For Aiki

Well, while Aiki's away at driving school, I've been having a whole lot more extra quality bonding time with my 2 toddlers. A little too much time Auntie Joan comes and saves the day every once in awhile, coming up with new things to do. Here's some pics of Katie's fun dress-up afternoon. She was utterly thrilled with her "princess who found baby Moses" get-up. I think that wig is actually the same one that one of the bathing women in the Treasure Attic is wearing. Hope you like the photos, baby! We miss youuuuu!
Here's Kate, in her graduation outfit. She wasn't too happy about this one..kept saying "too big, too big"and her hat kept falling off.
And in her "heidi" costume. Her big eye expression reminds me of my sister Katrina..its soo cute. Her new "thing".

Aaand, her favorite; the princess outfit. What do you think of the afro-hair, honey? haha
Watching the Baby moses song from Treasure Attic intently, copying the princess' every move..
And here's some special photos just for Aiki of the 2 girls being all affectionate with one another..their facial expressions really show their personalities. Sometimes they are sooo cute together!
And no..I didn't do her hair...

There's that "big eyes" expression again.
Kristy's kissing face.
Hmm..don't know what face Katie is doing here

On Friday I went to Tokyo to take my learner's (driver's) written test. I pretty much only studied the day before and when I took some practice tests (thanks for the tests, Aich) I got like 16 or 17 questions wrong! ha. So yeah, I wasn't too confident in myself. Thankfully the next day I had some time once I got to the place so I took some more practice tests and got only a few questions wrong. I figured I'd be able to pass so I was a little disappointed when the test results showed that I got 7 wrong (you can only get 5 wrong out of 50). For all of you in Japan that haven't taken your karimen written test, you can expect questions like this to come up: You should must slowing down near bend, but this is unnecessary if visibility is good (taken from the practice test).
Some of the translations were nuts and I couldn't quite get what they were trying to say...which could be why I ended up flunking. But it seems like quite a few others have had difficulty with passing the first time around. Anyway, I'll be going back to Tokyo on Tuesday to see if I have any better luck deciphering Japlish(please keep it in your prayers).
Besides my learner's test, I had an aikido performance today. Thankfully I was only suffering pain for around 20 minutes sitting Japanese style on the wooden floor (not something that I would recommend to anyone). Here are a few pics of it (and in case you're wondering, I'm not actually a black belt. My "sensei" just wanted me to wear the "hakama [skirt]" for the performance). Joan took the photos...thanks Joan. At least one of them turned out alright.
"Rei" (Japanese for "bow")

Me about to experience some pain


More pain...

Even more pain...

And of course I just have to be thrown at the end of it all

A small chance for revenge

Well, things have been incredibly hectic recently. There`s so much to do, think about, and plan that I`m going nuts. I`m not too into posting personal plans and schedules on the internet, but suffice it to say that the rest of this year include happy things such as; Teen camps (meaning absent husband for some time, his mind and spirit absent during the time his body isn`t), New baby (Meaning prep for new baby; thankfully, most of that is done. Baby has a place to sleep, clothes to wear, bottles to drink, and toys to play with. This also means long sleepless nights filled with nursing, less time for anything and everything else, and a whole lots more laundry), Driving School (More absent husband, more research, prep, money...), Legal work(Many trips to different places, lots of phone calls, lots of forms, and of course, more money), Obtaining new, needed gismos and gadgets (a.k.a keitai, mp4 player, laptop, etc. and so forth which equates research,, and spending needed time to personally familiarize ourselves with said gadgets. Can somebody puulease talk to Aiki about not spending half his life on his laptop and keitai???). Wow...that was a lot of personal info.
And all that to say this is on top of our regular ministries, all our home`s regular events and going ons, plus new home happenings, of course.
PLUS, our kiddos have been going through a time of crisis in their little lives recently. Kristy`s going through the "second-child-starved-for-input-and-attention" syndrome, which means she is stuck onto me like glue, wants to be read to, played with, and talked to every moment and second of the day. Katie`s going through the common syndrome of "terrible-twos" which has gotten pretty terrible recently with her "nos" getting more and more frequent, not to mention her incessant whining.
AAAnyways, all that to say, we are a happy and busy bunch; and to prove it, here`s some family day photos from our very first visit to the beach this year. It`s still a bit cold to swim, but we had plenty of fun playing in the sand, sitting in the sun, and drinking juice. We brought dear Auntie Jonah along, who we sent chasing after our parasol twice when the wind blew it away (in the end, we decided that parasols are a bad idea at a windy beach), thanks Joan! (hmm..there`s no pics of you for some reason..).
Here are the yummola pancakes super daddy Aiki made for our breakfast...they tasted a lot better than they look..really.Kate`s official new smile
And Kristy just being Kristy..
These girls ate a lot of pancakes..
Daddy and Kate..

Here`s Kristy who spent most, if not all, of her time trying to fill this bucket with sand using her hand. She would grab a handful of sand, pick it up, the wind would blow all but a few grains out of her hand, and she would place those few grains in the bucket. She had tonz of fun with this...
Here`s Kate, helping her out with her shovel.
And Aiki, digging a hole while trying to get a tan on his midsection at the same time (haha)
And PTL I`m officially huuuge..
It may look like I am abusing Aiki, but don`t be fooled. If you only knew what he just said...

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