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Ice Skating in Chiang Mai

Spending the summer in a tropical country, you'd think that we'd do lots of warm weather activities, but our kids spotted a skating rink at a local mall and desperately wanted to go.  Their only other experience of ice skating was a couple years ago in Bangkok and they were far from sure on their feet.  This time could have gone similarly but Joshua made amazing progress in only 90 minutes of ice time and even Caitlin started to learn a bit.  John wasn't quite there yet and he rode the seal most of the time.  But we all had a great time and Sun was able to resurrect her skating (mostly roller) from long ago.  Now they want to go again :-)  Enjoy the video and photos below.

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Sledding in Edinburgh - March 2018

Edinburgh rarely gets more than a dusting of snow so it was a rare and wonderful blessing for our kids to experience the 2018 Scotland Snowpocalypse which dumped at least a few substantial inches of snow in the city.  I grabbed some sleds at a local store and the kids took to the backyard and nearby Holyrood Park to enjoy some sledding fun. 

Please see below for a short video compilation of the kids' sledding adventures.  Many thanks go to our friend Hendro who played cameraman while Joshua steered in the final segment of the video.  There are also a few indivual photos I have pasted after the video.

 

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Return of the Green Screen

When our family was on vacation in San Francisco, we happened to pass by a giant green screen sitting on the edge of the sidewalk by Pier 41.  If you are not familiar with green screens, these giant green backgrounds are used by moviemakers to project real actors and actresses onto fake backgrounds, such as in spaceships and so forth.  The kids and dad had experimented with a green screen app on the phone when we were at home but we really didn't have a proper green screen available.  Thankfully we had some toy lightsabers (from Star Wars) in our backpack and the kids had a good time playing in front of the green screen while I filmed them with the app to insert special backgrounds.  Then I plugged the video clips into the iMovie app (which has a nifty movie trailer template) and voila!

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Joshua and Caitlin Breaking Boards

For the past month or two, our family has been enjoying learning American Kenpo Karate.  All of us except for John have gotten into it (and John even tries a bit but he is still too little to learn it formally).  During a recent Saturday lesson, Mr. Kellogg gave Joshua and Caitlin the chance to try their hand at breaking wooden boards.  They felt really good and doing it successfully and it was fun to watch as parents.  The boards were not very thick but you've got to start somewhere :-)

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Our family with Mr. Kellogg at Kellogg's American Kenpo Karate

 

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You Are Not Allowed to Take a Nap

I'm sure our experience is similar to many other parents of young kids but I thought I'd put this video here so John can watch it 20-30 years from now when he has kids.

The (very short) backstory is that I was semi-successfully taking a nap on Sunday afternoon when Joshua (11 yrs) woke me to find out if a Minecraft book he wanted to read was available online yet, or if I could download something for him from a website. After getting some answers, he went away and then John came in to show me a picture he drew. I affirmed it was a good drawing and he went away. I turned over and tried to get a little bit more shuteye, but before long John bounds in again, which is what you see in the video below. I didn't get much rest after that, but John did succeed in getting me to play Legos with him.

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