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.
12-31-2008: Sushi Chefs Roy and Leo. Roy and Leo work on preparing
the makizushi for the traditional Japanese New Years Day feast. The thing Leo is
holding is kampyo, which are dried gourd strips that are rehydrated and
cooked in seasoning.
12-19-2008: Our Christmas card photo. Leo lost a second front tooth!
our favorite outtake, which seems to say so much.
12-17-2008: Bill atop Cowles Mountain! Barbara sent us some photos Bill took over the past few weeks of his trips up Cowles Mountain. Heres
11-29-2008: Roy and Leo and the Pomegranates. Look at Leos
11-28-2008: Sea World Soak Zone Victim! Lauren took Leo down to the
Soak Zone at the Shamu show. And they got, well, soaked. Theres Leo in the
first photo, and Lauren in the next, with Ondines
cousin Larry, Laurens dad, looking on cheerily.
11-23-2008: Roy is in the Mother Goose Parade! Here you see the
Mother Goose balloon queued up on a side street. Grammy, Leo, and Ondine (and
John) waited on that side street until we realized that the parade was not
passing us by! We moved to a different street, where Leo camped out by an
abandoned video store looking like a street urchin. It was also the wrong place,
so we moved again, fearing wed missed Pack 951. But no, here they come!
And there, in the blue and light blue hats, are the bears. Roy is partially
hidden, but you can see his denmates Alexander, Donovan (in the red vest),
Michael, and Stephen. Hurray!
11-08-2008: Indian Hills Camp! First is a photo Saturday of the Bear
Den boys and sibs huddling up over lunch and a Bakugan game. Then we see Roy the
archer, Roy on the zipline, and Leo watching Roy on the zipline. You can read about it and the rainstorm that hit
early the next morning on this archived weekly journal.
11-07-2008: Ondine paints the kitchen. And Roys room. And Leos
room. Look at her go! Here, she preps some cabinet doors as John and the boys
head out on a weekend camping trip.
10-31-2008: Happy Halloween! Here we all are: Roy, Jack (floating in
the back row), Ondine, Leo (we think thats Leo), and John (who seems to
be dressed up as a sofa).
10-25-2008: Leo fights for the ball! Leo might not be the biggest
player on his soccer team, or even the most skilled. But he sure enjoys getting
into the middle of things!
10-22-2008: Halloween is coming. Next door, Barbara and Bill set up Jack, and Leo
decided to read to him.
10-18-2008: Omas Pumpkin Patch with Pack 951. First we have
Roy, Stephen, and Michael finding their way through the hay maze. Leo,
Alexander, and Zackary are in there, somewhere. Next we have Leo sledding down
the cottonseed mountain. The third photo from the left is Roy doing some off-roading.
No, that four-wheeler didnt move. Likewise with the bulldozer, on which
are (from left to right) Roy, Zackary, Stephen, and Michael. That didnt
keep the boys from trying thats Roy in the drivers seat with Alex
and Michael, looking for the starter button.
10-11-2008: Johns lucky night! John won this tin of homemade candy bar
fudge at the watch and clock club meeting, for guessing how a particular clock fit the Show & Tell
theme. And he won the Show & Tell drawing, too, for a Show & Tell sweep! No wonder he looks so
smug in this photo, from Cathy Edgar (who also made the yummy fudge!).
10-04-2008: Roys soccer game! These were taken from quite far
away on the opposite sideline, hence the fuzziness. Still, thats Roy in
red #4. The first photo shows him racing to the push the ball forward, the
second shows him wide open, dribbling the ball forward and looking for a pass.
09-29-2008: Ondines great-grandparents (and Barbaras
grandparents), photos from Jürgen and Dax.
On the left is Mathilde Schneider Wittmann and on the right is August Wittmann,
who was a successful architect. These photos may have been taken in the
late-1910s to mid-1920s. One day we will start a family history page, and
compile more of these in one place; for the time being, though, here they are
hanging on our virtual refrigerator door.
09-21-2008: Leos gap-toothed grin. These smiles are so
09-17-2008: Johns new laptop ... and visible proof of one compelling
reason to buy refurbished electronics: less packaging. The ad guy in John
appreciated the line on the cover of the box.
09-02-2008: Back to School! Here are the boys, eager to set off with
their new backpacks and their Schultüte filled with new supplies and a few surprises.
07-27-2008: Pool Party! We went to Robbies birthday party at the
Santee YMCA pool. Here we see a tired Leo taking a brief break in the sun, and a
gleeful Roy plunging full-tilt down the huge water slide.
07-22-2008: Ondines college wear. Ondine started sifting the
boxes in the garage, and discovered a small cache of clothes from her junior
year in Germany! This shirt may have been painted by a former boyfriend of her
roommate, Desiree (or so Ondine says). Also found: a leather wallet containing
money! It pays to de-clutter!
07-20-2008: Leos Beach Birthday Party! First up is the treasure
hunt! Starting from Leo, who is in dark blue front and center, and working
clockwise we have Leos other brother Antonio, actual brother
Roy (in blue), Jayden, Gia, Susan (Jayden and Gias Mom), Jake, and Heather
(Jakes Mom). Then, we have Leo, James, and Roy sharing out booty on a
Boogie Board. Next, we have Leo as King of the Seaweed. Whee! Roy, meanwhile, is
a Boogie Board Dude.
07-19-2008: Roy and Leo build a T-Rex! Roy is a good big brudda, and
offers to assemble the 50-piece T-Rex skeleton Leo received for his birthday. It
took a lot of patience, but the result is spectacular - bigger than the dog!
Roar! And, Ondine turns a pair of Leos pants into shorts for the summer,
with Frances help.
07-18-2008: Leos At-Home Birthday! Barbara and Bill and Grammy
came over to celebrate Leos birthday! First, we see Leo very happy with
his ice cream cake (courtesy of Barbara and Bill). In the third photo, Leo shows
his grandparents the search-and-find book he wrote and illustrated, The
Grat Bole of Tofooo Srtch. Tofu? Note the tiny yellow happy face
stickers on everyones shirts. Next, we all gather round to play
with Leos presents. Grammy settles in with a search-and-find book.
Barbara and Bill doggedly assemble a Neo Shifter (For Ages 6 and
Up). It took three grown-ups (our combined ages: about 180 - so definitely on the
up side of six) to put the thing together, which merited the victory photo.
07-03-2008: Refrigerator Fishing. Here
are Leo and Buddy, two peas in a pod, looking for whatever they can find beneath
the refrigerator. Atop the white footstool to the left, you can see that Leo has
recovered a car and an airplane. Buddy, though, is hoping for a bit of old food.
07-01-2008: The Del Mar Fair! We rode the big Ferris wheel, a
thrilling view from the very top! First up is John and Leo, then Ondine and Roy.
Note Johns colorful hat band: it got him into the Fair for free because it
was his recycled wearable art. He made it the day before, from junk mail. Ondine
made a hair decoration out of a plastic bottle and vegetable netting. The boys
got free Fair admission because it was kids-get-in-free day. The third photo
shows Leo exploring a fun car in the Fun Zone. Leo
rode a carousel
(video, 1.33 MB), while Roy went rock climbing for the very first time! At the end of the day, the
Footsie-Wootise is the best bargain at the Fair, an invigorating foot massage
for just two bits (check out Leos expression of bliss).
06-22-08: YAARD SAA-ALE! Leo hawks his wares, at the top of his lungs but to an empty street, at the boys yard sale. Check out the video! (2.22 MB - Turn up your speakers though, because he was shouting away from the camera. It was a lot louder on a quiet morning in real life!)
06-16-2008: Leos Kindergarten promotion ceremony! You can see Leos
class, first sitting and singing, then standing and dancing. Leo, in the dark
blue and light blue shirt in the front row, is Dance Security, keeping an eye on
the spectators while everyone else rocks out around him. The third photo shows
Leo with his teacher, the wonderful Mrs. Youngman. The fourth photo is Leo with
his other brother Antonio. Finally, a photo of Ondine with Mrs.
06-14-2008: Roy at Camp Balboa with the Cub Scouts! First up, we have
Roys first experience shooting a gun (a BB gun) on the shooting range.
Next, the Cubs made rope. Behind Roy is Alexander; in front of Roy are Stephen,
Michael, and (barely) Donovan. The Cubs went to the pool, which was cold, but no
one turned down ice cream afterwards! The fourth photo shows all our Cubs up a
tree: (on the branches) Donovan, Alex, Roy (lounging), Stephen, and Michael. On
the ground: (front) Alexander, (back) Evan. The Bear Cub den did some foil
cooking for dinner: here you see Roy, Big Stephen and Stephen, Alexander, and
Ernesto. The last photo shows the entire Pack performing a skit for the big
Saturday night campfire! From left to right: Michael, Edward (who arrived that
evening), Donovan, Roy, Evan, Alex, Stephen, Alexander. Read more about the campout in our archived journal from June 16 2008.
06-11-2008: Running Club awards! Leo was the Top Kindergarten Runner,
with 130 miles! And Roy was the #3 runner in the whole school, with 303 miles!
You can see some of the other top Gage Running Club runners in the group photo.
Flanking Roy are his Room 4 classmate Michelle (#2 with 312 miles) and Room 13
classmate Zackary (#1 with 355 miles). Roys friend Stephen is next to
06-07-2008: Roys birthday beach party! Clockwise from the far
left: Grammy, Leo (in the orange, swinging seaweed), Ondine, and a cluster of
boys including Stephen, Alexander, and Roy. Next, the boys buried Roy!
06-06-2008: Leo gets a student achievement award. Here he is, looking
pleased with himself. He made it! The other photo shows Mrs. Youngmans
Kindergarten cohort all these kids are moving together through second
grade. Leo is very attached to his cohort.
05-23 to 05-25-2008: Barbara and Bill and the Boys at Big Bear! Here
are Roy and Leo at the top of the chair lift. For more photos, visit our B&B&tB@BB
05-09 to 05-11-2008: John, Roy, and Leo at a Cub Scout campout! The
first photo shows Leo near the tent in our campsite at Indian Hills Camp. The next is
Roy way up on the Zipline, ready to make the leap. The last photo shows the boys
being a totem pole. For lots more photos and video, visit Indian Hills Campout
04-12-2008: Roy is a mud zombie and Leo is a mud chef. Obviously, Roy
is feeling silly and Leo is feeling better. What a difference a day makes!
04-11-2008: Leo is sick. And Buddy is concerned. We think its
funny that Buddy is mirroring Leos slightly downcast look in the second
04-06-2008: Anita & kids at La Jolla Shores. Rennolds came to
town for a convention, so Anita, Reid, Katrina, and Case came along to get back
in touch with their San Diego roots! First up you see Anita and Ondine. Then
theres Katrina spinning and making herself dizzy. Roy and Leo did some
boogie-boarding (as did Reid, but he went in too far to get a photo). So,
basically, everyone went in. The last three photos are group shots: first
gathering the group, then the group getting ready ... then the fer-real group
shot. In front, you see Leo, Roy, and Case. In back, Ondine, Reid, Anita, and
Katrina. What a great visit!
04-05-2008: Barbara & the Boys. The boys enjoy some time next
door, just outside the clubhouse formerly known as the chicken coop.
03-23-2008: Easter Sunday. The Clan Easter get-together was at Nancy and Jays house.
Here you see Roy and Leo hanging our by the pool and sunbathing (actually, theyre
drying off). The third photo shows them after the Easter egg hunt, along with
their cousins (second-cousins?) behind them: Holly, Amanda, and Cooper. Leo was
a real dessert hound, and there were lots of desserts! The sixth photo shows
Johns Mom with Auntie Merry - auntie Merry spoke at our wedding. Last up
is all the sisters having a chat (from bottom left clockwise): Auntie Merry,
Auntie Maria, Frances (standing, fiddling with camera), Sharon (Jims
wife), Auntie Grace, Auntie Yochi.
03-22-2008: Our At-Home Easter. Check out the spread the Easter Bunny
left in the morning! We persuaded Leo to wear the Easter Bunny hat he made in
K-2 for the hunt. Roy gathered as many jelly beans as he could scoop up! Plus,
there were chocolate bunnies in the trees, a chalk set, bouncing chicks, peeps,
and, hoo boy, lots and lots more!
03-18-2008: Happy Leo. Grammy visits and Leo mugs for the camera.
03-15-2008: Hail! The boys (and dog) frolicked gleefully while hail
pelted down on them, whacking their heads and stinging their necks. For a brief
moment, the front lawn gleamed icy white. And then, it was over.
03-12-2008: Science Night at Gage Elementary. Leo peers through a microscope, one of several at the biology
table. This was a fun event!
03-09-08: The Pack 951 Water Rocket Derby! There were at least two dozen
competitors in two divisions: non-parachute and parachute. Roys rocket was
in the non-parachute division. You can see Roy and his water rocket in the first
photo. Its built from a 2-liter soda bottle and two small plastic
containers, with fins made of cardboard, all assembled with duct tape. Judging
from the rockets slightly compacted nose, this photo was taken after
its flight. The second photo shows Roy preparing to launch the
rocket is about 1/3 filled with water, and the bottle in the
foreground contains compressed air which is used to charge the rocket. Roys holding the ripcord which
releases the rocket. He had a great flight, timed at 5.87 seconds from launch to
hitting the ground, good enough to win third place! The last photo shows him receiving his
third-place medal. Want to see the flight? Click here to watch the water rocket
launch video! (15 seconds, mpg format, 2.85 MB)
03-09-2008: The Club House! Roy and Leo enjoy some time in
their special clubhouse next door, formerly known as the chicken coop. They built a secret entrance
through the fence from our yard!
03-02-2008: Apple Pie at Julian. Roy gets goofy, mugging for the
camera in Johns raffia hat after having a big slice of apple pie.
03-01-2008: Baking mud cookies and cakes! Leo has big plans to sell
these at a yard sale to make lots of money. Buddy isnt so sure.
02-29-2008: Leap Rock Day! Ondine got the boys their very own rock pile!
Yup: rocks, sticks, dirt, water. The four basic ultimate toys.
02-26-2008: Roy gets a prize. Roy is recognized for his
Excellent Effort and Participation at a school assembly. Sorry
about the spooky eyes and low-res photo this was the best we could do from the back of the
02-14-2008: Valentines Day! Leos Kindergarten class put on a show, and Leo sang into the microphone! Here he is at home, in his Sweetheart get-up.
01-01-2008: Happy 2008! Here we are! John (holding Buddy), Ondine
(holding kints), Leo, and Roy.
01-01-2008: New Years Day! Our oshogatsu spread. See the
rolls in pink in the first photo? Thats all the uncut makizushi Roy and
Leo made the day before!
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!
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