May 31, 2009


, originally uploaded by jwlphotography.

Today we took the kids to watch the Disney/Pixar movie "UP". This is the first movie Kayla has watched in a movie theater, but Kristins second. It's been 3 years since I've watched a movie at the theater (which was also another Pixar movie, "Cars"). Surprisingly both of them sat through the whole thing. The movie was pretty good, but I think Selina and I enjoyed the movie more than the kids did.

May 26, 2009

Art and Wind Festival 2009


Things that kids love.




Snow Cones.

Kettle Corn.

Jumpy Houses.

Carnival rides.

Each year, the city of San Ramon holds the Art and Wind Festival. We've been bringing the kiddos every year, and they really enjoy it. They have a bunch of activities for the kids, and all the stuff mentioned above.

Kayla wasn't sure what to make of the hot air balloon that looked like a lizard flying above her.


"It's just a balloon Kayla, not a real lizard."


Nervous laugh.


If you ever want to keep your kids busy, give them a deflated balloon and tell them to inflate it. Funniest. Thing. Ever.

Kristin tried and tried, but could never blow up this balloon.


May 17, 2009

Picture day

Kristin had 'picture day' today at her dance studio (on a 100 degree weather...while the parents waited outside...........). The night before, Selina told her that she could put on makeup and curl her hair for the photos. So of course, this morning she wakes up bright and early, around 7 am eager to get her makeup done. 

This was the first time she got eye shadow put on. 


Got her first eye done. It's so funny how the smallest things can make a child so happy. 


Getting her hair curled for the first time. 


All done. 


After the dance photo shoot, we pulled over for some shots out in this field. I don't know why, but I just love these yellow flowers, or weeds, not really sure what they are. 


And took a few shots at home. 


This is how shooting usually goes, with Kristin acting like a clown. 


May 16, 2009

Blown Away

, originally uploaded by jwlphotography.

I'm constantly blown away at how the two K's have grown so much. I seem to make a post like this every six months or so, but it really is amazing to see how children grow and progress. I can't believe that Kristin has almost finished a school year, and that she'll be starting 1st grade this year. Kayla will also be turning 3 this year. Can you believe that this is Kristin just 2 years ago, about a month before she turned 3?

I'm 3!

May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

to all the mom's out there, especially to my Mom, and of course my wife! 

Sorry, no pictures today, but enjoy this little snippet I stole from Selina's facebook. I got a good laugh out of it. 


Copy this note, ask your kid the questions and write them down exactly how they respond. Tag me back if you haven't done this, I'd love to hear the answers (especially from the preschoolers)

Kristin, 5 years and 5 months
Kayla, 2 years and 7 month
and these are their exact words.....

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Kayla: Put me in time-out when I hit Kristin

2. What makes mom happy?
Kayla: Kristin

3. What makes mom sad?
Kayla: Me

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Kayla: hahahaha

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Kayla: Kristin

6. How old is your mom?
Kayla: (shook her head)
Kristin: 23

7. How tall is your mom?
Kayla: I don't know

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Kayla: Roll over

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Kristin: You will go to work
Kayla: Pick me up

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Kristin: Because everyone knows your name.

11. What is your mom really good at?
Kristin: Walking

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Kristin: Draw pictures

13. What does your mom do for her job?
Kristin: Do your computer

14. What is your mom's favorite food?
Kristin: Mac and cheese, french fries
Kayla: Chicken nuggets

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Kristin: Hugging me
Kayla: If you finish all your food, then you're this (stuck out her big thumb)

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Kristin: Cinderella
Kayla: Cinderella

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Kristin: Buy stuff
Kayla: Walking

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Kristin: Because of our faces

19. How are you and your mom different?
Kristin: Our clothes

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Kristin: Because I'm your daughter
Kayla: Because you're my daughter

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Kristin: Tahoe
Kayla: Costco

May 8, 2009


I took the day off yesterday to take care of some vehicle issues, and headed to the city. I brought along Kayla since Kristin was on a field trip. I think Kayla felt left out since she didn't get to go. We hung out with my buddy Paul at the SF Botanical Garden for a while and then had lunch together at Crepevine. I ordered a fruit crepe for Kayla, since she loves fruit so much. On the menu, it said it consisted of crepe, strawberries, bananas, and gnutella. When it came to our table, it was twice the size I thought it would be, AND it had a HUGE scoop of vanilla ice cream. Kayla's eyes just lit up. After lunch, I asked her if she had a good day, and she nodded her head. I then asked her, what was the best part of your day? Her response, "Dessert for lunch!"

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May 6, 2009

Who do you love...

, originally uploaded by jwlphotography.

more? This was a question I was asked when I was a child. I still remember being asked that question, and I would always respond with who ever was asking the question. If it was mom, I would say I loved my mom more. If it was my dad, I would say my dad more.

When Kristin was younger, I would ask the same thing, and she would do the same thing. Now Kayla, she's a clever one. Her response:

"Bofe. I love my Mommy AND my Daddy", while glancing at both of us with dodging eyes.