Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Moments in Manzanar 2010

Drove up to Manzanar for the day this year.  Left around 9am, got up there just after noon, stayed for the program and then went to the interpretive center, then hit the road to go home.  It was nice that my brother Darin's family came up, as did Nobuko and Dan.  Nice to visit with our friends from NCRR.  It was the first time I've been there in 12 years that I wasn't working, running around behind or onstage.  It was nice to kind of sit, eat the hummus, pita, tabouleh, carrots, apples and stuff that Tony packed for us.  And that, in a photo nutshell, was the 2010 Manzanar Pilgrimage... Maiya's 5th trip in her 5 years.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

FB Parenting Quiz totally accurate

Kind of Crunchy:  You lean more toward Attachment Parenting, natural births, homepathic remedies, and living green! You tend to question modern medicine and mainstream parenting. You tend to delay vaccines or use an alternate schedule. You aren't bothered by the fact that people tend to question your parenting style. You feel strongly about the way you're raising your kids. You believe that it's our duty to make the earth a better place for our children by being more eco-friendly. You buy organic foods whenever you can and you use cloth diapers or seriously considered it. You've also considered homeschooling. When people see you with your baby you're usually wearing her in a sling or wrap. 

You tell new moms who complain about lack of sleep to try co-sleeping with baby and let them know how much you love co-sleeping. You believe in breastfeeding and baby led weaning, but to a point. And you'll nurse in public but modesty is important to you. You aren't afraid to disagree with your Dr about delaying solids or vaccines. You don't like to let your baby cry and cry-it-out methods make you cringe. However, if nothing else is working you are willing to try it once the baby reaches a certain age. You read different books about parenting and take what you feel will work for you and your family. You tend to believe in trusting your instincts when it comes to raising your kids.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Easter '10 & the 40s

Easter '10 and the 40s
This year we celebrated Gayle, Lee & Tony's birthdays on Easter.  
This was the first time the cousins got together to dye eggs.  
Kids had a nice time playing outside in Grandma Machi's backyard.
Then, the Mad Dash for the egg hunt.  
For me, it was fun to hide the eggs.
 We watched the crazed kids come out ready to snatch up those eggs.
Then, we ate a feast and a half.
Saori made a stunning cake for the 43, 44 and 45 yr old Aries' in our family.
Can't believe how big the kids are getting.
Even more unbelievable is how old we adults are!

And many more!

Monday, April 05, 2010

More Maiya Basketball

Practice shooting
Going for it!
Bruins/Jr. Lakers 2010
Jr. Lakers BBQ at the park (with Mikail and Rahel)
Getting a trophy and certificate from Coach Fred