Aya attempting to dive into the pool.
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.
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).
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.
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.
You slept for 4 hours!
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. And here you are again wearing your glasses while eating breakfast.
You seriously crack me up!
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.
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.
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! :)
Ayane playing in a (sand) box full of corn at G&M Farms in Livermore, CA.
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.
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.
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 yourself...to 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 day...it 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.
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.
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.
Notice the bow you do when you try to say Arigato.
It's so cool to see how much you enjoy music and dancing. Here you are dancing at the Obon Festival in San Francisco yesterday.
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.