friday we closed a deal to sell my company, Pocket, to Mozilla. It was a lot of work to get to this point and I’m very happy with the outcome. We’re going to remain an independent subsidiary – which means I’m still working on Pocket, just have a much bigger company backing us and should make these next few years quite interesting. If nothing else the past few months have underscored for me even more that our focus on helping people find quality content on the internet is very much needed and I’m looking forward to the next set of challenges that come our way.

So that’s what has been going on (or at least some of it 🙂

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Chinese New Year Parade (2017)

by Papa K on February 14, 2017

After months of practice the big day finally arrived on Saturday – the Chinese New Year Parade!

We headed down with the girls mid-afternoon and met with the parade crew, got everyone ready, ate a little bit, practiced one last time and then headed down to Market Street to get in our positions. The girls were fantastic! Maile danced up a storm and Lauren waved, smiled and blew kisses from her cart the whole way through.

Here’s a video of all the fun:

And some videos from the festivities…

Lauren and Marni - they shared the cart together and made people smile the whole way through...

Lauren and Marni - they shared the cart together and made people smile the whole way through...

Our parade girls - ready to rock!

Our parade girls - ready to rock!

The whole PKS crew!

The whole PKS crew!

A view of the scene as we get in our places for the start of the parade...

A view of the scene as we get in our places for the start of the parade...

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A few weeks back we had a birthday party for Lauren. We had so much fun (and some of the other parents are really good photographers!) so Christine and I really didn’t take many pictures. We just got some pictures though – so we can share a bit more about the good times.

The theme was “Fantastic Four” – super hero themes as there were four girls celebrating their fourth birthdays together. We held the party at a kid’s gym here in SF and the kids had a blast!

Na na na nah nah - Bat Lauren!

Na na na nah nah - Bat Lauren!

Maile Girl getting her zip line on...

Maile Girl getting her zip line on...

In swoops Super Lauren!

In swoops Super Lauren!

Super buddies :)

Super buddies 🙂

The cakes - a friend of one of the other girl's family baked two incredible birthday cakes...

The cakes - a friend of one of the other girl's family baked two incredible birthday cakes...

The Fantastic Four and their capes

The Fantastic Four and their capes

Yeah, she loved the zip line :)

Yeah, she loved the zip line 🙂

And the trampoline!

And the trampoline!

20+ kids = madness

20+ kids = madness

What's a birthday party without bubbles?!

What's a birthday party without bubbles?!

Happy Birthday Girls!

Happy Birthday Girls!

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This weekend we headed over to Presidio Knolls for the annual Chinese New Year celebration. Every year it gets bigger and bigger as the school continues to grow. It’s basically setup as a big carnival and the girls had a blast running around and trying out all the various activities. Maile and Lauren both also had performances throughout the day and they both did a wonderful job with their classmates.

(As always these videos are on the long side – posted for all, but mainly enjoyed by the grandparents 🙂

First up, Lauren and her class (Lauren is on the right side of the screen)…

Next is Maile and her class (Maile is in the front row on the left side of the screen)…

Finally, not the actual performance, but a close up of Maile and the Chinese New Year Parade crew doing their thing…

Maile and Lauren all dressed up and ready to go...

Maile and Lauren all dressed up and ready to go...

Family picture - Maile (7.5), Lauren (4) - in our Chinese New Year finest...

Family picture - Maile (7.5), Lauren (4) - in our Chinese New Year finest...

Taking in the show - in complete awe...

Taking in the show - in complete awe...

Close-up of Lauren on stage performing with her class...

Close-up of Lauren on stage performing with her class...

Maile with two of her classmates, Gemma and Amelia

Maile with two of her classmates, Gemma and Amelia

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#tbt The French Fry Dance

by Papa K on January 26, 2017

From two years ago – sure to make you smile (other than the fact that this originally occurred at ~6:30 AM I was smiling too when it happened…)

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Marching

by Papa K on January 24, 2017

Saturday was the Women’s March and we joined the festivities here in San Francisco. Christine took the girls over to a friend’s house and they spent the afternoon making signs and getting ready. We then all met down in Hayes Valley and walked over to City Hall. It was quite the scene – people every where, happy, positive energy, lots of great signs and costumes. I’m not sure the girls fully grokked it, but Christine and I both felt good about bringing them and exposing them to their first “protest”.

Maile and her homemade protest backpack with Mommy and Temple

Maile and her homemade protest backpack with Mommy and Temple

Family shot (Maile - 7, Lauren - 4)

Family shot (Maile - 7, Lauren - 4)

Maile Girl and I selfie - Christine said she really looks like me in this picture :)

Maile Girl and I selfie - Christine said she really looks like me in this picture 🙂

A scene of the crowd - hard to get a sense of the size from the ground level

A scene of the crowd - hard to get a sense of the size from the ground level

My two little protesters!

My two little protesters!

I’ll readily admit, that I’m not sure 10 years ago, it would have been something I would have attended, but I’m very happy that my life has changed as it has so that joining was a no brainer. I love being a dad of two little girls and married to an incredibly strong role model in Christine – and I’ll march with them where ever and whenever!

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(I know, I know … 2017 has not started out well for me posting-wise. I hope to improve…)

Last weekend, we headed down to Anaheim for a quick day trip to Disneyland and to support Mommy who was running the Star Wars Half Marathon! We headed down Friday night, hit Disneyland for Saturday and then supported Mommy on Sunday morning.

We had a great day at Disneyland on Saturday. Both girls are at a great age for it – Lauren really taking everything in for the first time and being amazed by the magic and Maile old enough to enjoy rollercoasters. Yes! Maile went on every ride in the park with me – it was fantastic. Just look at the joy on her face…

Here are a bunch of other shots from a very fun weekend…

Within minutes of arriving at Disneyland, we had a Minnie sighting - got the girls in the right mood for the fun to come...

Within minutes of arriving at Disneyland, we had a Minnie sighting - got the girls in the right mood for the fun to come...

Tea cup time!

Tea cup time!

One of Lauren's classmates was there too so we spent most of the morning running around the park with them.

One of Lauren's classmates was there too so we spent most of the morning running around the park with them.

Jazz Hands!

Jazz Hands!

Maile Girl and I getting ready for Thunder Mountain - no fear!

Maile Girl and I getting ready for Thunder Mountain - no fear!

Action shot of Maile and I on Splash Mountain!

Action shot of Maile and I on Splash Mountain!

Lauren the Hulk!

Lauren the Hulk!

Mommy stopped along the way to take a picture with this guy...

Mommy stopped along the way to take a picture with this guy...

... and then we found Mommy!

... and then we found Mommy!

We were very proud of our Mommy for completing the half marathon!

We were very proud of our Mommy for completing the half marathon!

After the half marathon, we hit Goofy's Kitchen for one last meal and fun with the characters...

After the half marathon, we hit Goofy's Kitchen for one last meal and fun with the characters...

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Shades

by Papa K on January 10, 2017

Auntie Elyssa & Uncle Stephen sent Lauren some fun clothes for her birthday. The best part of the gift was definitely the new shades. All the ladies had fun trying them on…

Maile Shades

Maile Shades

Note the reflection of Lauren not totally thrilled the Maile is trying on her new shades 🙂

Mommy Shades

Mommy Shades

And, of course, the birthday girl her self (sending along some thank yous)…

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