Friday, September 28, 2007

More celebrations

So... the Red Sox won on daddy's birthday. (editor's note: We saw Curt Schilling pitch, Big Papi hit a home run, our former Dodger Gagne pitched, Jonathan Papelbon saved the game with one pitch, and Kurt Suzuki, pride of Hawaii, went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Thanks, Nick!)

Here's the link to the photo, if you want to order a framed version with real Fenway Park dirt for only $249

Then the next day we went out to eat at our favorite restaurant, Dok Bua.

They brought out a big birthday cake for daddy. He blew out all the candles this year, unlike last year when he only blew out half and they kept lighting over and over again.

Big birthday cake for daddy
When they lit the lotus flower in the middle, it blew up!

Group shot
Daddy says thanks for the party!

Also I had to say bye bye to Aunty Karna for a while, since she is off on another journey. This one isn't ending back in Brookline though. She's moving back to California. Good luck Aunty Karna!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Big Maine Post

Last weekend, for Daddy's birthday, we went on a trip to Maine. Come to think of it, that sounds kind of familiar...

First stop, LL Bean. Mommy bought me some new winter shoes.

These boots are made for dancing
These boots are made for dancing!

Then on to hiking at a little park.

Wolfie Neck
Hiking at Wolfe's Neck

On the hike Ah Gu spotted a frog!

Where'd it go?

Then we went to the hotel. When we opened the window, guess what? A-pay! We were right outside the airport! I got to watch airplanes take off all weekend!

Portland Jetport
Portland Jetport

What this do?
What's this do?

After checking out the airplanes, it was time for grownups to start with the eating of these big red crabbies they call "lobstah".

Where's mine?
Where's mine?

The next day we drove further up the coast and went for a walk in another park. This one was supposed to have quite a view of the coast.

What view?
View of the coast

Well we got to walk anyway, and mommy let me "hike" by myself! It wasn't so much fun for her later when I decided I'd rather play in the mud, but hey, if you're going to let me explore...

Hiking in Camden Hills
Getting shoes dirty

After hike, more lobstah.

Brother-sister lobster eaters
Mama and Ah Gu match!

On this trip, I learned I like chowder.

It's Chow-DAH!
It's Chow-DAH!

Driving back down the coast we went to an aquarium where you could touch the fishies. In theory.

"Sharp!" [Shark]

No 'tah!
I don't think I'll touch the sea 'tah either

They also had a big half-blue half-red lobstah too. It wasn't half cooked. Daddy said it was born like that.

Half blue-half orange lobster
You can't touch this

Looking out on the water in Boothbay Harbor
Yay aquarium!

On our last day we went out to see a lighthouse, like in my Lighthouses book that grandma got me.

Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light

I tried to ring the bell to warn the ships of the dangerous rocks, but it didn't make much noise.

Ding dong
Ding ding

Then we went to the train museum! Actually, these were "trolleys" which are like trains but don't have engines. Daddy says he gets to ride one every day but he was still into the trolleys.

First stop was the fields, where the grownups made all the kids work picking pumpkins while they sat around and drank cider.

Hard at work in the fields
Hard at work

Then we rode around the countryside in the train until we got back to the start.

After the cider, Ah Gu had a Moxie

I got to wear an engineer hat and drive a trolley.

Choo choo! Where's the steering wheel?
Where's the steering wheel?

But I think I liked the pumpkin best...


Finally it was time for one last lobstah. I got the claw and then Ah Gu gave me some of the meat from inside the body.


Daddy ate so much lobstah I think he might have turned into one.


It was a fun fun trip. Hopefully we get to go back next year!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

I love you daddy. Thanks for always waking up early to play and read with me before going to work. And for teaching me about colors and ABCs. I also like you helping me with my construction projects to build planes and boats. I can't wait to go to the Red Sox game later today to celebrate your birthday!


Monday, September 24, 2007

Showing Ah Gu around town

Ah Gu arrived last Wednesday, but he was so jet-lagged that we didn't do much that day. He did let me play with his new phone though.

On Thursday, mommy and I took him to show the sights around Boston. We started out in Copley Square so Ah Gu can admire the cool architecture of the Boston Public Library and the Trinity Church. Then we walked to the Public Garden and Boston Common where the adults let me roam around at the Tadpole Playground for a bit.

Saying hi to the frog at the Tadpole Playground.

After running around, I was tired so I went to sleep. As I napped, mommy and Ah Gu walked along the Freedom Trail visiting graveyards, the site of the first public school, Faneuil Hall, and the Holocaust Memorial. Daddy got off work early and met us for lunch at the North End. Then we walked across a bridge to Charlestown to check out the USS Constitution. It was a BIG boat!

On the deck of the USS Constitution

I got to drive the boat!

It was a warm day out and the adults were too tired to walk back across the bridge. So we decided to take a boat across the river. It was so much fun!

On the "boap". You can tell how warm the day was by how flushed my cheeks are.

I'm having so much fun with Ah Gu. I got lots more to fill you in about but it's ne ne time (sleepy time) now. Check me out tomorrow!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Update from the Road

Obligatory Lobster Shot
Originally uploaded by brentdanley
Ah Gu is here! We've gone up to Maine for the weekend, so there won't be much posting for a little while. When we get back, I promise to be very hard working and post lots of pictures. In the meantime, use your imagination to picture mommy and daddy eating lobstahs and Ah Gu eating the brainsies.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New media

I'm branching out from markers and crayons! Here's my first sculpture in Mega Blox. I call it "A-pane" (airplane). Since this first one, I have also done "Bup" (bus), "Choo" (train) and "Boap" (boat). Daddy says they all look about the same, but what does he know about true art?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Reunited with friends

Last week, Emerson and her mommy invited us over to their new house to play. It was a beautiful afternoon outside, so we just hung out in the backyard after we had a grand tour of the house. Emerson has a cool cottage and a slide in the backyard!

Playing in Emerson's cottage.

Emerson showed me how to eat a popsicle! You can see that she's an expert...

And I dribbled all over myself.

On Sunday, I took Ronak, Aunty Sarita, and Aunty Ektaa to Lookout Farm to pick some fruits. Ronak and I had lots of fun running around at the farm and eating yummy fruits.

Ronak, me, and our mamas enjoying Asian pears.

I LOVE plums!

After some fruits in our tummies, we ran off to the playground while our parents struggled to keep up with us.

Ronak and I on the "tractor".

Our favorite part of the day, driving the caterpillar train.

Mommy said next time we come back to the farm, maybe we'll get a pumpkin!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pau Hawaii

No trip to Hawaii would be complete without a trip to the beach! We went on Friday two weeks ago, and mommy and daddy are still peeling their skin off. I don't have any skin coming off though, thanks to my hat, shirt, and excessive amounts of some white stuff they rubbed into my skin. Uncle JT and his friend Aunty Lynne came to hang out with us and brought us yummy lunch.

Ala Moana 8_31_07 pic2
Here's me at Ala Moana

The next day we went to the Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park. It was hot, but at least I got to sit in the shade in my chariot. Some of daddy's Okinawan friends from high school met up with us. Uncle Jess, who's not Okinawan (and didn't go to high school with daddy) also came. Did I mention it was hot?

Aunty Kiyomi tickling my toes
Aunty Kiyomi tickling my toes and smelling my toe jams

Yummy shave ice at the Okinawan Festival
Ohhh, shave ice so icy

That night Uncle JT's family fed us dinner. His mom brought out buckets and buckets of cars (!) from when he was a kid. I turned them out on the carpet and went through them all! Dinner was yum. The one funny thing was they kept saying this word I don't know: "Poo na ho." What's that? It doesn't sound good to me...

Uncle JT's cars!
Rearranging Tyler's toys (JT's brother)

On our last full day in Hawaii, we went to see dolphins at the Sea Life Park by daddy's house (or as I say, "dolffff").

Grandpa made me Mickey Mouse pancakes!
Kung Kung made me Mickey Mouse pancakes. Who's Mickey Mouse again?

Then on to Sea Life Park!


Feeding turtles
Feeding the turtles with daddy and Uncle JT

More hungry turtles
Good thing we bought two cups--there's lots of mouths to feed!

It was hot again and I was starting to get tired until... Dolffff!

Three dolphins
Dolfff show

I love dolphins!
Me riding a dolfff (not really)

I had a great time in Hawaii and California, and I can't wait to go back. I love Boston, but it's getting cold here! Hopefully we can see some more people next time. Until then... Owen

Playing with Aunty Marlene
Here's Aunty Marlene showing me how to push my truck around. Wait a minute, did I forget those in Hawaii?