Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The next top golfer...

Mom has some mini gold clubs, so Ebi-kun has been out of the green practicing...


This does lead onto an open busy road so it's a bit worrying letting the kids whack balls around, the clubs are just the right size for him this year though so he needs to get the practice in!





Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Almost Nine Birthday BBQ

We arrived safe and sound, very long trip but fairly uneventful! Doha airport was rather nice, some great play sculptures and super clean.

We arrived in Manchester just after lunchtime and headed home for a cheese and beetroot buttie (sandwich!)

Yesterday the family descended at the house and Ebi-kun got a few presents then we went up to the local pub for a BBQ. 

Hanging with his cousin, who I hardly recognised, he has shot up! 


After we had eaten we had a round of pass the parcel, this was a very low tech, old skool birthday party - mainly because that was all I could be bothered with!


More presents, and help from the girls...


Followed by a Storm Trooper cake, which Ebi-kun decided was too sweet.


The weather was lovely, all the kids got on and it was great to catch up with everyone. This is Kate who actually lives in Japan but is from the same town, so she came over with her girls too.


Lovely day by all accounts! 



Monday, 28 July 2014

Blast From The Past…Boys Themed Birthday Parties



These next two weeks I have lots to get through work wise but don't want to just leave you hanging, so I have dug up the archives and found some great posts for you!

Boys Themed Birthday Parties

Star Wars Party parts one and two


Ninjago food, decorations & goodie bags, games

Knights and castles Cake part 1, Cake part 2, the party






Saturday, 26 July 2014

Blast from the past…tutorial fun



These next two weeks I have lots to get through work wise but don't want to just leave you hanging, so I have dug up the archives and found some great posts for you!





Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Happy Almost Birthday To You…

So, last weekend we were supposed to go camping but due to very dodgy weather we cancelled but it did mean that we got to have a nice relaxing weekend instead. I managed to get into Tokyo for a hair cut - and got lucky because my stylist was still busy so I got an extra long massage, ohhh yeah!

Then we met at a friends house for some good food, beer and company, the boys had fun playing football in their undies in the rain - I'm not sharing the photos until one of them gets married!

Then Sunday we had the usual Aikido followed by lunch and shopping, I took a sneaky nap whilst the boys watch the match on TV.

And then Monday, which was a national holiday, we had Birthday celebration #1. Ebi-kun wanted to celebrate with daddy - since we will be in the UK for his actual birthday but reading between the lines, he couldn't wait to get his birthday present!

I managed to rustle together a Golden Snitch Cake (from Harry Potter), I made carrot cake and baked it in a Christmas pudding bowl, made two then sandwiched them together with cream cheese icing. I just happened to have some gold cake spray to spray it all with and finished it off with some golden wings. I was pretty impressed with myself for such an impromptu effort!


And his present…a Jboard, he has been pestering for one for ages and it is the transportation of choice down our road! Didn't take him long to get the hang of it and now they have a course drawn on the road with chalk, the kids have been busy!


All in all a lovely weekend. Now it's just a mad rush to do the packing and get all my work wrapped up, ready to go.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Blast From The Past…Artist Inspired Days



These next two weeks I have lots to get through work wise but don't want to just leave you hanging, so I have dug up the archives and found some great posts for you!

Artist Inspired Days

Yamamoto-san salt art





If these posts are you kind of thing, you will love my book…







Sunday, 20 July 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

Blast From The Past…Get Stitching



These next two weeks I have lots to get through work wise but don't want to just leave you hanging, so I have dug up the archives and found some great posts for you! 


Get Stitching








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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Blast From The Past…Cooking with Kids



These next two weeks I have lots to get through work wise but don't want to just leave you hanging, so I have dug up the archives and found some great posts for you! Took some digging, there are over 2500 posts on here now!

Cooking with Kids…










Enjoy! More Blast from the past posts to come.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Ebi-kun needs your help

Hi 

How are you doing? I hope you are well.
Can you help with my summer homework?
 At  japanese schools,we have to do summer homework. I chose to find out about school lunches Around the world.                                                
 I am asking you so I can find out about school lunches so I hope you can help me.

if you have got a kid that goes to elementary school, can you get them to answer these questions?





Thank you for doing this questionnaire.

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