Birthday and Father’s Day Weekend

Ten is always a bit out of luck because his birthday and Father’s Day are usually only a few days apart. This year his birthday was the Friday before Father’s Day. Last year, I totally failed both gift wise and event wise, so this time around I wanted to make him feel special.

We decided not to do a cake this year, but one of his coworkers bought him a small piece of very nice cake…so Mia ran and grabbed a bunch of candles, so that we could do a proper celebration. 

We all sang Happy Birthday and Ten blew out his candles….and Mia and Emi quickly ate the cake up. I had a tiny taste of it….and oh my….it was delicious….and I immediately added “eat cake” to my Tokyo to do list.

We also gave Ten his gifts. We got him a cookbook for dads and a french fry slicer. He has been wanting this thing for a while….so I think he likes it…but we haven’t been able to test it out yet.

Beautiful princess candles on the cake.

On Sunday, we celebrated a really nice Father’s Day. We gave him a family compass and a nice book about what being a dad means. We then drove over an hour north to a Father’s Day BBQ at a local farm. We had a nice drive up and were able to buy some gifts for people in Japan there. Everything is locally made which makes it the best kind of gift in my opinion.

Once again….my phone memory was an issue so I got one photo of the setup….and it wasn’t a very good one. I absolutely need to get my phone all cleared out….it’s getting pretty ridiculous….and was in fact one reason that I stopped blogging in the past.

BBQ buffet under a big white tent.


They had cheeseburgers, hotdogs, watermelon, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, salad, cornbread, and just so much more. Also, there was a good breeze blowing…perfect lunch. We also enjoyed the apple cider they make there.

Ten had 3 cheeseburgers! They also had grilled chicken, brisket, and pulled pork. We didn’t try those…but it all looked really good.


We also had pie for dessert. I had a slice of blueberry but couldn’t finish it.


Ten had a slice of each…no idea how he can hold that much food.

Mia loved the food and the farm store. My little friend Emi was having the best time playing in the gravel.


So, that is what we did to celebrate Ten’s weekend. He really enjoyed his meal out, and it was well deserved. He does an awful lot for our family, so he deserved a day out to do something that he loves….eat and spend time with his kids 😉


End of the year sing-a-long and beach time

We have made it to summer vacation! Mia had her last day of school today, and I am so happy to have a break from all of the driving!

Anyway, today (Thursday), we went to Mia’s school for an end of the year sing-a-long and watermelon party. It was very low-key and could not be more family friendly. We dropped Mia off at her classroom and then made our way to the outdoor theater. It is amazing to me that her school has a rustic outdoor theater! Our kids really have no idea how lucky they are.

Here is a picture of the stage where the kids would sit to lead us in the sing-a-long.


 We had to keep Emi busy before the singing started, so selfie time. Ha! Emi has the funniest smile right now, so we took about a hundred pictures of her posing.  

Cheese Emi!

Soon the processional began. Hi Koala bears. Mia is in the middle 🙂 

The singing began and was led by the school music teacher. They sang so many cute songs including one about wooly underwear which the kids giggled through.

 After the singing finished, the program instructed the parents to shout “encour!” So funny. The kids were so happy that we were demanding more. And surprisingly (wink, wink), they had one more song ready for us. Seriosuly, could not ask for a better preschool  experience.

Singing It’s a Small World for the encour.


After the performance, we walked back to the class playground and enjoyed watermelon. I volunteered to bring everything for the party. The tins holding the watermelon were red, white, and blue. I also chose red napkins and checkered plates. Looked so cute.

Emi enjoyed her watermelon in the toy car. She loves these cars so much.


Everyone LOVED the watermelon on sticks. I’m not going to lie though, it was a lot of work the night before. However, it was totally worth it and even the other class was eating our watermelon which was awesome because nothing went to waste.

Mia told Ten to hop in the backseat. She was driving them to the beach.

After our school event, we headed to the beach for a BBQ. We figured it wouldn’t be as busy on a weekday while most schools were still in, and we basically had the place to ourself. 

Mia climbing a tree.


Emi drinking her “soda.” It was really Snapple, but pretty excited to drink the same thing as mom and dad.


Ten grilling brats and hotdogs with the ocean in the background.

The girls were so hungry after a long morning of play. Eating chips, hot dogs, grapes, and pickles. For dessert they each had a chocolate chip cookie.  Ten and I had brats.
After eating lunch, playing with the stomp rocket, and chasing birds; we decided to head over to the ocean.

Emi showing her muscles.


Cooling off!


We then packed up, headed home, took a 2 hour nap, took Mia to her swim lesson, argued about Kumon finished (an issue right now), and had another BBQ for dinner. Such a nice day.