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Powell Street Festival August 2, 2009

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Today we went to check out the Powell Street Festival. It’s an annual celebration of Japanese culture, with dancing, food, crafts, and activities. Seeing as how our kids have Japanese names, Japanese citizenship, and Japanese heritage, we’ll encourage them to be engaged with the culture as much as possible.
I dressed Aili in a ‘happi’ coat for the event. She was so cute that strangers were asking me if they could take pictures of her!

Unfortunately we didn’t get many good pictures, but here are a few that are ok:

“Up peez.” Afraid of the taiko drums.

Proud papa!

Aili has a great fondness for balloons. For some reason she calls them ‘boont’.
This is a Japanese kid’s game where you ‘fish’ for a balloon yoyo. She saw someone else carrying around a ‘boont’, so we had to go and get one for ourselves.

Love at first taste. We had trouble prying the slurpee out of her hands.


Starting to Smile

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Finally some reward: Tomi the Tank is starting to show us some smiles!
We haven’t been able to capture it too well, but here’s a start.

He really is quite a sweet little thing. Can’t you tell?


All Curled Up

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I don’t know how this can possibly be comfortable:

“Hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, lady.”


Red China Dress

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I wish I’d gotten a better picture of her in this dress. She was so precious I felt weak in the knees.

Silhouette of those precious hair poofs.


The Artiste

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Something new! FINGERPAINTING.
As you can tell, art + mess = one happy toddler!


Mommy Group

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Mommy Group continues to meet up every Friday morning. We enjoy the company of the other mommies and babies immensely! Except that I don’t think I can really call them ‘babies’ anymore. So ‘kids’ it is.

Is it possible to assemble 9 toddlers, 2 infants, and their mommies for one picture?
Apparently, yes! (Never would have believed if it I hadn’t seen it!)

Fingerpainting party!

Ms. K (pink bathing suit in the foreground) has the right idea: the pool is right over there, so why stick to fingerpainting on the paper only??


Summer Days Go By

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The summer days pass by so quickly! Even though Tomi is still so young, we’re doing great. We’re finding the equilibrium of our new family structure much faster than we did when Aili joined us. Tomi is very easygoing, which makes it all the easier to haul him around. Plus, as more experienced parents, we’re more relaxed about things.

Recently we graduated from our midwife, Tracy. She has provided wonderful care for us through two pregnancies, and we recommend her highly. We won’t be going back to her again, though, because two is enough. No more babies for us!

The summer days lend themselves to pool parties and picnics!
Here are Aili and Tallan sharing naked lunch:

And Aili and Logan having a splish splash in the pool:

Little Ms. Chicken is afraid of the garbage truck…

…. but apparently not so afraid of the jar of highlighters that lives on Daddy’s desk!

Here are Tomi and his new friend Noah. They had the same due date, but Noah was born 8 days earlier. What on earth do babies find so fascinating about the ceiling??

“Hey, are you making fun of us?”

Here’s our handsome boy hangin’ out on the ottoman with Katie the Kitty. Aili is very generous with her favourite toys.

Hot weather and watermelon are the perfect pair.
Here is another perfect pair enjoying some juicy watermelon!