We stayed local this Memorial Day weekend, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have some fun adventures. Things started off on Saturday morning when Mommy planned a trip out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. It was just a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge near Sausalito. We had fun hiking down to the Lighthouse with the girls – unfortunately, we didn’t time it right, so, as you’ll see, we didn’t make it to the lighthouse proper – but we still had fun!

Mommy, Maile and Lauren at the start of our mini hike...

Mommy, Maile and Lauren at the start of our mini hike...

Not sure what started the head tilting...

Not sure what started the head tilting...

Hey, what are you doing?

Hey, what are you doing?

Nailed it! If Maile is doing it, it must be cool.

Nailed it! If Maile is doing it, it must be cool.

Still rocking the head tilt.

Still rocking the head tilt.

Sister love with the Golden Gate in the background...

Sister love with the Golden Gate in the background...

And here ends our visit to the lighthouse. This door doesn't open until 12:30 PM and it was about 10 AM when we got there. Ah well, a reason to come back :)

And here ends our visit to the lighthouse. This door doesn't open until 12:30 PM and it was about 10 AM when we got there. Ah well, a reason to come back :)

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Big Sister Love

by Papa K on May 21, 2015

Lauren has the beginnings of a little cough, so we decided this morning to give her the nebulizer. She was not pleased with this decision and kept saying “no tank you, no tank you” over and over. She was clearly scared.

Cue Maile Girl who offered to help. She had Lauren sit next to her and then she held the nebulizer while the girls watched a show together. Definitely some big sister bonus points were earned – Christine and I were quite proud :)

Don't worry, big sister won't let anything bad happen to you...

Don't worry, big sister won't let anything bad happen to you...

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Silly Papa

by Papa K on May 19, 2015

Those giggles are the ones your remember…

Thank you Grandma and Papa Boston for taking good care of Lauren these past few days :)

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Ever since Maile started dancing, Grandma Jill has wanted to see her perform in a dance recital. Well, she finally got her wish on Sunday as the stars aligned for Maile’s second hip hop dance recital at Nagata Dance to take place while Grandma and Papa Boston were visiting.

I’ve mentioned before, but we really love the vibe at Nagata Dance. Maile had all the fun of a dance recital, but in a relaxed, cool, family-like environment. For the final number, Lauren even got to join Maile and dance around a bit. Good times!

Here’s the video from Maile’s number:

The proud dancer with flowers from yours truly...

The proud dancer with flowers from yours truly...

A recital Grandma Jill (nor the rest of us) will soon forget :)

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Grandma and Papa Boston arrived on Saturday. Maile and I picked them up at the airport and took them right over to the Maker Faire. We had a great time last year and both Maile and I were excited to go back and also share the fun with Grandma and Papa.

This year Mommy and Lauren stayed home on account of Lauren’s nap schedule (not as easy to just get her to crash in the stroller these days). We missed them for sure! We explored much more of the fair ground this year taking in drones and robots and all types of strange, weird, cool things…

Maile showing Papa how it all works...

Maile showing Papa how it all works...

These are cool glasses designed by some Stanford students - you can come up with your own designs and snap them right on to the frames...

These are cool glasses designed by some Stanford students - you can come up with your own designs and snap them right on to the frames...

Speaking of glasses, thanks Google for the kid-sized protective goggles!

Speaking of glasses, thanks Google for the kid-sized protective goggles!

Maile and Grandma hard at work on a copper bracelet.

Maile and Grandma hard at work on a copper bracelet.

Taking in some glass blowing...

Taking in some glass blowing...

Maile met Russell the Robot Giraffe!

Maile met Russell the Robot Giraffe!

Maile Girl and I had a blast!

Maile Girl and I had a blast!

Thank you Maker Faire – we’ll be back again for sure!

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Last Friday Maile didn’t have school, so she hung out with Kelly and Lauren for the day. Kelly took the girls down to the Creativity Museum and, shockingly, Maile found an exhibit to give her some screen time for a performance :) Lauren was a little intimidated by the setup – she’s more of an old school solo artist, no need for the fancy gimmickry. But Maile was in her element. I was mostly impressed that she knew the words to both songs so well – although I guess I shouldn’t be.

Maile and Lauren on the mics against the green screen

Maile and Lauren on the mics against the green screen

(Click here for the first video.)
(Click here for the second video.)

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For Mother’s Day Maile made a book for Christine. Reprinted here without further comment (because as you’ll see it speaks for itself :)

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This morning for mother’s day we headed out with the girls to explore SF a bit. This time we headed over to these beautiful new stairs that recently were finished at Lincoln Park and then cut over for a bit of a stroll at Lands End on the very edge of San Francisco. It was a little cold, but Christine got to do one of her favorite hobbies – taking pictures of the girls! – and we had fun exploring a bit.

The steps at Lincoln Park are beautiful -  and fun to climb!

The steps at Lincoln Park are beautiful - and fun to climb!

Perfect setting for a picture of our girls (Maile just a couple months shy of 6 and Lauren just about 2.5)

Perfect setting for a picture of our girls (Maile just a couple months shy of 6 and Lauren just about 2.5)

Yeah, we're in trouble with that look!

Yeah, we're in trouble with that look!

A mother and her daughters with the Golden Gate in the background

A mother and her daughters with the Golden Gate in the background

Love.

Love.

Maile Girl

Maile Girl

Lil' Lauren

Lil' Lauren

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This one is from May 8, 2011. Particularly cracked me up because Lauren has become an ace at the green bike. It sat in our house for four years hardly used by Maile Girl, but Lauren loves it. I’ll try to get a video of her this weekend on it.

For now, back to what it was like “riding bikes” with Maile:

Have a great weekend – and happy mother’s day to all!

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Two Face

by Papa K on May 6, 2015

Happy :)

Happy :)

Sad :(

Sad :(

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