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We spent the day at the beach with some friends who have a little boy the same age as Saya.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the two of them.  They are such a perfect match.  It is amazing how similar their behavior is. They were doing everything together all day.  For a while they were just sitting on some camping chairs and chatting with each other.  How lucky is Saya so have such a good friend!

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We had a lovely weekend as usual, but this week has been a rough one for us–we are just swamped with work and a big translation project that we have to finish.  (Plus all of the moving stuff that we have to think about.)  Junji and I have divided up some of the moving tasks that we have to do.  I am in charge of buying plane tickets, booking an international moving company, and figuring out how to bring our pet turtle into the U.S.  I have almost completed these three tasks, so I am feeling good about that.

Last weekend we went to one of our favorite river spots with Junji’s brother and some other friends.  We had such a fun time.  We swam out to some good jumping rocks, and tested our courage by jumping/diving/flipping into the river.  It was so much fun.  I played so hard, just like a little kid.  I got way too much sun, but it was worth it.

Our favorite swimming spot happens to be in a paper-making village, so I bought some tosa washi (Kochi handmade paper) while we were there.  Some of the paper was so expensive.  I saw a nice sheet of paper that I thought would make a pretty lamp cover, but it was 10,000 yen (about $100)!  I only bought a few sheets of this butterfly print paper.

The next night I took Saya to play with clay at Junji’s pottery studio.  She has been there before, but this is the first time that we actually let her play freely with clay.  (She is past the age where she puts everything into her mouth.)

Our friends’ kids also went to the studio that night.  They are Saya’s good friends.

Maya is the oldest, and she takes very good care of Saya.

I guess it’s back to work on the translation.  blah.  Hope everyone is having a good week!

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run, saya, run

Saya can really run now, and I swear it is the cutest thing that I have ever seen her do–maybe the cutest thing that I have seen ever.  The pictures can’t really do it justice, but the joy on her face and the way her arms really get going…it warms my heart.  I can’t stop smiling today.  (We may have an athlete on our hands.)

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more weekend photos

Trying to figure out the chopstick thing…   She insists on feeding herself these days.

beach babe

It doesn’t get much better than these smiles.

Elena, the little girl in the picture above, gave this dress to Saya.  She chose it herself, and I love it!  She has good taste.

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another first for saya

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For kids in Japan, summer is a time for festivals.  They dress up in yukatas (summer kimonos), eat ice cream, catch goldfish, and play with fireworks.  On Saturday we had our summer festival at school.  This year Saya wore a yukata for the first time.  She looked beautiful and we were so proud of her!  I tried to dress her by myself, but I ended up having to run down the block to get some friends to help me.  I still have a lot to learn about Japanese motherhood…

Saya in her yukata.

Another pretty Yukata.  (All of the girls looked so beautiful!)

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all by herself

Saya has been attempting to dress herself for a while now.  She wants to put on her shirt by herself, but she ends up just putting it behind her head instead of over her head.  But yesterday after our bath I left the room for a minute, and when I came back she was wearing one of Junji’s shirts that she had taken out of the laundry basket.  I was so proud of her.  That is quite a big accomplishment for this little one!

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