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A lot of catching up to do!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

This is going to span about 2 weeks.  I’ll post the pictures and tell the story as I go along.

12.jpg22.jpg32.jpg42.jpg This was about 2 weeks ago.  We took Ella and Juliet to Pet Pride behind the ballpark.  The girls had so much fun together and Panda made a new friend!

52.jpg Here is a shot of Sakura (in Japan!) during a Skype session that we had.  I blocked out Ella accidentally when I was taking the picture, but I put a movie at the end of Ella showing Sakura how well she pogo sticks.  It was so cool doing the Skype conversation.  Sakura took us all over her apartment, showed us the view outside, played the piano for us and of course showed us her entire Powerpuff Girl collection!

61.jpg71.jpg Here is Ella doing early morning farm duty at CDS.

8.jpg9.jpg10.jpg111.jpgHere is Ella’s latest and greatest book.  She wrote about getting her green belt.  It has been wonderful watching her storytelling evolve.  Her teacher says that she loves to write and tell stories.  Incredible stuff.

121.jpgElla’s latest self-portrait.

13.jpgElla, Sunny and Juliet at en event at City Hall called a billion rising – an event about violence against women and children on v-day.

15.jpg We went to Tahoe last weekend with our friends Rachel, Liz and Isabel.  Here is Ella on a snow/ice castle.

16.jpgWe all tried tubing for the first time.  It was incredible! (movie at the end)

17.jpg18.jpgOn top of the tubing run.

19.jpgWe bumped into Ella’s friend Hannah and her parents and rode the tram up together.  It was 2000 feet up!

20.jpg Hannah, Ella and Isabel at the top of the tram.  We were at Squaw Valley where the 1960 something Olympics were held.

211.jpgElla gets the goal again!

221.jpg Ella and Hannah skating on the beautiful rink which was used in the Olympics.

23.jpg Ella and Isabel flinging snowballs at me.

24.jpgThe moms at Squaw Valley.

26.jpg It was really beautiful up there.  Check out Lake Tahoe in the distance.

So much fun – so much love – so many long waits for trains, cable cars, trolleys!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

We’ve all had a wonderful time together.  Happy New Year.  Grandma and papa are leaving in the early afternoon.  We can’t believe how fast this week flew by!  We love you and will miss you.  Can’t wait for February.  Here are some pictures of the past few days.

1.jpg Ella and AJ having a jam session.

2.jpg3.jpg Ella and Milo were treated to some rather large cookies and peanuts outside of AT&T park.

4.jpg Waiting on a long line for a cable car ride.

5.jpg6.jpg The most special love in the world.

7.jpgThe Leoanharts on the cable car.

8.jpg Science experiments with grandma.

9.jpg Panda and Ella having a sleepover party.

10.jpgLove the look of Milo weraring Ella’s Giants hat.

11.jpg12.jpg13.jpg Scootering cousins.

14.jpg Ella trying to bring Milo down the slide.  Mission not accpmplished, but at least she tried.

151.jpg Beautiful ELla.

16.jpg171.jpg18.jpg Kids playing some baseball in the little stadium.

19.jpg Ella’s cool slide.

20.jpg Get those children across the street!

21.jpg Ella at the aquarium.

22.jpgWaiting on line for the bungee.  Oh – how much excitement there is!

23.jpg24.jpg25.jpg26.jpg27.jpg28.jpg29.jpg The kids did an amazing job bungee jumping.  Ella must have flipped at least 18 times and Milo just smiled and jumped and loved it.

30.jpg31.jpg32.jpg Heading down to the restaurant to bring in the new year.  Too bad the picture of me, Sunny and Ella isn’t so great.

33.jpg34.jpg Big kids at the table.

35.jpg Fun with grandma.

36.jpg Running innocense.

37.jpg Happy Nw Year with love from the Schwartz/Obstbaum/Leonhart families.

38.jpg Sweet dreams angel.

Sparring, Halloween and the World Series

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Today was a beautiful day and a fun day and it ended up to be an incredible night with the Giants winning game 3 of the world series 2-0!  Sunny and I watched the game at home with Debby and Toby.  Ella went to a Halloween party with the Kim/Arena clan.  Ella had a great night and so did we!  Ella did some more sparring at Taekwondo today.  The kids are more than a foot taller than she is.  She was proud that she got a kick in.

1.jpg26.jpg Ella is such a good sport!  She was trying pretty hard today.

37.jpg Ella’s beautiful face painting from the party tonight.

46.jpg Panda watched the World Series with his Giants jersey on.  He is no longer afraid of the big panda.

The weekend

Monday, September 10th, 2012

We started off the weekend having a delicious dinner at Koh Samui and the Monkey without Ella because Ella was having a movie night and sleep over with Juliet and KJ!  Everyone had a great night!  The Giants even beat the Dodgers.  On Saturday morning, We went to the CDS Welcome Picnic where I sold sweatshirts, Sunny talked to a number of parents, and Ella played!  On Saturday afternoon, Ella went back to TaeKwonDo.  She loved it agin and is going to stick with it during the school year.  We had dinner with my aunt and uncle on Saturday night at Eliza’s our favorite Chinese food restaurant in SF.  It was delicious.  This morning, Mommy went to spin class while Ella and I met up with Hanna and Megan for breakfast at the Crossroads cafe.  After breakfast Ella took a great bike ride – she is a changed rider for the best and then we went to the ballpark for Strike Out Violence Day.  It was a great day – great ceremony.

11.jpgElla and mommy heading to CDS for the Welcome Picnic.

21.jpg31.jpg41.jpg Ella getting ready for Taekwondo.

51.jpg Me and my fur son Panda.

61.jpg Mommy, Ella and panda chillin’.

71.jpg Mommy, Ella, Mommy’s new boss Wendy and our friend Julia.

81.jpg Ella getting to meet Jeremy Affelt.

91.jpg A moment of silence.



Marshmallow Mustache

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Ella, Stella and Juliet were in Rock band Land Camp this week.  They all worked really hard on writing a story, making it into a song and then performing it.  We had the pleasure and honor to see their performance today.  They were all outstanding!  Ella rocked the drums and Stella and Juliet rocked the vocals.  Here’s the video.  More pics later.

Ella the musician is coming out all over the place!

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Ella, Stella and Juliet are in Rock Band Land Camp this week.  They are having  blast!  Ella loves having the girls at her school and the girls are meeting lots of Ella’s friends.  The band has a concert tomorrow (today if you’re reading this on Friday) and papa is coming to town in the afternoon.  He is going to get to see the performance and Ella is so excited for papa to see her and of course for Ella to see papa.  In a few days, we get to see the rest of the beautiful family – grandma, AJ, Milo and so many wonderful friends.  We’ll miss mommy but she’ll be joining us for a very long weekend so that is amazing.  Back to the music…last week, when we went to Benihana with Kristen and Emmi, Kristen got the girls little note pads.  They both started writing like crazy once we sat down.  Emma wrote a really sweet letter to Ella about being friends forever even though sometimes they get mad at each other, they really do love each other.  Ella said that she was writing a song but she didn’t want us to see it.  Of course, I snuck and read it and then was so blown away that I took a picture of it.  Here it is:


It says, “I love the sweet love that I, every morning wake up with.  It’s so rare for some people but I am going to fly.  I am going to fly but maybe temporary.  Whether I am shaped like a domino it doesn’t matter so I am going to fly,  I am”.  Deep stuff.  I admitted that I read it and she was a little mad but also really happy that I loved it so much.  She won’t tell me the melody.

When I went to pick the girls up from camp the other day, I couldn’t find them until I headed over to the farm.  They were all working hard raking hay.  Here are a few iPhone shots.

38.jpg48.jpg55.jpg OUr little urban farmers.

67.jpg In the beginning of the week, Panda ripped his fingernail almost off.  He had to get it removed.  Here he is post surgery.  He was pretty doped up, but still very sweet.

76.jpg84.jpg92.jpg Here is Ella seriously rehearsing her song from Friday.  She’s actually going to be drumming during this song.

Trip To Gilroy Gardens

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

We went to Gilroy Gardens today with Ella’s friend Marlowe and Marlowe’s mom.  We had a great time.  It warms my heart to see that Ella is still into going on silly kid’s rides with plenty of excitement.  It was really hot there today – 99º!  Here are some pics from the day.

17.jpg Beautiful Ella at the beginning of the day.

23.jpg Marlowe and Ella about to hit their first ride.

33.jpg The bouncing fish ride.

43.jpg See the little thrill in Ella’s face.

52.jpg On the artichoke ride.

62.jpg The caterpillar.

72.jpg81.jpg Sweet Ella drove me around the track.  She was very serious about her driving.

Ella came to work with me today

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

I am super tired but wanted to post this.  Ella came to work with me today.  She had a blast.  She especially loved the 6th grade class.  She played drums with them, sang a few songs and interacted with them on such a mature level.  The kids love Ella.  After work, we met Ella’s friend Marlowe and her mom at Lucy Strike for some afternoon bowling.  After bowling, we met mommy ar the burger joint for dinner.  it was a really full day.

15.jpg Ella and some of my 6th graders.

24.jpg Here they are singing “Beautiful”

34.jpg44.jpg Ella and the 6th s Grade group.  They were terrific.

54.jpg At Lucky Strike with Marlowe.

63.jpg73.jpg Ella is quite the little bowler!

82.jpgThe Burger JOint with Marlowe.

Crazy weekend

Monday, March 19th, 2012

 We started our weekend about to get a puppy and ended the weekend getting a small orange Prius.   It was time to give up the city car and we needed a second one.  It’s pretty cool!  This weekend, Ella Stella, Juliet and KJ friday night movie night and then the girls slept over.  It gets easier for them every week.  On Saturday, Ella had taekwondo, and then a birthday party and then she went and slept at Stella and Juliet’s.  Rumor has it, they had a blast.  Sunny and I spent some lovely time together and had dinner at Lucky Strike.  We didn’t bowl. but we had a lot of fun!  Today, Ella spent a big part of the day with helen and Ron (thanks you so much) while Sunny and I bought a second car.  Time to say goodbye to the city car.  After the car, Ella a had a playmate with her buddy Hannah from ballet.  Tonight we had a great dinner at Moki’s with Kate.  The end.

14.jpg23.jpg Ella an Friday in the rain.  She loved her puddles.  Check out how deep the water was?!

33.jpg A very serious part of the sleep over.

43.jpg53.jpg53.jpg62.jpgSO much fun at Taekwondo.

72.jpg81.jpg91.jpg10.jpgFun fun fun at Pump it up!

111.jpg We bought a new car today…an orange Prius.  It will be great second car.


Winter performance

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

I want to share some video I shot during ELla’s winter performance.  It was absolutely beautiful and sweet and very meaningful for the kids.  We are off on our vacation adventure tomorrow and we can’t wait!