- - - 10/20/2018 - - -

Camping and trout fishing

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:39 am

We decided to go camping again before it got too cold. There is a nice campground that I highly recommend around the Tanzawa mountain range that is located along a river. The river is also stocked with rainbow trout and for a fee you can rent a pole and try to catch as many fish as you want. You then take the fish you caught back to your campsite and cook them over your fire. There is also a small hiking path up to a nice waterfall. In the summer, you can also go swimming in the river but it was way too cold by the time we went, so we just had fun throwing rocks.

- - - 8/25/2018 - - -

Pototo chips and Fireworks

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:55 am

Not many things are better than watching fireworks while eating lots of potato chips.

- - - 8/5/2018 - - -

Recent Board Games

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:52 pm

Thunderstone Quest

Tyrants of the Underdark

Great Western Trail

Castles of Burgundy


- - - 7/27/2018 - - -

Yokodai Bonodori

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:45 pm

At this years local festival.

Melina was too busy eating her shaved ice to join in the dance.

- - - 6/17/2018 - - -

Recent Board Games

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:18 pm

Rising Sun

Forbidden Island





- - - 5/19/2018 - - -

Spartan Race #2

Filed under: — Andy @ 2:18 am

My second Spartan race was the Sprint, which is only 5 kilometers with about 20+ obstacles. Unlike the first race where it was pouring the entire day, this time we had some nice weather. The obstacles were still challenging and my two teammates did well. I am now debating with myself whether or not to do the next one in Japan this year.

- - - 4/21/2018 - - -

Popcorn Day

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:58 am

My daughters preschool has a Fathers Club where the fathers get together and put on events for the kids. It is also a time for the fathers to get to know each other better and also to stay more involved with school activities and their kids. It is a great idea and was surprised to see this in Japan where traditionally mothers still do most of the upbringing. The first event of the year was making popcorn for the kids. The fathers get to play with fire and the kids get to eat all the popcorn they can.

Did I mention that Melina loves popcorn.

- - - 3/3/2018 - - -

Girls Day 2018

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:01 am

This year’s Girls Day dinner was a bit simpler, but we still made the traditional clam soup and three layer jelly desert, along with some of Melina’s favorite foods (tomato, broccoli, chawanmushi )

- - - 2/3/2018 - - -

Setsubun Sushi 2018

Filed under: — Andy @ 3:53 am

Everyone enjoyed this years Setsubun sushi and bean throwing party again this year. The lucky direction was south-south-south-east and Melina was able to eat a whole sushi roll all by herself.

- - - 11/25/2017 - - -

Thanksgiving 2017

Filed under: — Andy @ 3:48 am

Every year my Thanksgiving parties get better and better, or so I like to think so. Im getting better at cooking the Thanksgiving essentials and adding more variety every time. Yet again, I was too busy cooking, cutting, and talking to take many good pictures of the party.