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More Japan Study, with Pictures!

Katie was the only one of the kids able to pop the marble down into the drink.
Everett gives it a try. He is now insisting we buy more, he is sure he can do it next time.
Alice gives the drink an A+.
The fortune cookies were the best ever, but the candy was not so popular.
Alice cherry blossom tree


Katie's cherry blossom tree
Elli's cherry blossom tree
Caleb cherry blossom tree
Felicity cherry blossom
Evs, Sumo wrestlers
Apparently sumo wrestlers in Japan are neon yellow;)
Orange and Purple are also valid skin color options
Making carp kites
Caleb's carp kite. He actually did a pretty good job for a three-year old:D

We also created watercolor fans and paper kokashi dolls.

In Japan they have Childrens Day on the fifth of May and also a separate holiday for girls and then boys.

My kids thought that was wicked cool.

Did you know that all that stomping around Sumo wrestlers do before they get their chub hug on is to ward evil spirits out of the ring, they then throw salt around to purify the ring.

Some of their mythology is very similar to greek mythology. Go ahead and google the story of Ama-Terasu.


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We have a name!


Arguing about the middle name now, oh well something to live for anyway, right?

Chantelle is my middle name, one of them anyway. I am excited to share this name with our sweet baby girl♥.

The last month I have felt as though I am already 37 weeks. So, pretty miserable, everything hurts, nothing feels secure (ladies, you know what I mean) and I am crazy tired. In all this I cannot help but feel so grateful, grateful that Chantelle is still healthy and strong. There is nothing else that is more important then that for me right now.

I am also feeling blessed that I have such fantastic children. They get along so well, they express there love for each other and for Joff and I on a daily basis. They love  to help and I am discovering what that means for each one of them.

While the last month was incredibly hard in so many ways, I am learning to find and see the good that has come from all the bad. Life is so incredibly hard but I am blessed that I have such a wonderful little family that helps me to see and appreciate all the good that life has to offer also.



Japan Study

We have been studying Japan this week and while we have only been at it three days we are really having fun! I know the kids are into it because I woke up this morning not feeling at all well, killer Braxton hicks and a serious headache, managed to do math and then needed a break, sometime around three this afternoon the kids where begging to learn more about Japan and why was I not on top of it already! Haha:P So I went for something fun and low-key, choosing to study the Japanese tea ceremony, I found a cool vid on YouTube  that explained the ceremony and boy was it LONG! The kids had a hard time with the whole some people make mastering the tea ceremony a  lifetime art sort of thing. I have stressed many times over the last couple of days the Japanese way of presentation expressing meaning in their actions and words and art. In all of this and my own study I have realized the hasty way most Americans go about things. Food while very much revered in the states does not seem to carry the same meaning  and connection that it does in some Asian countries. Both the children and I are in awe at the very beautiful way not only tea but a meal is prepared and received.

I love to take time to make a cup of tea and sit back and enjoy it but even that doesn’t take very long in my busy world.

So much to learn. I just need to slow down!

I am very much interested in how much I have read and learned translates to modern Japanese life, from what I can tell there is still much of that tradition left in their culture. I sincerely hope so.

Long winded much?

Katie is now interested in learning Japanese and Alice is anxious to learn to calligraphy.

Everett and I have become avid fans of Sumo wrestling and Judo.

Felicity is almost too addicted to Origami.

We are making Carp kites on Friday and I have ordered Ramune a popular Japanese soda along with some other Japanese snacks.

Oh and along with our tea (herbal) today I made fake sushi rolls.

I am so not into real sushi or fish for that matter.

I really wish I could have found green fruit roll ups 😦

We are taking a break from culture and getting into the Samurai tomorrow.

We still have to cover tetonic plates and earthquakes and the recent disaster in Japan.

And critters, native plant life.

Can you tell how excited I am about this program? 😀