Easter 2014

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ImageLast year, E was a tiny baby, but this year he lit up when he saw his Easter basket. We filled it with a new board book, some Melissa and Doug crayons, and these soft and squeezy farm animals. He was a little hesitant at first so we had to assure him that it was ok to pull everything out and play with it, but he was smiling the whole time, and quickly started passing the farm animals out to me one by one.

My parents also made him an Easter basket with a couple of new books, a new polo shirt and shorts for the summer, Goldfish crackers, and these awesome bubbles. Those Jelly Belly bubbles are the best and E loves all of his new books!

In addition to the regular eggs the kids hunted for, my parents made a special golden egg for each one and there was a map with directions on how to find it in the backyard. My mom and dad are so clever 🙂

We were lucky to have lovely spring weather so that most of the day could be spent outside!

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A New Year

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 I know we’re already half way through January, but I feel like the new year is just really dawning on me. It takes me a while to wind down after Christmas and let the freshness of a new era set in. In Japan, people eat toshikoshi soba (year-end noodles) on new year’s eve. My husband grew up eating toshikoshi ramen instead of soba, and I like udon, so at our house it’s usually one of the two. We also had our American black eyed peas with cabbage on January 1st, so maybe it will get lucky with another fun year!

2013 was good to us. Our lives changed at the end of January with the birth of our son and then everything after that was a happy blur in our home.

2014 has a first birthday party, a graduation ceremony, and a visit from overseas grandparents in store for us which we’re very excited about, but we’ll also make many happy day-to-day memories in between.

Sushi Baby!

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E was sushi for Halloween. ♡ (nigirizushi to be exact…)

The costume turned out really cute and was a big hit!

I saw the idea in Parents magazine years ago, and knew that if I ever had a baby I would remember it for their first Halloween.

http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/costumes/sushi-costume/

My mom and I made the orange fish pillow and the green seaweed sash. She did the sewing and I painted the white lines on the fish (instead of using tape like the instructions suggest). The rice part of the sushi is just a regular white onesie.

He wore it to his library play group on the 30th, and on Halloween we visited my mom’s school where there was a little Halloween parade with all the kids wearing their costumes. He crawled around and played like normal, not seeming to notice the pillow on his back for more than a moment, and never tried to pull it off.

I will definitely be holding on to this costume in case another baby can wear it. ♡

The Fourth!

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Hamburgers and fireworks!

That was our 4th of July this year 🙂

There’s a really great burger place right down the road from us that happens to feature a lot of old Americana decor, so we thought it would make for an appropriate lunch that day.

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There’s even a toy train that periodically zips around the restaurant on a track near the ceiling.

At first, the sound of the train whizzing by was a little overwhelming to E, who’s still quite sound sensitive, but once he spotted it, he couldn’t take his eyes away.

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He was pretty happy the whole time we were there, but the smiles didn’t come until he was in his Poppy’s arms.

We could see the nearby fireworks perfectly from our apartment balcony that night, but they didn’t start until 9:30 and E had been snoozing since 8:00 ♡