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!


Spoiled Again (with a Thai Dinner)

"Thai Curry" Cedar Park, 2017
“Thai Curry” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Tonight’s photos are of another delicious and beautiful dinner. I’ve said it several times before, but they kids and I are really spoiled by Mariko when it comes to the food we eat. It’s all so delicious, and Mariko enjoys cooking and trying new dishes. We are so fortunate!

My contribution to this evening’s dinner was a trip to the market to pick up some coconut milk. And of course doing the dishes, which I am happy to do. It’s a tiny price to pay for getting to eat these meals every night. 😌

"Pad Thai" Cedar Park, 2017
“Pad Thai” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a wonderful Tuesday!


Dodgers in Town

"Autograph from Joc" Round Rock, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO250
“Autograph from Joc” Round Rock, 2017 baseball,

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight Bay and I went to see the Oklahoma City Dodgers play the Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond. It was a minor league baseball game, but there were some major-leaguers playing – most notably, Joc Pederson and Kyle Farmer for the Dodgers. They will soon be called back up to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they make their push towards the playoffs.

But in the meantime, it was cool to see these Dodgers up close. As you can see from the photos, Bay got Joc Pederson’s autograph (and Kyle Farmer’s as well) to add to his cap. Minor league games are pretty cool because they are a lot more relaxed and informal.

"Autograph Cap" Round Rock, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO200
“Autograph Cap” Round Rock, 2017

I splurged a bit and bought row 2 seats behind the plate, but since it’s minor league, they were only $14 each. A pretty good deal to be close enough to talk to the players!

"Great Seats" Round Rock, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO200
“Great Seats” Round Rock, 2017

Even though the Dodgers lost the game, it was great to see the larger-than-life ballplayers up close. And when you see them up close, they are just regular people. Kind of cool!

I hope you had a nice Saturday.


Happy Spaghetti Saturday

"Spaghetti Dinner" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/75 sec, ISO6400
“Spaghetti Dinner” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was a relaxing day, with a couple nice highlights. First was that my 16-year-old son and I made spaghetti sauce with meatballs and Italian sausage. It’s a recipe that I got from my Mom and everyone in the family enjoys it. But today, I had my son make the meatballs. He’ll be heading off to college in a couple years, so I think it’s good to get him familiar with the kitchen more!

The recipe is pretty simple but there is some room to add your own ingredients and make it to your own preference. For instance, I use less salt, but add some more spices to the mix. And I am sure that when Bay makes his own spaghetti (maybe for his own kids!) he’ll adjust the recipe to his own tastes.

As expected, the spaghetti sauce is yummy, and the meatballs were especially good! He did a great job mixing, forming, and browning the meatballs, only complaining about splattered oil 2 or 20 times. 😆

Earlier in the day, I watched the local High School marching band pass by our house as they marched through the neighborhood. My 13-year-old son is looking forward to joining the band when he goes to High School, but he still has one more year in Middle School. But he’s excited to see his friends who have become Freshmen marching in the band.

"Marching Band" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/750 sec, ISO200
“Marching Band” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a great day!


Pinball and Dinner

"Pinball Action" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Pinball Action” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I dropped off my wife and 15-year-old son at the airport for their month-long trip to Japan. Then, I worked the day at the office before meeting my visiting brother and 13-year-old son at Pinballz for some fun arcade games. It was great playing pinball and some old consoles like Tempest! Had a great time and enjoyed a nice beer as well.

After that, it was time for dinner and my brother wanted some southern food, so we went to Mouton’s Southern Bistro. I’ve wanted to try this restaurant for several years now, so this was a good chance. The food was delicious and the portions were generous as you can see below! So stuffed… ☺

"Chicken Fried Steak" Leander, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/150 sec, ISO200
“Chicken Fried Steak” Leander, 2017
"Jambalaya & Etouffee" Leander, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO200
“Jambalaya & Etouffee” Leander, 2017
"Po-Boy" Leander, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/140 sec, ISO200
“Po-Boy” Leander, 2017

I hope you had a great day!


BBQ with my Brother

"Family Dinner" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Family Dinner” Austin, 2017


Today we took it easy and slept in. We were pretty tired from yesterday’s travels, and my brother is still on West Coast time, so it worked out nicely. We pretty much just hung out at the house all day, watched the Dodger game, and then went out for a yummy dinner.

My brother wanted to sample some Austin Barbecue, so we headed to Freedmen’s for some brisket, ribs, pork belly, slaw, and potato salad. We also got salmon and pit-chili, and it was all so good! Austin has so many great BBQ places, but Freedmen’s flies a bit under the radar. However, it’s some of the best BBQ in town!

"BBQ Poses" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/550 sec, ISO200
“BBQ Poses” Austin, 2017
"Big Rib and Brisket" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Big Rib and Brisket” Austin, 2017

I hope you had a nice day!


Another School Year Finished

"Bye Sun" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/210 sec, ISO200
“Bye Sun” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How are you doing?

Wow, another school year is in the books! Today was the last day for the kids’ 7th grade and Sophomore years. I can’t believe how much they have grown. It seems like just yesterday that we were at the hospital welcoming them into the world. 😳

But time marches on. Looking forward to making more good memories!