4th of July Weekend Roundup

What a busy long holiday weekend! I hope you all had a nice day celebrating with friends and family. Here is a recap of what @twelfthknight and I did these past few days: The two of us, time with his family, and then with mine for our 4th of July reunion on the farm :D

Hope you enjoy, and now it’s back to the grind!

Endlesseyewear Valleyeyewear
New sunnies for the long weekend. Valley Eyewear.
Aina brunch sf eatersf
Spam Musubi apps at Aina in The Dogpatch neighborhood. Hawaiian Fusion fare, I could eat these all day.
aina brunch eatsf
Taro French Toast (my favorite) and Portuguese hash. St. Frank Americanos.
outfit pink fossil ootd
Saturday’s look with Fossil. Thank you Fossil for the accessories!
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Fossil Details.
Oakland baseball
A’s Game with @twelfthknight’s family. My 2nd baseball game in my lifetime.
nachos-baseball
Jalepeno Nachos
pink fireworks
Fireworks over A’s Stadium. Normally we can see them from my parent’s house, but it was nice to be up close and personal.
ontheroad family
On the road again and off to the Ishida Family Reunion (Brother and Fur baby Boo)
tones plants
My favorite plant by the barn.
4thofjuly food hotdog
Food for thought. Mama has consecutively manned the grill since we’ve been doing these family reunions, over 12 years now?
ootd 4thofjuly lookbook
91 Degrees on the Modesto Farm, nothing cutoffs and a Lovers + Friends blouse couldn’t handle though.
shoes pie 4thofjuly food
From where I stand. Auntie’s blueberry cheesecake pie.

Where to Eat: Aina 

What I Wore: Valley Eyewear

Fossil Bag & Watch

Mgemi Fiume Sandals

Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

Happy Birthday ‘Murica. Did everyone have a good 4th of July weekend? As usual, I look forward to our big family reunion on Great Uncle Jack’s almond farm in Modesto, CA. It’s the highlight of the summer as far as family events are concerned. My Japanese American side of the family (Dad’s side) literally planted their roots in California’s farming country (as did many Japanese Americans after the war) where they raised almonds, strawberrys, and peaches. Without giving you a history lesson since that’ll be it’s own book, I’ll just round up the highlights of this year’s festivities.

We grandkids have a very close relationship with our Obachan, aka “Granny.” So even with all that has happened to her this year, at 92 years of age she was able to enjoy the day (wheel chair and all with the special thanks to my mom and Auntie Kioko.) The boyfriend came with our fur baby Boo to meet the entire family which was incredibly fun. It was great to show him the farm and countryside as he’s never been before. Everyone adores Boo and everyone agrees Tracy fits right in with our big fam. And to verify acceptance, Great Auntie Fumi said “oh my, he’s so handsome” *winks*..so there’s that hehe :D

All us cousins are grown up now and as we’ve gotten older we’ve become much more connected, i.e playing multiple rounds of a boardgame called Tsuro. It’s challenging, and we were all really into it. Old photo albums were out to look at, most of which were from the 60’s-70’s, some earlier. I love looking through those polaroids, Granny and Auntie they were quite fashionable with their cat-eye glasses. Eerily, there’s a lot of facial expressions Auntie Kioko makes in these photos, and they are quite distinct so apparently it’s genetic as I have those distinct expressions as well…yep the older I get, I’m becoming more like my Aunt. Hmph.

It’s not a party without food, and we take it very seriously here. We’re all bakers and cooks, at least the women are. So every year we have an array of grass fed burgers, polish sausages, salmon patties, sushi, Japanese fried chicken, at least 5 different salads, and cousin Barbara’s 3 different homemade ice creams to accompany some sort of pie or cake. By the time everyone eats and rests and eats again, the sun is setting and we light some firecrackers and call it a mighty full day.

Family is really everything here and any third party observing can see just how strong our personalities, genetics, and sense of humor really trickles down to each person and generation. My Dad grew up in Modesto and he’s instilled this great sense of work ethic into my brother and I. It’s incredibly humbling and the respect for our parents and grandparents are of the utmost, that never goes away.

From my family to yours, we wish you the best :) As always, thanks for reading.

Greylin Collection Overalls and Kombucha on this very hot 4th. Cheers!
Greylin Collection Overalls and Kombucha on this very hot 4th. Cheers!

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Cousin Cyndy's rice crispy treats
Cousin Cyndy’s rice crispy treats
Great Uncle Jack's Barn. Many a basketball game played here.
Great Uncle Jack’s Barn. Many a basketball game played here.
Ever seen an almond? This is an almond, they're kinda furry.
Ever seen an almond? This is an almond, they’re kinda furry.
Observing the orchards :)
Observing the orchards :)
Auntie Kioko's Coconut Cream Pie. She's an assassin in the kitchen.
Auntie Kioko’s Coconut Cream Pie. She’s an assassin in the kitchen.
We got a bit festive this year, last year we didn't have these.
We got a bit festive this year, last year we didn’t have these.
Overalls, because I'm in the country but still chic. yes.
Overalls, because I’m in the country but still chic. yes.
We like our organic ginger beer. yes.
We like our organic ginger beer. yes.
The Farm
The Farm
Cousin Barbara's Homemade Ice Cream. Peach on left. Strawberry on right.
Cousin Barbara’s Homemade Ice Cream. Peach on left. Strawberry on right.
Alrighty, time to go back inside. Until next year!
Alrighty, time to go back inside. Until next year!

What I wore:

Sunnies: Le Specs

Overalls: Greylin Collection

Shoes: Teva