It was Kota's 4th Birthday on beginning of month.
Daniel and Emily had a school winter sing. They sang cute christmas songs and did very good job! I really love to hear kids singing songs. (makes me smile a lot)
We went to Bryan's grandma's for Christmas Eve as always. It was nice to see all our family there. Kids were happy to see grandpa, grandma, and aunts, uncle, cousins.
Our car navigator brokedown near the Grandma's house on Christmas Eve.....thanks to our family's help to get us home that night.
We spent time with Bryan's mom on Christmas day.
I got a Wii Fit from Bryan. I'm so excited to do this! I don't know this will be good work out for me or not but I know this is gonna be entertainmet to our family.
We were able to carve our family pumpkins this year. It was fun!
Daniel carved one all by himself. Accidentaly he cut his finger also, but it was just like a scratch.
On the 31st, we participated in our ward Halloween dinner as usual.
We had cornbread and chili then we started trick or treating when the sun went down.
Kids walked hard and they got buckets full of candies!
Happyly ever after....I also had some candies from their bucket.(hahaha)
FYI-Bryan was not really dressed up he was Dr House. Yes he had a bottle of Vicadin in his pocket too!
Kids are so excited to go to "Trick or Treating".
Since September they were telling me what they wanted to be for Halloween this year.
Daniel wanted to be a Robot in first place then he changed his mind to be a ghost until we went to search for costumes at DI. His final choice was a Vampire! He is going to be the Count Daniel.
Emily wanted to be a dolphin but she changed her mind to a witch.
She is going to be "KiKi" the cute girl witch from the movie "Kiki's Delivery service". If you know Studio Ghibli, it is one of their series.
Kota wanted to scare all his friends and especially his brother and sister so he kept telling me that he was going to be a skeleton.
But, he totally changed his mind at DI when he saw the Bear costume!
Kota loves his costume and he just wears it all the time, anywhere, everywhere since he got his costume.
He is such a cutie.
(Bryan's comment- It looks like the bear is eating Kota's head)
I was going to my mother in law's to drop the kids off at her house so that I could go get Bryan who was at the hospital.
I needed someone's help to put the spare tire on but I had no idea how to do it. So I called Bryan and as I was talking to him the missionaries came by and offered to help me change the tire. They really are God's servants.
On the day before Bryan's birthday he had an unsuspected surgery. He was lucky enough to spend the night in the hospital too. What an unlucky birthday...he was waited on hand and foot and had all his meals brought to him. Unfortunately he did not get to spend it with the kids because they were not allowed in the hospital because of the Swine flu scare. He is getting better and unless you want to lose your appetite don't ask what happened. Suffice it to say, he spent a week on Extra Strength Vicadin(yes there is such a thing) and layed down 24/7 for a week.
Daniel turned 7.
We usually celebrate his Birthday as a Family, but we decided to invite his friends.
Daniel was so lucky that lots of friends came over for his birthday!
The party went well and we could make good memories for Daniel's Birthday especially himself.
We went to play at Coon Bluff with our friends,this labor day.
Bryan and the kids played in the river. They found lots of shells and they learned to walk side ways in the river.
The kids got to drive a cute little Jeep and had fun with a zip line.
We were planning to do rappelling also but it rained a lot so we couldn't do it.(bummer)
Kota had so much fun that on the way home he fell asleep in the car and he drueled all over his shirt.
I asked them how was their 1st day of school when they got home.
Daniel: "It was lots of fun, more than Kindergarten! I like it in 1st grade!!"
Emily: "It was fun, but it was too easy."
It's been almost 2weeks since school has started and both of them have made new friends in class.
The picture below is a group of kids at same bus stop to go to school.
We visited our friends in Yuma last weekend.
Their kids and our kids are same ages so we had loads of fun!
Emily enjoyed playing with Kylie. Emily was crying when we have to go home, because she still wanted to play with Kylie. (I guess she needs a sister like Kylie)
We drove down to San Diego to play at the beach.
It was bit a cold at the Cabrillo beach last time we went but this time in San Diego's beach was just right.
Daniel enjoyed riding a body board a lot and jumping over the waves. He had fun swimming in the ocean more than digging in the sand.
Kota had a great time with digging in the sand and carrying sea water. He liked San Diego beach because his most favorite TV show is "Go Diego go". The word "Diego" is very special for him I guess. His name is Kota of course but sometimes it does change into "Diego". If you say"Come here Diego " then he'll come to you. He is a funny boy.
It was great trip. Our kids want to go visit their friends in Yuma again.
Thank you for having us Daniel and Kimmy. You guys are great!
We didn't force him to read 300 books.
I have never read 300 books in my whole life.
I thought it was a really big number for him to read, but he is the one that decided, so we let him do it.
We decided to give him a prize, if he read 300 books.
We told him that we will take him to "Chuck E Cheeses" if you complete your goal during this summer vacation.
He was so excited and he tried his best for a month and half to finish reading 300 books.
We are so proud of him to achieved his goal!!
We had lots of fun at Chuck E Cheeses last Saturday.
We are glad that our kids love to go to camping.
July 14-17 we went to Los Angeles, California. This picture above is Cabrillo Beach. The water was still cold but it was pretty beautiful. It was nice to go to the beach. We went to the beach more often when we lived in Japan. I was so happy that our kids had some great experience with beach this time. Daniel was brave enough to swim in the ocean. Emily was kind a afraid to swim in the ocean but she went into the water with Daddy. Kota had fun with digging sand. He made holes and mountains, and he carried water from the ocean.
We enjoyed to visiting little Tokyo, China town and fashion district in LA.
My favorite part of this trip was the food and we enjoyed tons of Japanese food!!
Today, Kota was riding tricycle and somehow he found a penny.
The other day, we went to park and he found a penny on the sand.
Again, other day we were at park and he found a dime.
He finds coins almost every time we go outside and now he started saying this when we are outside..... "Mommy, where is my penny? I'm looking for my penny"
If he can't find penny then he starts drive me crazy like this
Kota "I can't find my penny,Mommy!!"
Kota "Where is it Mommy !?"
Mom "It is very special so if you can find it then you are very lucky"
Kota "No! I want to find it now! Find it for me, Mommy"
We look for the"Penny" for a while then...
Kota "Did you find it?"
Mom "No" " I'm sorry we couldn't find it today but maybe next time if we are lucky then we'll find a penny. okay?"
Kota "No, no, no!"
He starts to cry and have the same conversation with me over and over until we leave that place.
Emily started practice to ride a bicycle this week. She've been practicing so hard and she never gave up even she fall off her bike a lot. She still need some help to ride her bike but finally she rode it all by herself! Good job Emily !!
Daniel started taking keyboard class and recently he was practicing "Mary had a little lamb".
Emily is interested in playing the keyboard also but she is not old enough to go to keyboard class yet so she is learning how to play keyboard from Daniel.
Both of them love to play "Mary had a little lamb" right now. I taught them how to sing "Mary had a little lamb" in Japanese since they love the song so much.
It's fun to hear my kids sing or speak in Japanese.
Please enjoy their song in Japanese!!
The children split up with their parents and walked around instead of staying as a group.
It was part of cloudy and temperature was 83degree today. It wasn't too bad but it was hot in the sun.
Kota fell from the log at the playground and got scratches on his knee and ankle.
He tried to cry so hard and he couldn't breath. (poor baby)
We enjoyed our first field trip except Kota's sad part.
It was in Central Phoenix so we took the light rail to get there.
The kids had fun riding it.
There was a lot of Japanese stuff, some food, and we saw lots of "Cosplay"people(people were in japanese animation character costumes). It was fun to watch them.
This picture is "Omikoshi"(a portable miniature shrine) with us.
In Japan, usually men/boys are carry this on their shoulders and walk around the town on the festival days.