Us, up to now: We met in 1996 through a personals ad in the San Diego Reader, if you can believe it. We got engaged about a year later, on a daytrip to the Anza Borrego Desert. We were married in 1998; our wedding day in Balboa Park was made especially memorable by the first recorded hail in the park in more than 100 years. We were the very first wedding held in the Granada Room, which was the original chapel, next to the big ballroom in the restored House of Hospitality; many of our wedding photos were taken posed in the beautiful space that is now the Prado Restaurant. Our pre-kid(s) life was one of relative indulgence - season tickets to the Old Globe Theater, camping, last-minute travel to Germany and England, weekends and evenings to ourselves. Now, our home in a suburban San Diego neighborhood is filled with a joyful chaos of our own making. We have two boys. We still travel, only differently. Life is good. You can stay up-to-date with whats going on in our lives by visiting our current Weekly Journal, an online diary of ordinary family life. Our latest photos (and the occasional video) are hanging on our now world-famous virtual refrigerator door.
Meet the Kuraoka family:
Ondine: turned 48 this year. After a decade-long stint as a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer, she returned to the workforce in 2011 as a social worker (MSW, Smith College) and earned her LCSW. Her hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and travel.
John: turned 54 this year. He is a freelance advertising copywriter who works out of his home office. He is also the primary contact/driver/nurse/gatekeeper for the kids. His hobbies include history, literature, astronomy, cooking, and travel.
Roy: turned 16 this year. Hes in 11th grade at Patrick Henry High School. His favorite subjects are Tech Theater and Japanese. He likes writing, reading, theater, and playing games.
Leo: turned 14 this year. He’s in ninth grade at Patrick Henry High School. His favorite subject is Music Production. He likes making music, reading, and playing games.
Shadow: is a 26-pound black/tan/white mutt with a curly tail, about five years old. We adopted him in November 2012. He likes food, fetch, and his stuffed ducky.
Other Very Important People:
Barbara: Ondines mom, Johns mother-in-law, Roys and Leos grandmother. And, our next-door neighbor!
Frances: Johns mom, Ondines mother-in-law, and Roys and Leos other grandmother. She lives in La Canada, near Los Angeles.
The Buddies: Individually and as a group, we help each other stay sane through the challenges of raising children. Many are school and Scout families. In no particular order:
Friends and Family:
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