Happy 2013! May this be a great year full of good things for you all.
This post is actually more like 2012 in review. Our family had a very happy, healthy and eventful 2012. Let me try to sum it up.
JANUARY: L and I climbed Odoyama as usual but we didn’t see the sun nor snow : (
K made a new kitchen table since we’d outgrown our old one (that I had made 10 years ago).
L turned 6 and shortly after, we welcomed a new nephew to the family.
FEBRUARY: M started skating. She so wanted to copy her sister that we put a pair on her and she managed to move about a little.
Both girls put off a great show in the kindergarten pageant.
We went to Kyoto to meet my cousin. We ended up at Eiga Mura
L “graduated” from kindergarten in a very emotional (for me) and moving ceremony. The director (who I love) also announced that she was “graduating” (aka: retiring).
Mari (the dog) got loose and was away for three days! I really thought she was dead this time and realized how much I love that ol’ dog!
L started school and we both had to get up so early every day. She liked school, but I really hated it. It doubled my workload and “stole” my daughter.
M started swimming school and was fearless from day one.
May: We went camping for the long Golden Week holiday.
The girls loved it until we took them out in a boat. Even I (a Newfoundlander) have to admit the seas were pretty bad and I was a bit worried once we left the sheltered bay and got on the open seas.
We will probably NEVER EVER get L in a boat again.
K cycled 200km in the annual Iwami Ride.
We were content to just cheer him on and play on the beach while waiting.
Then I got a chance to meet one of my favorite Japanese singers (the one who gave me the idea for first daughter’s name)
JUNE: K was busy with his cycling group’s big event the “Azoji Hill Climb Race”. He couldn’t cycle it but he was busy as an organizer.
R and the kids played around in the garden a lot
K and I swam the Takatsu River 3km Marathon. This was a big deal because it was the first time we could do anything together because the girls were finally able to stay with someone other than us (thank you Auntie Hiromi)
I had 2 weeks holidays and packed up the girls and went on a road trip to the Tottori Sand Dunes!
The girls loved the dunes but hated travelling in the car so long.
SEPTEMBER: Again, K was off to Matsue to cycle all over the Izumo region.
We made a family trip of it and the girls and I went to “Vogel Park” to see the birds.
Then we cheered our man on.
OCTOBER: K ran a half marathon at the Iwami Airport Marathon.
M (3) finally got to celebrate her 7-5-3 festival by donning a kimono. She looked lovely but awkward. Unlike her sister who SOAKED up the attention, M was shy. We had trouble getting her to even pose for a picture.
DECEMBER: It’s always a busy month. Christmas was a big deal and we invited 2 family friends (well, friends who are more like family) to our Christmas dinner.
Then only days later, It was M’s 4th birthday and only a day after all these festivities, we had to clean the house and I started New Year’s cooking.
Lucky we got it all done too because K’s son actually came and spent a day at our house! It was great to see him and the girls weren’t shy this time. Instead they were jumping all over the guy.