Playdough Dresses

The one gift Ej wanted on DaddyO's return was a playdough dress making kit. She has been spending all the time she can creating dresses ever since.

photo courtesy of ej

Yogurt Face

As always he insists on feeding himself.


Shaved ice isn't just for children here.

Field of Sunflowers

Yet another flower festival! I now understand how each month has a flower dedicated to it. This one celebrated the cheery sunflower. Just a short drive from our house, we headed over with some friends to walk in the field of sunflowers.

We parked in a riverbed and walked to the fields of yellow.

EJ danced between them.

 Baby B wanted to smell them.

 For just 200 yen (less than $2) we could cut three flowers to bring home.


They found the perfect ones.

Like "churippo" and "ajisai" I will always remember the "himawari".

Ueno Zoo

We headed to Tokyo for the weekend to enjoy some rest and relaxation with DaddyO. The Ueno Zoo seemed like a good place to take the kids. CJ was excited to see the tigers and made sure to bring his along. He can't go anywhere without it.

He got what he hoped for.

The animals were active and the kids enjoyed watching them.

And finding ones to hold and pet.


The animals were not the only ones being watched. 

The Day is Waiting

It just so happened that this lovely book arrived the day I had promised the kiddos we'd pick up a turtle. We could not find one quite as big as the one on the cover but I know CJ likes to dream his little guy will someday be just as rideable. We sat next to the tank and read the story together.

From the title to the ending verse, a sense of adventure is cultivated in young and old minds alike. The whimsical pastel illustrations remind us of all there is to see in the world. The rhyming text gives ease to reading it over and over again.

This book gave words to how I see our days. A blank canvas just waiting to be filled with new and exciting things to discover.

It just so happened that Sophia (the kids vetoed Franklin) was our discovery today.

photo courtesy of cj
The kiddos watched their new friend explore the little tank.

Then they got out their crayons and drew what they saw.

The verse at the end of the book is a lovely reminder of how to go out on adventures...with joy and peace.

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."-Isaiah 55:12

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