1. A perrfect fit!
2. Mommy taking a picture with (an absorbed with food) Katie
3. "Meat is good for meee..."
4. Grrrr

And a whole post for Kristina coming soon...

Here's some pics from our summer vacation...we didn't too much, aside from eating, drinking, and going to the beach. Well, WE had fun anyway and I think Katie did too (Hot Tip for all you beach goers with little kids: go in the afternoon to escape the sun). She was a bit scared of the water at first, but on the last day we went she didn't want to come out of the water. We had a barbecue with mammoth amounts of ribs which Katie loooved (even though she could barely chew the meat..I think she just liked sinking her teeth into it), and Aiki left us for spear fishing as he always does. Ahem! And of course, as we expected, we couldn't stop Katie from eating sand either. It didn't really matter to her that sand doesn't taste good, she just kept sticking it into her mouth. We gave up trying to stop her after the 2nd trip. We figured that if she was determined to eat sand, she may as well just go ahead and eat sand. Eating sand never hurt anyone (I don't think).
Captions for Pics:
Top 3: Mommy and Katie swimming
4: "Hungry Native (with a beard) Hunting For Food"
5: "I'm Bear Grylls and I eat sand for survival..."

To be continued...

Well, it's been awhile, so I figured it was time to update. August has been a busy month, with lots of visitors visiting, and lots of happenings happening. I don't think I'll be able to mention all of them here, but I'll do my best to list the main ones.
First off was the Summer Festival!! We held our SUCCESSFUL annual Summer Festival on the 10th, and it went real well. Lots of visitors (I think the most to date), lots of fun, lots of food sold, and lots of inspiring testimonies. Our neighbor friend offered to tie me up in a Yukata for the day, which was a lot of fun, since I've never worn one before.
Katie loved the food, drinks, and music, and danced up on the stage for a few of the songs. As you can see from the pics, she is concentrating real hard on her moves. I do believe that in that last pic she is trying to sing as well..


Last Family Day, my husband discovered that our dear daughter had already cut her 2 first top molars. This was quite shocking to me, as she only has 2 bottom teeth. Is this normal?? I thought that kids normally get 2 teeth on the bottom, then 4 teeth on the top, then 2 more teeth on the bottom. Of course, I know that all kids are different, but still, I've never heard of such a thing...
Poor baby, no wonder she's been such a crank recently...
Anyways, she looks pretty funny with 6 top teeth, and only 2 bottom ones...haha

Yum Yum Yummy

Sooo...last rest day I decided to try out Alisa's yummy looking pasta, as we had all the ingredients: provisioned spagetti noodles, olive oil from the food fair, tomatoes from Chiba market, and fresh basil from our friendly neighbor's garden (kindly provisioned by Kazu). It was my first attempt ever at making a cold pasta...and let me tell you it was just sooo yum yum yummy!! Very simple yet incredibly tasty, definitely worth the little amount of prep time. I am not the type of person who likes to spend many hours preparing food just for myself and Aiki to eat (unless it's something you bake, that is an entirely different story altogether), so this was straight up my alley.
I changed the recipe a bit, and used less noodles, around 750 g, as I like a very tasty pasta. I was actually only going to use 500g, but thanks to the advise of our own in-house pasta genius, Leika, I used 750g and it turned out just perfect. Now, just a little Hot Tip for those of you who are as ignorant as I am about pasta; don't try leaving this pasta in the fridge and eating it the next day. It does NOT taste good. In fact, it doesn't even slightly resemble it's original flavor. Call me dumb, but this was a big revelation to me.

Today was my day off and it was probably one of the most relaxing ones I've had since my "glory days"...without kids.
It started off a little intense with Katie awake (whining) at 6:00 in the morning, standing with both her feet inside her potty. Don't ask me why. Thankfully she went back to sleep and I got to sleep in until 9 or 10. I got up and did all those fun things you finally get to do on your day off; you know, like clean the room, laundry, etc. Then came the highlight when I was able to convince Mary to go spear fishing with me. We left Katie home with Grandpa and took Kristina with us. We were able to get Josh to bring Kristina home early (Grandma took care of her at home) while we went to Cocos, after I speared a couple of fish. We stayed at Cocos for quite a while, bought some sandals, and then came home. It felt so good not having any kids with us...and this is not to discourage anyone from having kids because they definitely do bring lots of joy with them...and a ton of dirty laundry. Anyway, I was also able to get a much needed haircut this evening as I was looking pretty ugly.
This pretty much concludes my day. Here's a pic of us at the beach and one at Cocos.

I took these photos whilst Aiki was taking a nap...apparently he was napping very deeply as he has no recollection of me taking these photos. hmmm.. Well, I hope that all you female viewers will enjoy these photos.

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