Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
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")
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Last bball at Punahou
Mar at Punahou playground
Farewell to Auntie Fay (our fabulous landlady)
Astronomy Farewell Gathering
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". Oh, to be four and full of big ideas :)
Tuning up the running bike
Serious breakfast discussions about how milk tastes its best - in cereal or in a sippy
Chalk drawings out back
One last anecdote. In Augst of 2007, upon arrival in our Hawaii home, John took this quick photo of Owen in a beach chair left by the previous tenant:
Two years later, the lawn chair is again left behind.
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!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
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 prop-driven plane is AWESOME! It's much bigger and more detailed than the red Creator jet Owen purchased with his birthday money last month. And compared to the clunky airplanes I used to build back in the day? Forget it. Legos have come a long way in the past 15 years.
So when I saw Creator #6745 in the store I felt a rush of memories about constructing an intricate model starting from the myriad tiny pieces and slowly building toward the final objective. I needed that kit. Owen needed that kit. But I don't want to spoil the boy. He shouldn't think that just because we go to a toy store that he should get something new. And I don't want Owen to be one of those kids who has so many toys that he's bored with them.
I stood there with Owen, mesmerized by the brilliant illustrations on the Lego box. I then started hearing the voices of the proverbial devil and angel resting on my shoulders. The devil suggested that it wouldn't be Owen's toy, it would be mine. I've had a really productive year, so I should reward myself! But then the angel chimed in and said: "Dammit, just buy it!"
So it was unanimous. Here's a time-lapse video of the plane's construction, followed by some photos of the finished model. Oh man, I'm hooked once again! I know what Owen and Marcus are getting for Christmas...and Thanksgiving and Halloween...
(The time-lapse was shot at 4 frames per minute and play-back is at 24 fps, shot with Gawker and my iSight camera. It took us almost exactly an hour to build the plane. Facebookers, check out our blog for the video if it doesn't show up here.)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
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.