The reason I've been AWOL:
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?
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?
Yep. Anything else?
My dance at Sports Day!
Running at sports day!
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 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!