Anna's Diary: Playing in the sandbox

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Anna's Diary: Playing in the sandbox

A little while ago I posted on Instagram about how I made a cheap sand box for Anna. I should probably call it a sand pool to be more accurate. For those of you that don't follow me on Instagram (shameless plug @socialgelo) here is the list of things I got. 

Swimming pool on Amazon ( $10)

5 Sand Bags from the  Home Improvement Store ( $20) 

Whole project done under $30 

The best part of the cheap Sand Box is that I can make a new one and replace the sand for cheap. We play and make sand castles everyday. Here is a video of one of our many sessions. 

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Anna's Diary: First Skateboarding Adventure

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Anna's Diary: First Skateboarding Adventure

Today Anna tried riding a skateboard for the first time! She's only 19 months, so she didn't go off any jumps or anything. Actually, she was a little scared to get on the board with me. But after a little negotiating (not an easy feat with a toddler) I convinced her to jump on (see video at the bottom). 

 She liked me holding her while riding more than sitting. 

She liked me holding her while riding more than sitting. 

I'm not an avid skater, but I have been cruising around on a board since I was a kid. In California skating has always been pretty popular. So I brought this board with me to Japan when I moved out here (it was going away gift, thanks again Sammy). 

Our first ride was sitting down and she didn't like it, immediately she said "all done,all done", which means "no I'm scared" in Anna language. At the end of the first run I lost control and that scared her a bit. It took some time and she asked me to skate around. After seeing how much fun I was having, she decided to give it another try. The second run was much better! 

In the end  she definitely enjoyed me holding her and cruising around. It was fun! I can't wait until she's old enough to take her to the skatepark!

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Anna's Diary: The big girl slide

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Anna's Diary: The big girl slide

This last week Kaori (my wife) told me about a community center that had plenty of different playgrounds for Anna to play in about 20 minutes from our house (we live in Aono Town, Japan). So, we packed up the car and went for a drive. 

 Of course before we went Anna wanted to have a snack. She loves Onigiri also known as a Omusubi or rice ball. This one was made with red beans and red rice. 

Of course before we went Anna wanted to have a snack. She loves Onigiri also known as a Omusubi or rice ball. This one was made with red beans and red rice. 

The community center is located in the near by town of Nishiwaki and it is sometimes called "The Naval of Japan" because of it's location on the Island. When we pulled up I was amazed at how new the facility was. 

  Miraie community center  has several parks, a daycare, a senior citizen center and a Gender Equality Center (I was really surprised about the last one but I think it's awesome that Japan has these kinds of facilities to teach about womans issues). 

Miraie community center has several parks, a daycare, a senior citizen center and a Gender Equality Center (I was really surprised about the last one but I think it's awesome that Japan has these kinds of facilities to teach about womans issues). 

The first play ground Anna wanted to go to was the toddler play area.She was wearing these shoes that squeaked. It was so funny hearing her squeak around everywhere. Everything is made of foam so it's safe for all ages. She had a great time running around. But the foam slides weren't fast enough for her needs. She wanted to get on the big girl slide. Kaori was surprised because last time Anna was scared of the big kid playground. 

We made our way to the big kid play ground and she climbed up the stairs, all by herself. We were there to help her, but she was able to put those little muscles to work. It was a challenge, but she made it through the obstacle course and to the top of the big girl slide. 

 One step at a time and got through the obstacle course!

One step at a time and got through the obstacle course!

 She went down the big girl slide on her own! I'm so proud of her!

She went down the big girl slide on her own! I'm so proud of her!

It stared to get a little hot, so after playing outside we went inside the center to play in the indoor playground. Before we could play we had to sign in. But otherwise than that, it is completely free to the public. They had a ball pit, books, toys and plenty of pretend play activities that kids can engage in. Best of all they had air conditioning so it's a great spot to go to during Japan's hot summer. 

We all had a great time and after we left, she took a nice long nap! It was awesome! I can't wait to take her again! The last video goes over her "big girl slide" adventure. Enjoy! We'll catch you next time! 

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Love of our Life

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Love of our Life

This is our first post about Anna! She is already 18 months old! But we thought we would share our journey of infertility with all of you. 

It took us 7 years of trying and we had many ups and downs(miscarriages, ER trips, I thought my wife wasn't going to survive) .At one point Doctors were suggesting we should get a surrogate mother, but we couldn't afford it. My wife was a preschool teacher and I was a self employed tow truck driver ( road side assistance, no repos).  Infertility is a serious issue and can cause a lot stress on a relationship. But we made it through it. We were really lucky. Here is a music video I put together a little after she was born. 

This is the first of many short stories so stay posted and have fun watching her grow with us. 

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