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Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party

Allyn Edmonds

Last night the girls drove down to San Jose and then Santa Cruz. In San Jose they stopped off to check out the San Jose Ramen Festival. After that they drove down to Santa Cruz to enjoy a moonlight steam train dinner party.

Looks like they had a lot of fun. Sorry I didn't tag a long for this one. Eh, maybe next year.

Dark Spot

Allyn Edmonds

When I woke up this morning something told me to take a picture with my iPhone 6 Plus, so I did. After taking the picture and examining it, as I always do after taking a picture, I noticed a dark spot on the image (see below).

I was like, "what the what"! 


So I took a couple more images, same spot. Looked at the screen and the spot was there. I tried to clean the lens to see if it was just some lint or something, but that did nothing. I finally determined that this thing, whatever it was, was on the inside of the lens.

This let me know that it was some sort of defect in the camera of the iPhone 6 Plus. So, I drove down to the Apple store and showed the Apple guys what was up. They looked at it, said, "hmmmm" and told me they would give me a new phone. Exactly what I wanted to hear.

No questions asked they just gave me a new phone and I was off. Love the way Apple does Customer Service.

Fun in the Snow

Allyn Edmonds

This past Tuesday we took you up to Lake Tahoe for your third ski lesson. After being in class all day, we decided to pull the car over on our way home and let you make a snowman. It was a lot of fun, especially seeing you trying to navigate the snow that was knee high on you.

Nap Time

Allyn Edmonds

Getting you to lay down for your afternoon naps is always a challenge..but yesterday you made it quite hilarious. Me: Aya, it's time for your nap. Aya: *crying* Me: Get your blanket and lets go upstairs for your nap. Aya: *crying* Nooooo! Me: Aya, crying is not going to help you, let's go.

After a little work we finally reach your bedroom and you begin to give me endless excuses as to why you cannot take a nap now.

Me: OK, in to bed Aya. Aya: No, I need mommy! Me: Aya, mommy is busy, get in the bed please. Aya: Um, no, I need a vitamin! Me: You know you only get one vitamin a day. Please get into your bed. Aya: I need to take a shower! Me: Maybe after your nap. Aya: I have to go potty. Me: You just went potty - now get in the bed. Aya: Okay.

This is what you looked like soon after you got into the bed: Nap TIme

You slept for 4 hours!


Allyn Edmonds

When I picked up my new glasses from LensCrafters the other day I had no idea that I would be starting a trend. Here you are on a Saturday morning, trying to be like dad, wearing your glasses while watching the iPad.Eyeglasses And here you are again wearing your glasses while eating breakfast. @breakfast

You seriously crack me up!

No posts in awhile

Allyn Edmonds

It's been some time since I've posted something to this blog. I'm sure you can imagine with starting a new job, taking care of a 2 year old, and trying to please a demanding wife (just kidding honey) how busy I've been. I promise though, I'll start posting more soon.


Allyn Edmonds

Yesterday was Ayane's first day in preschool and I can't believe it's that time already. My baby girl is growing fast both mentally and physically..the next thing you know she'll be telling me she's getting married. I'm proud of you Aya, they said you did a really good job on your first day and mommy said you cried when you had to leave. You must have had fun.

The Fierce Lion

Allyn Edmonds

Your second Halloween but the first one that you actually went trick or treating. You liked being in your costume and you loved carrying around that little orange bucket for your candy (which you can't eat by the way), but when it came to going up to each house you had a little problem. When your mother and I tried to take you to one of the neighbors doors, you screamed and cried and didn't want to go. However, if there were others kids there you happily trotted on up along with them and snagged your treats. You only made it to a few houses, but overall, I think you enjoyed the night.

Your mother on the other hand was a little disappointed. This was her first time trick or treating as well and she wanted to go to more houses. Maybe next year! :)

Corn Maze

Allyn Edmonds

This past weekend we took you to the Smith Family Farms in Brentwood. You had a great time with the animals and then the music in the barn (wish I would have gotten some video of you dancing to the music). Here, you're in the corn maze trying to find your way out with, of course, your parents taking video and pictures, we weren't helping you much huh. At least we were there to comfort you when you took a little fall after tripping over some corn husks.

What You Say

Allyn Edmonds

As of today lil Aya, the things you like to say most are: "Whats that?" "Hi!" Counting to 10 in Japanese Counting to 5 in English "No!" "Wan wan!" - one way to say dog in Japanese

and of course singing a long with all of your Japanese children songs.

Tech Girl

Allyn Edmonds

You're not even two years old yet and you're already into technology, just like your dad. To see you sitting there with my iPhone and watch you turn on the music and move from song to song and dance to your favorites...turn on the camera and take a picture of know what icon to hit to see the image you just took and to know what the play button is to watch that video I took of you playing with your blocks the other all just amazes me to know end. It also makes me very proud that you're smart enough to figure this all out. I guess I better start a technology fund for you.

Nestle Nesquick Bunny

Allyn Edmonds

We took you to your first baseball game yesterday, the Oakland A's vs the Seattle Mariners. Matsui was playing for the A's and Ichiro was playing for the Mariners. Your mother enjoyed this experience very much and appears that you did as well. Your reactions to the game were much better than your reactions to the Sacramento Kings basketball game I took you to last year. When the vendors came around with drinks and snacks and yelled out what they had, "popcorn here", "ice cold lemonade", you yelled right back at them. When the organ player played his baseball type music, you were there just bopping along with everyone else and when everyone else was clapping and yelling at a good play, you did the same. Even when the little baby sitting next to us got upset, you offered her my iPhone to calm here because it's something that calms you and you wanted to share. You're a good kid Ayane.

As we left the park we ran into the Nestle Nesquick Bunny near the parking lot. I put you down on the ground and you ran to the bunny and gave it a big hug; I was surprised that you weren't frightened by it, but you even went back for seconds.

It was a good day today and it was a pleasure hanging out with you at the ballpark. Let's do it again soon.

Making Friends

Allyn Edmonds

Ayane, you seem to make friends so easily. In a way I'm kind of glad that your not shy like your dad; my shyness has often held me back from doing things I might have enjoyed. To this point you seem very outgoing and not afraid to interact with other people...hold onto that and never let your doubts or fears control what you do in life.


Allyn Edmonds

You had such a good time today at your first Obon Festival. You danced with everyone else and even had your photo taken with the festival queen (or was that princess). We'll enjoy the festival in Concord in a few weeks next.