having fun with friends

The girls had their friends over and here is the rare picture that they are all together and even looking at the camera. I bet it took Qumi 50 shots to get this picture. 🙂

The Gang

They had so much fun, they all passed out together.


Mom, you scared me!

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A new french bakery opened up in the neighborhood and Kaitlin is really happy.  The girls do love their bread, especially when Qumi makes it with strawberry’s.


Future Fashionista?


Pants? We don’t need pants, in fact I’ll just wear them as a hat.


I know its not my pacifier, but I do like playing with them.


That’s mom in the back, taking a nap.  I’ll just go wake her up 🙂

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The girls do love their Disney TV.


Is that a necklace?


Look Mom, I can climb up on the couch without any helpClimbing

The girls are growing fast now and getting smarter everyday. Its getting hard to keep up with them. When I came home today, Qumi had setup a tunnel for them to crawl through and they were having a blast. Kaitlin is starting to recognize shapes more and is getting close to putting the square peg in the square hole. Kristin is beginning to get more fearless in her efforts to walk around the apartment. Pretty soon she will be tearing it up around the place. We have to start working on child-proofing the rest of the apartment.

Grandpa Bill is all set to come for a visit that lasts 6 weeks. We are trying to figure out where to take him while he is here.  We are already thinking to go to Japan for the last couple days of the trip since our good friends are getting married soon. Now we just need to decide whether to go to Thailand or Indonesia for our holiday. There is always Vietnam, but since he already visited when he was younger, not sure he wants to go back.

Until next time.

japan and beyond


It has been a hectic couple of months, difficult to get time to post up here, but hopefully the last couple will make up for it. We are all home, safe and sound and settling back into a routine. After that last flight, we will have to really think hard about dragging the girls on another plane anytime soon. We are going to wait till grandpa comes for a visit to see where he will be taking us in Sept or Oct.

We replaced our maid and still going through a new learning curve, its amazing how comfortable you can get in a current routine only to have to start over again with someone new. Anyway – no regrets and we are moving forward.


The gang is all here

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Kaitlin enjoying a bar on the 27th floor in downtown Tokyo


So peaceful when they sleep


Sharing or fighting, I am not sure

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Grandma, 2 great aunts, 1 aunt and uncle and a cousin – and of course mommy in the middle.


Enjoying some sunshine in Fukushima


Enjoying the plane ride up to Japan. The staff at ANA were great and very friendly both trips. The girls loved the trip up to Japan, but hated the trip back down. We were that family in the front of the plane with 2 screaming babies for 9 and a half hours.


A great shot of the girls with their grandpa and great-grandpa.

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Casual and relaxed leaning in that little corner

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