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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Enjoy Traveling - Dear Daniel Saturday

It's Saturday! Time for a Dear Daniel letter

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Dear Daniel

Today we're going to visit another family in Connecticut. Today will be a day of firsts for you. Not only is it your first time traveling on the Metro North but also the first you're visiting Connecticut. I confess I was a bit nervous about how things will go. Will you be OK being away from all your toys and trains? Will you be OK being on the train for 2 hours? Will you be OK traveling.....

As I watch you looking out the window, I think you'll be ok. Having you ok with travel is very important. When I was pregnant with you I would dream of all the places I would take you. I dreamed of taking you all around New York City, then all around the United States and then hopefully all around the world.

I confess I started your "travel" training when you were just a few days old. To the shock and horror of everyone I took you everywhere with me instead of hiding out inside the house. I could tell you enjoyed being outside and seeing the sites. I enjoyed walking and talking with you. Those were our special moments

As you grew, I wondered if you'd develop my wanderlust and love of traveling.

As I watch you looking out the window, I'm proud that your making a start. A start that I hope continues your whole life. Travel my son is one of the best things you can do with your life.

There is more in the world then just our section in Harlem, then our section in New York City, then our section of the United States. There's so much more outside our bubble of a world that I hope you travel and find. The bigger world is filled with all sorts of places to see and people to meet. People who will embrace you and your uniqueness because they have a more diverse view of life. I hope meeting different people will help you see life as more diverse and wonderfully varied.

As I watch you looking out the window, I hope this first trip out of state will the first of many. The love of travel is one of the greatest gifts I want to leave you with. Travel well my son.

Love you always,
Your Umma

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Blasian Families Day Out with Thomas the Train

Today we headed to New Jersey to meet up with Ketty, John and their kids so we all can go to "Day Out with Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011". Since all our kids are fans of Thomas and Friends we thought this would be a great "family" outing.

blasian day out thomas train

We plan to enjoy the activities, ride Thomas and then have lunch in the area while the kids ran around and tired themselves out. Sounds like a good plan right? To bad the kids didn't get the memo about their parents great plan.

blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train

Since Daniel and I arrived bright and early in New Jersey, we had some extra time till heading to the train station. That of course meant playtime for the kids. As I sat there and watched them I was amazed by their active imaginations. At one point the idea of being aliens came up and next thing I see is they're all wearing "alien" hats! I tried not to laugh when one of them tried to scare me with his "alien" face.
day out with thomas the train

Soon after that we all packed into the Sudan and head to the railroad station. I will spare you the antics of the car ride with 4 kids. At some point the kids, including me, took a nap so I think the ride went well. LOL. We soon arrived at the trail road, found parking in a lot that had jacked up it's prices, grabbed the strollers and heading off to see Thomas

blasian day out thomas train

And right around here is where the story starts to take a turn that involves tantrums and frustrated parents. On the way to the railroad station we entered a large gift shop with tons of Thomas and Friends stuff. Clothes, bags, hat, trains, etc all geared towards Thomas and Friends fans.

Daniel was able to walk around and touch stuff and then leave without a tantrum. He knew I wasn't going to buy anything no matter how much he cried. Ketty and John's 2 boys had a meltdown when it was time to leave without buying anything. As they wrangle their kids, they decided to leave this section and get them something to eat as a distraction.
blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train

As we walked away from the gift shop area, I stopped at another area where bubbles were blowing and I could take a photo with Daniel. I thought a photo with the trains in the background was a great idea. Daniel didn't like my idea at all and started his own tantrum. While I was able to get the photo, you can tell from the look on his face he wasn't happy *sigh* From there Ketty and John took their kids to snack while I took Daniel to the other area of activities.
blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train
thomas the train storytime
blasian day out thomas train

We stopped in a child size "maze" but Daniel wasn't sure about it. I think he worried he might not be able to get out. After that we went to the Imagination Station where Daniel got to play with all sorts of toys and trains, received a Thomas tattoo and sat to listen to a storytelling.

blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train

Then we wandered over to the petting zoo where he petted the pony and hung out with chickens. We also saw rabbits and goats but he didn't seem interested in them. LOL Soon it was time to ride the train so we reunited with Ketty, John and kids to board the train.

blasian day out thomas trainblasian day out thomas train

Before getting on the train, you could take a photo with Thomas or with Mister Topham Hatt. Of course Daniel started another tantrum. For some reason being that close to everything scared him. Of course I insisted he take the photo anyway cause we traveled all this way! Of course he doesn't look happy in the photo *double sigh*
blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train
blasian day out thomas train

After ALL of that we finally board the train and settle the kids down next to each other to enjoy the ride. The parents were just glad to moments of peace and quiet. During the ride the kids played musical chairs and at one point all of them ended up on Ketty's side. I joked she should just accept the role of a mom with four kids. LOL.

As the kids looked out the window a train conductor walked down the isle. He first took the train tickets and then, during his 2nd round, he gave out certificates that made the kids Junior Engineer's. Yah! After the ride we all packed back in the car and headed home with very tired kids. Heck the parents were tired also but it was nice to spend some time together as a "blasian" family.

I wonder if that was the first time Thomas the Train had a families of Blasian?! I'm pretty sure it wont be the last time.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Raising Mixed Children in Korea: A Forum Series

M.A.C.K. presents the second in its ongoing multicultural forum series, which will explore issues surrounding raising children of mixed descent in Korea.

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Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Time:

Each of the speakers will discuss their personal experience raising children in a bicultural and multiracial household in Korea. Presentations will be followed by an open question and answer session.

Contact information email: themackfoundation.kr@gmail.com

For more info visit - http://www.themackfoundation.com

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gaming Mode - Wordless Wednesday

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Daniel likes to kick up his feet when he's in toddler gaming mode using MY Nintendo DS

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