Grandma Jill and Papa Mike came to visit last weekend. We had a great time seeing them. It was a beautiful weekend in the city, so we spent a lot of time outside. Grandma and Papa also made sure they spent plenty of quality time with their girls – Papa, in particular, hadn’t seen Lauren since she was born so he had a lot of fun making up for lost time! Grandma and Maile read LOTS of books and did lots of projects together.
We also made sure we took some pictures before Grandma and Papa left…
Let's do this.
Grandpa Mike, Lauren (4.5 months), Maile (3 years, 10 months), and Grandma Jill
Daddy and Mommy in the mix...
Daddy, Lauren, Mommy and Maile
Thank you Grandma and Papa Boston for coming to visit us!
Did you know Lauren is in The Hangover III?
What happened last night?
Pretty close, right?
In this corner, at 3 feet tall and 35 pounds, MAILE GIRL…
Maile Girl bringing the ROAR - watch out!
Those claws look pretty sharp...
Hold on, let me get my monster teeth ready...
ARRRRRRR! Shrink away in fear!
And, in this corner, hailing from the north side of Chicago, the PAPA MONSTER…
Child, my monster hand is strong, watch out...
Papa Monster all up in your face!
Well played, Papa, well played...
(Kudos to Christine for the great shots of the monster battle!)
Maile meets Glass
A couple weeks ago we got a pair of Google Glass (is that how you write that?) at the Pocket office. I took them home this weekend to try it out.
We gave them a good workout – Grandma and Papa Boston were in town and we were all over the city. We went down to the new Exploratorium, the Ferry Building, took a pedal cab, headed over to Presidio Picnic, went kite flying and did plenty of goofing around. In the video below almost every picture and video was taken with Google Glass (there are a couple I threw in that Papa Boston took of me wearing them).
My overall impression is that while it is a pretty cool experience to use, I don’t think they are something I’d wear on a regular basis and I see a lot of challenges to this particular form factor being adopted on a wide scale. Some more specific thoughts:
- They were actual quite comfortable to wear – I was aware that I had them on, but didn’t find them uncomfortable and unless I specifically was trying to look at the screen, they didn’t get in the way of my normal interactions with people.
- The screen worked pretty well – it’s pretty small, but for basic notifications (like the score of a ballgame) it works fine. The screen is pretty hard to see in sunlight though.
- I don’t think this would replace me reaching in to my pocket and pulling out my phone for most things – you can get emails on it, but I don’t see that I would use it for that. The primary use cases for me were photos, videos, navigation and quick notifications (scores, weather, breaking news, etc.)
- I did feel a bit ridiculous wearing them around the city – part of that is the novelty factor, lots of people come up to you and ask about them. Everyone was really excited about them though – still, just don’t see this going mainstream as it currently is designed.
- You can judge for yourself in the video above, but I think the perspective is a lot of fun, especially with the girls. There were definitely moments I was able to capture that would have been ruined if I was trying to do it with my phone. I was able to be completely “in the moment” rough housing around with Maile or flying the kite – I liked that aspect a lot.
My friend, Jon, said it best, that there is a pretty good chance we look back at this post in the same way we laugh at the pictures of our parents from the 70′s, 80′s, etc. and laugh at what they were wearing. Google Glass may be my perm.
(Click here for the video.)
Maile is writing more and more. Last night she decided to interview Mommy and I. There are several things I love about this video:
(1) How Maile is sitting.
A very professional interviewer...
(2) The “air” writing when she forgets how to make a letter.
(3) Lauren crying on cue when Maile says she doesn’t know how to write her name.
Part 2, with Daddy, coming tomorrow…
(Click here for the video.)
Lauren celebrated her 4 month birthday yesterday, so we decided to take a family picture. I also looked back at what I wrote when Maile turned 4 months old. I would say from a development perspective, Lauren seems pretty close to where Maile was. She is definitely a better sleeper overall, but like Maile, she has been having a night or two a week where she wakes up at 3 AM and just wants to hang out. She’s also VERY smiley, perhaps even more smiley than the original Smiley Maile – so we’ll see where that goes…
In terms of looks, Christine and I still think the girls look quite different. Definitely sisters, and definitely dominated by Mommy and hints of Daddy here and there – but different all the same. Part of it is that Lauren hasn’t lost her hair yet like Maile did around this time.
Maile (3 years, 10 months), Daddy, Mommy and Lauren (4 months)
Mommy and Lauren
Daddy and Lauren
Maile and Lauren
All credit for these wonderful pictures goes to Maile who whipped us into shape...
... and I do mean whipped!
… has been amazing here in SF! Lauren has been getting out in the sun – but always properly protected – we’re hoping she has more of her mother’s skin, but we’re not 100% sure yet!
Catching some shade in the Cali sun!
On Saturday, Maile and I rented a bike with a trailer and went on an adventure. We rode over the Golden Gate Bridge, stopped for lunch in Sausalito, had some ice cream (of course) and then headed home on the ferry. We had a blast! (Oh, and then Daddy took a two hour nap when he got home
The ice cream was, of course, a highlight:
For me, the highlight was most certainly spending some quality time with Maile Girl!
Maile and I on the ferry back from Sausalito…