My in-laws threw Akira a big "how do you do" party in Chicago last month, this is the thank you card we sent to all of the guests. The balloons and "thank you" were done in photoshop. I really like the way rounded corners look on home made cards, it adds a nice finishing touch.Such a simple little tool makes all the difference.
Akira is 4.5 months old! I love this photo of him because it captures the active little boy that he's quickly becoming. The clenching of his fists and popping them both in and out of his mouth are also a favorite activity. Don't you just love his onesie?
I've been pretty good about keeping the baby stuff to a minimum when I leave the house, I try to squeeze everything in one tote, but I was getting tired of seeing Aki's things (diapers, burpcloths...etc) in ziploc bags (not so cheery) so I made some more pouches.
As soon as we found out we were having a boy, Keith started to refer to the boy in my belly as "Captain", the name has stuck and most of our family and Keith, still refer to him as such....hence the nautical themed pouches, lucky for me I luv anything nautical :)
I've been having fun perusing through people's things in the what's in your bag pool on flickr. I especially love seeing the stuff from places other than the US, different packaging and labels, fun! What's in your bag? A breakdown of my stuff
mizuna (a japanese green, often found in mixed salads) also from my mom's garden
my mom treated me to one of her lovely summer lunches, so light yet fulfilling. why is mom's cooking always so comforting?
Left to right: a glass of ice cold mugi cha (barley tea) a soft boiled egg gently marinated in mirin and soy, green beans from my mom's garden quickly stir fried, mizuna tossed in a warm balsamic vinegarette and thin slices of bacon (yum)
some lovely vintage japanese dishes, I recently inherited from my grandmother in Tokyo
I'm always so excited when I discover blogs of those living in Japan, Sei's recent entry made me miss the summers I spent there as a kid.
these are a series of photos from the 1st trip I ever took to Japan alone, a tradition I would continue until I turned 14, I would spend a month in Tokyo with my paternal grandparents and 2 months in Aomori with my maternal grandparents.
I had such a love hate relationship with my summers there, I missed my friends back home, but I cherished my time with my family and the complete immersion in Japan somehow made me feel whole.
summers in Japan means lots of celebrating outdoors and eating watermelon! There's even a summertime game, much like the Pinata, where you are blindfolded and have to find and crack open a watermelon with a big stick. The prize? you get a juicy slice of watermelon!
The above picture was my grandparent's watermelon patch. That's me
playing with gum in my mouth..the hair, oh the hair. No wonder I often
got asked, "and what's your name little boy?"
me in my favorite yukata (summertime kimono), you can't really see in this pic but there are pink deer all over it!
These wonderful felt booties were hand made by the lovely Marieke of Treats and Treasures for Akira. I really admire her delicate hand, such even and tiny stitches, much like the little containter she made me for my birthday
Her gorgeous package of goodies arrived on a particularly difficult week for me (Keith had just returned to work after 6 weeks of the most perfect family time), it was awesome to know someone so far away (in Amsterdam) was thinking of us.
This print, a Marieke Berghuis original was something I had been admiring for a while, it was so sweet of her to remember.
I'm learning so much as a new mom, I realize now more than ever that the support and love from friends are as important if not more important than any of the stuff you read about in parenting books.
Thank you so much Marieke, XOXOXOXOX to you sister!!