Percussion Concert

"Watching Again" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Watching Again” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight the percussion section of Koa’s school band performed a concert, and Koa had a solo. He did great! I was so nervous for him, but it was an awesome performance and everyone enjoyed it. Koa said he made a bunch of mistakes, but I thought it was amazing. All his friends cheered him on which was so great. Please watch/listen to the song below:

I hope you had a great Tuesday!


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Firefly / ホタル

こんばんは。How’s it going?

The other evening I took Bay to his piano lessons, and while we were waiting in the car outside the studio, we saw a ton of fireflies, lighting up the neighborhood yards along the street. It was amazing to me. I grew up in an area that did not have any fireflies, so when I see them here in Texas, it’s always a “wow” moment.

Isn’t it strange that these insects can glow like that? And it is such a nice soft glow that pulses on and off. We’re getting used to the harsh instant-on of LED lights that it is surprising and soothing to see that gradual illumination of fireflies. It’s beautiful. The natural world is like a miracle sometimes.

I found the video above on Youtube. Enjoy!

I hope you had a nice day. ☺️


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Store Opening

"Opening Party" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec, ISO200
“Opening Party” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going? Did you have a nice Sunday?

Today we visited the site of a new Whole Foods 360 Market opening near our house. While the store actually opens in a few days, today there was a ribbon cutting, food trucks, giveaways, and other activities in the parking lot.

There were a lot of people, but it wasn’t overly crowded… I’d say it was just right. What made it really great was the fact that they had free beer! 🍻 Each person got two drink tickets which was plenty, especially since it was early afternoon. We enjoyed other freebies such as veggie burgers, gourmet pretzels, spicy sausage, chocolate, hummus, and a bunch of energy bars. We got pretty full…

And, we had fun taking pics in the cool photobus photobooth! A great way to spend the afternoon. 😄

"Photo Print" Austin, 2017
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/25 sec, ISO500
“Photo Print” Austin, 2017
"Photobus" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/950 sec, ISO200
“Photobus” Cedar Park, 2017

The city we live in, Cedar Park, is a really nice place with some great shopping. Now we have Whole Foods 360, Costco, and In-n-Out, among other places. Really convenient. I’m so glad we decided to raise our family here.

I hope you had a good weekend!


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Traveling Hall of Fame

"Jackie Robinson Jersey" Round Rock, 2017
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“Jackie Robinson Jersey” Round Rock, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today, Bay and I visited the traveling Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit which is in Round Rock, just 20 minutes from our house. The displays were way better than I was expecting. We got to see Babe Ruth’s last home run baseball, Roger Maris’ bat that hit the home run to break Babe Ruth’s single-season record, Harry Caray’s famous glasses, and much more! I was pretty blown away at the history that was able to be displayed.

In addition to those items, there were VR activities, like experiencing the 2016 World Series at the ballparks in Chicago and Cleveland, and riding along in the victory parade. It was really cool.

And a little bit more fun was that I made my own silly Hall of Fame plaque, which you can see below. 😆

I highly recommend a visit to the traveling Hall of Fame if you get the chance.

I hope you had a nice Saturday!


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