Friday, December 31, 2010

Good-bye 2010

Ok, last post!
Good-bye 2010 and HELLO 2011! I have great plans for you!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter Snow























This morning I took the kids over to my sister's home to play in the snow. They have a great sled and the perfect hill to send the kids down! It was cold but super fun! Here are some pictures! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010 Memories

It was not the gifts or the pretty lights that made this Christmas one of my favorites. Christmas after all isn't about all that stuff anyway. All those things fade from our memory, break or get lost. It's nice for the kids to open fun gifts but I was so happy to see all the drawings and hear all the conversations about Jesus! Kai really realized it was about Jesus and his birth.

We did get the kids one gift. This year our gift to the kids was a "used" Wii we bought from my cousin. Already we have laughed and cheered so much! The boys love the games - bowling, baseball and Mario cart of course. What fun!

Emmi walked across our living room for the first time Christmas morning! So sweet! Her smile was huge! I enjoyed each of the kids in different ways this year. They grow and change so quickly. I'm looking forward to 2011! Our family is in a good place, a peaceful place. Our faith is where it should be, in God. Happy New Year to you all! :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010
















It was a wonderful day!



Christmas eve is celebrated BIG every year at my parents home. Christmas day is always more quiet and relaxed at our own home. We had a nice lunch this afternoon and opened some gifts. We went to the service at our church together this evening.
The kids are in bed now..... waiting on Santa.... :)
Tomorrow will be a glorious day celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Well my last blog entry was so beautiful and perfect that OF COURSE it had to be followed up with a day like today, complete mommy meltdown! Oh yeah!

When a full-time mother of three young children needs to fill the winter school break days she gets creative. Today I took the kids to Takeshi's work where they got to play on 6 new inflatables! What a great time they had! Kai and Noah ran and jumped for at least 30 min and loved every minute of it. On the way home I took them to McDonalds where they got (the very rare) Happy Meal. Oh what fun already, right? :) Oh just wait, it gets better...

This afternoon the boys played outside for about an hour while Emmi napped. When dinner time came I had made fried rice with veggies and ham. This dinner is not the boys favorite but they still ate well. I decided to let Emmi feed herself since most of it is small and soft - no choking hazards. Well..... she made a huge mess! I knew it but just let her continue since I just resigned to clean it all after dinner. While I was cleaning it all up I got to thinking....hmmm..... where is Emmi at???? I asked Kai and he yelled that she was in the bathroom. Oh crap! There was Emmi sooooo happy playing in the toilet! Ahhh!!! I started screaming "No Emmi No!" and "Who left the toilet seat cover up????!!!??" Both Kai and Noah came in with eyes wide open. I stripped Emmi's clothes and washed her whole arm and hands with soap and warm water. I was still screaming "Boys, you cannot leave the toilet open!" Noah looks up at me and says "Mom, we won't do it again but please stop screaming, my ears hurt." :) Oh I love him!

I got the kids all put in bed and was praying with Kai and Noah. I asked them what they are thankful for and Noah said "My family...". I looked at Kai and asked the question but he wouldn't answer..... silence..... "Well?" I said...... silence........ He was being a b.u.t.t. on purpose. So I asked him to go and sit on the couch and wait for me to come and talk to him.

I walked out and looked at Kai. I said "You know it's almost Christmas and the people who love you are about to give you nice gifts to show their love. If you are not going to be a thankful boy then I'm going to call all those people and tell them to take back their gifts.... you don't need them!" I was mad and he knew it! He started to cry and said "Ok, I'm thankful!" I made him list 5 things that he was thankful for before he could go back to bed. Takeshi walked in around this time and could see on my face I was annoyed. :) Takeshi and I are good team. After I told him about the exchange with Kai he went and talked to him and made sure Kai knew that we loved him!

Oh man, parenting can really take it out of you some days!
I'm thankful for a good husband and grace from our loving God!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Childhood Is Wonderful...


I love it so much when Takeshi and I get to take our kids to see something for the first time! Seeing new things through the eyes of your children is a treat! The first trip to the zoo, swimming pool or the first time they taste a lemon. It never gets old watching their face and hearing the laughter!


Tonight we went for the first time to Bellevue to see the "Snowflake Lane" parade. It was a small parade but what was the big show was the amazing drummers! They spread out along the sidewalk and stood up high on a podium and played their drum along with the Christmas music. We stood right in front of one of these drummers! Kai, Noah and Emmi were speechless and motionless! The drummer danced and twirled his drum sticks. He sang and kicked his feet! Emmi wanted to cry but was soon taken in with the event. The boys were in shock! :) It was a Christmas first for them I will always remember, I hope they do too!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12 sweet years

December 15, 1998 Takeshi and I started dating! These last 12 years have been so full of good memories! I think it's good to look back and remember God's blessings in our life. Here are a few of my favorite:
-2002 we got Married!
-2003 Takeshi graduated from N.W. University
Takeshi started working full time at Arena Sports
2004 Kai was born!
Traveled to Japan with Kai (4 months old) & Kai met Takeshi's sweet grandma who passed away that next May.
2006 We bought our house!
Traveled to Japan with my parents
2007 Noah was born!
2008 Takeshi and I ran our first half marathon! We got healthy!
Took our first road trip to California with Kai and Noah!
Visited Japan with Kai and Noah
2009 Emmi was born!
2010 We remodled our garage into a bedroom and full bath (Thanks to Takeshi's parents!)
Kai started Kindergarten & Noah started preschool

Of all the wonderful things listed above, by far, our 3 children are our greatest blessing!
I love you Takeshi!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fun Day & Funny Story!







This morning I watched Jossy and Judah for 3 hours while Jason took a test and Kathy slept after a night at work. It was a fun morning with all 5 kids! Everyone played so well together. As usual Kai and Jossy had fun together while Noah and Judah raced cars! Kai loves to be the boss and Jossy loves to follow him! She LOVES Kai! They extra few kids made my morning so much easier! Everyone had a buddy - my little buddy was Emmi!



I have two stories about Kai.

You know he eats SO much these days! Wow! So last night before bed he wanted more food to eat. I listed off all that he had eaten and asked him if he REALLY needed more???? He said "Mom, I'm as hungry as an ant eating a pine cone!" So I guess ants have to be especially hungry to eat pine cones so he was willing to eat anything! I gave him some toast. :)


Tonight we had a family night! We drove around some popular neighborhoods and looked at their Christmas lights. Some of the houses looked amazing!!! We had dinner at Red Robin and then went to Ross to buy some toys for the Toys for Tots drive. The kids had fun each picking out a toy to give away. On our way home Kai said something so funny!


He says "Mom I learned something new in school yesterday!"

Me: ok what?

Kai: I learned that the Lion always goes for the neck."
Me: ........ What?
Kai: You know mom, the Lion always goes for the Zebra's neck!"

Me: Um, Kai...... that's a strange thing to say (Takeshi and I just looked at each other)

Kai: Well, my teacher told me the Zebras all stand in a big bunch together so that when the Lion comes he can't tell where the Zerba's neck is.... the Lion gets all dizzy and stuff!"

Me: Hahaha! I guess that's true.... but that's kind of yucky Kai!


He loves learning new facts. I think this one is kind of gross and one that I would have been happy for him to not learn for a few more years but I know he is soaking up information like crazy!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting Better

I took Emmi to the doctor yesterday because she was so miserable. She has been fighting the same cold I had for about 10 days now. Poor little baby girl. She had a low fever and did not want me to put her down. Usually she is so independent! The doctor got us in right away! He looked into her right ear and said instantly that it was infected and needed antibiotics.

We drove to the store near our house and I got the medicine. She cried and cried in the store and she kept waving her hand "Bye-bye"! She wanted to go home! :( Last night she slept 13 hours without waking! She woke up today much better.... even smiling again and playing with Noah! I'm thankful she is on the mend.

On a lighter note...... My dear friend Melissa brought me a coffee from Starbucks this morning. We had a wonderful time catching up! Thank God for good friends!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thoughts...

I know that living in America, we are by birth blessed. Most people in this world make less than $500 a month..... and they live on that!

Still, it's no small thing to feed and clothe a family of 5 living on one income.
3 weeks ago I collected a few coupons I had saved and got Kai and new winter coat for only $17!
While that was an amazing deal, I began to notice that the coat was not really as warm or as big as he will most likely need. A few weeks ago the temperature got down to the 20's! His coat is not warm enough for that!

I thought and prayed a secret prayer in my heart. We don't really have the extra $50 it would cost to buy a very nice coat..... I've been thinking on it and praying the only way a mother can. Kind of secret prayers to God. I was content to put layers on him before he went to school. He would have been fine..... but God blessed us!

My neighbor brings Kai home from school each day (I take Kai and her son Garret in the morning). Yesterday when she dropped off Kai she handed me a paper bag. Inside was a nice warm winter coat and matching snow pants! All just Kai's size! I thanked her and she smiled! God is so good! Noah has snow pants but Kai does not. It's looking like it will snow often. Yeah snow pants!

The Bible says that God knows how many hairs we have on our head (cool!). So he must also know and care about our every need. Thank you God!

From: A Thankful & Happy Mom

Monday, December 6, 2010

Noah's Christmas Program







Tonight we got to enjoy Noah's preschool Christmas program!

He sang 4 songs tonight and then we all had cookies after!

Noah was very very excited to have us all attend. He was jumping and laughing so much. All day at home he asked if it was time to go to school yet and sing!

He did great! We are so proud of our "Muffin"!



Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Elf on the Shelf







Takeshi's boss' wife gave us a book and toy elf for our kids.



The story is that the elf is watching you and then reporting to Santa Clause if you are being good! He hides in a new place each morning so you have to find him again! It's a fun Christmas game the boys are really enjoying! Kai and Noah named our elf "Timothy". Emmi sees him hiding in a new spot and points to the elf and screams "Didi". She wants to hold it but the rules say no touching Emmi!






Today Noah said "Mom, his eyes are only looking one way. They don't see me!" I think Noah isn't sure if he is real or not but Kai understands it's just a fun game. :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sick

I kind of feel bad about complaining in my own blog.... but I'm sick!
Its been a long time since I've had a cold this yucky. My nose is constantly running. I've gone through a whole box of tissue in 24 hours. For real, a big box! My sister, mother and friends think I should take some medicine but so far I've been able to avoid it. Why? You might ask. I have not taken medicine (except Ibuprofen or Tylenol) in years! I've always been pregnant or nursing a baby and unable to take anything strong. I've thought that I'll help my body get stronger without all the extra medicine but maybe I'm being stupid. This sucks!

So I'm left to complain on my blog, drink water, and blow my nose. I really hope it goes away soon. Being a mother of 3 is tough when you don't want to move. Takeshi told me today it's not ok for the mom to get sick. The dad or kids can, but not the mom. He said that after he packed Kai a lunch for school and made all the kids' breakfast this morning. :) I appreciate his help while I'm down.

Lalalalala lalalala! That's my sad song for the evening. Off to read I go! Kids are already in bed. I'm thanking God for a 7pm bedtime today! Takeshi is working late.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thank You!
















We got Emmi's birthday gifts in the mail from our family in Japan!





Thank you Baachan, Jiichan and Auntie Nao!





Emmi looks very cute in her house coat, skirt and hat! She loves to wear her pretty hair bows too! Emmi likes to wear pink and dress up pretty!










Takeshi and I think she looks darling!!!!





Enjoy the pictures of her and Kai and Noah!