Sayounara, Fenu (Good-bye, Boat)

When we bought our boat 3 years ago, we named it “Fenu”, which literally means “boat” in Japanese.  And today we said good-bye to Fenu as she goes to a new home.

I have really enjoyed the little boat.  It was sad for me to see her being towed away by the new owner.  I asked myself why I would miss the boat.  Partly it’s because I love being on the water.  While the motor is running, the wind blowing through your hair, and you steer the little craft to cut through water, it’s so…freeing.

But the biggest reason for missing the boat is because of how much Joshua enjoyed it.  Since the first minute he got in the boat, he loved it.  He was only 18 months old back then.  When the boat bounced over the waves, he giggled and bounced up and down on his knees.  While I steered the boat, he sat on the bow seat playing peek-a-boo with me and smiled the sweetest smiles at me.  He insisted on steering the boat.  He fell asleep in my arms numerous times.  He loved launching and loading the boat with me.  Nothing made me happier than seeing my son so happy.  I will never forget how much I laughed with him on that little boat.

We partly sold the boat for financial reasons, and partly because it’s difficult to do the launching and maintenance with a baby strapped to me.  Maybe one day when the kids are a little bit older and we have a place to store it ourselves, we would get another one.

Thank you, Fenu.  It has been a slice!

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Back on the water

We got our boat out of storage, and took it out on the water for the first time this year.  This is Savanna’s first time on the boat.  I guess the rocking motion on the boat was just too enjoyable for a baby; she slept through most of it.  She only managed to be awake when we stopped for lunch.

It was a gorgeous day today, and it was so nice to be back on the water.

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Father’s Day for an awesome dad

When Cliff and I got married, I told him I didn’t really want kids.  We were busy with building our careers and having fun, and no plans for kids were in the horizon.

However, I always knew Cliff would make a great dad.  I knew he would be very patient and loving.  So I knew if we did have kids, at least they have a 50/50 chance of getting those good genes from Cliff.  So 7 years later, Joshua arrived.  Life has certainly not been the same ever since.

Cliff never made me feel like raising Joshua was more of my responsibility than his.  He has always been keen to change diapers, give baths, read, play with, and do anything goofy to entertain Joshua.  When the decision came for him to stay home with Joshua on a full-time basis, he embraced it.  Joshua absolutely adores Cliff and loves to be with him!

Happy Father’s Day, babe!  You’re an amazing dad!  When the kiddos are old enough they will tell you that themselves.

Father’s Day breakfast; asparagus and cheese strata.  Joshua actually helped to make this:

Baked oatmeal with bananas and blueberries:

Father’s Day cruise:

Hanging out at home after cruising: