Run for Education

Ron and the two girls ran in El Segundo’s Run for Education, benefitting the El Segundo PTA. This was Stephanie’s third 5K and Morgan’s first. It’s a fairly hilly course (El Segundo has an incredible number of hills for such a small town). Luckily Morgan is a slow runner, so Ron could hobble along beside… Read More »

Three Aunts

We got together with Iris’ dad’s side of the family, the Uematsus, represented by Iris’ mom, Sue; Iris’ Aunt Lily; and Iris’ Aunt Michi. Greg & Patty Uematsu hosted this big gathering at their home in Trabuco Canyon. They had put in a koi pond since the last time we visited, and it was just… Read More »

Firecracker 5K

Happy Year of the Rat! Stephanie and Ron ran the Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 5K. This was the second year in a row that they ran together. The weather was much better (it was pouring rain last year). They went with Ron’s co-worker/friend, Tom, and his wife, Aya. Tom’s friend, Paul, also met them at… Read More »

Stephanie’s Birthday Snatch

Stephanie decided she wanted to surprise her friends on her birthday by doing a “reverse” snatch. We started off at 6:15 AM and went to 10 different houses, “kidnapping” her unknowing friends. The rules were simple: no makeup and no changing, other than to put on shoes and a robe or sweatshirt. With three carloads… Read More »

Morgan’s 10th Birthday

Morgan’s birthday was actually Dec. 18, but we decided to celebrate it during her school’s winter break. Instead of a party, Morgan invited a couple of friends for an overnight trip to Disneyland. We booked a suite at the Disneyland hotel, which fit all six of us comfortably. The four kids took the bedroom while… Read More »

Ponies Christmas Party

Morgan’s basketball team, the Venice Ponies, had their Christmas party last Saturday night at the home of the Akamines. Lots of activities for the kids, including ornament making, card making, karaoke (featuring music from High School Musical 2), gingerbread house making, and a special visit from Santa.

Center Street School Halloween Parade

Morgan’s elementary school, Center Street School, had their annual Halloween parade this morning. It’s always a fun time, and some of the costumes are very creative. The teachers always dress up and some of them always put on a skit of some kind. This year, Mr. Guy, Mr. Raukko and Mr. Gladous were the Blues… Read More »

Skiing at Lake Tahoe

This is our second ski trip with the kids. We stayed at a timeshare in Reno and drove two hours each morning to Sierra at Tahoe, a nice family-oriented resort. This was the first time Morgan would be taking real lessons. Last year, she was in the day care facility. On our first day in… Read More »

First Day of School

First day of school for the kids. They both go to Center Street Elementary, which is one of two elementary schools in town. Took me a bit to get back into the swing of things, as far as making them breakfast, packing their lunch, fixing a snack, hustling them off to school. Stephanie is starting… Read More »

New Dog!

After three and a half years of not having a dog, we finally got another. The kids named her Emiko, and Iris got her from She’s a Cavachon, which means she’s a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. We picked her up this morning at LAX after she flew… Read More »