Our roots in San Francisco are growing deeper and deeper. And I get a kick out of thinking that Tesla and Aila will grow up here, where the beauty, the amazing creative people, and the charm are all normal to them.
Here Dav and I had an hour to kill between dropping T off, and seeing her annual school performance. So we hung out, and I got this pic of Aila that is almost what a tourist might take. I didn't even notice the background for a while. Reminds me of this picture. All in a regular afternoon because we live here...
Part of our roots is tied to a wonderful community that started with Tesla's preschool (Nihonmachi Little Friends). Tesla now goes to Rosa Parks Elementary, which is close to her preschool and Japantown. She attends the after school program run by her preschool, and many kids go to N.L.F. and Rosa Parks. I am getting to know the parents, as well as alumni parents who still chip in to support the Japanese program at Rosa Parks years after their kids graduated. This program is 37 years old, and I am learning the history and incredible efforts it has taken to provide this wonderful program Tesla is thriving in. I feel proud to be the new generation.
To that end, we participated in a fundraiser for the 2 organic gardens and chicken coop by painting 2 tiles that will soon decorate the yard. We envision Aila going to NLF (hopefully with same teachers who saw me pregnant with Aila!) and continuing on to Rosa Parks. I love the idea that she will see these tiles that are from her family permanently up at Rosa Parks.
T painted a castle tree. Dav did the sutro tower.
Here is T with her Star Student award. What caught my eye here is what a mom I am. This is the kind of picture I used to see as a girl, and how I saw my mom. And here I am now, a mother of 2. I look forward to when both girls are older, and I can show them some pre-kid pictures and share who I was before becoming a mama.
But for now, I am loving being immersed in mama stuff. Like this drive with the kids brings me smiles:
And now for some Aila pics. As baby 2, indeed, there is less time to take and post pictures of her every movement : ( However, I didn't have the iPhone before Aila so in many ways with technology, I am getting better everyday pictures. I am planning on doing a photography session to capture Aila in her incredibly cute stage professionally. That will be nice.
What I can say is that she is the love of my life (well, I have 2 others too). Just sitting on the sofa with her babbling and giving me gummy (slobbery) kisses is bliss, and the fact that she constantly wants to be held by me even though it is tiring, warms me. She is very smiley, and I sense her humor through giggles and looks. I am looking forward to getting to know this gal!
I see how second kids have such a different experience. T had a lot of adult time. Aila gets more kid time which means being played with or being used to play ; ) It's a special kind of interaction that she clearly enjoys, and I can see her learning so much from it.
Lastly, now we have Aila joining the annual hinasama pics. My mom sent an addition to our set so now we have 2 rows. The prince and princess, and her 3 court ladies.