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November 24, 2016

Here and Back Again

Family, Life, Updates

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Funny how I posted back in March but then everything went silent again.

Yea, I do that a lot these days.

To be honest, I was ready to toss in the towel with the blog. Social media is so popular and easy to use these days that I find myself posting a lot on Facebook and on Instagram. In fact, I have three instagram accounts. THREE!! I can barely keep up with those so it’s no surprise I can keep up with everything.

However, last night Jason was looking through the blog to show E some pictures from when she was younger. He ended up going through a lot of the old posts and mentioned to me how he misses reading my blog. So I thought about it and decided that maybe I should start writing again.

Time is always an issue with me since I’m always doing something and don’t have the time to edit photos and write coherent blog posts. At the same time, I think the blog has changed a lot over time. It was much simpler back then when I just wrote for us and didn’t try to get all creative and artsy with my photos. Over time I think I tried to do too much and it just burned me out.

So maybe I should just go back to the basics and just tell the story of our lives in Tokyo. There’s always something going on in our lives that’s worth recording so it’s not quite time to give up on the blog yet.

If anything else, I want to do this for Jason and for the kids. They enjoy reading the blog (well, maybe not K since she can’t read yet).

So let’s give this a go once more!

June 16, 2015

21/52

Family, Photography

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Yes, this was taken a few weeks back. We were on our way to a bbq with friends and the girls decided they wanted to look out the window. We had fun that day :)

Remember how I talked about writing during me weekend off? Well that never happened. I was enjoying being alone in nature so much that by the time I got back into my hotel room, I was exhausted and too tired to blog. So I didn’t.

But it was a good trip. A much needed one since I had a lot of time to not think or worry about three other people. I’ll write about it someday, I hope.

May 10, 2015

19/52

Family

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Happy Mother’s Day!

March 31, 2015

March Wrapup

Family, Life

This month has been a very active month. So much traveling around, my in-laws visiting, science fair, E’s birthday, and the end of E’s kindergarten years. It has been a good month I think.

By the way, I realized I never posted the one for February since we were in Kyoto at the time the month ended and things got so busy afterwards that it slipped my mind. So check out what our February looked like.

March 18, 2015

A Wonderful Whirlwind Weekend

Family, Travels

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activities.

My in-laws arrived at the end of February and the six of us whirled off to a weekend in Kyoto. When we came back, we celebrated my father-in-law’s birthday followed by E’s birthday the day after. After spending a week with them, they left for Hong Kong and we attended (semi-co-hosted) a belated birthday party for E and her best friend, Charlotte. The following few days after were filled with massive decluttering as I tried to gather things to give away at her school’s White Elephant sale. All while battling really bad allergies (hay fever).

Then, last Friday, E’s class held a birthday party for March birthdays which I prepared for the night before. The crazy thing was that we had a flight leaving Tokyo that same day so as soon as the class party was over, the four of us left to finish packing and head for our flight out to Hong Kong.

Yes, we spend a weekend in Hong Kong. 68 hours to be exact.

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Sometimes I find it weird how I say that we’re spending a weekend overseas like it’s no big deal. It’s like

“So what did you do this weekend?”
“Oh, you know, we went to Hong Kong.”

Sure, it’s only a 4 hour flight but it’s not exactly a hop, skip and a jump from Tokyo and it’s not like the airfare is chump change either.

Still, the people we got to spend time with made the short trip worth the stress of traveling. We were in Hong Kong for the weekend to see my in-laws before they went back to the US, to see my grandmother, to see Jason’s grandparents, and to meet up with our friends who moved to Hong Kong last September.

It was a very busy 68 hours spent there.

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I’m actually really glad that we were able to go on this trip. My grandmother has been asking me to visit her in Hong Kong for several years but the timing was always off. I was pregnant and then had K. She was taking care of my grandfather who was really ill with Alzheimer’s and was spending her time going back and forth between California and Hong Kong.

My grandfather passed away 2 years ago and with K being a little older, we were able to go this year to visit her. It made her incredibly happy to have us there with her, especially because we stayed at her house. She got to know Jason a bit more and absolutely adored the kids. She and I also chatted a lot, something that doesn’t happen that often since she only gets to see us once or twice a year during Christmas and there’s always a lot of people talking to her at family get togethers.

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It was also really great seeing Jason’s grandparents. I’ve met them only 3 times ever. E met them once when she was 2, which was 4 years ago. This was the first time they’ve met K.

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Jason’s grandparents haven’t left Hong Kong in many years, ever since their health started failing them. His grandfather suffers from damages to his nerves caused by untreated shingles and his grandmother has Alzheimer’s. She also fell and hit her head 2 years ago which rendered her incapable of moving or speaking anymore. They’ve only seen pictures of the kids so they were incredibly happy to see their great-grandchildren in person. I sometimes wish that we could visit with them more since I find that young kids have a positive effect on older people.

We were also really happy that we could meet up with our good friends, Sarah Jane, Frank, and their sons, Robin and Finley.

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Robin and E were classmates while Finley and K were in the same daycare. Our families met through E’s school and became really good friends along with a few other moms and their families. They moved to Hong Kong last September for work reasons and we’ve kept in touch with them.

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It’s really weird how we haven’t seen each other in 6 months but still carried on as if we’ve seen each other recently. We had a nice lunch with them and then headed out to the park so that the kids could run around a bit. Sarah Jane and I caught up on the latest happenings with our friends back in Tokyo and talked about how things have been in both our lives. I’ve never fully grasped how much I missed her presence here in Tokyo until we saw her and her family.

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I know that there are several other moms in our little circle who would love to meet up with her again and hopefully, we’ll see her again soon, in Hong Kong or in Tokyo.

And finally, of course, we were happy to see my in-laws again before we went our ways back home. Their trip out to visit us this year has been a really good one. We got to travel with them outside of Tokyo twice this time and they got to spend a lot of time with the kids. The girls absolutely adore their grandparents and loved playing with them and seeing them so often. I’m sure my in-laws also enjoyed the time they spent with the kids too. E and K are very lucky to have grandparents who love them and would travel long distances at their age to come spend time with them.

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It was fun visiting Hong Kong, even for just a weekend. I always have a soft spot for the city since I spent my childhood summers there visiting my grandparents when I was young. The city changed a lot but at the same time still feels familiar. I don’t think I can ever move and live there especially after living in Tokyo for so many years but I’m always open to the idea of visiting!

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February 17, 2015

Happy 2nd birthday, K!

Family, Parenthood

Can you believe it?! This little monkey is 2 years old today!

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2 years old!

It makes me sad that she is growing up so fast but I’m also happy to watch her become a little person with so much personality and spunk.

We usually keep our birthdays low-key and this year is no different. I bought K an Olaf ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins and we had a simple dinner with just the four of us at home.

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After dinner and cake, we opened her birthday present which she spent the rest of the evening playing.

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They’re all princess toys, by the way. It’s what she’s most interested in these days.

It still boggles my mind that my baby is 2 now…

Happy birthday, baby girl!