Caught in the act: Rose (sno-cone fan), Marie (lookout)

A few pictures from a picnic last weekend.


The newest addition to the Kawada household. Jack, 5 months old.

California State Fair

On Labor Day, the family went to the California State Fair in Sacramento. The highlight of my State Fair trip each year is to sample one deep fried piece of food. This year, I saw selling at the fair Deep Fried Snickers, Deep Fried Twinkies, Deep Fried Spam, Deep Fried Frog Legs, Deep Fried Pop Tarts, and Deep Fried Cheese Ravioli. In the past, there has been Deep Fried Coke, Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, and Deep Fried Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich. The fair sold the more usual deep fried foods as well (corn dogs, fish, chicken, etc.) Below is Emily with my purchase this year, the Deep Fried Snickers. It was actually very tasty. The whole family had at least one bite with Emily eating most of it. I should have bought two. Click the picture below for more pictures from the fair.

(the white powder is powered sugar that was sprinkled liberally on the Deep Fried Snickers)

Ariel at Disneyland

Emily and Megan waited in a line for 20 minutes to meet Ariel at Disneyland. When they got to the head of the line, it was time for Ariel to take her 10 minute break. Click on the picture below for video showing how Ariel makes her return after her 10 minute break.

Busy Week

Emily has a busy week. Not only is this the first week of first grade, it is the week of her hip hop dance shows. Monday night was her weekly hip hop dance class. Tuesday night was the dress rehearsal for her shows. And Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights are her dance shows. Although the shows are in a decent sized auditorium, it takes three shows to fit all of the dancers’ relatives and friends who want tickets to see a show.

1st Day

Emily begins first grade today.

(notice the new haircut)

How was vacation?

I need a vacation after my vacation. The most frequently asked question after the Southern California road trip was how did Megan (the 2 year old) handle the road trip. Well, it was pretty rough. This was in contrast to a similar Southern California road trip when our oldest daughter was 2 years old. Emily at age 2 handled a one week road trip to Southern California theme parks very well.

On this trip, Megan was great when we did overnight stays at friends’ houses in Southern California (hanging out at houses or by a pool). The 7 hour car trip each way wasn’t too bad. Both kids slept most of the way and we had a portable DVD player to keep them entertained.

San Diego Zoo, Legoland, and 4 days at Disneyland were a different matter. As you can see in the vacation pictures (see slideshow), there were periods when Megan had fun. However, there were other times when she was miserable. It could have been the heat, the humidity, the huge masses of people, and long lines for rides and food). It could also have been the Peter Pan ride being one of the first rides she rode at Disneyland (it traumatized her from wanting to go on any more rides that were indoors).

After a few days, Megan was fine with rides that were totally outdoors (tea cups, Dumbo, the rockets at the entrance of Tomorrowland, merry-go-rounds, Jungle Cruise, most of the kid rides at California Adventure and Legoland). We went to a lot of shows while at Disneyland which both kids enjoyed. They went to the Aladdin musical and the Playhouse Disney shows multiple times.

When Megan got mad, she would throw tantrums where ever she was at.

As with all previous road trips, Emily (age 6) did fine.

We are thinking that it might be another 2 years before making a similar road trip. We are thinking about a cruise for next year. It would be more of a routine (same room for a week, same pool on the ship to swim at each day, same dining room table to eat meals at each day, less of a mass of people and fewer lines). The more kids-friendly the cruise, the better. We’ve heard good things about Disney Cruises and Carnival as far as kids activities on their ships (link).

Vacation Pictures Uploaded

I have uploaded pictures from our Disneyland/San Diego trip on to the photos page. Click here for the photos. The pictures are bigger and higher quality than the pictures shown in the earlier slideshow. Click on the thumbnail versions of the pictures to see larger versions.

Vacation 2008 Slideshow

Here’s a link to a slideshow of pictures from our San Diego/Disneyland road trip. I’ll have higher quality versions of the photos up on the website soon.

Back from Vacation

I’m still trying to recover from vacation. I’ll try to get photos and comments about our vacation up soon.