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On Saturday my parents threw me a nice party to celebrate the launch of my book The Right-Brain Business Plan and my 5th anniversary of leaving my corporate job to pursue my dreams. My brother, Gregg, even flew up from L.A. for the event (even though he had already visited the week before). That’s us above with my cousin Robert (in the black on the far left). My dad gave a very lovely and thoughtful toast. So nice to know how proud he is! And many thanks to my aunt and uncle who graciously hosted the party on their beautiful patio.

My dear friends Hannah and Kate were there to celebrate. We all met a few years back through Ladies Who Launch and I just adore these talented and creative lovelies. And of course, Kate is the one who did all of the fabulous illustrations in the book!

And here I am with my book club ladies Lily, Francisca, and Kristen (we missed you, Christina!). While we were eating at the party realized we’re going on year 10 of our book club this year and started plotting a milestone celebration.

My friend Linda from my Old Navy HR days joined us as well. Our cubes used to be right next to each other and we sure had fun together!

And here I am with my college roomie Julie and dear friend Julie. She’s the absolute best and has been super supportive all these years.

I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such loving and wonderful friends and family! Thanks everyone! Couldn’t have done it with out your support.


Happy 9th Year Anniversary!

by jenn on September 8, 2010

in Family

Jenn and Brian - September 8, 2001 (Photo by Becker)

Today my hubby and I are celebrating our 9th year anniversary (and we were together 7 years before that!). Here we are cracking up during my maid of honor and college roomie Julie’s toast. I love it when we laugh together. Here’s to many more years of love and laughter with my soul mate.


Disney Cruise

It’s been several weeks since returning from my family trip to the Bahamas and my tan faded long ago. But apparently I needed a vacation from my vacation because I caught a cold right after returning from my trip. I’m finally feeling much better and am getting caught up.

My parents took me and my husband, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my twin 12-year-old nephews on a Disney cruise. While I could’ve done without all the Disney characters and crazy crowds/kids (I’m not a cruise lover and yes, I suppose I rubbed elbows a bit with Grumpy dwarf), there were some nice highlights from the vacation. Some of my favorite memories included:

  • Spending time with my whole family. Growing up, we hardly ever went on vacations with my parents, my brother, and me altogether (since I’m 9 1/2 years younger than my brother). So, it was nice to have a big trip with all of us.
  • Hanging out with my twin nephews. They’re a hoot. They loved playing games on our iPad and iPhones and they were always cracking me up.
  • Lounging around on floaties with my hubby in the beautiful Blue Lagoon. I could’ve stayed there all day!
  • Escaping to Serenity Bay, the adult’s only area on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. The rest of the island was an absolute madhouse, but this secluded section was pretty deserted and oh, so gorgeous with its clear turquoise waters.
  • Seeing a screening of Toy Story 3 in 3D on-board the ship. The movie was so cute!
  • Taking a “how to draw Goofy” class (that’s me above with one of my nephews and my sister-in-law sketching away)
  • Dining at the Palo adults only restaurant on the last night. The food was absolutely amazing!! And there are my parents below enjoying a delicious dessert.

Mom and Dad on the Disney Cruise

The trip came and went so quickly and I can’t believe it’s already July. It’d be fun to do another big family trip again. Maybe next time we’ll do it old school and rent a house in Mammoth during the summer.

Thanks mom and dad, for a great and memorable family vacation!

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Getting into the Holiday Spirit (or not!)

by jenn on December 23, 2009

in Dogs,Family

Happy Holidays 2009

Hope you’re enjoying all the festivities of the season. For more merriment visit Emmett holiday cards of Christmas past. We’ve subjected our poor pooch to eight years of these silly photo shoots, so no wonder why it looks like he’s fed up with the yuletide cheer!


A Piece of History: Family Matters Part 2

by jenn on August 9, 2009

in Family

LA Times

Yesterday, I received an amazing e-mail from a complete stranger.  A woman named Dee contacted me to let me know that she had a clipping of an LA Times article from April 2, 1967 that mentioned my grandpa, Ernest Fukuda.  He’s the one wearing the bow-tie in the photo above.  (He wore bow-ties a lot and always left the house with a hat.  How dapper!)

Dee wrote that her mother had saved articles that she found interesting and that she recently discovered this clipping among her mother’s things.  After reading this story about a ballot measure that my grandfather helped petition for, Dee was curious to learn of the outcome.  She did a search and found my post about my grandpa about how he helped the amendment to pass so that Japanese-American Los Angeles DWP employees who were removed from their jobs during the WW2 internment would receive years of continuous service toward their retirement plan.

I’m very grateful that Dee was so kind to scan in the article and send it to me.  Thank you, Dee for sharing this meaningful piece of history with my family.  We will treasure it!

LA Times


Family Matters and Personal Legacy

July 15, 2009

What do you know about your family history?  How far back does your family tree go?  Unfortunately, my family doesn’t have a whole lot of information about my relatives beyond my grandparents.  And even that is fairly sparse, especially since my grandparents didn’t talk to much about their pasts when they were alive. Fortunately, last […]

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Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2009

“Earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson This quote simply tickled me! Today my mom and aunt came over to visit and my aunt brought these bright roses from her garden.  I’m enjoying having all these fresh flowers in my home to remind me of the beauty of Mother Earth. Hope you had a […]

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Family Fun at the California Academy of Sciences

April 10, 2009

My brother and his family were in town for Spring Break, so I spent the day with them at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.  What a gorgeous day to be in the city!  The sunshine and clear skies had me missing when we used to live within walking distance of the […]

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AEDM Day 27: Food as Art

November 27, 2008

I rarely cook, but when I do, I enjoy going gourmet.  For our family Thanksgiving feast, I was in charge of appetizers.  So my art for today was my delicious sweet potato galettes with turkey bacon, sage and rosemary with a dollop of sour cream.  Yum!! Before I go to bed, I’m going to finish […]

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AEDM Day 26: Family Collage

November 26, 2008

No, I don’t have a bun in the oven!  Nor is there one planned for anytime soon.  However, when I was pulling magazine clippings for my values collage cards earlier this month, I happened to come across several Asian-American babies, kids and moms (and a dad!).  I figured I’d grab them while I could since […]

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