Look Out

"Beware!" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO6400
“Beware!” Cedar Park, 2018

She doesn’t like the camera? (Actually a big yawn)

Long Hours

"After-work Drink" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO640
“After-work Drink” Cedar Park, 2018

After a long day at work, it’s nice to come home and relax with a nice drink. Although the glass says Saké, it was actually some white wine. 😄 Cheers!


Half-day Father’s Day

"Music Hall" Waco, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Music Hall” Waco, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I dropped Koa off at Baylor so he could start his week-long band camp. It’s about an hour and a half drive from our house to Waco and the music school there on campus. After a quick registration, it was time for Koa’s placement audition. He didn’t think he did very well, but it turns out that he made First Band! Way to go, Koa!

After auditioning, I helped Koa get set up in his dorm room, which mostly involved putting sheets and bedding together. Koa seemed pretty happy and said I could leave… it was a sad farewell for me because I would be going home to an empty house on Father’s Day, but I could tell Koa wanted me out of there so he could have fun with his friends who were arriving at the dorm. 😫

Out in California, Bay was also checking in to his summer program at USC. My brother’s family and my mom helped him get set up on campus and from the few messages I received from Bay, everything seemed great. I’m excited to learn how his architecture classes are – I hope they are interesting and valuable to Bay!

So now it’s late and I need to rest up for a busy week at work. Yay!

And I just realized that this is the first time that the four of us (Mariko, Bay, Koa, and I) have spent the night all apart! Exciting and sad at the same time. But before I think about it too much, it’s time for bed.


Haircut, Shopping, Sketching, etc.

"Haircut" Austin, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO100
“Haircut” Austin, 2018

Hey there! Today was just Koa and I, but it was a busy busy day. Here it is in list form:

  • Finished my China travel visa application and dropped it off at the post office, along with a couple other packages
  • Took Koa to get his haircut before dropping him off at the mall to hang out with his friends
  • Got my own haircut
  • Picked up Koa from the mall and went to another store to buy him some nice pants and tie for his band camp
  • Dinner at a Mexican restaurant
  • Laundry and helping Koa pack for band camp
  • Evening sketching

Tonight’s sketch is from a photo from 1996 when I first met Mariko. It was a fun sketch to create!

I hope you had a nice Saturday!


"Sangria Margarita" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Sangria Margarita” Cedar Park, 2018
"1996" 2018
“1996” 2018

Friday Update

"Stormy Days" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/22, 1/60 sec, ISO100
“Stormy Days” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

It’s been a crazy week schedule-wise for me, with Mariko being away on vacation and the kids being out of school. Lot’s of appointments and working from home, but the week is almost over!

Today, I dropped off Bay at the airport to travel to California. He’s starting a summer-school program and will be gone for four weeks! I was a tiny bit nervous about him flying along (actually the whole security thing), but he made it to Long Beach as planned and is spending the night with my brother’s family. Of course the travel was pretty easy since he just has carry-ons and took his pre-printed boarding pass straight to security, but still, as a parent, I worry! 😄

I took today’s photo while on the way to pick up dinner. The clouds lately have been really awesome! I guess there are some storms coming, so the weather is a little unpredictable. But it makes for some interesting skies.

I hope you had a good day!


Another Pianist

"First Lesson" Austin, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/17 sec, ISO500
“First Lesson” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

So, continuing with the music theme that has dominated the family news lately, Koa has started taking piano lessons. His first class was tonight and he said it was fun but tough to remember all the fingering for the scales. I’m excited to hear his progress, though! And it was fun to dig up Bay’s old piano books for Koa to use. 懐かしい!

In other news, Bay is getting ready to head off to a summer architecture camp. He’ll be gone for four whole weeks! It’s at USC, though, so it’s nice that my family in California can take care of him. I hope he learns a lot and enjoys living in the dorms. I know I had a great time during my university years! They grow up so fast, don’t they?

I hope you had a great day!


Another Instrument

"Vibes" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/2.8, 1/9 sec, ISO500
“Vibes” Cedar Park, 2018

This afternoon Koa and I brought home a vibraphone from the high school so he could practice over the summer. This instrument is a beast! The tech at the school helped disassemble the vibraphone and load it into the car, and then at home, Koa and I reassembled it. It was actually pretty easy.

Now we have yet another large instrument in our living room… and the vibraphone is LOUD! Really need those earplugs soon. 😄

I hope you had a nice Wednesday.