2010年9月30日木曜日

absence note in pictures

The reason I've been AWOL:

Summer festivals

Meg's (and our!) first primary school Sports Day

The hurl a ball into the net game. And yes, that's Tottoro in the background. Of course, right?

The white team wins.

Meg's not in this picture but it's just so freakishly unbelievable!

And I can only think this was a manhood ritual for 10 year old boys. Teams of topless boys trying to push each others poles over. Nothing phallic about that, right?

7-5-3 for the big girl.

This pretty much sums them up at the mo. The clown and her serious big sister.

These kimonos are heirlooms. Every female relative on K's side has worn them.

Apparently M & A are the first kids to open the fan accessories.

I'm not sure what that says about them or their myriad of Aunts and cousins...


Yup, I've graduated to the middle-aged obi style years. Sob....

I love this pic.

Moonviewing Festival at Matsumoto Castle

Amy's 5th birthday. We made her a sandpit. And I mean we. A granny, grandpa, daddy, mummy and Meg collaboration.

Amy's sports day. On her birthday. (She's climbing over a step standing on tin cans with a bell cricket hat on. Of course she is.) We kept trying to get her pumped for her birthday:

Hey, Amy! What's happening on Saturday?
Sport's Day!
Yep. Anything else?
My dance at Sports Day!
Yup. And?
Running at sports day!
Yup. And....?
Singing at Sports Day!
What about after Sports Day?
The Principal's Speech and I get my gold medal!!

It was totally hopeless...

Running back after doing the one where you peg an apple, pear or persimmon on the tree.

Amy has my sense of timing...

The running at the Sport's Day!

Amy had one request for her birthday tea- fairy bread. She saw kids making it on a tape of Playschool and has been dying to try it. So we made it. And ate it. M and A ate about 5 triangles each. I managed one and that was an effort. I never remember it being quite so bland and margarine-y and crunchy and just, well, like bread with 100s and 1000s on top.

One year older and still hasn't got the hang of blowing out candles.

Phew. And in our spare time we've pulled up half the summer garden, harvested enough tomatoes to make 188 jars of sauce, made the sauce, moved woodpiles around the place, cleared out a whole shed to store the wood, planted not nearly enough of the Autumn/ Winter garden, visited friends in Nagoya- the city! the trains! the big girls to play with!, gone shopping every other day (the poor fridge can't cope with this many people!), oh and just you know, work and housework and stuff. Nothing much really, huh?

So, please excuse my absence and I'm back!

11 件のコメント:

Tigermama さんのコメント...

Yay, you're back! Your girls look gorgeous as usual....love the kimono pics especially!

D. さんのコメント...

Yours girls, yours photo and all of yours kimono are very pretty! :-)

Gina さんのコメント...

I'm so glad you're back! I enjoyed all the pics. And boy, you have been super busy, fun busy by the sounds of it. : )

The kimonos are gorgeous and the girls looked lovely wearing them. Loved the undokai pics. And Happy 5th birthday Amy. And holy cow, 188 jars of sauce holy goodness, well done though. And well done on the gardening too.

Glad you're back. ; )

illahee さんのコメント...

sounds great! i LOVE the kimonos!!

anchan さんのコメント...

Wonderful to catch up with what you've been doing!

I missed your posts! I hadn't realised how much I relied on you to inject a bit of humour into my days...

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

definitely worth the wait. Great pics. LOVE the Kimono ones - awesome that they got to wear family ones. Bloody fantastic pic of your sense of timing genes in Amy. Great sandpit - I have sandpit envy. Have your parents gone now then? can they not come down via Kunimi to help pit dig. They are obviously very good at it.

Glad you are back.

Nay さんのコメント...

Yay, so glad you are blogging again!! I love the photos - your girls are soooo beautiful in their kimonos!

Bryn さんのコメント...

Hooray! Welcome back to bloggy world! Love all the pix, even the *mature* obi! The girls are beautiful, as always!

Lulu さんのコメント...

BUSY BUSY BUSY! Glad you are back and great to see what you have been up to in pictures.

I love the photo of Meg from behind in kimono also and also the candle blowing out from Amy- classic.

achan さんのコメント...

Glad to see that you've had a great summer, I hope that your parents enjoyed their stay.

I too have sandpit envy-they didn't bring sand like that when I ordered it :(

I wish we had beautiful kimonos like you three lovely ladies, I'm still yet to wear one outside of the shop and really can't see that I ever will :( I hope the girls enjoyed their day.

thefukases さんのコメント...

wow. feeling the love! And thank you for the kimono compliments, I love the tradition side of things but I have to admit the lairy colours make me slightly envious of the mums who get to choose from the rental racks!

And achan next time you have a kimono-able event let me know. My MIL is kimono crazy and I have three of them....