The most recent adventure in Japanese living: making our own ume-shu (plum wine). I love ume-shu, especially on hot summer days. Sadly this batch won't be ready until summer is over, but it was still fun to run around town gathering the supplies and anticipating a tasty outcome.
Saturday breakfast for two. One kiddo still fast asleep and one on the other side of the globe. I can feel things shifting. I savor our family time, but I also like these new pockets of time for just the two of us.
Noah has been flying on his own to summer camp @urjjacobscamp since he was in fourth grade, but today when I hugged him farewell I burst into tears. It's a long trip and it's his last year as a camper so he will be gone for most of the summer. Going to miss him so very much.
I have been falling asleep each night with a flickering TV screen and the sounds of World Cup games being played in Russia (Adam and Noah have had some very late nights!), but last night was different. Last night we were all wide awake and cheering when Japan won their match against Columbia. Although we were in a hotel room, it felt like we were part of a much larger celebration. We rushed out on to our balcony to join in the cheers that were happening up and down the lively Akasaka street. Way to go Japan!
Hedgehog, otter, bunny, cinchilla, prairie dog cafe. Yep, all in one excessively cute and clean spot. Tokyo's animal cafes are quite an experience.
Rainy night with lights, umbrellas, and big city energy
Today was all about embracing the imaginative, the playful, and enchanting..Totoro creme puffs at Tolo bakery followed by a long anticipated trip to the Studio Ghibli Museum. We are huge Miyazaki fans and today was truly a highlight of this trip. If you aren't familiar with these incredible animated films, drop everything and go to a library and check them out(Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, and so many more).
Accidental family portrait...I didn't realize until looking through images that all four of us are in this one. The last time we were in Tokyo Noah was still in diapers and I remember feeling so incredibly exhausted. This time around Noah is the one carrying the backpack with umbrellas, charging cords, etc and Camille is guiding us through the metro system. It's nice to return to places at different stages of life.
Father's Day 2018