Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dia Omi Ninjago Girls

Dear Maya and Emi,

Long time, no blog! While this blog used to be a way for mommy to clear her head every week it's getting harder to find the time anymore. Both because my business is growing and, of course, because the two of YOU are growing, life is moving faster so the posts are less frequent. I do love this record of our crazy, sweet little family so I hope I never give it up, and I do miss clearing my head on a more regular basis. Maybe it's time to put it on my calendar! Anyhow, here's how we spent January:

  • Clare came to visit! Mommy spent a day with Clare and her friend Kelli, then then next day I brought you and Baba along. We had brunch, checked out some shops, and then you guys rushed us through the huge art museum that is Dia: Beacon. Despite how you guys look in this photo, you were happy to see her, and so was mommy!

  • OMI. Speaking of art, we spent one rather warm Sunday at this outdoor sculpture garden you hadn't been to in a few years. It was the perfect way to beat the cabin fever we were feeling! Afterwards we stopped at Love Apple Farm for cookies and to visit with the animals. 

  • Crafting. Maya, you've learned to cross-stitch, you can fold origami butterflies, and you've drawn lots of cats plus all the characters from Ninjago; Emi, you create interesting drawings that combine objects and the people you love (i.e. Baba as the sun, Maya as a caterpillar)

  • Dancing and being silly. Emi, you're opening up in your dance class more and more. Sometimes you don't pay enough attention, but I'm glad you're having fun with your friends. And at home you're a riot! Your sense of humor sometimes even gets you out of trouble ;)

  •  Growing up too fast! It happens every weekend when I take the time to actually dry your hair after your baths. You both look so grown up!

Well, I hear that you're up from your nap, Emi, and Maya, you have a snow day today so I should probably suggest some more activities for you to do. Love you both and hope to blog again SOON!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Maya's 7th year recap

Dear Maya,

I just said the same thing in your other post today, but I can't believe you're 7. Seven!! Where did the time go? You're such a smart, insightful, interesting little person--not at all a little kid anymore. Mommy feels so proud but also sad about that. But also excited to see what's in store.

Today we did the interview we've done for the last few years (6th year, 5th year, 4th year, 3rd year) and here are your answers:

Favorite toy: Power Ranger
Favorite game: Shogi (after getting a set from your Japanese grandparents 30 minutes ago)
Favorite thing to do inside: play on my tablet (you asked if that counted as an answer!)
Favorite thing to do outside: play in the snow (if only we had temps that allowed us to!)
Favorite place to go: indoor trampoline park
Favorite book: Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie (which we just read 2 hours ago)
Favorite TV show: Odd Squad
Favorite movie: Odd Squad the movie
Favorite song: Skinnamarink (that surprised mommy!)
Favorite animal: cat
Favorite breakfast: oatmeal (which you haven't had in a while?)
Favorite lunch: school pizza
Favorite dinner: gyoza (fried dumplings that your baba makes!)
Favorite fruit: watermelon
Favorite vegetable: carrots
Favorite drink: lemonade
Best friend: Isabella
Biggest fear: monsters
When you grow up you want to be: a photographer
Things you take to bed: Beanie Boos (especially Kiki the cat) and any new stuffed animals

And here are some of my favorite photos of you from this year:












Well, mommy has written two blog posts today so it's time to sign off. Looking forward to another beautiful year with you, sweet girl. I love you!

Maya's Merry Morpho Party

Dear Maya,

This post is for you, my darling firstborn. You turned 7 the other day and I just can't wrap my head around it! You lost a fourth tooth the day before your birthday, you're reading and learning new words at breakneck speeds, and you're growing more sweet, sensitive, and introspective by the day. Sigh...

We celebrated your birthday in a few installments. In the few days before your birthday, you and your sister opened gifts from Japan and watched Japanese movies together. The night before your birthday, Matt, Rhi, and Rhi's mom came over for pizza and gifts and games.

We had a blue morpho butterfly party for you on the day of your birthday. It was snowing so not everyone could make it, but we had a nice, relaxing time with those who did. And you only had to share the butterfly coloring masks and antennae headbands with your sister!

You were a bit moody at the beginning of the party but you were yourself in time for the cake and presents, of course! You got some awesome gifts--cute craft stuff, great storage containers, a cool snowsuit, a handmade pillow, a necklace, a Nutcracker jewelry box, a butterfly habitat, and more!



The butterflies on Maya's cake were edible

Then the night of your birthday, you had a fun sleepover party with Grandpa and Lori (and Emi) while Mama and Baba got to have 24 hours worth of kid-free time. It was a great treat for everyone involved! Grandpa and Lori left this morning and school starts tomorrow, so you're having a bit of withdrawal. It's only natural to be sad that the holidays, the birthday, the visits, the gatherings and the gifts are over. But getting back into a routine again is going to be so good for all of us!

Well, mommy's going to go write another blog post--your year in review. Two in one day!
Love you!