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Friday, 31 May 2013

May 27th, my 40th birthday

WOW 40. It does make you take a look at yourself. Amazingly, I'm pretty happy.
This year, I decided to have a nice little birthday celebration. I took my kids out to the park and we made sandcastles.

We then went to a video rental place and got 6 DVDs for a week. The shop lets you rent them for 80 yen which works out to be a dollar each. Beauty and the Beast, Madagascar 2, Alien, Alien3, Glory, and ET

And I then got 2 large Dominos pizzas. Best part was, Emi really liked the Dominos deluxe. She could pick off the stuff she didn't want.
(yes this picture was up before)

Now that it's a Monday morning Japan time, I have to go to work. Oh well. The sun is shining and its warm.
(the beer is a non-alcoholic type as I no longer drink any alcoholic beverages. I've been dry for 10 years!)
Now it's Friday, and man am I tired! I was so busy, I didn't get a chance to post this until now.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

10th Wedding Anniversary and Sports Field Day

Sunday, May 18, 2003 was the day I, Roderick Duncan Redden married Emiko Takeda.
It just so happened that today, Saturday, May 18, 2013, was Ian's school's Sports Field Day.
my lovely wife relaxing at our bbq.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

A happy weekend here in Kamagaya

I have been informed the I will be granted an MA in TEFL/Applied Linguistics from the University of Leicester, having successfully completed my dissertation!
Also, today (May 12) is my son's 8th Birthday!

Today started off with us going to Toys R Us for Ian to get his present, a DS game system, then he got a haircut, then we went to another mall to get him some school supplies.
And surprisingly, Baskin Robbins 31 had a special event. If you gave a donation to the Japanese Earthquake recovery, you could get a free scoop of ice-cream.
We then went to McDonald's for his favorite lunch, cheeseburgers.

We then got him a strawberry shortcake birthday cake.

All in all, pretty darn good.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Golden Week, 2013

This years edition, consists of a movie day, a day at the park with a picnic, and a bbq.

The movies I rented were Titanic (1997) Aliens (1986) going for a James Cameron double feature, and Pocohantas (1995) to give my kids a little bit of our culture, although filtered by Disney.

Kung Fu Panda 2 also featured in the bill.

Our trip to the park was once again to our favorite place, Big Hill Park in Inzai. I decided to go ethnic by makin Hummus in Pita, though I had to substitute white beans for chick peas.
I then made a peanut sauce to go with it. Quite tasty.

We played with our dart guns, then came home to play kick ball in the street. Followed by our Saturday night ritual of watching House MD and Dexter.

Sunday was our bbq. It was a little quiter this year as I just had my family. I also started my BBQ with some gel fuel, as well as a nice little metal helper which burns the charcoal faster. I began my fire at 10:45 and it was rearing to go by 11:15. By noon, we had cooked half of our food. 5 big sausages, 10 sticks of yakitori, or grilled chicken on skewers, and 3 steaks. I also made 8 baked potatoes.
Yakitori on the grill

By 13:00 we had finished. The rest of the afternoon, we relaxed and played.
Ian takes a try at roasting marshmallows

I got the BBQ going early

Mrs. Redden relaxing

The Redden ladies bbq marshmallows


Monday saw us take back our DVDs, and go out to a park in Chiba Newtown, however as we began walking through the park, we noticed that there were grass areas roped off. There were warning signs up that there was still residual radiation from the meltdown of the nuclear power plants from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
We then waked around the AEON shopping centre, and went into another camping store to look around, then had a late lunch at an Italian all you can eat restaurant.
All in all, it was a great 4 days. Sometimes the best fun is when you don't plan stuff, but just go out.
Well said Daddy.