Happy Birthmonth to Kaya

Happy 8th!

Last Snow of the Year

Birthmonth?  This February, for Kaya’s birthday, she went do Disneyland with her Mom, Aunt Melissa, and cousin Gemma, even though Kaya’s birthday was a month later. This meant no big presents. Kaya should be happy, right?

Princesses

Nope:  So for the last couple weeks, every day it’s, “Dad, can we go to Revelation (Fro-Yo)? It’s my birthday this month.” “Dad, can I have ice cream, my birthday is in two weeks!” “Dad, it’s my birthday this Saturday, so can we get dessert?”

Princess Disease:  On April 1 (no fooling) she’s getting a roller skate party with friends, she’s being taken out by her grandparents, and then a combined birthday party with family. Her birthday has lasted part of February and all of March. Talk about milking the most out of a birthday.

Ava at State

Ava the “Tween”:  Now that our 12-year-old Ava is a “Tween,” she’s getting a little bit more private and moody, and this includes taking a plate of food and eating in her bedroom by herself. Plates accumulate, and she was a habit of not putting them back in the sink. So the other day when I discovered dishes in her room, I took her pillows and blankets and placed them by the dining table and told her, “Alright, Ava, if you want to eat in your bedroom, then you can sleep in the dining room.” Her response? “Dad, you’re not funny!”

Band:

Gia in Band

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February Photos

5th Grade Lady Mavs

5th Grade Lady Mavs

Wife Terry scores 27 points w/9 rebounds for CHS

Wife Terry scores 27 points w/9 rebounds for CHS

Basketball:  More basketball in February. Also, found a newspaper clipping of my wife from her high school basketball days, she’s #44. Also, Ava’s 6th Grade Lady Mavs team won the Port Angeles championship. Way to go!

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Kaya and Gemma are going to Disneyland!

Daughters at Demetri's

Daughters at Demetri’s

Hail!

Hail!

6th Grade Lady Mavs

6th Grade Lady Mavs

6th Grade Lady Mavs Feeder Team & Coaches Terry, Caleb, Leon, David

5th Grade Lady Mavs Feeder Team & Coaches Terry, Caleb, Leon, David

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A Month of Basketball

Huskies vs. Stanford

Huskies vs. Stanford

Lady Mavs Feeder Night

Lady Mavs Feeder Night

Kaya the Bluejay

Kaya the Bluejay

Ok, it's not basketball, but it happened in January

Ok, it’s not basketball, but it happened in January

6th Grade Feeder Girls

6th Grade Feeder Girls

Waiting to play

Waiting to play

Feeder Girls 5th-8th Grade

Feeder Girls 5th-8th Grade w/MHS varsity

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The Christmas Wars

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Aunt Tracy w/her nieces, Ava (11), Gia (10), Kaya (7)

Aunt Tracy w/her nieces, Ava (11), Gia (10), Kaya (7)

Christmas Skepticism:  On Christmas morning Ava asked:

“How come Santa uses the same wrapping paper as Mom and Dad?”

Mom and Dad looked at one another. Gia, still a believer, said:

“Sometimes he needs to borrow wrapping paper after he comes down the chimney.”

Christmas Controversy:  I don’t know if the so-called “War on Christmas” is a thing, it seems hyperbole, but evidently there are people offended by “Merry Christmas.” Don’t believe me? Check out the headlines:

Is Saying Merry Christmas Politically Correct?Forbes
Don’t Say Merry Christmas, It Might Offend SomeoneTelegraph
Merry Christmas vs. Happy HolidaysChicago Tribune

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Kaya

War?  The iconoclast in me used to say “Merry Stressmas” or “Happy Holidays,” and write “Xmas,” but no more. PC on steroids has gotten out of control, and thus, to be subversive, we must start saying “Merry Christmas” again.

Respect:  Even religious holidays can be celebrated as secular. Or not, but that’s an individual choice. When I lived in the Middle East I respected Ramadan though I did not fast. This meant I would not chomp on a falafel in front of the other Middle Eastern teachers at our high school, and partaking an Eid feast with them. Holidays should bring people together, right?

Offense Culture:  It’s time to reserve the right to offended…on things that are truly offensive.

These Muslim Americans Celebrating Christmas Remind Us That We’re Not All That Different

Thus I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas this year, and best wishes for a Happy 2017!

Joke of the Day:  Did you hear about the metal/grunge band that went vegan? They’re called Rage Against the Cuisine.

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning

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Bros-in-law

Bros-in-law (Danny, Sanjay, Me, Anu)

One Photo (Busy Month)

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SOCCtobER

The rains are coming

The rains soak the Green Dragons

And now, Ava and Gia’s Green Dragons and Kaya’s Purple Sounders, with Halloween photos mixed in:

Kaya and her pumpkin

Kaya and her pumpkin “Joe”

Green Mud Dragons

Green Mud Dragons

Gia and Kaya

Gia and Kaya

In Snohomish

In Snohomish

Gia's Stormtrooper

Gia’s Stormtrooper

Flora & friend Amber watch game

Flora & friend Amber attend game

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival, Gia holding cousin Quincy

 

Purple Sounders

Purple Sounders

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My Wife’s In-Laws Are Crazy

Cousins

Cousins

My Wife’s In-laws Are Nuts: Not only that, my wife is best friends with her sister-in-law, Sarah, and thus we’re always spending time at their house on Whidbey Island. This has turned into a continual source of friction and “marital bliss-ters.”

Cousins at Drive-in Theater

Cousins at Drive-in Theater

My Wife’s Sister-in-Law:  You ever watch Harold and Maude? You know the mother, oblivious to her son’s disinterest and obsession with death. That’s Sarah. Except her son is obsessed-with-music and Sarah continually tries to get him into sports, outdoors, and the like. And she’s the “normal” one of my wife’s in-laws.

First Day of School

First Day of School

My Wife’s Mother-in-Law:  This woman is eccentric multiplied. We call her Nai-nai, Chinese for Grandma, because she studied Chinese in university and lived in Taiwan. She hasn’t been in Asia for almost 30 years, but that doesn’t stop her from speaking Chinese to anyone who looks Asian. If we eat Japanese, Korean, or Thai, Nai-nai addresses the wait staff in Chinese and even after the waitperson says, “What are you saying? I don’t understand.”  Nai-nai will keep talking Chinese.

Captain Nikolai

Captain Nikolai

My Wife’s Father-in-Law:  We call him Ye-ye. Ye-ye thinks George Bush was a spineless liberal, so you can imagine what he thinks of Hillary. To describe him, I’ll use the euphemism “set in his ways.” My wife, Sarah, and he were discussing public schools and he said, “Public schools are horrible because they push the ‘Homo Agenda.’” Ye-ye is convinced that Hillary and Democrat “moral degeneracy” are the biggest threats facing America.

Exchange Student Flora Is Back!

Exchange Student Flora Is Back!

My Wife’s Other Sister-in-Law:  Sarah’s younger sister, Min Pongklub (and husband Somjait), lives in Hawaii. Their three kids parallel our children’s ages, so the six cousins have a ball. The Pongklubs home school, don’t receive vaccinations, and they think the U.S. knew about 9/11. (I accused them of agreeing on everything, they promptly pointed out they differed on what sort of plant seed to use on their lawn.)

September Basketball

September Basketball

A few years ago they were vegan. Our kids told us, “Min’s kids say that moms that give their children meat don’t love their children.”

The Pongklubs are back to eating meat (grass fed, of course), but they’re now gluten free.

This summer, after the Pongklubs took the kids out, our children told us, “They think Clinton is worse than Trump. They call her Killary.” I asked them about this. Yup. Mr. and Mrs. Pongklub are certain Hillary is a murderer. Somjait, later, during a polite conversation, went Godwin’s Law on me and said new proposed firearm regulations in Hawaii treat gun owners the same way “they treated Jews in 1930s Germany.”

At least they’re voting Libertarian and not Trump. (Wife w/in-laws Sarah & Min here)

Green Dragons

Green Dragons

Ye-ye meets a gay baker:  All’s not lost with the in-laws. Sarah took Ye-ye and Nai-nai to the Coupeville landmark, the Knead and Feed, for breakfast. Nai-nai once painted a portrait of then son of the owner, Doug Kroon, wearing a chef’s outfit with a thought bubble of a loaf of bread. The painting still hangs in the bakery/café. Doug now runs the restaurant, recognized and greeted Nai-nai, and said, “This is my husband, we just got married.” Nai-nai gave both men a hug. Ye-ye even shook hands and kept his views to himself.

Uncle Somjait & I with the cousins

Uncle Somjait & I with the cousins

Good news:  Well, for all that, my wife’s sister-in-law is generous and kind. She sent me to Guns ‘n’Roses with my nephew. Next? She bought my wife and I tickets to see David Sedaris at Beniroya Hall in November. And our kids get along great with my wife’s in-laws kids. Guess it’s not such a bad thing having a wife whose in-laws are nuts.

Hot tubbing with my wife's in-laws' on Whidbey

Hot tubbing with my wife’s in-laws’ on Whidbey

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