Monday, May 28, 2018

Luke Lately - 12 months

I just wanted to sit down and write a little update on baby Luke. Or maybe I should say, "not-so-baby" Luke! This past month he started WALKING and now is allll over the place. He is into the drawers and pulling everything out. Like EVERYTHING.

I started the washing machine and put the clothes into the machine only to hear a toy car go off inside when I started the water that must of ended up in the dirty clothes basket. . .  and then more dirty clothes were later found  (after doing the laundry, of course) relocated in another room. I feel like this is happening far too often these days-- Luke reorganizing and turning our house and kitchenware into his personal play-pen across the floor. 

For the past few months, we've been attempting to learn some sign language-- but the only word that has really stuck is "shoe." And he has that one on lock. From the moment Luke wakes up, he is signing "shoe." He even brought me my shoes yesterday-- he has associated 'shoes" with "outside" and he always, always wants to be outside. He will wait and pound on the front door and shout his uncomprehendable but clear demands to just go outside. Sometimes, he will take my hand and walk me to the front door himself. So needless to say, majority of our days are spent outside at the park or walking hand in hand around Japan. I already am dreading winter. 

There is so many things I want to remember from this stage-- his constant laugh and chatter with dad and big smiles. The way he randomly wraps his arms around me when I hold him and sneezes me so tight (my favorite thing ever!!).  His open-mouth kisses, and little outstretched wave at people passing. The way he now throws a ball and plays pass with us and himself. The strange obsession he has with the drinking fountain and love for all little people and just his constant observations.

Luke brings so much joy and mess to our home— I just want to relish every single minute (especially these nap time minutes 😌) and not forget anything. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

happy humans

May 20th, 2018: Seriously one of the best days EVER! We rented bikes and explored one of the coolest parks ever designed. We found a magical poppy field and just were in awe of Showa Memorial National Park. It was one of those dream days that you kinda have to pinch yourself because it was so pretty and so happy.

We kinda got a good laugh at this fellow photographing his doll . . . 

But I really shouldn't talk because I'm over here like . . . 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

love letter- 3 years

Watercolor Wedding Print by yours truly <3

We celebrated 3 years of marriage this week! Three years seems like such a small amount of time when I think of all the adventures and things we have accomplished being married. So grateful to have Riley in my life. He makes me smile and laugh every single day!

It isn't every day though that I get a cute heart-filled note from him. I got to cherish and hold on to these letters because they are pure gold to me. . . so posting it here because its my journal.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


A few weeks ago we had a fun day trip outside Tokyo to Hakone. We took trains, buses, a tram, and boat in one day! Needless to say, we saw lots of scenic Japan and also spent way too much money on transportation.  But it was worth it, an epic day outside with the clear views of the Mt. Fuji.

I forgot Luke's jacket, and it ended up being really chilly on top of the mountain. . . so he wore mine. 
Riley dropping Luke off to Horwarts School of Wizardry ;)

Just your typical family picture, with baby crying. We have way too many pictures like this. . . 

Monday, May 21, 2018


The first week in May we had Riley's brother Ethan come visit us from Hawaii. Th trip happened over Japan's "Golden Week" which was extra "golden" for everyone because Riley had the majority of his trip off from work! So it was a vacation for everyone. We visited all the best places in Tokyo, ate all the famous cuisine, and loved having good quality family time with our favorite uncle Ethan! He is such a stud and so grateful he came and played with us.