Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Japan Photos.

It's been a few weeks since I blogged. It's raining today a going through some old photos and uploading some new ones on my hard drive and thought I would share a few japan shots because one day these scenes won't be familiar and very missed. 
fruit and veggie shops.
 My friend told me this week that they throw out so much produce here when they are not all uniform in size and shape. She is friends with a local farmer and brought to church an entire box of perfectly good carrots that were either too big or small or odd in some way to sell here.
Oranges. Tis the season of Mikans. 
These stripped flowers taken yesterday! So many heart eyes! Does this mean spring is almost here?! 
Luke, and I love this thrift store hat we got for only 200 yen.
little flower pots everywhere are my favorite, and flower shops.
The playground we found last week. Riley told me it looks like a cage for kids. 
land of vending machines.
This cute little temple is a 20-ish minute walk from our house, taken this summer and love little Luke in it.
All the temples have these little place to cleanse your hands or mouth at entrance of temple.  
This one has a pretty dragon, and riley always says "Don't mind if I do, mushu!" and cracks me up.
 random stores.
brooklyn and homemade fries. yes please.
"delicious dim sum and happy drinks"
always bowing.
hats and umbrellas and long sleeves = warm sunny days.

more plants.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Things to do in February in Japan

A little quick illustration of things to do around Japan in February and seasonal fruit.
Next years bucketlist. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

snow day

Snow finally fell in Tokyo this winter. It only came down for a couple hours, and was gone before the day was over. As soon as it started coming down, Riley was outside at the park with Luke making the most of it and teaching Luke the finer skills of making and throwing snowballs.  I came a half hour later and watch my giddy boys with frozen fingers and red noses chase each other around the park and enjoy the wonder of the first snowfall. 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Luke Lately

twenty-one months old. 
Luke's hair is in a permanent state of bed-head. It is wild, which is fitting with his untamed personality these days.  He has a mind of his own, and always on a mission.  He is the ultimate mess maker and magic finder. I feel like we are stepping over toy cars and sweeping up crumbs most the day long. He loves jumping from the chair to the couch and wrestling with dad after work if he is up. When we are out he always lets everyone know who his "mama" is and points me out at anyone who makes eye contact with him, which is always so funny. He is loving books, coloring, nursery, cars, and racing from one end of the room to the other as fast as he can.  He gives the best hugs and kisses and we love when he tries to talk to us. We are attempting to teach him to be kind and share and have manners and pray but definitely not an easy task. 
Attention span: five minutes.

Today we needed some diapers. We walked together to the store and then Luke picked out his snacks and placed his items on the table and paid the cashier, she gave him his own bag and he proudly dragged it out the door. Then we ate and watched the trains pass by, one after another and learned all the animals printed on the animal crackers and drank up our squeeze-snack. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

you and me, and a big city.

1/22/2018 This past week it was just Luke and me home. Riley went on a business trip and graciously gave us his flu bug before he left. So, that was kinda a bummer and all our adventures turned indoors.  I had previously splurged though and booked a photography workshop around Tokyo for me for something fun one evening to do and learn things, but the day before I decided I better postpone or cancel because we were both feeling so crummy but because it was so last minute I couldn't give up my spot without losing everything. So, I decided we would give it a try and if Luke/I was miserable we would leave early. ..  but tender mercy, we ended up staying pretty much the entire time and even got some really fun photos together and a few smiles outta us! Sooo here is a lot of pictures of me and Luke and a big city (if you click on the picture they are higher quality and not low resolution). . .