Covner Training

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Aug 152017
 

Note: in the end, Akiva decided to ally with Kenaz and defeat Grandpa, who had cheated heavily.

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Jesse’s Birthday

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Jun 042017
 

So it was my Birthday. Not saying my age because I stopped counting. So there is that.

 

Akiva and Haga were on separate school trips, so we didn’t celebrate much on my birthday.  Kenaz and I hung out and ate ice cream after school.

 

On the following Saturday, we hung out around the house, did some gardening, and had a great sushi party at night.
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And cake.

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Next day… beach.

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And after beach, went to Costco… pizza and sauerkraut.

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The Four Questions (and Mid-Spring Update)

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Apr 112017
 

Akiva sang The Four Questions (he didn’t use transliteration).

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10 guests… that’s the largest Sedar I have ever hosted.  Haga cut her finger the day before; it was bleeding.  That meant two things; 1) she poured her blood into our food, and 2) I had to do most of the cooking.

 

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Yam and Apple dish and the brisket stew.  I went downtown and found a Korean store.  There I asked them where I can find some brisket.  They took me to a butcher nearby.  Note for next year: I can order online from The Meat Guy; check to see prices.

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They didn’t like the soup but the Matzoh balls were good.  Note for next year: put salt in the soup.  Successful MB recipe: for 14 people, need 2 cups M. meal.  Ratio: 1 cup M.meal, 4 eggs, 1/4 olive oil, 1/4 stock. done.

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As International Jews, we can borrow from sephardic traditions.  Therefore, with homemade Hummus shall we eat it.

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New Italian-Jewish dish.  Don’t know what it’s called.  Lots of chopped eggplant, 1 can tomatoes, raisins, 1.5 carrots, a little vinegar, onions, garlic, etc.

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Before, two weeks ago, went on trip to Isa-Shima.  We did BBQ at a campsite.  It was cold and wet.  Kids and I also tried to row a kayak on a very windy day.  I wanted to through them into the water.  But under my leadership, we paddled back to shore.

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Akiva 12 years old

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Feb 112017
 

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Akiva became 12 years old.

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We cerebrated his birthday eating our family party food, sushi hand roll.

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Akiva had a birthday party at trampoline place.

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Akiva now in middle school has been very active.

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He is a member of school soccer team.

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He is a defender, plays center-back.

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He is a member of basketball too.

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Although he often complains how less time he gets to play ipad, he is healthy and strong and doing well in the second year of living Japan.

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Winter Battles and Home Based Recovery

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Jan 142017
 

We bought a house. We have lived in it for two weeks. It’s a cheap fixer-upper. It’s old. But we got a house. And we have a back yard. So soon, I will have the kids spend many hours digging there. They’ll be more pics and updates on this later.

Our first dinner at the new house, in the tatami room.

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Today was the first snow.

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We went to a nearby park to battle.

 

 

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We are also getting into nerf gun battles.

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The various happenings of Fall

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Dec 052016
 

We have not updated the record of late. Apologies to all.

Here is the news for the Covners in Japan, in Fall of 2016.

First of all, two happy birthdays!

 

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And… a celebration of magical spirit gourds. !

 

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We are thankful for being healthy.  Living in a good place.  The love of our family.  The beautiful Earth God has provided for us.

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Kenaz had an art exhibit at his after-school community art club.

 

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Craving Hamburger

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Oct 172016
 

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We went to watch an opening game of Nagoya dolphin diamonds basketball team.

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We wanted to eat hamburgers for dinner. We went to handsomburger which has a good reputation in Fushimi. However, they closed at 3:00 on Saturday.

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The owner recommended to other burger place a beer pub BRICK LANE in walking distance. We liked their burger (and beer).
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We started to look for burger restaurants close our home.
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Brother 69 is a long bicycle distance from our house. Maybe not burger, hopefully Jesse can find some food to write a review….

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Utsumi Beach in Aichi

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Oct 172016
 

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Our favorite beach in Aichi is Utsumi beach!

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At the end of beach trip, we always stop by Costco.

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September-Birthday Month

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Oct 172016
 

Kenaz had a fun birthday party with his friends.

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and my birthday…

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My birthday night, Typhoon Malakas arrived with strong, winds, rains, and risk of flooding. We had alert to prepare for the evacuation.

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Late night rain stopped. We went to the closest river. The water level was very hight.

 Posted by at 9:39 am