Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rai is 59 Months Old!

One more month until the big, big, BIG 60 month (otherwise known as 5 year) celebration!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Body Art

We, humans, have a natural inclination towards body art. And, it begins young. Rai loves facepaint, Ko loves fake tattoos and, when unavailable, Ko is known for tattooing himself with whatever is available -- usually food.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pi Day

March 14th (3/14), better known as Pi Day, has come and gone and, once again, Calvin Qiu, an old student of mine, hunted me down and threw a pie in my face. Actually, it was three pumpkin pies and it was flattering to see that he made the journey all the way from San Jose State University in order to continue the tradition. This time, I had a pie ready for him, too! Meanwhile, I hope Rai and Ko can bring a little more enthusiasm to their math class then they did to our Pi Day photo below...

Kotaru is 41 Months Old!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Seed balls grow native wildflowers. Wildflowers help revive the declining bee population. Bees pollinate our precious food crops! Give colorful seed balls for Easter instead of painted eggs and chocolate. Support the "Seedles" Kickstarter campaign! Thanks to our friends Ei Ei and Chris for being the change we need to see in our world.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Another Sick Day

Whereas Rai has managed to avoid sickness nearly his entire life, Ko has a knack for catching whatever cold is going around. He has been getting worse all weekend, had a day off with Ashe today, and will have a day off with me tomorrow. Hang in there, little one!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Big Bus Tour!

After 10 years in San Francisco (and a lifetime for Ash!), we finally had to do one of the few "tourist" things we haven't yet done in our City by the Bay. So, we did it -- we took the Big Bus Tour. We hopped on the big, red, double-decker, open top bus at the Golden Gate Bridge, and did the full circuit from there, through downtown, to Fisherman's Wharf and then back through the Haight and Golden Gate Park. It was a long, windy ride and, although we'd prefer to report otherwise, it was barely worth the time, and definitely not worth the hefty price tag. We did learn some interesting facts along the way, but those were few. The highlight was cruising over the Golden Gate in that open top, and our elevated view of many downtown sights. Unfortunately, most of the commentary was pretty poor and hardly informative and due to tour bus restrictions, the bus had to follow some of the less interesting streets through town skipping some of the most scenic blocks and neighborhoods. Knowing San Francisco as well as we do, we felt bad for all the tourists on the bus unaware of what they were missing. For many, this may be the extent of their exposure to our amazing city and we're disappointed to know that so many leave the city with this lackluster vision of the city.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sunny Days at the Beach

As the winter rains set in, it's hard to remember Baker Beach as a sunny and dry place to spend the afternoon. For now, we'll remember the beach as it was and welcome the rains!  The California drought is still a serious issue and, unfortunately, all the rain we've had has helped but not enough. We are still far below the average precipitation for this time of year.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Siri, Ko's Love

This summer, Kotaru's love, Siri, will move back to England with her mom. We're not quite sure that Koey understands this completely. His heart will be broken.