- - - 5/29/2021 - - -

Sports Day [1st Grade]

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:05 am

At Melina’s elementary school they have the annual sports day near the beginning of the school year rather than the traditional Autumn season. Also for precautionary measures the format for the sports day and the events were changed. Out of the 6 grades, the sports day was split into two halves with the lower 3 grades doing their events followed by the upper 3 grades. This way only about half the parents were watching at a time. Lastly, some of the more traditional events were removed which left only social distanced dancing events and the ever important racing events. Still, it was better than nothing and it was a joy to see Melina dance and run as fast as she could.

- - - 4/7/2021 - - -

First day of Elementary School

Filed under: — Andy @ 11:28 pm

I dont remember my first day of elementary school, but in Japan it is a big deal where the kids and parents get dressed up and go to a small ceremony welcoming the kids to school and to meet their new teacher. Melina seemed a bit exited to go to school but also a bit nervous, luckily one of Melina’s friends from her preschool was in her same class.

- - - 3/27/2021 - - -

Kamakura Hiking

Filed under: — Andy @ 9:07 pm

There was one last event with Melina’s preschool classmates which was a spring hike through Kamakura. It was a great day with the cherry blossoms in full bloom and all the kids exited make it all the way to the beach. After a nice morning of hiking through the hills we had lunch at a temple before heading to the beach to cool off. Melina was the first one in the water.

- - - 3/18/2021 - - -

Melina Preschool Graduation

Filed under: — Andy @ 9:02 pm

Melina graduates from preschool. She was sad to leave the school she went to for the last three years and made sure to take some pictures of her friends and teachers. We have a lot of good memories from all the school events and activities over the years.

- - - 2/17/2021 - - -

Melina 6th Birthday

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:12 pm

Another birthday party with two cakes for Melina. This year was another rainbow cake, and a unicorn cake. The rainbow cake this year was made with rainbow sprinkles and a rainbow made of frosting. Also by request, we had lots of pizza for everyone to eat.

- - - 12/19/2020 - - -

Feeding Pigeons

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:25 pm


- - - 11/15/2020 - - -

Camping with School Friends

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:59 pm

We went camping with some of Melina’s school friends near the Tanzawa lake dam. The kids had lots of fun running around the park near the dam, playing and collecting firewood. We then set up our tents and had a great campout complete with Smores. The following day was spent hiking, playing in the forest, and then back to the dam again for some lunch and views before heading home.

- - - 10/24/2020 - - -

Sports Day #3

Filed under: — Andy @ 11:08 pm

Despite everything else going on this year, it was deemed safe enough [especially being in Japan] to hold the annual Sports Day events at my daughters school with a lot of added precautions. I am also really glad they didnt cancel it, as Sports Day is one of those events that as a parent we can see just how much our child is growing and maturing. Looking back at last year and the year before, it is really great to see that Melina has changed so much in her three years in preschool. This year she ran and danced, played and smiled, fought her best in the events, and was a big part of her class team. I am so proud of her and also excited to see what she can do in the coming years.


Getting ready for the big event. Tire tug of war!


It is an all out battle to see what class can get the most tires to their side.


Lining up for the relay race.


Almost there.

- - - 10/8/2020 - - -

Baking Focaccia

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:59 pm

- - - 8/13/2020 - - -

Dinosaur Dress

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:07 pm

Melina dressed up in her favorite dress and went around the house and yard telling me to take pictures. Here are two of the nicer ones: