Well, it looks like the last time I visited this blog was 4 months ago! We now have a 2 month old baby boy in the family and have celebrated a 4th and a 6th birthday. Our days have been very full. I always feel guilty for not making perfect baby books and scrapbooks for the kids, so it forces me to come here and document a few things occasionally.
So, Mother’s Day weekend….Saturday, after back to back ballet lessons (Mia in Greenwich and then Emi in Port Chester), I dropped Mia and Kai off at home . Emi and I then headed to Chelsea Piers CT for a birthday party. It was a combination of bouncy houses, games, and gymnastics. Emi was so excited to be able to do a mini gymnastics class during the weekend.
Emi in the obstacle course. She probably spent 90% of the time playing on this. It was a constant…”mom, watch this.” I watched her slide down the slide a million different dangerous ways, and we both had a really good time.
I asked Emi to let me take a picture of her wearing the party hat, and this is what I got.
This party was a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon, and oh man…the goody bag! It was a batman tumbler cup with each kid’s name put on it. So cool, and so useful. Gotta love that. We ended up giving the birthday boy a Golden Book about the Hulk and some Hulk smash gloves. Emi says that her friend Henry is very tough, so we hope you enjoy it tough Henry. When we got home, oh man, we were exhausted. I think we ended up grabbing some obento for dinner from our local Japanese grocery store.
On Sunday, we woke up and immediately got things moving along. We straightened up the house, and then Ten brought out such an awesome Mother’s Day gift for me. I didn’t snap a picture, but here they are. These are perfect, and he picked them out all on his own. I cannot wait to wear these at the beach. He followed this by making me breakfast. Such a treat, but honestly he is usually so good about doing this when we are actually home on the weekends.
Blueberry pancakes….I am a little addicted to pancakes.
Also, I took a few quick pics of Kai after getting him dressed for the day. He turned 2 months old, and it really is amazing all of the ways a baby changes and grows in those 2 months. He is so smiley and happy. He is also very demanding and wants to be held ALL of the time, which we happily do. Ten and I always joke about how my grandma would say that we are spoiling our kids by doing that. I say the more spoiled the better then.
So happy. Man, we sure do have cute babies.
After spending some time getting some housework finished, we loaded up and went once again to Fuji Mart to buy some snacks for our Mother’s Day outing. We decided at the very last minute that we would check out a cabaret performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, which was new to us. Emi’s classmate’s parents told us about this place and highly recommended it, so we decided we would catch the last show of the season. We also ran into them there…I admit I did feel a little stalker-ish, but I think that they were excited we took their advice to try this place out.
A view of the tables. This place is BYOB and bring your own picnic. There were people strolling in with fried chicken, pizza boxes, gourmet picnics, McDonalds…just about everything for a proper lunch. We came with a few onigiri and a handful of snacks….kind of lame…but next time we will be more prepared!
The girls posing right before the show began. In the very, very back by the stairs…you can see the family of Emi’s friend.
For the next hour and a half, we watched a very campy production of Sleeping Beauty. Oh man, it was hilarious. The cast were constantly making fun of the audience and had great crowd participation. They also had some pretty modern music and parts of our current culture were incorporated into the scenes. We decided that next year, we are becoming members to catch all five of their performances. It was such a great afternoon out.
After, we snapped a few pics with the cast before making the hour long drive home.
Alexa and Siri, the good fairies. Every time one would ask the other a question, you would here Alexa or Siri (the AI versions) give an answer. Pretty funny.
Sleeping Beauty’s father, the King. By far, our favorite actor.
Chauncy and Sortia (Maleficent). Loved both of them.
Sleeping Beauty and the Prince.
When we got home, we did a quick fridge clean up (had to throw out an avocado, some lettuce, boiled eggs, and a lemon….a lot of food when you type that out), and ran to the grocery store for the week. When I got home, we cooked a really quick dinner and got everyone ready for bed.
A very ugly picture of a not too bad dinner. Cheese ravioli with a vegetable melody. I just cut up yellow squash, green squash, some onion, and added corn. Cooked it all in a pan with olive oil and salt/pepper. Tossed in some tomato and avocado and served it up.
Mother’s Day was a big success! Now, we are getting ready for our last full week of school. We will definitely have to be thinking of something to do over the long weekend that we have coming up fairly soon. The girls have a lot of camp and practices coming up, but we also plan to squeeze in as much family time as possible too!