I am planning to change the focus of this website from my family to my career involving information security. Since this website started, social media has grown and most people who are interested in me and my family keep up-to-date on Facebook. If you know me either in person or through the internet even if it was just a brief contact (such as in a Yahoo Group, a discussion on an internet bulletin board, a social or work conference, a social or work related association gathering, work, neighbor, an occasional visitor to this website, etc.), feel free to send me a friend request on Facebook to keep up-to-date on me and my family at https://www.facebook.com/davidkawada. But as my oldest daughter is becoming a teenager, I have decided to begin to limit personal information about family on this public website. Plus the change in focus will force me to keep more abreast on the lastest news surrounding information security.
10 years ago today, on December 8, 2012, Susan and I met Emily for the first time in the lobby of the Lakeview Hotel in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China. I found my blog post from that day.
“Flew to Nanchang (capital of the province of Jiangxi, where Emily was). Met our adoption guide at the Nanchang airport. Took the hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel. We met Emily at the hotel. She was already there waiting in the lobby when we arrived. She was sitting on a sofa with the orphanage director and caregivers probably only 25 feet from the hotel entrance. As I was checking in at the front desk, Emily was already in the arms of Susan. Within 30 minutes, the orphanage director and caregiver were gone and Emily was playing in our hotel room.”
As I recall, we were suppose to arrive at the hotel several hours before meeting Emily. However, our flight was several hours late flying in from Beijing to Nanchang. Instead we met Emily in the hotel lobby as we simultaneously checked into the hotel.
Click on the Play button to listen (approximately 5 minutes, 30 seconds). A radio interview on today’s The World (a program on many U.S. public radio stations).
Emily decided to take it up a notch this weekend by trying a rollercoaster that goes upside down at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo). She had her friend from school next to her to meet the challenge. Afterwards, Emily said it was fun but won’t be going back on any time soon.
Happy Halloweeen! This year, the girls ventured out a little more with friends and did more than their usual once around the block trick or treating.
Here are a few pictures from Megan’s first day of Kindergarten on August 16, 2011 (along with a few pictures of Emily). Emily started 4th grade a week earlier.
Click on the picture of Megan to get to the photo album.
Megan is slowly getting use to Kindergarten. Susan is responsible for dropping her off at the start of school and I am responsible for picking her up at the end of the day, quickly driving her a mile, and dropping her off at her after school care (I manage to take care of this during a daily afternoon 30 minute work break). Obviously, dropping her off at the start of school is harder than picking her up at the end. Megan cried at the start of day 1. Didn’t cry at the start of class thereafter. However, before leaving home for school, she has been coming up with stomach aches and other reasons for not going to Kindergarten that day. She has been happy at the end of the the school day and says that she played, made new friends, and had a good day.
We’ll see how well Monday goes.
Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the year of the rabbit. Here’s Megan dressed up for school today.
On Sunday, I drove the family to Corte Madera (about 12 miles north of San Francisco) for the Northern California chapter of Families with Children from China’s (FCC) Between Two New Years Party. The two New Years are January 1st and Chinese New Year.
FCC is made up of families who adopted children from mainland China and Taiwan. FCC holds the party every year. There were over 350 people at the party this year.
There was a Chinese buffet lunch followed by entertainment that included a Chinese martial arts demonstration, singing, dancing, and a lion dance team. The vice counsel (who gave a speech) and his staff from the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco were also in attendance.
There was a classroom for arts and crafts and a room for vendors selling books and clothes.
Usually, the annual event is Emily’s and Megan’s opportunity to wear Chinese dresses and buy larger sized Chinese dresses for the upcoming year. But they didn’t feel like dressing up this year.
The party was at a private elementary school with multiple playgrounds. Each playground had a play structure so the Emily and Megan were worn out by the time we left. Megan napped during most of the entertainment but was awake in time for the lion dancing.