<![CDATA[the FURUKAWA FAMILY - furuBLOGwa]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:28:28 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Fall Time!!]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:14:13 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/fall-timeDespite the fact that September is one of Los Angeles hottest months, we like to pretend that it's fall time here!! Keane started classes in a transitional Pre-K! 
My big boy in his soccer and basket ball classes!!
since he's getting so big, his older brother duties have started to kick in! ha! Keane wanted to do some extra help and feed Kai! As sweet as it is, I was cringing at the big mess!
We went to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum! Great fun for the Dinosaur lovers like Keane!!!
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Raaawwwwwrrr!
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Polar Bear Kisses at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum
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CUTENESS OVERLOAD!!
FAMILY FUN!!
Catch the boys having a mini dance party!! Love these dance moves!! 
Keane being a Ninja Turtle!! Check out his sword holding area! LOL HEY! It works!
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Always fun to have a little bocha picture! My boys LOVE playing in the water!!
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<![CDATA[Kai's First Birthday]]>Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:01:07 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/kais-first-birthdayI can't believe how fast that first year just came and went! What just happened? I now have 2 toddler boys!! We are just so blessed! Kai's birthday party was a huge success! Yummy food, bounce houses, giant balloons and SPIDER-MAN!! Family and friends joining us from all over! Can't really, get much better than that! 
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family photo with the one and only!
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guest book and magnet party favors
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Our wonderful friend and cook for the big celebration!!
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kiddie play area!! Was great to keep the littles busy!
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Decor and colors turned out great!! Everyone's hard work pulled together flawlessly!
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My sweet birthday boy

special credits
this party would not be possible without the following! Giving credit where it is due!

Food: Catered by Sandbags Catering 
Party Favor Picture: Nonstop Printing  ( the magnets were ordered from Amazon and I put them together myself)
Spider-Man: Personal Friend, who took on the role with pleasure! ;) 
​Bounce House: Magic Rentals
Cupcakes: Susie Cakes
Photos were collected by friends and family
All decor I hand collected from different locations. Letter banners were done by my mom! 
**Laine, my sweet husband, gets the most credit! He put just about everything together either the night before or the morning of! With little sleep, he made it look amazing!! 
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<![CDATA[August Flash Back]]>Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:02:07 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/august-flash-backIt's been forever ago! But, I really want to keep things up-to-date on our family happenings! Or, not-so-happenings! That's what August pretty much was like. Kinda boring month for this family! Golden State Surf Co. has been booming with summer busy-ness, which leaves family time to a bare minimum and little pictures to post here! But we do our best to keep things interesting! hehe 
I'm so blessed to say, that most of our month was spending time with our close friends and family! LOVE catching up with people over good food and awesome conversation! 
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So blessed by these two! And how lucky our children are to have wonderful auntie Juhee and uncle Isaac. We love them like family!
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Dinner with Alaska family in Downtown Disney! This was a great night with wonderful people!
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Super lucky to have some time with our Hawaii cousins before they head back home! These girls have a special place in our hearts!!! LOVE YOU ALL!! xox
And a little randomness, catching a moment of Keane that just melts my heart. He's so incredibly handsome-well, I think so, of course! ;)
Oh man, I just love this! Boys playing "beach" in our tiny apartment with a giant beach umbrella, while torturing Chia! lol. These were most of our days for August! Relaxing times with friends and family! Can't complain, really! haha! God is so good to us!!
A little worship for your day.... great song, and just amazing views of the lake in Redding. Sigh, lucky to say I grew up here. God's creation is beyond amazing.
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beautiful hapa boy
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<![CDATA[Summer Redding Trip]]>Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:36:20 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/summer-redding-tripI thought it might be good for me and the boys to head up to Redding! It was really nice to get outta LA during the summer and see my family!!

Mom and I had some girlie pampering to do, so my dad watched the boys for a little bit! He's such an awesome babysitter! Keane LOVED the things they did together and talked about it the whole trip!
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Keane and Kai got to see the "bat cave" at the Turtle Bay museum! Plus all the fish and other cool exhibits!

playing in the water at kids kingdom park! Redding was SO HOT!!! Keane absolutely LOVED the volcano- Kai, not so much.

And of course, the kids played a lot at the house! Inside play and outside! Amia was with us for a little while so we got some good cousin time in!!
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Oh man, these kids are awesome!!
A silly montage of Keane before church! I asked him to get dressed, and this was the result! #trendsetter #strikeapose
Fun with our family from Sacramento! We got to go to the trampoline place and the kids loved it!! 
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I just love this family
Oh! And of course, Kai had decided he was ready to officially start crawling the day we got to Redding, so by the time we had gotten back home from our trip, he was a pro! 
We were able to meet up with my dear sweet friend Sydnie and her adorable mini! We had fun at a little free time gym for the kiddies! Had a great time and DEFINITELY doing it again when we are up there!!
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You would never know it, but, Keane INSISTED Amia hold his hand!!! lol just a little sour Oma made her do it and it wasn't out of her own free will!
Water park day!! Had so much fun with my girlfriend from forever ago (don't want to say the actual amount of years in case you don't know how young I really am ;)) I just love spending time with her and her sweet babies!!! 
Keane's first pony ride!! I think he just LOVED it!!  Him and Amia got to learn how to care for the pony, feed her, saddle up, and even pet other animals! Such a great experience and fun memories!! A huge shout out and THANK YOU to Aunty Joanne for letting us crash on her and her busy day! Hope we can come again and have a little more time together! <3
Keane LOVED to lead the pony!! My little leader in the making!!! Sorry for the sour faces, it was INSANELY hot! But we had an awesome time!!
Our first time to Chuck-e-cheese!! Pretty fun! Keane's faves were a basketball game and shooting games with Papa!! 
Here's a great picture for the end of this exciting trip! These two and their adorable botties playing at the lake!! We had such a great time in Redding with all of our friends and family!! LOVE these memories!!
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<![CDATA[July happenings]]>Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:20:51 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/july-happeningsSO, I've actually have attempted to do this entry about 5 times now, and it keeps getting put on the back burner! Now, I'm like, "WAIT! What happened in July, again?? That was forever ago!!!" I really need to make sure I'm keeping up to date with these posts!! 

July was busy in the beginning with the holiday and my birthday, but not much more to report for the month after that! 

4th of July was fun!! We had some very special visitors! Laine's best friend Daniel and his beautiful wife were in town! We had a nice time at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, dinner, and then finished with fireworks! 
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Petting the sharks at the aquarium with Auntie and Uncle!! Happy 4th of July!!
YAY!!! Guess what we did for my birthday!!! Yeah, baby! DISNEYLAND!!! We had a very last minute plan to pack up and spend the day at the magical park! It was for sure, a very productive day! Our awesome little family enjoyed 16 Disneyland park spots and activities!! 
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Mickey's Soundsational Parade!
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Mmmm-mm!!! Cafe Orleans famous Monte Cristo sandwich!! Happy Birthday to me!!!
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First stop- it's a small world, of course!!
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A little pick-me-up snack! Of course has to have Mickey Mouse!
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What happens when you're waiting in line for Peter Pan!!
And since we didn't really do anything spectacular (although, Disneyland is hard to follow), here's some randomness from the month!

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Beach fun!
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My handsome boys at a wedding
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<![CDATA[June recap!]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:04:30 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/june-recap1ahhh man, this post has been in my draft box forever! I have been coming back multiple times to work on it! Two busy little boys can keep this mama very busy making any blog updates impossible to finish!! I realize July is quickly coming to an end, but I havent even shared our June gloom happenings! So here we gooooo!
My parents got to come up for a little visit! We went to the Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Pasadena. It was beautiful!! The scenery, gardens, and art there is awesome! Would love to go again!! 
We are just so blessed to be able to dedicate our children to the Lord with our friends and family! We have such a great church that has helped us and inspired us to continue to strive to be better parents! And last month, we lifted Kai up to the Lord in prayer and dedication with my parents there! Here's a little clip of Kai's dedication!
Two wonderful families from our church are moving far away from us in the next couple weeks and we've been doing as much as possible to get all the play time in that we can before they leave! We did a San Diego trip with some church members as kinda like a last get-away together type thing! All was great for the dads and guy friends who went out and grabbed some drinks in the area, but us moms got to stay at the hotel where Keane got a 102 temp! But before the little boo got sick, he got some play time in at the park across the street from the hotel we stayed at! Here's a hilarious video of him on the slide! 
And a couple splashes of random fun!
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Kai sporting some In n out goodness
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Keane is Graco the boxtroll!
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Happy beach babes
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Kai LOVES to swing!
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<![CDATA[May Just Flew Away]]>Thu, 04 Jun 2015 21:40:16 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/may-just-flew-awaySo since I didn't really share what we did in May, thought I'd do an entry of the month in review!

Boys Day

While we were in Hawaii, Keane was introduced to a miniature golf course, but we didn't have the time to take him in, so he's been begging to go golfing! Boys day we took him to the only miniature golfing course within a 30 mile radius of us! We had a great time!!

Fun With Friends

Kai is 7 Months

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growing way too fast!!
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Loves his bocha time!!
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My favorite phase is the toe grabbing and putting it in the mouth!!
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He is drawn to this piano toy! I think he has a love for the keys!!
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Eating like a champ!

Family Fun!

This cool space is at a street exhibit from the LACMA called "Urban Lights"! It's a magnet for tourist and locals and their photo ops as you can see in the background! Thought we'd have a family outing and do our own photo taking! Keane loved running and weaving through the light poles! Of course, we had to get ice cream before, so he had a sugar high to burn off!
We had a couple days to escape for Memorial Day! Amazingly, we had our very first family vacation- JUST US!!! So, we loaded up in the car and headed to Palm Springs!! Three days all to ourselves! NO AGENDA, just pool time, yummy food and a little visit to the zoo!! It was perfect!! And just what we needed!! 
Laine has a lot of footage from his gopro in the pool! I'm sure an amazing video is yet to come! I will  be posting that as soon as I'm allowed!

A Beautiful Wedding

It's wedding season! Our dear friends had a beautiful wedding last week! Keane and Chia walked down the isle together, and Laine played a hymn during the ceremony! The whole family was involved! We had such a great time!
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Family photo from the rehearsal!
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Such a gorgeous wedding!
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This handsome guy was the "flower boy"
May came and went, just like every other month! Summer is officially here!! We have a busy summer scheduled! Hopefully, I'll be able to do some posts more often to keep things interesting! 

Love and Blessings,
Furukawa Family!
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<![CDATA[A wedding in Paradise]]>Sat, 16 May 2015 03:08:35 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/a-wedding-in-paradiseWe were so blessed to be able to go to a friends wedding in Hawaii. The double blessing of being there and getting to be with friends and family! The highlight was watching Keane develop relationships with our friends' children! To see another generation of blessed relationship being passed down warms my heart! This time we visited, we had two children instead of one! Double the warm, bubbly feeling of having our little family in Hawaii!! Kai's first visit and lots of memories to take with us!
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We stayed in Halewia across from this adorable church!
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spam musubi for beach snack!
Be prepared for A LOT of pictures of Keane and Porter playing together! This is just day 1! haha
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Kai meets Great Grandma Evelyn
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Keane surfs with his daddy at Haleiwa Beach!
Bachelorette party time!! Kelli's last hoorah involved a belly dancer, wine and lots and lots of laughs! Exactly how it should be, right? For sure a great night with the bride to be! 
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My mom should be at every bachelorette party! She definitely is so much fun!!
The guys did a trip to the aviation museum! I guess the coolest part was they happened to be there at a time when a driver went down to the USS Arizona and they got to watch it all! Keane was stoked to see the ships and airplanes while Laine, my dad and Grandpa Ken were enjoying the history! 
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My all time favorite picture of this trip! This picture fills my heart so much! How blessed we are to have such a great situation of our parents being good friends and the love being passed down to our children's generation!
Beach day with the Tamaokas! I LOVED this day!! Laine and David surfing while I had the boys! I watched both sets of boys enjoying themselves with their friend! WE MISS YOU TAMAOKAS!!! 
Paddling tour x2! Yeah! The guys did this last time we came (you can see about that from a previous post, HERE), but since my folks were there, we had them all do it again! Of course, they loved it! And we would definitely suggest this to our friends!!! 
Laine's gopro video for the trip!

wedding day

Wedding day finally arrived and it started out disastrous on our end! Laine woke up with a stomach bug which left him in bed all morning! So my dad ran to the store to pick up some coke for him and brought back one for me! I thought I'd share it with my sick-o husband! Not long after that, my dad found out that his mom (mamalew) had fallen and was in the ER! So we were all on edge wondering how bad it was and waiting to know if we had to take my parents straight to the airport to fly back to be with her! Within a couple hours and by lunch time, everyone was okay and we were ready to get on with the day! Laine was feeling less queezy and my grandma was stable! 
The wedding was beautiful! For sure the best part was seeing my great friend marrying a man she has been waiting and praying for! The setting was a gorgeous beach ceremony in Waimanalo! 
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My love <3
Saying goodbye is always hard! This year, watching Keane cry when we said goodbye to his cousin and friends pulled extra hard on my heart! It still stings a little when Keane asks to go on an airplane to go back and see everyone! God blessed us so much that we can say we got to see almost everyone at least twice! This dinner gathering helped!
We did get to squeeze a picnic at Moanalua Gardens before we left! Our tradition of visiting the gardens every time we go back is still going!! 
And what's a trip home without Laine, humbly, beating Landon at kendama? So, we got it on camera! I didn't marry him for his kendama skills ;) 
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<![CDATA[A little video]]>Fri, 01 May 2015 21:20:50 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/a-little-videoLaine did a short clip of some footage he had before Kai was born! I wanted to share...
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<![CDATA[Kai is 6 months!!]]>Fri, 10 Apr 2015 01:40:02 GMThttp://furukawafamily.weebly.com/furublogwa/kai-is-6-monthsIt's kinda sad that I look back to remember when my first was 6 months old and realize, it really wasn't that long ago! Time- you're my worst enemy!!! But, thankfully, I have this blog I can look back and reminisce it all! 
Kai is a happy, healthy 6 month old as of Easter Sunday! A chunky 16 lbs, 12oz and just squishy as ever!!! 
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my big boy sitting in his new high chair on his 6 month birthday!
A fun little video of Kai enjoying his jumparoo fun! 
Eeeeeek, and one more squishy picture of baby in his super cool Spider-Man diapers!!! 

St. Patrick's Day

Umm, yeah-not that we're huge st. patrick's day fans, but, we did have a couple special moments that I wanted to share! A sweet little picture of baby Kai....
And, this fun video of Keane and Laine! 

Easter 

Easter was super chill! So chill, I didn't take any pics! (ooopsie) But Keane absolutely loved decorating eggs! So I got a couple pics!  
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