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visiting family

Emma and I flew to El Segundo to visit family. We stayed with my Dad (grandpa). It was very fun but so hot!

One afternoon we visited the Getty museum. It is free and so lovely. We only went in one building but saw paintings, photography and decorative arts.

We sat outside under the big umbrellas and sipped coffee. It was so nice there. I wish it was not so hot so we could have gone through the gardens.

One day we went to the Del Amo mall in Torrance. There was a new Mitsuwa marketplace. The Kinokuniya bookstore is our favorite.

We ate outside in the evenings on the patio at my Dad’s place. It would start to cool off and we would just chill out there.

Our beach day was so refreshing. The breeze off the ocean was cool and it was the first time I wasn’t sweating. Emma enjoyed playing on the shore and watching dolphins play out in the water.

We visited with lots of family. I had so much fun that I forgot to take more pictures. It was so great to hug my siblings after a long time apart.

maiki had been traveling as well and we were super happy to be reunited again.

birthday time

Emma made me breakfast, I made the coffee. Almond butter on our home made bread with fruit is my favorite. Emma gave me 2 cards with frogs and one with a sea monster. She knows me so well.

We went to the final concert in the park in the afternoon. On our walk we ran into our friends. 🙂

Present with a pretty paper flower attached to a barette. Super cute!


A friend brought roses and cupcakes. And we had a bottle of prosecco.

The next day we went on a date in our neighborhood while Emma stayed home. Its a whole new world to be a part of now that we are parents who can go out alone!

new chairs

We have had our table for five or six years now but we always had a long bench that was sold with it from Ikea. It is incredibly useful along with the matching stool. We have used them all over our apartment. I eventually decided that I wanted a chair with a back rest, especially during my months with long covid and picked out chairs that fit just right. They look great together and are very comfortable. 🙂