Day 1: Aloha Adventures [Oahu 2018]

Welcome to the daily recaps from our Oahu trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 11), then photos (by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad) with captions by Emily (age 9 (age 8 during the trip)). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we... Continue Reading →

Oahu Trip 2018 Recap

Last year's trip had us in Washington, D.C. in April. We wanted to see the cherry blossoms but because of the weird weather, they came and went. We completely forgot it was around spring break time (because we break whenever). Yikes, it was crowded! Since it was quite a full trip, we slowed it down... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading Programs 2018

It is always a fun bonus when there's a prize for reading books. I'll add to this list as the programs start and updates as we finish them! 🙂 TIP: Make sure to have a timer on hand to track those minutes! (We have the ones with the light on them but it looks like... Continue Reading →

Planning for a Trip

I shared this Travel Planner Printables pack in the March Monthly Recap and we are itching to travel again. Homebodies that 2 out of the 4 of us are, we usually stay close to home most days of the year, BUT once in awhile, we love to explore our world, both near and far. We have... Continue Reading →

A Mid-Month Update [March 2018]

Hello March! As we head into the end of the first quarter of the year, there is a renewed hope for the year ahead. There are no signs of spring but we rejoice in knowing that new things can spring up anytime. Anytime is a good time to start something new! - Joyce *Note: This... Continue Reading →


Each of us went to the Exploratorium last year on a date with Norm/Daddy.  Here's the story of our mini-adventure in San Francisco! Captions by: Melody, Emily, Joyce  Photos by: Dad Norm + Mom Joyce More info here –>   Emily's Visit I liked the first part of my visit. I liked the spinny... Continue Reading →

Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is beautiful and a lot of people contribute to putting together all of the trees Santa comes sometimes too. Captions by: Emily, age 8 Photos by: Dad Norm + Mom Joyce More info here –> (open through 1/7/18) A Note from Emily's Mom: We have been to Christmas in the Park at... Continue Reading →

A Mini-Adventure in San Francisco

A Note from Joyce: It wasn't until a few years ago after our trip to Seattle when we decided we should have the girls explore our original hometown of San Francisco (where there is ALWAYS something new to discover!). We have done two almost-all-day trips with visiting relatives and we have also been on a few... Continue Reading →

San Leandro Public Library [Library Tour]

The next stop on our Library Tour Summer Series is the San Leandro Public Library. (This post is by Melody with italicized comments from Mom.) I've had a lot of great memories at this library. When I was little, even though my parents worked a lot, my mom rarely missed bringing the four of us kiddos... Continue Reading →

The Three Bears [Afternoon Art]

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is the story for the third art project for the Afternoon of Art Summer Series . (This post is by Emily.) An Afternoon of Art We were excited about our third art project from Home Art Studio (2nd Grade) because it... Continue Reading →

Pleasanton Public Library [Library Tour]

Pleasanton Public Library was the second library in our Library Tour Summer Series. The front of the library had statues. The first one we thought was cool - a girl reading. The second statue/s we saw was of a girl reading, too. I'm assuming it's her brother she's reading to. That reminds me of me... Continue Reading →

Hayward Mural Program

Note: Check out other activities in our Summer Series! Captions by: Melody (10) Introduction by: Melody Photos by: Mom Joyce More info here –> I've always known that Hayward has murals. Actually, the only one I think of is the one at the theater. You probably drive past them too. But do you ever wonder,... Continue Reading →

Dog Art Project [Afternoon Art]

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Our second project for the Afternoon of Art Summer Series is a dog painting. (This post is by Emily.) An Afternoon of Art We had a full Memorial Day weekend, so we opted out of going to the park in the morning. We had... Continue Reading →

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