Click on any photo to see it full-size. All photos copyright John or Ondine Kuraoka, Barbara Brooks, Bill Nutter, or Frances Kuraoka, or as noted.
12-31-2007: New Years Eve! First up, you see Grammy and Roy making makizushi. Then, Roy and Leo
soloing. They made a lot of makizushi!
12-15-2007: Yard Sale! The boys planned this yard sale for a month, making
signs and price lists for sequins, polished rocks, and sticks. Oh, and a few excess toys.
They got up at 4:30 to set up and post signs. Here they are, searching the horizon for signs of
customers. They made over $10, thanks to kind neighbors.
12-09-2007: Second Advent and the Coming of the Washer.
Here is our tree, up, lit, and mostly decorated for Second Advent. Roy is on the
prowl for gaps to fill with more ornaments. Next, you see
our brand-new Whirlpool Duet Sport HT washer, which replaced our seven-year-old
Frigidaire. You can travel back in time to see our old washer and Roy as a
35-week-old right here.
11-25-2007: The Barker Way Bash! We had a block pot-luck right after
Thanksgiving because our neighbors are people to be thankful for! We had 26
people here. The first photo shows (clockwise starting from the left) Doris,
Jenny (standing), Inez, Ondine, Jorge, Bill, Barbara, Ofelia, and Jose. The
second photo shows (clockwise starting from the lower center) the backs of
Doris, Inez, and Ondine, then Leo at the kid’s table, Jorge, Roy, Sydney,
Bill, Danny (standing next to the kid’s table), Barbara, and Ofelia. The third
photo shows Leslie, Inez, and Kathy. The last photo shows Ron, Jose, and John.
11-22-2007: Happy Thanksgiving! And we have much to be thankful
for. Heres a couple quick looks at our table, laden with feast and
surrounded with family. In the first photo, you see Kaleb in the foreground left
(in the striped shirt), then going clockwise round the table you see Barbaras
stripes, Michelle, Winter (standing), Leo, Roy, Jeff, Neena (standing), Bill,
and Jeffrey. In the second photo, starting with Kaleb again and going clockwise,
you see Barbara, Autumn, Winter, Michelle, Ellie, Leo, Jeff, Neena, Bill,
Ondine, and Jeffrey. In the annual couch photo, you see (left to right) Jeffrey,
Roy, Ellie, Winter (in back), Leo, Jeff, Michelle, Neena, Kaleb, and Autumn.
10-31-2007: Happy Halloween! Here we are, all in costume (except for
John, who was dressed as his usual Republican-at-a-picnic). First is Leo as a
vampire/ghoul and Roy as a pirate. Like our Frankenstein Monster? Hes
stuffed. Next is Witch Ondine with Vampire Leo and Pirate Roy. Isnt she a
bewitching witch? Makes John feel like Darrin Stevens, she does. Then, we have
Barbara and Bill getting into the Halloween spirit.
10-14-2007: Coronado overnight! The boys stayed with Barbara and Bill
at their timeshare, while we enjoyed a kid-free weekend! First you see Bill and
the boys on the beach searching for shells, then Roy with a couple treasures,
then Leo on the rocks, then Barbara and the boys enjoying huge ice cream cones!
10-04-2007: Good-bye to the chickens. Its the end of an era, as
Barbara and Bill pack the chickens off to a humane farm where they will live out
their lives in poultry paradise. In the first photo, Roy is holding Second Hand.
The middle shows him by the coop. And the last photo is also the last photo of
the chickens. Leo was too sad even to participate in a photo session, but you
can see him holding Second Hand by scrolling down to April 19.
9-25-2007: Cleaning the kitchen floor. See, this is how we polish all
nooks and crannies, such as between the stove and the countertop.
Canine Cleaner! 5.42 MB
9-04-2007: First day of school! First you see the boys with their schultüten
packed with goodies. Next, there they are, backpacks on and ready to walk to
school. Leo is especially excited as this is his first day at Gage Elementary.
The fourth photo shows Leo waiting for the bell to ring in the Kindergarten play
area (thats his backpack hanging on the hook), and the fifth shows him
sitting in the morning circle. The last photo shows Roy taking a place in the
second grade morning circle.
8-04-2007 to 8-12-2007: Camping at Sand Pond! Check out our photos
and videos from Sand Pond 2007. Heres a
small sample, showing the boys at Sand Pond, the brothers (all three of them), the sisters
(three-quarters of them), Ondine and the boys at Gold Lake, John and the boys in the morning, and the Kentucky Mine.
7-19 to 7-20-2007: Leos Birthday(s). Ondine made a fruit salad
and brought doughnut holes to Leos pre-school for his in-school
celebration. Then, on his actual birthday, we had ice cream cake and a family
get-together at home, with Grandma Baba, Grandpa Bill, and Grammy!
7-15-2007: A morning at the beach. Roy likes to catch waves on his
Boogie Board! The second photo shows Leo, Ondine, and Roy working on a
sand-dog-turtle. These were taken at La Jolla Shores.
06-30-2007 to 07-07-2007: Family trip to Hawaii! Visit our Hawaii
vacation page for all the
photos, videos, and journals. Here are a few samples showing the view from our
balcony, Grammy with Roy and Leo at Volcano House (thanks, Grammy!), Leo at Hale’uma’u
crater and the steam vents, Roy at Sulphur Banks, Grammy with Ondine and the
boys in front of Matsumoto’s Shave Ice, Eric coaxing Leo on the Boogie Board
while Roy paddles by, and the whole group of us.
6-23-2007: Earth Machines and a small harvest. First you can see our
two Earth Machine composting bins - the City was selling them for $25 each to
encourage composting and reduce landfill trash. We immediately transferred the contents of our old
trashcan composter into them, and next you see Ondine adding some more scraps to
a bin behind the bush (both bins have their lids off).
The third shot shows one tiny harvest from our front garden: tomatoes, radishes,
lettuce, and our first carrots and bush beans. Oh, and the last peach from our
6-13-2007: Doughnuts with Dad and Running with Roy! First up, are
John and Leo at our very last Doughnuts with Dad Fathers
Day celebration at Montessori Discovery School. Oh, Leo looks thrilled to
be photographed. Later that same day, Roy was recognized as one of Gage
Elementary Running Clubs top runners, with 290 miles! He was was of the
top half-dozen runners in the whole school. The whole Running Club racked up a total
of 45,912 miles over the school year! Heres Roy at the school assembly, receiving his medal and
certificate from Mrs. Elrod, the P.E. coach (holding microphone), and Mrs. Zitsman, the
principal (presenting). He
seems justifiably pleased with himself! The last shot, from Stephens Mom,
shows Roy with two good friends from class (and two other Top Runners in B-5),
Kelly and Stephen!
6-03-2007: Roys birthday party! Heres Roys birthday cake
planets (Ondine made the cake)! It was lemon with lemon cream cheese frosting.
Next is the crowd outside making supernova t-shirts. We had 14 kids over, most
of whom you can see here. Starting at the back table, going clockwise from the
upper left, is Lauren, Sean (partially obscured), and Lacey. At the front table,
we have, clockwise from Max (in sunglasses), we have Leo (turned around), Kelly,
Stephen, Morgan, Roy (you can just see his feet; hes in front of Ondine),
Tommy, and Sophia. Not seen in the photo: Alex, Cody, Zack.
6-01-2007: The last MDS Step By Step party! Can you pick out Leo? Hes
on the right, behind two boys, one in camo and the other in a red t-shirt. Wed
have posted a short video, except this is pretty much all Leo did: stand there,
stock-still, scanning the crowd like he was Dance Security. But he said he had a
great time doing it. Roy, seated in the group of spectators, tried to stay
5-30-2007: Ondine cleans! Here she is hard at work on the kitchen
window. And where is John? Oh, he has work to do. Like taking this picture and
uploading it. Yeah. Yeah, thats it. Lives like a king, he does.
5-28-2007: Kids and cupcakes. Here are (left to right) Carson, Cydney, Roy, and
Leo at Big Rock Park in Santee. Ondine made the cupcakes (from scratch, mind) to celebrate Cydney and Roys
fast-approaching 7th birthdays. Hence the 7 on each cupcake.
5-17-2007: A typical après-breakfast scene. Leo is about to take his bowl to the
sink after eating, an activity that has Buddys rapt attention. Rapt.
Its worth noting that Leo has never yet dropped his bowl. But that doesnt
keep Buddy from living on hope.
05-13-2007: Mothers Day! Heres Ondine with Roy and Leo,
enjoying their card and their cuddles.
05-09-2007: Muffins with Mom. Here are Ondine and Leo at Montessori
Discovery Schools Muffins with Mom Mothers Day celebration.
05-07-2007: A hawks lunch. Bill saw this redtail hawk in a neighbors
tree, and realized it had a rattlesnake in its talons! He got this photo as
it flew off to a quiet spot to enjoy its meal.
04-19-2007: Happy Birthday to Baba! We had dinner and cake next door,
then the boys disappeared to play. Here are Leo and Second Hand!
04-10-2007: Easter treats. Here are Roy and Leo experiencing a bit of
post-Easter celebration sugar rush. Roy has the jelly beans and Leo is
blissfully working down a massive marshmallow bunny peep.
04-04-2007: Dying Easter eggs. Roy is on the left with the orange egg and Leo is on the
right with the green egg.
04-01-2007: Roy and Leo on the beach in Carlsbad. The water was cold, but not too cold, as you can see.
03-31-2007: Roy and Leos overnight! The boys spent the night at Baba and Grandpa Bills
house. They went to Souplantation for dinner and got balloon swords and helmets!
03-24-2007: Big Bear Weekend. We went to the Discovery Center, where
the boys made bird feeders. You see Roy on the right, rolling his in birdseed.
We also hung out by the lake, where the boys found long marsh grasses. You can
see Leo becoming a dinosaur with claws. And, on the far left, Buddy found
treasures of his own.
03-17-2007: Three Grandparents, Two Lucky Kids. Grammy came to visit,
and we all got together for kaffeetrinken Saturday afternoon. From left
to right, there are Frances, Leo, Bill, Roy, and Barbara.
03-11-07: Ugly Cat Cupcakes. Inspired by the recipe and activity guide
in Nate the
Great and the Snowy Trail, we made Ugly Cat Cupcakes. It was a
two-day project. The first day, we made molasses cookies for the heads,
cupcakes for the bodies, and chocolate frosting to glue everything together.
The second day we assembled our Ugly Cats using licorice strings for tails and
whiskers, chocolate chips for ears, and gumdrops for wild bugged-out eyes. Here are Ondine, Roy, and Leo
mixing, then a litter of Ugly Cat Cupcakes, and an Ugly Cat Close-up. They are
02-19-2007: Rainy day reading time. Leo did not
sit on Buddy; Buddy wedged himself under Leo. When Ondine reads to Roy
and Leo, Buddy likes to snout and snoozle himself right into the middle of the
coziness. Later, the boys piled out to play in the back yard and enjoy the rain.
Theres Leo in the side yard, then Leo and Roy in the mud that is our back
01-20-2007: The $1,460 chunk of gristle. Buddy ate something that
blocked his gut, and it took surgery to have it removed. The first photo shows what they pulled out of
him, next to a quarter for scale. The one in the produce bag is the one John took in to show the vet (which
Buddy threw up); the second, larger piece is what they removed from inside him. A small bit
flaked/tore off when we were playing with it trying to figure out what it was;
it looks and feels like a huge chunk of cartilage. We didnt recognize it, and think he snarfed it
up on a walk. The second photo shows a convalescing, coneheaded Buddy. He seems relieved to be home.
(The pink in his eye, by the way, is normal - he lacks pigmentation in a
secondary eyelid so it always looks bloodshot.)
01-01-2007: Oshogatsu spread. Heres just the part on the kitchen
island, the ozoni stuff is on the stove and the mochi is in the
oven. From top left working clockwise, there is teriyaki chicken, persimmons, kimpira
gobo (burdock root), tangerines, makizushi rolls (uncut) and age-sushi,
sushi rice pressed into forms and rolled in toasted sesame seeds, makizushi,
cucumber salad, and sunomono. The small three dishes hold (from left to
right) seaweed salad, kuromame (sweet black beans), and konyaku.
12-31-2006: Sushi Chef Roy. Heres Roy carefully making makizushi.
You can see the pile hes already made (Ondine made the pile of age-sushi
on the left), and he went on to make about a dozen rolls.
12-06-2006: St. Nicholas Day. Heres our Christmas card family
photo, taken in front of the fireplace. In front, John and Ondine (holding
Buddy, who desperately wants to see whats in Johns stocking), and in
back, Roy and Leo.
Archived Photos from 2006
Archived Photos from 2005
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