Thursday, May 30, 2013

Branden and Noah's class observation day

Wednesday May 29th, 2013 was Branden and Noah's class observation day at our local/town elementary school. It was an "you can go any time of day" type one. My favorite types of observation day versus a "go to the last class" type. We also would be having a disaster/emergency drill where all kids were expected to have a parent there with them show up and walk them all the way home, however the non stop rain, in the afternoon cancelled the walking home part. : ) I'll get to that part later. But for now, let's start at the beginning. Noboru and I walked up the hill and into the school. Everyone who is supposed to be there, needs a name tag. We have 2 for our family. Checked in, took off our shoes and put on the school slippers. Went to Noah's class. This is Noah's artwork. Their class went and picked wild flowers and misc. flowers on the school grounds and made these. The teacher shrink wrapped these or however you wanna call it, so they'll be able to save these which is pretty cool of his teacher to do that for the class. : )
The kids were doing this clapping type game with hand gestures. Goes with a song. It was cute to watch.
Aha, last year in first grade they had their birthday train. But this year they have animals of some sort. I was thinking this was a fat dinosaur at first? Then thought maybe some strange type of turtle? Or reptile?  Aww well. : ) These are the July birthday kiddos. Noah's 7/7 of course. : )
Creating stuff! Use your imagination. : )  Noah's sensei told the class to make an obento/packed lunch. They could bring supplies from home, though she brought the disposable obento boxes herself for the class. This is what Noah made. And I was out of tiny obento American flags, the day I packed up some stuff for Noah. : )
In Japanese schools you don't wear regular shoes inside the school. So your regular shoes/street shoes. You put in your appointed shoe box. This is Noah's. It says Noah. His regular sneakers are on the bottom of his shoe box, in this pic. And the smaller second tier is where his inside shoes go, the shoes he wears inside the building. Anyway thought that might be interesting for those of you not in Japan. : )
For 1 whole year, this will be displayed, in the main hall for everyone to see. This is who won the marathon back in December 2012. If you came in 1st-3rd place your name will be on here. I erased everyone's name for privacy, but I left Noah's first name on there. Noah's name is on here under first grade boys, so the top line. His name in on the top line, far right. Noah came in 3rd place.
2 short seconds separate Noah and the one who won 2nd place as you can see here... 4 minutes 26 seconds versus Noah's 4 minutes 28 seconds.  Yes, the race was *that* close! It was a close race last year. It will be interesting to see everybody run this year again. Me, I'm personally not interested in running, nice leisurely walks? You betcha. But, I'm just glad the boys, both of them excel at what they both are interested in and are good at and most importantly have fun with it. As long as they have fun, doesn't mater what place they finish. : ) Branden meanwhile is gearing up for the upcoming swimming season at school.  He wants to compete for his school against the other schools. As long as they enjoy the sport they're doing and have good sportsmanship whether win or lose. And be kind. Then that's good. : )
10 minute break between class. So the kids run outside and get fresh air. Get all their extra energy out.
Noah went to hang around with 2 of his pals.
Aha! I have been spotted! I had told Noah I was going upstairs and honest, I was's just I decided to run outside and take a few pics first. : )
Everyone in Branden's class were asked to write a paper about something that interested them personally. So, Branden wrote his on swimming. Swimming at elementary school. What you need. the do's and the don'ts. A few drawings. He also took a poll. How many in his class like swimming, 17 for what it's worth. : ) And 5 don't care for swimming. : ) Branden drew pics of goggles and swimming cap, towel, card that your parents stamp daily or whenever, swim trunks, saying this is what you need. : ) Meanwhile the drawings on the bottom right, is a pool, lockers, showers, etc. Their teacher shrink wrapped this too. Because just like Noah's flowers and art project up above, I can save this for Branden also for when both of the boys grow up and they can look through these things I saved for them and smile. :)
This is on the wall outside of Branden's class, this says, Home Ec/cooking practice. Stir frying (side dishes for breakfast) At our school all grades cook. And all grades garden/plant food. Remember last year Branden's grade planted rice and harvested it. This year for example Noah's class is growing veggies, they all voted in Noah's class what to cook from it and then it has already been decided that before Summer break their 2nd grade class will make vegetable curry from the vegetables they grew with their own hands! That is very cool, if you think about it. : ) Meanwhile, Branden's class last week made, a light stir fried salad. The girls made scrambled eggs. And the class all made rice, they had a breakfast meal last week. All kids learn how to properly hold knives, proper ways to cut and peel and dice/cut veggies. How to wash rice. Scramble eggs.  To grow something and respect a seedling watch it grow daily, watering it, caring for it, then harvesting it and right down to cleaning it, chopping it and making a curry from it, they learn a respect for where their food comes from, I know I've said it before but our school never ceases to amaze me and impress me. I love our country school. These "real" life skills our school teaches are awesome. Oh and this is not to be confused with the "cooking club" because our school also has a cooking club, and sewing club etc also, besides sewing in regular class time, hahaha. : ) And yes, they do have regular core classes, math, science, English etc and a wonderful computer lab and such.
Branden and the" jinbei boy" making the breakfast salad side dish for their class. They are such good friends and his mom is super nice. : )  Our school has a very big cooking room with many stoves and whatnot. Dishes, pans. Both Branden and Noah have so much fun at their elementary school. : )
This was another use your imagination assignment Branden had. His teacher gave the class assignment. She asked them last month. What is your favorite place in the whole school. Branden told me, she let the class go walk all over and decide what their favorite place was. Branden told me, 1 boy picked way back high up near the bushes, facing the school and field and playground. When the class each decided, she told them, now you go ahead and draw your favorite place and then paint it! The kids felt really inspired Branden said and so on the wall outside Branden' class there were painted pictures displayed from every one's own point of view,  no two were alike....what each and every one of them considered their favorite spot at the school! They all had a different spot from their classmates. Branden's pic right here is of the gym. I whited out the 2 kanji from our last name. And the white paper above Branden's picture, favorite part of the school. : )  Can't believe this is Branden's last year here at the elementary school.
Math class. I know you're thinking only 9 kids? Not that having 9 kids wouldn't be uncommon. But we have about 22 or so in Branden's class. Anyway, at our school our math class is separated by level. I know, I have girl friends/fellow mom friends in Japan who say their school doesn't separate by ability level. Meaning all kids whether they are top or lower/needing a bit more help level or medium all have to be lumped in 1 class, gosh that sounds frustrating for the teachers and kids. Our schools a bit odd/unusual (in a good way), as you know. : ) Math class for Branden's grade for example. They have 3 math classes. Highest math level, medium/regular level math level, lowest math level/just kids needing a bit more extra attention and I'm sure they'll get it. : ) And the kids don't compare or tease or even mention who is in which class. It's a non issue for them. And I'm glad they're like that at our school. Since there are two 6th grade classes, first they combine both classes then splitting directly in half by level. But there are also a few spare teachers at our school, and they go wherever needed. So the math class is broken in half by level and then they do have a remedial class for kids who need a bit of extra attention on top of that, which that makes 3 math classes total for Branden's grade for example, and both 6th grade classes combine and then they split by level. So every time they have math they split into 3 classes and they know who is in what class and they quietly walk to that class. Also if you improve you can switch to another class if your teacher okay's/approves it. And also that way the struggling kids get the extra attention they need without worrying if the "kids ahead" will be rolling their eyes type thing if they keep raising their hand again and again, if they don't get it.... you know what I mean. So this is a safe way, they break up math here at our school.... so only kids who are in similar levels and won't be nervous about not "getting it" if they don't. And the kids who are ahead or on track don't get bored to death waiting for their classmates to catch up. So in that way I like that math for example is broken in 3 classes by level. Noah's grade breaks up math class also, it seems to be a thing our school likes to do.. That way the kids who are ready to move on, can move on and the kids who'd like time to practice a bit more, can get the extra practice.
Branden and Akira sitting next to each other. And the girl behind Branden is one of the girls, who gave him a Valentine's treat. : )
So after math class, I pop downstairs in Noah's for about 10 minutes before leaving to go and buy our movie tickets for Saturday. The kids were deciding on who was to read which part. They would be putting on a performance later that day for the last class. Good thing, I went back into Noah's class before leaving that morning, because I made a mental note of it and reminded myself to come back for Noah's last class. Noah's talking with his good friend K-kun in the gray long sleeve, "what part would you like to read...I'd like to read this line...okay and I'd like to read this line/sentence" type chatter going on in the classroom. K-kun's grandma is super nice by the way. : )
Noah's really diplomatic and sits in the center and writes down who wants to say which part and makes sure it's all fair. : ) Goodness these kids are great. The boy with the book in his arms, in the long sleeve teal colored shirt (it was a bit chilly that day) anyway he's an identical twin. That's pretty cool, I think. We have 2 sets of identical twins at our school. 1 girl set (3rd or 4th grade). And this set who are boys. : ) The boy in the white T shirt. : ) Bless his heart. You know most of Noah's classmates have gotten over the whole..."omg your mother is western" or..."omg your mother is American" but a few still will get this gobsmacked look, every once in a while and just stare. I'm used to it, so I'll just smile and talk to them.  Thank goodness Branden's classmates got over it well over a few years ago and now don't even think twice about me being different. Now I'm just normal in Branden's class. Just a mom. But as you can see from this pic, a few of Noah's classmates are still trying very hard to over come their shock. Hahaha. : )  Oh dear. : )  You can just see by his expression he must be thinking something like...."but she just doesn't look like the other mom's" @_@ That's really getting to him. And yes I know I don't look like the other mom's...  but on the bright side....I am still nice like the other mom's. I can talk with them and joke with them like the other mom's. But still....this little boy just feels awfully unsure what to make of me. : ) Hahaha. : ) Aw well. He'll get over it eventually, I know it. : ) 90%-95% are fine with me now. : )
The vegetables the class are growing, information about them is on the wall. The 2nd graders are all about the gardening right now. Noah's totally talking about his plant daily. At dinner's vegetables this and my bell pepper plant that. Even at bed time...Noah will ask..."what do you think my bell pepper plant is doing right now mama?" "I'm pretty sure, he's sleeping, Noah, just like you will be doing soon... so you go to sleep soon sweetheart, now sweet dreams, I love you." : )
More vegetable motivation on the wall. Hahaha. The kids had a choice to grow, mini tomatoes, bell pepper, edamame and 1 more choice. Last week Noah came home and said he needed a gardening stick, so I had to run to the local DIY and buy a gardening stick for about 80 yen and he trekked it to school the next day. : ) Noah and Sera are both growing their own bell peppers. So any info on bell peppers they get they share it with each other. : )
Now the group was practicing their lines. And so I left, waved good bye to Noah and left. Next stop, movie theater to buy tickets for Saturday.
Tickets bought. Seats already picked. Ran home, heated the leftover curry up and ate that for lunch with Noboru. We then went back to the school. This trip to the school now we took separate cars this time. Because Noboru would be leaving around 2:30pm for work. Meanwhile I was staying for the whole last class and the disaster drill stuff.
Now they're second graders! Yay! : )
And now the big presentation. This was the last class. Noboru went and watched Branden's last class, gym, and I meanwhile stood here and watched Noah's presentation.
The one in red and white was speaking....
And now the cutie patootie boy who is a twin was speaking on the left of Noah.
I can tell the boy was almost done and I can tell by Noah's expression he was getting ready to speak and probably had his line running through his head at this time. Oh yes, I almost forgot, the forecast said rain was expected that day. And it did rain a sprinkle here or there but not much. However after buying the movie tickets it started really coming down hard. It rained super hard. By the time we got to the school the walking home part of the drill had been cancelled. But the drill was still on.
See these colored flags with grades written on them. 1 for first grade 2 for second grade and so on. And if you have multiple kids. Our school wants you to line up with the youngest child first collect said child then go to the older sibling line/lane. So, I crouched in the 2nd grade line next to Noah. My good friend Adele was working and so she couldn't be there. Her daughter was lined up behind us, so I gave her 5. And chit chatted with her. I know if the shoe were on the other foot, my friend, she would have done the same for Noah. I didn't want her to feel alone. So we 3 chatted until the teacher came. At that point we stood when it was our turn. She said, "who are you?" Clearly it's obvious, but it's protocol. I said "I'm Noah's mom." Then she turns to Noah and says is this your mom? He says yes and she smiles and we leave to Branden's line. And for the record she did this to all other parents too. I now hear Branden's teacher running through the same questions to the folks in front of us, "is this your mom...who are you "etc etc etc. Same spiel, we just heard in Noah's line. Then it's our turn. Who are you she asks? I'm Branden's mom, I said. : ) Is this your mom she asks Branden. (I'm an impostor or clone I thought quietly and cheekily to myself) but again be serious. Ahem serious. : )Branden says...yes. And so we leave. She smiles and waves us good bye. See the principal on our way out, greet and head bow him. He does the same and we leave. hahaha. This picture is blurry. I'm not sure why, I thought I made a full stop when I took this.

This pic is blurry also. Sorry about that. But we left, we switched our shoes to regular shoes and by now it was raining buckets...raining cats and dogs. So we ran down the hill and into my tiny red car and drove home. It was a fun day, I was most certainly glad I was there to enjoy seeing what the boys are doing in school. And whatnot. I don't think I sat down once that day....well unless you count the drive to and from the school and to the movie theater. When we got home, we all switched clothes. I immediately took my makeup off with a cleansing wipe. I hate the feel of makeup on my face and I don't wear a lot on days I actually wear it anyway. Put my hair in a pony tail and wore house shorts/sweat shorts type thing and a long sleeve T. And started in on dinner.  Noboru did call me later and told me to tell Branden he rocked it in gym class. And I mentioned it to Branden and he just laughed. : )  All in all, both the boys were glad we were both there and that we could spend a nice long amount of time in each of their classes. I'm 90% sure we'll have our July/Summer observation day coming. Gee, I hope it's a "free" type/come any time of day type.

Anything else to add? Nope not really, I did have my big health check yesterday. I went in first thing in the morning and I left around 10:50am and was home by 11:30am. So, I'm glad I went and got it over with. Now I'll just wait for the results to be mailed back to the house. My results last year were everything was pretty normal. No health issues at all. No high blood pressure. No high level of sugar in my body. Breast check and female exams came out just fine, blood tests, everything was spot on. Fit as a fiddle, as we say. : ) And this year looks about the same. Every nurse and doctor, mentioned to me yesterday though maybe they shouldn't say so, I don't know....but they did all mention...looks good. So, I think all is well. But of course I'll just wait for the paperwork to get here. And the barium was just as horrible as I remember from last year hahaha. : )  Anyway...I have the boys swim towels out back drying as I type and a load of clothes outside drying too. Today is luckily not rainy. But it's windy. I am so glad today is Friday, I am looking forward to the weekend. And for the movie tomorrow afternoon. : )  Have a great weekend everyone. : )

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Lunch date with the hubster. Pizza Hut and enjoying the weekend. Potato and zucchini update. Upcoming...Observation Day, Big health exam and Oblivion at the movies, this coming Saturday

Last Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. Noboru and I went on a lunch date.  We went to Cocoichi curry. It was great. I had the basic pork curry (you can have a choice of pork or beef) and I had veggies. So pork and vegetable curry for me. And Noboru had tonkatsu curry. And fries were 100 yen and so we munched some while we waited. It was a nice lunch last Thursday. : )
The new Dexter seventh season was just released on DVD mid May and it was shipped to me as soon as possible. Quite happy to catch up with these. : )
Last Friday was trash day and so I decided to also clean the heck out of the trash can. : )
Rinsed the trash can, then I filled it up with about a half cup of Gain scented Mr. Clean and a whole lotta water, let it soak and then I rinsed it twice. I Clorox wiped the lid, Orange Cleaned the lid and then Clorox wiped the lid one more time for good measure. ; )
Let it dry on the back patio, then ran upstairs to wash my hands and get the laundry out of the washing machine.
First load from last Friday. Swimming towels and bath towels of Branden and Noah's. 1 pair of shorts each and 1 shirt/top each, basically what they wore from the day before.  The trash can was on the patio also at this time. After the trash can dried though, I brought it back into the kitchen.
Second and last load of last Friday. Every body's pillow case in the entire house, including the 2 pillows we keep on the couch. Noboru's bath towel (yellow stripe) my bath towel (blue stripe) and both Branden and Noah's swimming cap and swimming trunks (swim school uniform). And Noboru's gray house shorts with orange stripe on the bottom pole. House was cleaned and ready for the weekend.
Friday night, Noboru went to his Father's Club gathering. And the boys and I had the frozen lasagna, a simple salad and 1 baguette from the bakery, which I made into garlic bread. Meanwhile, Saturday, Noboru wanted to relax at home with us and have movie night, and we did too. So we decided what the heck. : ) And we ordered some Pizza Hut for dinner Saturday evening. Weekends are for relaxing, and I couldn't agree more. Monday through Friday I'll go back to the ol' grind and cooking regular meals and cleaning up. But yeah, a weekend for enjoying some pizza and whatnot. For sure. : )
We had a large order of baked fries.
We had 2 large pepperoni and mushroom pan pizzas. Japanese size large/ American size medium. And we even bought a couple bags of curry potatoes chips and we also had a nice sized bowl of fresh crunchy sweet grapes for movie night also, after everyone took turns showering and stuff of course. Saturday night was awesome. Very relaxing, very fun.
Sunday was a bit of a time crunch. From 9am-10am we did community street cleaning. Yet at 9:30am to 12 noon the boys had the kodomo kai (like a kids party for the kids that attend our town/local elementary school) at the plaza. So, I went out and pulled weeds in the empty lot next to us and swept the street, chatted with my neighbors etc from 8:50am. And then at 9:17, I left, went and dropped off Branden and Noah at the kodomo kai. And then I came back home. By now it was 9:45am-ish. And it was ending as I was pulling the car back into the drive way. The boy next door and his brother are quite shy in real life and so they prefer stay home inside most days, so their mom told us, her sons weren't going to the Kodomo kai, which is fine every kid is different and that's okay. And Rin's dad was dropping off their 2 boys, they're pretty out going. Branden and Noah wanted to go too. And you had to check it off on the kairanban weeks in advance, about the kodomo kai.  Meanwhile. Noboru being the hancho (block leader) and Fuku kaicho (community VP) he was busy so I was the only ride for Branden and Noah, so yeah I did have a 20 minute absence but all my neighbors understood. I was actually talking to my girlfriend on the next block last week and we both were both wondering about these 2 things, community cleanup and kodomo kai all happening on the same day virtually similar times, maybe someone didn't realize it until it was too late. I know many mom's could not street clean at all which is because they were working the kodomo kai. Anyway, not really a big deal really.... when you think about it, but was just unusual both things fell on the same day. I'm lucky all my neighbors are cool and the grandma next door knew about the kodomo kai and they all said, "no we understand you go ahead and go, we'll take care of the rest" : ) So....I cruised there and back.  Anyway....this is Noah's stuff he brought back from the kodomo kai. Each child gets a card it has many spots to stamp, 1 is for  a free soda, when you get it they stamp your card. Free hot dog. Free balloon... fishing game and if you use it, they stamp your card. That type of thing. And at the end... everyone gets a bag of snacks. So this is Noah's. Corn and lemon eraser. There was also popped popcorn and everything for the kids to enjoy for free. The mom's handling this event always do a great job.
These were Branden's things he brought back. And his 2 erasers were a chocolate ice cream and grape eraser. Anyway the boys had themselves a blast. I went and picked them up, when it was over. And brought them home. : ) The Jinbei boy was at the kodomo kai event too. And around 12:30pm. After everyone ate lunch. he rang our doorbell. Jinbei boy and his little (5th grade) sister wanted to play tennis with Branden and Noah. They came with rackets. The boys were like, right on! They grabbed their hats and their tennis rackets also and cell phone and went to the tennis court area in our housing community. They played for the afternoon. I meanwhile watched a few episodes of Dexter. : )
The weekly potato progress report. hahaha. Update. ; ) They are pretty big. They flowered already. Their leaves look healthy and green.
Really tall.
Did the zucchini not double in size, since last week? I'm right, right? lol. I looked at that pic from last week and yeah it totally looks twice the size. And also look at the plant to the left, see a small yellow flower? : )  Yay.
Many teeny tiny zucchini on here already.

Anything else to add, hold on, let me rack my brain here for a second. : ) Ah!

I have my great big health check up this coming Thursday morning. Barium anyone? Blech. : ) Necessary of course, but still. Yuck. : ) Will be glad when it's done and won't have to think about the taste for another year. : )

Branden and Noah have observation day this coming Wednesday. And it's also disaster drill practice. Where all parents show up and walk the kiddos home. I will be there. : )

Our family is going to the movies this coming Saturday. We're going to see Oblivion with Tom Cruise. It looks good and like our cup of tea, as far as movies go. Anyway, that's what's up around here. : )


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Planting red flowers for my hanging baskets, family backyard bbq and the story of the Garigari popsicle atari (winning stick)

Every year we order our red Impatiens from the same flower shop online. They came and they were just as pretty as always. : )
One afternoon last week while both Branden and Noah were at school. I sat in the backyard and started planting them.
And all done. I look forward to when they are big and full of flowers. They are now hanging on the front porch and the 2 white planters are sitting near the front porch. : )
Meanwhile the grass was looking like it needed a trim. So, Noboru cut the grass last Friday morning.
The potato plants are still doing well. : )
The zucchini are doing well, they are a little bit bigger right now, then this pic from last Friday. But it's okay, at least you can see they are indeed growing. : )
Because the boys swim Monday's and Thursday's. That's why you see swim towels hanging Friday morning. Nicely fresh and clean. And every one's pillows also sat outside all day Friday and got very fat from the sun. Two pair of jean shorts , 1 of Branden's and 1 of Noah's. And 1 gym uniform. And a few other misc. But anyway that was last Friday. : )
Saturday we had a bbq. We BBQ a lot in Spring and Summer. It doesn't need to be a long drawn out dinner. Not a 5 course meal. Just something as simple as some hot dogs and some grilled chicken. And some canned beans and macaroni salad from the deli. Easy, but a Summer/warmer weather type meal for sure. It's not unusual for us to bbq 2-3 times in a week around here. Especially since we keep it so simple.
Noboru checking out the potato plants. We are all so curious what's under the dirt. Is it going to be lots of gorgeous potatoes? (we sure hope so) Or potatoes ravaged by bugs? Oh dear, we hope not! (worst case scenario type stuff) Or what if the potatoes didn't take off at know what I mean. To put it mildly, we are eagerly waiting. : ) Some websites say the potatoes will be ready in July, Noboru thinks end of June. But my friends also says July too. Front/beginning of July. But yeah we're so, more then ready to see what's under there. Hahaha. : )
Saturday's simple bbq dinner. We had grilled chicken, Noboru had 1 enormous grilled chicken thigh, we also grilled 4 chicken breasts, we used that Lawry's teriyaki with pineapple sauce that's at the back of this picture. we also had grilled hot dogs. Beans. Cantaloupe, if you recall, I had that weird allergic reaction last year to it touching my hands, which is why we cubed some of it and out it into the bowl. Or they could have sliced cantaloupe also. Either way. But I had some cubed cantaloupe after my dinner. : )
Are you enjoying your dinner Noah?
Hi kiddo.
Aha, and the macaroni salad. It wasn't in the picture above. Must have been on the green counter when I took a pic of it earlier. : )  It was a nice way to enjoy our Saturday. Bbq's are always nice.
Now for the atari story. But before I begin let me start by saying, if you know us in real life. We're a really funny family. We seriously love to laugh. We love to crack each other up all the time. So with that being said. After Saturday's bbq. We all cruised down to the local MiniStop (convenience store) to buy 4 Garigari-kun popsicles. Anyway for those of you living outside of Japan. Sometimes certain things here will have an atari on it. Meaning if you buy a popsicle or 5 yen gum it will either sometimes be blank and say nothing or "try again" or it will say atari/winner. And you can take it back to the store to get another popsicle or whatever you won the atari for. I think our family has only won 5 atari's since living in Japan. So, they are semi rare. Anyway on with the story.... during us eating our popsicle's at the table, Branden, didn't win. Noah didn't win. And Noboru disappeared for a second and came back. Anyway, Noboru passed it to Noah and said, "I won, so go head you can take this back tomorrow to the store Noah." Noah says immediately, "thank you daddy" At this point, I put 2 and 2 together and realized it was a total fake! Noah then did a double take at the popsicle stick and he could see something was a little off by his expression. I kidded with Noboru saying, "ehhhhh, yes a fake and a bad fake at that!!!" He cracked up and yes we caught him! hahaha. : )  We must have laughed hard about this one for about a good 3-5 minutes. Noboru kept saying..."I got you believed it!!!" Noah blushed and said "yes. You got me." Oh man! We cracked up so much over this. Branden being the biggest defender of his little brother says while laughing... but now we will never believe you again if you should get an atari next time. : ) That's right Noboru said, and for that I'm sorry. But oh dear....we all could see the humor in this and could see just how absolutely silly Noboru is. : )  But man....we laughed so hard over this you guys. Trying to pass off a fake winning stick (atari) to your son, hahaha. This story is going to be a classic for many years to come for us. Anyway just wanted to share this and hopefully make somebody smile with this one. : )