On March 3rd in Japan, Hinamatsuri is celebrated. Hinamatsuri is Girls’ Day, also called Dolls Day. Originally in Hinamatsuri practice, the Hina dolls were used to protect the girls from bad luck. Each girl would place a straw Hina doll upon a small wooden boat and these dolls would take away the evil spirits and … More Hinamatsuri-Girls’ Day–March 3rd
Happy Halloween from our family to yours. Xoxo Erica P.S. More pictures on Instagram.
Happy 4th of July. Here are some photos of us enjoying the 4th at a picnic and then fireworks with friends and fellow Americans in Yokosuka, Japan.
In Japan during mid-June, when the hydrangeas are starting to blossom, an ancient day from the Kashou Era is observed. Kashou Day, the 16th of June is a a day when traditional Japanese sweets, individually made mochi or red bean paste buns, were eaten to help ward of evil spirits. Triangles and red … More Kashou Day: June 16th
Easter 2014 family photo. Taken after church and before a delicious brunch at the Officers’ Club in Yokosuka, Japan. P.S. This is proof we can get all five of us to look at the camera at once!
My little Valentines! We’ve got snow, and lots of it here in Japan this weekend. School was canceled today, and I’ve enjoyed a much needed day at home with my children. And my husband came home early from work, too! I love all the notes and gifts I get from my kids and husband on … More Happy Valentine’s Day!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day to commemorate a great man and leader of nonviolent resistance, racial equality and improvement of life for all. Video recording MLK I Have A Dreamof Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream Speech. This recorded speech of MLK, Jr.’s always brings tears to my eyes. It’s … More Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
I awoke this Christmas a little after six this morning with our youngest, and saw our oldest sitting in the living room recliner reading his favorite Mickey Mouse comic book. I just smiled and asked, “J how long have you been awake?” To which he replies while eyeing the presents, “I’m not sure. A while.” … More Merry Christmas
I’m not sure who, this big kid or my children, in our household has been more excited for Christmas Eve and Christmas. Let’s call it a tie. It’s always a time of year I look forward to. Spending time with family, watching my kids get excited and playing with their cousins, and eating lots of … More Merry Christmas Eve
It really is beginning to feel like Christmas! My husband and I went on a date this weekend to see Stowell and Sendak’s Nutcracker at McCaw Hall in Seattle. I cannot express how important it is to “date” your husband, especially when you have children. I always appreciate my husband more and am reminded how … More Nutcracker