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Archive for July, 2007

Today we had a little excitement with a large brush fire late this afternoon right behind our house.

There were fire engines from Anaheim, Garden Grove and Tustin as well as 4 fire helicopters and 3 fire planes carrying retardant and water.

We were all packed and ready to go! Luckily the fire fighters have beaten down the blaze and all is well!

Here is a picture from the intersection of Jamboree and Pioneer.

You can clearly see the flames!

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After about half an hour, the helicopters and planes started showing up.

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Here is one with a fire plane.

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Here is one from our next door neighbor’s house!

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Annika is now a Green Belt

Annika tested for her Green Belt in Karate today. She has been doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu every week and has gone from White to Orange and now Green.

Her instructor is Ray Cota, a 2nd degree Black Belt and teaches in Tustin.

Here are some pictures of the test:

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Girl Scouting and Swaps

Annika attended the Girl Scout twilight camp this week. The theme was the Wizard of Oz. Her camp name was Toto the Dog. Anjali volunteered for one evening. Anjali’s nickname was “Diamond”.

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One of the activities was to craft “swaps” and then trade them with their friends. Note all of the pinned on swaps on their hats. We made 100 swaps and traded with all of the girls that attended the week long camp.

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This is Miss Annika with her best friend Samantha showing some “attitude”.

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Zion Trip

We just got back from a 4 day trip to Zion National Park in Utah.

We stayed at the Desert Pearl Hotel which I would highly recommend for traveling families.

The first day, we did a moderate 3 mile hike called Emerald Pools. There are three pools – Lower, Middle and Upper. There is also a wonderful little waterfall. The hike to the upper one is a bit challenging.

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On the second day, we hiked a trail called Canyon Overlook.

This was by far the best hike that we were able to do in the park. There are some tricky paths with some strenuous climbing but the views are truly amazing.

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The last day we were there, we took it a bit easy and had the kids participate in a ranger program.

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While the kids were in class, Anjali and I went for a hike up the Watchman Trail.

This was about a 2 hour hike round trip to the top of a nearby peak that provided views of the entire Zion valley. This is a picture from the trail. On the left is the West Temple and on the right is the Altar of Sacrifice. Note the blood red stains down the side of the mountain.

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Finally, here was our favorite breakfast spot in the park – the pancakes were the best. It is the Spotted Dog Cafe!

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Rock Solid

We went rock climbing again yesterday. Annika would go every day if we had the energy to take her,

Here are some pictures of the three of them.

This first is Annika top roping on a shorter wall. You can see Vikram in the foreground free-climbing next to her (without a rope).

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The second picture is Vikram also using a top rope technique.

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The last picture is Nikhil at the very top of the wall. This is one of the harder climbs in the gym. He is about 50 feet up.

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Newport Beach

This week, Anjali took the kids to Newport Beach for the day. They went with their friends, Zach, Belle, Sam, Brandon, Ryan, Andrew and Adam.

The beach is about 20 minutes from our house and the waves are perfect for their favorite activity “Boogey boarding”. This is almost like surfing except with a foam board that is easier to learn!

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This is Nikhil above Boogey Boarding.

Below is Vikram:

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This is Annika after she caught a big wave that took her underwater!

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Graduation

Last week, Anjali and I went to Ayushee’s graduation from Oxford Academy. She graduated with distinction and received several scholarships to the school of her choice, the USC Medical Program.

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After the graduation ceremonies, we went to The Melting Pot for dinner.

Congratulations to Ayushee!

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