Monthly Archives: November 2017

Learning Mandarin and Using a Gluestick as Chapstick

I’m almost through my first few weeks as a stay at home dad and it has been very adventurous to say the least.

On a super positive note, Ava Kalea and I started to learn Mandarin yesterday – using mostly videos from YouTube.  We’ve found that there are a lot of good ones (like the one above from Jane Wang) and some not so good ones too.  When we find a good one, I try to make sure to add it to our Mandarin playlist so we can watch it every day.  Right now we are learning to count and say the days of the week in Chinese.  Hope to have that down good at some point next week – but probably really won’t know until we are able to actually test it out on someone who actually speaks Mandarin.

On the adventurous side, I am usually real good about keeping a constant eye on our little monkey baby (born in the Year of the Monkey) – BUT today I was on the phone with her Granny and had my back turned for 20 seconds ….  Ava Kalea had the cap off the glue stick and was putting it on her lips like chapstick …

What to Give Those that Already Have it All This Holiday Season: A Guide from Guide Dogs for the Blind

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. But, what do you give to those who already have everything? Give them something you can’t buy in stores. Donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) in their name. Not only will this… Continue Reading

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Offers Free Admission on “Library Appreciation Day”

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Offers Free Admission on “Library Appreciation Day”

King County Library System card holders receive free Bellevue Ice Arena admission on November 28 Begin your holidays and skate into Bellevue’s “Magic Season” for free at its ice arena on “Library Appreciation Day,” held on Tuesday, November 28, 3-9pm. For the second year in a row, the Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA) is offering “Library… Continue Reading

What to Feed Your Toddler? Anything? Everything? Or Just Health Food?

I’ve been staying home during the days with our 14 month old Ava Kalea now for about 10 days.  It’s a lot of fun – and as I knew before, it is A LOT of work. I’ve been trying real hard to get her to eat more, as she is currently just a shade under… Continue Reading

Overlake Medical Center Invites Public to Open House at New Sammamish Clinic Saturday November 18

Overlake Medical Center invites members of the Sammamish and greater Eastside community to an open house at its new Sammamish medical clinic, Saturday, November 18, from 9 am – noon.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 8:45 am including Overlake CEO J. Michael Marsh, Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Overlake physicians Dr. Paige Kasai, Dr.… Continue Reading

At Del Mar Villas: Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs

If there is one thing that Del Mar Villas management is good at, it would have to be putting up signs.  Signs of all kinds – some of them are printed, but many of them are handwritten …  The latest sign, er ‘signs’ (there’s 4 copies taped to the walls and doors within 20 feet… Continue Reading

Sign Up for the New Del Mar Villas E-Newsletter!

All residents and condo owners at Del Mar Villas are invited to sign up for the all new (and unofficial) Del Mar Villas e-newsletter at DelMarVillas.re, which will include hyper-local news, classifieds and maybe even some events. Everyone is invited to submit news,  information or free classified ads – including units for sale or rent.… Continue Reading

The Wolf You Feed

I just saw this story on the LinkedIn profile of Steven Bohannon, the Founder of Feed Your Mind and love it.  Makes me proud to be part Cherokee – as it is really true. “An old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is… Continue Reading

Kopari Pop-Up Showroom Today Thursday November 9th in La Jolla

Kopari, the San Diego-based Coconut-derived beauty brand, has just moved into a beautiful new office space in La Jolla and are throwing open their doors to the public, turning their new digs into a pop-up showroom that’s open to the public! On Thursday, November 9th, from 11am to 3pm, they will be providing hand massages… Continue Reading