Monday, June 25, 2007


Beautiful Em with The Fae, and the cute little Gabriel too, at his blessing.
Kayaking in Apponaug Cove...which is connected to Greenwich bay...which is connected to Narragansett Bay...which is connected to the Atlantic. A very beautiful weekend indeed!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day

I woke up after being able to sorta (half sleep while I heard screaming fighting boys in the background) sleep in a little yesterday to find a wonderful breakfast spread laid out on the table. Max, all by himself, had prepared my Father's Day breakfast and was extremely proud of himself. His face was beaming with excitement. He had a bowl of Lucky Charms, a banana, toast, and a cup of milk with a chocolate straw (a straw with chocolate beads in it, so that as you suck up the milk it becomes chocolate milk, a good idea but not the best tasting chocolate). He and Sam were very excited for me to eat it. Sam sat right next to me taking half of all the food, while Max protested his every bite: "Dats Daddy's!"
It gave me a great start to a wonderful Father's day despite the high sugar content!

At church there were some good talks about father's and how they influenced the speakers so much. It made me think of my conversation with my father on Friday. I asked him what he was going to do on Father's Day. He answered: "Go to Church. Worship Heavenly Father."
It was a simple answer and an obvious one, yet it was profound. How many times do we wish God a happy Father's Day, He being the Father of us all? This thought stayed with me this Father's Day and helped me to honor my Heavenly Father. Thanks DAD!

Just a couple photos...

Just a couple photos of Saturday's fun.
The slip and slide says it is not for adults and its probably true. The few times I went down, I flew off and gouged the grass pretty badly.
We also had our kiddie pool out and put a sprinkler under the trampoline. Then, as if that wasn't enough summer outdoor fun, I took the boys down to the beach with an inflatable raft, tied it to our 80 year old friends' kyack and paddled them around the bay! (Max only capsized once!!!) It was so beautiful yesterday, hot but not too muggy. Max found a big Dora house for $5 at garage sale and he and Sam love it (it came with Diego too, so its not all feminine!)

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Old Cape Cod

Wednesday and Thursday we spent falling in love with Old Cape Cod. We spent one night in Provincetown (Known as P-Town) at the edge of America, the tip of the Cape. We were a bit worried as we drove there in the rain. The weather report said mostly sunny and partly cloudy, though I'm not sure what that means. Our road trips, especially with kids, take 2 to 3 times longer than normal. Of course traveling with kids adds a lot of time on, but the DVD player has helped a lot with that. We tend to stop at lots of "cute little" (emily's term) shops and see the towns along the way. Such as the art studio of a lady who makes creations out of drift wood, very cool. Or stopping at the Friendly Fisherman for the best/freshest fish and chips I've ever had (lightly breaded and cooked to perfection). They were "so fresh they aught to be slapped." Or browsing/dwaddling at the Christmas Tree Store, I think this was Fae's highlight.

Luckily as we reached the northern part of the cape and went out to see Highland Lighthouse, it had stoped raining and the sun began to shine. When we got into P-Town it was warm and "mostly-sunny." Cape Cod is so gorgeous. It has some of the most breath taking views. The scenery is very diverse: sand dunes, beaches, moors/marshlands, lighthouses, lesbians, bay, ocean, lakes, gays, cliffs, transgenders, pilgrim monuments, fishing villages, lobster cages, forests. Most of the area is national seashore and its beauty is presevered/protected. The cape extends off the southeast corner of Massachusettes and curls to the north.

Our hotel room had a beach just outside the back door, and a view across the bay of a lighthouse, Wood End Lighthouse. There's a dike made of giant granite bolders that extends for one part of the cape to another as the cape curls back along itself. Em, Max and I walked along it all the way out to the lighthouse. It was so pretty and the combination of the sun and clouds gave so many different views of the lighthouse as the sun set.
I highly recommend the Cape for your next vacation and you can stop at our house on the way. There is no other place like it! Simply amazingly incredibly stunningly beautiful!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

pesce bianco con pistacchio e salsa di granchio

Last week with the visit of Faezer, Em's mother, we took a trip up to Federal Hill in Providence. Federal Hill is beautiful Italian district know for its great restaurants. Em's idea was to stop and ask at a local grocer and ask for a recommendation (she got this idea for Food Network or the like). So we pulled over and I went into a little store. Mistake. It was more Latin than Italian and specialized more in soft porn then restaurant recommendation. So I decided against asking them for a recommendation. Next we tried to go to Venda Ravioli down the street, because it looked nice and had ravioli in the name. It turned out to be a store and closed. However they had a cafe'/ristorante across the square. Naturally, they would have recommended it so we took their unspoken recommendation and went to Venda Ravioli-Costantino's Ristorante and Caffe'.

I was very nervous as we entered the restaurant proportionally became nicer as we increased elevation up the stairs to the dining area. It was a very nice place and it was slightly scary to have three boys in tow. I must say however, that they were practically perfect during the fabulous dinner.

Now I mention all this for two reasons: First, to introduce you to another part of RI. Second, because the meal I had ranks on my top three great meals I've ever had!!!! This is saying something since we lived in SF for 4 years. My top 2 are the seafood tostada from Mustard's grill in Napa Valley and the a fabulous steak from Chou Chou in SF.

So number three on the all time palatal pleasures list was: Pesce bianco con pistacchio e salsa di granchio. Fresh filet of Chilean sea bass encrusted with pistachio nuts, pan seared and finished with a delicate yellow pepper and fresh crab meat sauce.
Every single bite was amazing and sent thrills through out.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Trip To Wright's Dairy

We made a trip to Wright's Dairy Farm today. You could see the cows milked taste the byproduct in the form of muffins, creme pies, choclate milk (coffee milk too), eclairs cookies and other wicked baked goods. So how come the boys favorite part was "cow peeing"!?

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Friday, June 01, 2007

turning japanese i think i'm turning japanese

i really think so.

I recently met with my USAF superiors and finally got some long sought after answers:

I will find out around December where we will be stationed.

There is close to a zero percent chance of being deployed. Yeah!

There are four overseas openings projected for 2008. And new pediatric dentist always go overseas.

There are also four pediatric dentist completing training in 2008. (Me being one of them) (Me also being the one with the lowest rank/seniority, this will be pertinent later)

The four openings are in Lakenheath England, Misawa Japan, Yokota Japan
(Tokyo,) Kadena Japan (Okinawa).

We can request where we want to be stationed, but if more than one wants a given duty station it will go by rank.

Therefore, I conclude that it is most likely going to be JAPAN. I have already purchased a Japan travel guide and am doing daily mental therapy sessions for Emily. (The mental therapy is new and only for the thought of living in Asia). I myself am excited about the prospect. I'll probably be disappointed if we do get England.