2nd Exam Passed

Spent my Sunday afternoon at the Prometric test center (interestingly located inside the Sacramento Executive Airport terminal, a small airport for small jet planes) taking and passing “Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on Microsoft Windows XP (Exam 70-272)”. So in addition to being a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), I am now a Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST).

I am three exams away from becoming a Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) for Windows Server 2003.

Easter pictures

I’ve posted a couple of pictures from Easter here.

Passed The First Of Many Exams

I spent my Saturday afternoon taking a Microsoft certification exam called “Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System (Exam 070-271)”. After I finished the exam, the computer at the examination center informed me that I passed. This is the first of many Information Technology certification exams I plan to take. By passing this exam, I am a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), I am halfway towards becoming a Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST), and 20% towards becoming a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA). After these three Microsoft certifications, I’ll probably move on to non-Microsoft certifications.

New Design

Not only does the website look different, but the software behind the scenes has also changed. Hopefully by changing technologies (from static html files to a blogging content management system) will encourage me to update the website more often since the new software makes updating the website quicker and easier.


Today, we went to one of the county courthouses (this one specializes in family law) in Sacramento for Megan’s (re)adoption hearing. Even though the adoption that occurred in China is legally accepted by California and the U.S. government, it is recommended that foreign-born adopted children be formally adopted in the United States too (that’s why people call it a readoption even though in the eyes of the court it’s simply just an adoption). We had a 8:30 AM appointment in courtroom 124 at the courthouse. There was one other adopting family with the same appointment time in the same courtroom. Each family was called into the judge’s chambers seperately. We met with the judge who went over our paperwork. He stated that based on the paperwork he was approving the adoption. We were then led back to the courtroom. About fifteen minutes later, a clerk gave us certified documents shows the court’s approval of the adoption and told us the State of California would be mailing us a State of California birth certificate with Megan’s name on it.

One of the benefits of the readoption is that there will be an official State of California birth certificate for Megan. If, in the future, Megan ever needs to get her birth certificate, she simply has to send a form to the State of California as opposed to fly back to China and try to obtain one from a Chinese provincial government office.

Pictures of the day can be found here

Larry “Bud” Melman

Calvert DeForest, also known as Larry “Bud” Melman from Late Night with David Letterman, died today at age 85.

Video: Larry hanging out at the bus station

Chinese New Year

Today was Chinese New Year’s Day. We celebrated by having dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Elk Grove with two families we traveled with to China when we adopted Megan. It’s only been three months since we came home from China but all the kids looked like they grew quite a bit.

Megan’s Birthday Pictures

Megan’s birthday party pictures are here

Megan’s Birthday

Today was Megan’s 1st birthday. But we held her birthday party yesterday. It was a simple lunch and cake/ice cream at the Kawada house. I’ll work on uploading pictures from the party onto the website. One family from our travel group (Megan’s adoption trip) made it to the party. We noticed how our kids have grown so much since the 3 months we have been back from China.

February 1, 2007 Update

I have updated the video of Emily at Pier 39 (smaller file size so it’s quicker to download). Also, here is a video from Emily’s hip hop dance show in December 2006.