Sunday, December 30, 2007

バッグ持って


バッグ持って
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

It's her favorite bag. She carries it everywhere she goes.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

ラ・フランス


ラ・フランス
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

She showed an interest when I was eating a pear, and started biting it!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

クリスマスプレゼント


My husband got me this for Christmas present. I love the pretzel.

Welcome back Yuuka

Had lunch with the mothers at Hills since Yuuka's back in Japan after 3 months in India. They're loving their life there: two maids and a big house, a car with driver....

Tonchan had her very first pizza for lunch.

CYMBAL MONKEY


CYMBAL MONKEY
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
She's got some music instruments for her Christmas present, and cymbal is her favorite.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Party

Went to Yoshida's for Christmas party in the afternoon. We love coming to their parties since they always have people who cook great food. Tonchan was playing with a dog, and Marin, and uncle Roy scared her..... Photos are here.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

CSI HIROKO


CSI HIROKO
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Taking off meat from turky...

気持ちいいね


気持ちいいね
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
She found a comfortable spot on her father's buttocks...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

新しいバッグ


新しいバッグ
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Got this bag from a woman from work through a catalog gift of her baby's birth, since we gave her some baby stuff.

ご機嫌


ご機嫌
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

久恵さん結婚写真


久恵さん結婚写真
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Tonchan's G grand mother's wedding picture. G grand father looks really good in the suit!

久恵さんと書


久恵さんと書
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Tonchan's G grand mother in junior high with her calligraphy which won national award at that time.

ここにも私がいる!

Found a photo of my mother and her brother. I see genetics....she looks like me....

つくば


つくば
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Visited my grand mother, Tonchan's great grand mother today.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

髪を切りました


髪を切りました
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Had enough with long hair, went to hair cut today to cut this short since junior high.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

働き者


働き者
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


She likes pushing our laundry basket, and we put her to work. Child labor....

Friday, December 07, 2007

AISクリスマスパーティ



Went to Azabu Int'l School for their Christmas party and she's got her Christmas present!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

銀杏


銀杏
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Took a walk to Arisugawa park. Ginkgo trees turned their leaves gold, and the contrast with sky was beautiful.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

散歩


散歩
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
She's getting better, I hope. Doesn't eat, and still seeks breast milk almost every hour....

Saturday, December 01, 2007

プレッツェル


プレッツェル
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Went to Hills for walk since she's getting a little better. They had Christmas market and German stuff were there for sale. We bought a pretzel for snack.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

唯果と


唯果と
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Visited Yuika's this afternoon. Yesterday was her 1st brirthday. She cries if the other baby comes closer to her, on the other hand, Tonchan so wants to be closer to her. So, every time she approaches, Yuika cries. Tonchan looked very confused, but she kept trying. After 12 of Yuika's cry, they started playing on my stuff in the bag.

やっと寝た


やっと寝た
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Big Tony Ironing


TONY IRONING
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Big Tony came over between his trip back to US from China for business, and stayed with us for a couple of nights. Tonchan was happy that he played with her, and she's now watching him iron his jeans.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

MOS BURGER


MOS BURGER
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Went to Muji in Ginza. Had snack at MOS Burger, and she tried my burger. We're such bad parents, feeding kids burger, french fries, let her watch TV, etc....

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Friday, November 09, 2007

お見送り


お見送り
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Since we woke up 5:00 a.m., we went to see him off to work at the station, then continue to walk. Had snack at TSUTAYA in the Hills: not very crowded 8:00 in the morning.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Warm weather

We started the day early, 4:10. Beautiful weather today. 20C/70C, pretty warm for Nov. So, we took walk in the afternoon, then had dinner around 4 pm, then went to bed around 5 pm...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

We Are Home!

10 hour flight from SFO to NRT wasn't bad. We took courtesy taxi since we flew business back to home, and went to bed around 5 in the afternoon.

Tonchan woke up 3 in the morning: definitely jet lagged. So, we three woke up and started the early day. Around 3 in the afternoon, Tonchan was sleepy and gave her breast milk, then we both passed out....

Friday, November 02, 2007

Santa Lucia Preserve

We couldn't see very much last night, but Bernardus Lodge is a beautiful hotel. Too bad we stayed only one night, and we don't drink (they had three bottles of wines in the room for us).

K and Z came to pick us up, and we had lunch there. Pretty good food. Tonchan enjoyed her "pomme fret".

The drive to Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel was crazy. Winding road for about 40 min, then we were lost at the preserve: too large, too much nature, not many landmarks to make turns. Anyhow, we made it to the lodge, had some iced tea with Jen and friends, and had some nap before the BBQ of rehearsal dinner, which was great.

Peter showed up as Clint Eastwood from macaroni Western, and Jen in her mother's wedding dress from 60's. I'm sure it made her mother very happy.

After Tonchan hanging out with the other kids, we asked Coco's family to drive us to the lodge, and went to bed.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Flight to San Jose

Flew from New Ark to San Jose on Thu evening. The flight was fine but we arrived 23:00 for us, waited an hour for the car to pick us up, drove for about 2 hours, then checked in around 2 mid night.... We were so tired and so miserable...

Monday, October 29, 2007

SOX the winner

To celebrate the victory, bought Sox baseball cap for Tonchan, which she doesn't appreciate very much...

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Boston

3 hours of Amtrak ride was not bad. We sat next to a couple with 13 months old girl, and Tonchan was happy meeting a little friend.

We checked in Hilton Boston, took a walk and checked out Quincy Market. Then we got back to hotel, had room service, then went to sleep.

Evan and Miho came to pick us up this morning, when somehow Tonchan managed to loosen the mouth wash and sucked some of it...!! Oh well....

Evan took us to Duck Tour, after we had clam chowder. Yes, Tonchan had it, too! Then we picked up Miho san, and went to their house (actually, his father's) and had early Thai dinner. Tonchan had some rice and dumplings. She also met their dog, the first time to see the dog. She was curious from far, but scared to be close...

They drove us back to hotel, while she took nap on the car, and said bye bye to both of them. It was great to see both of them are doing great.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Going to Boston

We're off to Boston this afternoon by Amtrak!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Taking a break

Ren left for the 2nd part of his business trip this morning. We stayed home all day today as we were tired from yesterday...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Day in Manhattan

Took Metro North to Grand Central to see G-Grandma and Grandpa for lunch at Rodeo Bar in Manhattan. GG was in good shape as usual and, oh my, she talks a lot!!

Lee-kun came by and we went to his place for break before coming home. Train was crowded with business people around 4:30 in the afternoon. Does people work...?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Taking walk in Stamford

Beautiful weather today. After breakfast, took a walk to Stamford station to buy Amtrak tickets to Boston for Sat, then went to diner for lunch with Aunt Em and Uncle Dolf and Linda. Tonchan tasted french fries for the first time! Then we went to mall for some shopping AND the pretzel, and walked back home. We all had dinner at home together and Tonchan and I excused ourselves to go to bed early.

Monday, October 22, 2007

We're here!

Arrived JFK safely after 11 hour and 40 min flight of ANA. She had a couple of naps, but didn't sleep at all. She probably was busy to see what was going on around her: always someone is doing something on the flight.

B mama and Ren came to pick us up at the airport, and drove home. She cried on the baby seat, but eventually fell asleep. She has to get used to it no matter if she likes it or not.

So, she was up until 8 p.m., and slept very good until 8 a.m. next morning. Good girl!

いってきます


いってきます
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Depart Tokyo for NY to visit the half side of family tree. We got stopped at the immigration because of her US passport. They said it doesn't prove her Japanese nationality, and doesn't have visa nor entry permit (she was born in Japan). Had to show other semi IDs but those don't say she's a Japanese. They said they assumed I wouldn't lie about her nationality, therefore, they stamped entry and departure on the same page. Good grief... Have to get her Japanese passport for next time.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

ポリオ


ポリオ
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Polio vaccination today. It's a sweetened vaccination, supposedly have strawberry flavor, for baby to drink easily.

NEW WATCH


NEW WATCH
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Needed a new watch which doesn't bother holding a baby for the trip, and bought this one in Shibuya. Went to TGI Friday for lunch after the shopping, but Tonchan was not in a good mood since she didn't nap, and didn't each much at all. She fell asleep there after I breast fed her for about 1 hour...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

初スターバックス


初スターバックス
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

She wants to try everything we do. Today, she tried our GRANDE SOY CHAI LATE.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

自分でいないいないばあ


NIS FOOD FEST


NIS FOOD FEST
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Checked out Nishimachi International School's Food Fair (we missed B-Mama's call, sorry!). Had to leave as she was getting hungry, but we parents had some good food.

Friday, October 12, 2007

和子さんと


和子さんと
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


My mother was in the area and called me after her hair cut, and we met up in Omotesando. Had cake and tea at Crayon House, then had dinner at home.

ひとりでできた!


ひとりでできた!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


She could scoop SHIROAE by herself, and ate it!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy birthday to me

Received a surprise call from Myron papa and Anna in the morning, and flowers from my husband. I don't feel I'm getting old at all...

So, to celebrate my birthday, I went to get an international licence in the morning with Tonchan, not that I'm going to drive for sure but just in case if I have to somehow. We headed to Gymboree, had lunch there, and joined the music class. She didn't like the shaker they had and couldn't enjoy much....

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

Sunday, October 07, 2007

お手伝い


お手伝い
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Helping folding towels with dad....

Saturday, October 06, 2007

ガム?


ガム?
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Definitely don't want hair gum.... hope it's not chewy...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

財布チェック


財布チェック
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


She's into checking what's in it these days, and checking my wallet....

Monday, October 01, 2007

ケント&丈太郎


ケント&丈太郎
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Kent and Jojo came over with moms, while we were having lunch at Suji's. Ayaha came over later after her baby English class. They started touching/grabbing each others eyes and hairs on the floor.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

LEG WARMERS


LEG WARMERS
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Went to Nihombashi and had lunch at Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Pretty good Italian buffet, we ate too much. Ren had to go to Iai, and me and Tonchan went to Nihombashi Tamashimaya. Purchased leg warmers since the weather got cold and we don't have clothes... It's a little too tight around her thighs....

Saturday, September 29, 2007

土曜の朝


土曜の朝
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Tonchan discussing Zen with Brad...

広いぞ


広いぞ
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

洗濯


洗濯
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Helping laundry...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

外人アパート

So, here we are, living in a gaijin apartment for three days now. Tonchan looks like getting used to this place, and went to sleep fairly early today, and gave me some time to blog.

Went to Gymboree Music class today. She was freaked out by wave sound instrument, and didn't quite attend the activities.... Oh well.

Koharu was there with her mom for the other activities there, and we went to have lunch together. After having tea, she became sleepy, and we said good by to them.

At home (for the time being), Ren and Brad were back from zen retreat, and Ren had to leave for work.

Friday, September 21, 2007

ergo baby

Did I write about ergo baby Haruka got me from Hawaii? It's soooo comfortable and a lot better than the other baby carrier!! If you're thinking about getting one, I'd recommend this one. Thanks Haruka!

朝寝


朝寝
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


She must be tired from yesterday...