“For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever.” (Jeremiah 7:5-7, ESV)

Cookies and Helicopters

We all had an evening of making Christmas cookies and flying little RC helicopters. The cookie making was a large project that my mother started the previous days.

She started making the dough for several of the cookies a couple days before. The “Wandering Jews” have pieces of candied fruit that need to set with the dough for a while to let the flavors mingle.

The tiny little helicopters were really cool. The first time I’ve ever seen such small RC helicopters. They cost about $30 and are light as a feather with a styro-foam body. The don’t have much controls. You can go up / down and turn left / right. Unfortunately, my mother had stepped on Michaels helicopter as she was walking through the flight area.

We made so many cookies and were so tired of making cookies by the end. Take a look at the gallery for more photos of the cookie making. Click Here for Gallery

Japan Trip

Recent took a trip to Japan for some meetings. It was a short trip with little sight seeing. Mainly meetings, eating and sleeping.

Each morning and evening I took the train to and from the Toshiba office. The photo below shows a view of the train from one of many covered walkways. Each station has a dozen or more tracks. These walkways bring commuters between the entrances and tracks. Some walkways are solely for commuters to transfer from one train to another. I accidentally walked down this one thinking I was headed for the exit when it actually brought me to another train.
Click the photo to see more Japan pictures in my flickr galleries.

Running Action

Here’s Matthew running allong the sidewalk on the way to the park. He’s so fun to watch. I knew he looked silly when he runs, but it’s really something else to freeze the motion and really see the expression on his face and the posture of his body. Click on the photo to see more in the gallery.

Valley Fair Shopping

One of the nice things about many of the malls are the colorful indoor playgrounds. I’ve always wanted to take my camera and shoot away. Now Matthew’s old enough to really run around, climb and enjoy the playground. Most of the parents just sit and let their kids play. It’s similar to a dog park where the owners just sit on the sidelines and let the dogs do whatever.

Since I brought my camera, I was more motivated to chase Matthew around, and get some good photos. It turned out to be a lot more fun than sitting on the sidelines. I met a few kids in the process and helped teach Matthew a little about playing nice.

I was chasing Matthew back and forth in a play log when this little girl came up. I’m not sure, but I think he was trying to chase her away! Click the photo below to see more.

 

Matthew the Mechanic

Matthew almost immediately notices any new and interesting object in his environment. He immediately took to playing with a tire iron and jack.

Click the photo below to see more photo of Matthew playing with the jack and tire iron.

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