Photos: Samurai Futaba

28 07 2010

All I can say is, E is a good sport.


Reminds me of a cross between The Mikado and Samurai Futaba:


via Saturday Night Live – Samurai Delicatessen – Video –


Photos: Bedhead

28 07 2010


Yes, E has added winking to his arsenal of charisma. I think Grace taught him.


First Proper Haircut

24 07 2009

It took two hairdressers in Chinatown, and my wife, to hold e down as he screamed through the shears.

Before & After:


Sure, e’s cut is a bit uneven what with all the squirming and screaming, but I think I got it worse. e has a nicely shaped head; he can sport a close shave.



Please Touch Museum

24 07 2009

I think I already mentioned that e is obsessed with vehicles. After car rides, he wants to climb out of his seat and into mine so that he can press every button on the console and pretend to drive.


He’s also learned to recognize planes, although it took him a while to learn the distinction between them and birds.


It’s for me to gauge what exactly e is thinking — what connections he’s making. I’ve pretty much decided to reserve judgment as a matter of course. Better to just let him explore in an unstructured way for as long as I can.


Another obsession: vacuum cleaners. He loves things that go “whir.” And he loves to push things around.


On the porch.


I love that the Please Touch has a Wonderland area.


Playing piano. e like banging away at the piano and drums at his grandparents’ house, but he seems less interested in the glockenspiel we got him.


e was initially terrified of the carousel. He now seems quite comfortable with it. I wonder when he’ll come around to liking slides and swings. (He mostly just mopes around the playground, climbing up and down steps).


E and I

23 07 2009

e constantly gets compared to me. Here’s me as a tot:

young kims

Toddler Tom on a blanket:

young tom

and I tried to find a similar pic with e:


What do you think?

She blinded me with science

4 07 2009

Great to-do for families in Philly: Community Night at the Franklin Institute. e’s still a bit young to really interact with much of the exhibits — and he’s still intimidated by crowds of other kids — but he seemed to show a lot of interest on the physics demonstrations on the top floor (Isaac’s Loft).


Afterwards we crossed the street to take in the Swann Fountains at Logan Park:


Piazza Piazza

4 07 2009

I’ve not posted nor taken pictures in a while, which is a shame since e has been growing by leaps and bounds. So much going on, so little time…

Well, the most recent pics I’ve managed to take center around the new Piazza at Schmidt’s in our neighborhood (Northern Liberties). The Piazza (constructed by Blatstein’s Tower Development) had its grand opening the same day as the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. I took e to the derby first:


As luck would have it, we ran into the Straights there…


Very different vibe at the Piazza opening — a whole different class of hipster, you might say…


But the space itself is nice and generous, and I like taking e over to run around. (He’s crazy about the fountain). It’d be nice to catch a movie in the evening sometime as well…


They don’t allow dogs and skateboards over at the Piazza; I wonder how it will be when kids play pickup baseball games over there?

There’s currently a lot of local sensationalism going on about a shooting that recently took place at the Piazza. Yeah, I don’t have a lot to say about that right now, other than that it is both tragic and unsurprising.