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Owen the Junior Space Man

View from my training walk V: California edition (by Erin)

this morning was my first 10+ miler in so-cal. i started just before 6AM and the only other people awake were some young'uns who were still going strong from last night's house party. i did a lot of wandering through both residential and shopping districts, and finished the trip with a visit to noah's & peets. it doesn't get any better than this.
Cahill Center for Astrophysics (aka. "daddy's new work")

New, new, new (by Erin)

The last week has been quite a whirlwind. Packing, playing, cleaning, hugging, crying, waving, flying, moving, landing, greeting, hugging, settling, and exploring are just a few of our latest endeavors. Here are few photos from the adventure:


Last bball at Punahou


Mar at Punahou playground


Farewell to Auntie Fay (our fabulous landlady)


Astronomy Farewell Gathering


Farewell dinner


Owen listening to oldies, while enjoying a Tootsie-pop, and catching up on the latest air safety make Owen a happy boy

We're settling in nicely in Pasadena, despite bouts with a nasty cold that's made the rounds through our family. Owen has informed us that since he has a new house, a new haircut (trim), and lives in a new place, he needs a new name. He has requested that we address him and refer to him by his chosen name, "Russia". He's also informed us that when we move to our next new house he would like it to be in the mountains and at such time, he'd like to be known as "Yeti…

View from my training walk: IV (by Erin)

My final training walks in Hawaii were simply lovely. It's been amazing to spend the last two years in this island paradise and I'm already missing the ocean views and wonderful walking partners.

A few photos from Saturday's walk through Waikiki:






Long-arm of Heather and me nearing the end of a 9 mile walk through Kaimuki, Kahala & up Wilhelmina rise. That's the Diamond head crater in the distance...


Aloha & a hui hou O'ahu!

The Way of the Brick

A brand new Lego Store (Hawaii's first) recently opened at Ala Moana Center and Owen has already been there twice and come back richer in lego bricks each time. However, while Owen is a frequent customer, until today I hadn't yet visited the wonder that is the Lego Store. As a kid I played with Legos just about daily from age 6 through high school. But since leaving home I've rarely made enough money to indulge in Lego kits, and to be honest I haven't had much time. But now that Owen is 4, he has the hand-eye coordination and patience to build some pretty impressive creations.

So today I decided to make my first visit to the Hawaii Lego Store. Owen, of course, joined me. He has had his eye on a yellow Creator prop-driven airplane for some time, often walking around the house with his catalog letting us know that today would be a good day to buy the plane in case we were interested. But what I didn't recognize from the tiny photo in the catalog is that the yellow pro…

Steph in the photo blogosphere

Stephanie's photo of Owen was recently featured on a photography blog (merakohblog.com). Check it out here. The original post on our blog is here. Go Stephanie! Go Owen! Go bubbles!

MarMar Makes One

Today is Marcus' 1st birthday, and we celebrated in style. Instead of throwing a massive party at the beach (been there, did that yesterday), we decided to have a low-key celebration at home. And since I'm taking off for the telescope later today we went for breakfast-style birthday, complete with eggs, turkey bacon and Erin's extra-special mango muffins with cream cheese icing. As the Hawaiians say: Ono grinds!

Local Hawaiians say that a child "makes one" rather than "turns one." In addition to making one, Marcus also "made a mess" with his muffin. Note the similarities between this picture and this picture from Owen's 1st birthday (below). Some similarities were planned, others were not.

Check out that spread! Amazingly, 4 muffins remain at the time of this writing.
Mar loves his new dump truck that he received from our downstairs neighbor Auntie Elizabeth. Not to be outmatched, Owen rolls up with his bigger dump truck.