Category Archives: Friends

The World Wide Wood Wedding

WWWW was probably the best wedding I have ever been to. I just wanted to say thanks to the beautiful Bride & Groom for putting it all together, and making it one of my best trips to America.

For those of you who didn’t go to the wedding, which is probably not many of you cause she was huge, it was in Davidson, N.C., on the beautiful historical campus there.

There was a brick yard, some peeps hit up and also a pretty church where the ceremony was held. But the reception was probably the best part of the wedding, when first Connor gave the best speech of his life, and then George and Eileen danced to Journey bringing the whole place to a roar, when everyone flooded the dance floor.

Thanks to my man, Fotorecord, some beautiful shots were captured. I was only in the States for about 4 nights, but in that time I manged to squeeze a lot of partying in there. I am pretty sure I can count the hours of sleep on both hands, yup, 10. It was a long trip back, that is all I am going to say, but definitely worth the surprised look on George’s face when he saw me walk through the door at his Rehearsal dinner Party.

George and Steph, I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon and getting some sun. Take some pictures of P.R. and we will see you guys soon in AUG! I can not wait to get back home to see everyone again. Miss you guys, thanks again.

If you are on facebook, you should hit these pics up. Other wise, check out the dude who did the wedding. There are some nice shots there.

Best Best-man Speech

Here she is, the best speech I’ve ever heard at a wedding hands down. Sorry it is a little stretched, it was that or watch it sideways, so I decided to save you all the crick in the neck.

Wonderful speech Connor, it has already gone down as historical.

More vids after the break.

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Merry Christmas

I Need A Pen

So we had a nice Christmas, and Kai made out pretty well. There were lots presents and many a video iChat had by all. The day started off with me making (sub-par) eggnog, then followed up by a trip to mass with the Hignetts.

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Onsen Tomorrow

Onsen Map

Kinda been looking forward to this day for about a year now.

We are packing up the bags and taking off early tomorrow morning for the country side of Nihon. We are going to an onsen, which is a natural hot spring created from the volcanic waters that populate Japan. This is only a 2days/1night trip (and we’ll be dropping about 5-hundo) but trust me it is worth it. Everything is taken care off all we need to do is eat and relax.

These places treat their customers like demi-gods, and the service, food and atmosphere is unparalleled. We will be able to soak our weary bones in the naturally heated waters of old, and then eat a traditional 15 course Japanese dinner, complete with the wildest food creations. Half the time I don’t even know what I am eating, but it doesn’t matter because it tastes amazing. You can see why I have been looking forward to this, ever since the plans to go last year fell through.

We’ll be traveling with our good friends The Hignett’s who also have a little bundle of Joy named Kuga. I’ll be sure to take some pictures of us basking in the nude hangging out at the onsen, and maybe even a video or two. In the meantime peep the new hot-ish of Kai and me dancing, albeit rather poorly.

The Dude forgot his towel.

Kai’s B-Day Bash

The Cake

Well, I’ve finally found a couple of hours to sit down and explain to you all how the Birthday went. Kai had a wonderful time, and I’m pretty sure everyone else enjoyed themselves as well.

We had the party at a local restaurant called “Sato,” (ever been there) and when we first arrived we meet another little boy who was celebrating his first Birthday. Oddly enough, Kai and this baby shared the same birthday, November 18th. Continue reading

Seems Like Yesterday


I’m so full
Originally uploaded by amontice.

Feeling rather nostalgic today, and wanted to post a little bit about the past 11 months and how that have flown by. This picture was taken about 10 months ago, when Kai was just 4 weeks old. Hard to believe he has turned into such a rockstar, so quick.

Becoming a parent has been the most difficult and rewarding thing I have ever done yet (and probably will ever do). Aya and I know we are still rather young, and there is a lot we need to learn yet, but getting to where we are now, would have been impossible had it not been for everyones loving assistance.

Honestly I think we have bought 3 pieces of clothing for Kai, and yet we have more clothes than we know what to do with. Presents and toys are one thing, but kind words and strong friendships is another thing entirely. These are the real gifts that we have received, so for all that was done we would like to say, “Domo Arigato Gozaimus.” As for the Kai man, he would gladly offer you some of his mashed potatoes if you were here. Continue reading

Fall Is Here

B-Day Bash 5

Well its been a fast couple of months and I am sorry I haven’t hollered sooner, but things have been a little hectic around the house lately. Allow me to explain why.

First and FOREMOST Kai is now a full-on walking (trouble making) baby. He started to take little wobbly steps about 2 weeks ago, and then last week he became more confident moving around like a biped. Now there is no stopping him; he can walk from one side of the apartment to the other, and is getting faster everyday. All this at only a little under 10 months! Insane I know. I have a bunch of video of him learning to walk, so you all will be able to see how fast he progressed to basically a leisurely jog across the room. I now need to edit the video and put some music to it, because this is, without a doubt, the biggest milestone we have seen yet (now…if I could only get Kai to stop running around so I can make this movie). Continue reading