Winter Concert. School gym. Noah playing baritone solo and wearing menorah hat. Tonight made me very happy and proud.
We will light the first candles tonight and I have to admit that this holiday season has been a hard one for me. It caught me off guard. Yes, I knew there would be the obligatory events, the school performances, the baking, the wrapping and the packing. Those things are always a part of it, but with the increasing grumpiness, it finally hit me over the weekend that underneath all of my recent groaning and moaning is a big ole chunk of homesickness. Missing our family and friends. A lot. Missing menorahs in other windows. Missing gateaux nana from @thekitchenshop_grandcoteau. Missing the big family New Year’s gathering. Missing my mama’s crawfish etouffe. Missing my dad’s hand drawn holiday gift tags. Missing bonfires and eggnog. Missing my father-in-law’s jokes and my mother-in-law’s latkes. Homesick holidays. I know it will pass, but this morning it feels like the pits.
Grateful today for a resident baker who wears flower crowns, my sisters, furry slippers, and a rainy day at home as we prepare to face the busy week ahead.
Camille and Emma. When we were in Kyoto last weekend everyone kept asking if they are sisters. They aren’t biologically related but theirs is a special relationship. More on the blog.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Japan! The Colonel has his Santa suit on and the locals have ordered their special fried chicken meals for Christmas. That’s the Japanese meal of choice for Christmas. Not sure how or when that started. Anyone know?
According to Trip Advisor, Fushimi Inari Shrine is the most popular tourist destination in all of Japan for the past four years. It definitely felt crowded on a Monday in December. Not a fan of the crowds, but it was fun being interviewed by a small group of Japanese Junior High students and the foxes are always nice to see.
Wagashi class (Japanese sweets)!
Matcha and wagashi with gold leaf flakes.
English fortunes...all of ours were good, but I clearly need to work on on increasing my patience, it was a repeated theme throughout my very detailed fortune (and evident in my real life, too!).