Thank you 2017
For smiles I’ve seen
and laughter I shared
This will be my last page for this series. I draw 100 pieces of art. I will continue working on my art, but maybe a different series next year. Thank you for viewing my pages and see you next year.
There is something there
Searching something new is what kids do all the time. They have incredible curiosity to find anything and anywhere. Also, they figure out how to get there. I am totally impressed by their persistence and efforts!
What is this shiny green thing?
it must bring something amazing
Decorated Christmas Tree is something magical. For children’s eyes, it must be a real magic tree especially when they find presents under the tree. I am grown up, but I have always loved Christmas Tree.
I can swing back and forth
on my own!
I have been pushing my son’s back whenever he wants to ride a swing. He simply didn’t know how to get moving. Recently, he finally got it! He is swinging back and forth with his legs. The smile on his face tells me his confidence and satisfaction. For me as a mother, one more step to see my son being independent.
Open the book,
then you will see the world
where you have never been
I moved to a new house about two month ago, and since then there is no TV in the house. It started as a lazy act of postponing mounting a TV on the wall. Then, I notice that my son asks me to read books more often since he doesn’t watch TV at all. So I decided to keep TV in the storage. Books will open the door to the world he has never seen before.
This is how I play with my
ABC flash cards
There is at least one set of alphabet flash cards at home if you have kids. I have one, too. However, I could never use it as it’s supposed to be used. Cards are everywhere on the floor because it’s fun for him to toss them in the air. Then he rolls on them playing with his favorite mini car. That’s how he plays with alphabet flash cards.
I don’t want to wear that shirts
Not that shirts!
Morning is the busiest time and little one can make it even busier by not listening to mother. My son takes a long time to get dressed. He simply comes up with different reason to stay in pajamas. One of reason is not liking certain shirts.
Butterfly on my hand
Great horned owls are calling
it’s story time
We live right next to the woods, and sometimes we hear owls. They seem to be great horned owls which are native to California. Outside is completely dark and quiet, and they sound inviting us to join some late night story time.
Baby on right,
Grocery bags on left,
Mother is stronger than you think
Mothers have to carry a baby, then sometimes carry other stuff. They get strength just carrying their babies. That’s how mothers get strong without noticing.
I am ready for cold weather
with my bumpy jacket
My son calls a down jacket “Bumpy jacket”. It’s actually a bumpy, and the sound of it makes me feel happier to ware it.
I am hungry
I want to show you something
I want to go outside
Mothers have no privacy when you have little ones at home. Also, we are always being asked something. Do I get annoyed sometimes? – Yes. Should I be grateful to be needed? – Yes. It’s a very complex feeling in the bathroom in the morning.
Stretch your legs,
Stretch your arms,
It’s Yoga time
I practice Yoga with my son at home sometime. Downward dog is one of basic Yoga position. He tries it, then tell me “No mommy, this is how you do it”
I can help,
I can do this,
I can help
Kids are happy to help their parents on anything. My son is no exception, and so proud to bring dishes to the kitchen counter when I ask him to do. For a second, I have a small concern if he can bring all dishes without dropping it. But importantly, I trust him and let him do. Breaking a few dishes isn’t important especially when he is trying to help me!
Look at me, it’s silly T-shirts!
There is a different way of wearing T-shirts. As an adult, I forgot about how to have fun with just T-shrits. You can be a silly monster and you can make people laugh.
No it’s not small “t”
It’s medium “t”
I was teaching my son alphabet, and showing big “T” and small “t”. But then, he said, “It’s medium ‘t'” by pointing out its actual size. He is right about it, so I agreed. “Yes, that’s right. it’s medium ‘t'” – Big smile.
Everything is upside down
Kids loves to be upside down….. Is it because of upside down view or feels totally different being upside down?
He seems to be friendly
but he is also so big
I want to touch, but does he get angry?
At a cafe, there was a Chow Chow dog. She was big but very gentle and patient. My son reached his hand carefully and stroked her with his fingers. This Chow Chow was bigger than my son, but she was so gentle and my son loved to sit next to her.
Look, it’s my bear and race car!
I couldn’t update my blog for a while due to moving to new house.
Anyway, Moving is a lot of work! I packed everything for moving, and my son opened a box to find his toys. It seems to be no ending of packing with a little rascal around.
Anyway, my move is complete now, and I am ready to work on more illustration. I am so happy to resume my art work. And my son is very happy to be surrounded by his toys again.
Halloween is one of fun event of the year. You can dress up to anything you want, and the whole city is filled with scary cute monsters.
I love kneading bread. There is some relaxing effect when I stretch and knead bread dough. Without question, my son loves doing it. I let me do whatever he wants, and he is so proud to be part of bread making.
Onion is super medicine
I found that Onion is like super medicine. When I have a cold, I hang diced onion by the bed when I go to sleep. Magically, my congestion gets better by next morning. When I have coughing, I make onion-lemon-honey juice. I take that instead of cough syrup. Surprisingly, my cough goes away. I am amazed the power of onion, and also how human bodies are capable to use natural remedy to heal.
No Pretty girl, here
When I woke up, my son looked at me and said “No pretty girl, here!”. In his language, it means “you look horrible” That was pretty shocking even though I know I look terrible, but I didn’t think that bad even to a little boy. I put clothes, brush my hair to look “normal”. Then I got an approval form my son saying “pretty girl”. – yay.
Don’t press that button!
There is an “assistant”/”emergency” button in every bathroom in the airplane. I take him to the bathroom to let him do his thing, then I do my thing. My son is curious to press “Call assistant” button while he is waiting for me. When I went to Japan with my son, several times flight attendance knocked the bathroom door asking “Is everything OK?” because my son pressed the button. /sign
all love is here on this bed
Even a king bed isn’t big enough for all family members,
but it’s the coziest and happiest bed, I think.
I have to make bubbles
Making bubbles are fun things to do for kids. I let my son do it knowing that he will stop eventually when he is older. However, It looks so wrong for me because he drinks it after making bubbles. (eeeks!)
I don’t need an underwear!
There was a time my son refused to wear his underwear. He threw it to family cat, and the cat had to just take his tantrum. Kids’ illogical actions mothers have to deal with are often beyond imagination.
your cheeks and my cheeks
full of goodies
Kids stuff food in their cheeks, just like chipmunks do.
They look funny, but just adorable.
Inside of mothers brain
Computer can never keep up with
Mothers are always multi-tasking. I think variety of things through out a day to manage my life with family and work. I think about how a new project should be setup at work, and then also think about my son’s lunch box for Wednesday field trip. The different topics go through my mind, then prioritize the list, and execute one after another. If you see inside of mothers brain, you will find amazing amount of topics/things to do!
No music and no screens
Instead, sky, trees and birds siging
are my entertainment today
I love just walking through the nature. I feel content just surrounded by deep green and blue sky with fresh air. With barefoot, I feel the dirt or grass comfortably tickle my toes. My son doesn’t ask for new toys or TV when he is surrounded by trees. We are so busy doing things and tend to forget what we really need. Perhaps, we should look around carefully to understand what makes us calm and content. I am practicing “Stop doing things, and more time being in the nature” lately.
Hand paint, hand paint!
When children are quite, they are doing what they aren’t supposed to do or requires cleaning later. It was one of those things. My son was really quiet and I found out that he was doing hand paint on the mirror with Vaseline. He was really focusing Vaseline painting without a word and covered the entire mirror with Vaseline hand prints.
I was speechless when I saw the mirror covered by Vaseline, but he said “Mommy, look hand paint!” proudly. I ended up praising how well his hand paint is done. After all it’s just another cleaning, and his small hand paints all over the mirror is priceless.
invitations, a cake, balloons, a location, food….
what else? what else?
for the birthday
Children’s birthday is something parents love to give as much as they can. It happens only once a year, and every birthday is so precious since children grow & change every day. But I must admit that planning a birthday party is a work. The worst part is, I completely get trapped in the emotional illogicality to have an amazing birthday for my son. It came to the point of “Should I have 50 balloons to make it special? Wait, 50 balloons seems to be too many and they won’t fit in my Honda civic.” However, when I saw excitement and joy of my son and his friends at the birthday party, I felt my effort is so worth to do. Also, it makes me think that Children don’t need ponies to celebrate their birthday parties, but they just need the place to get together and share the joy.
Look, look, look at it, mom!
My son was saying “Look, look, look at it, Mom!” with excitement. I ran to him not to miss his enthusiasm and get close to what he wanted to show me. Then, I found out that he wanted to show his booger. I am so proud of his eagerness to show me what he found with a slight feeling of “eeeks”.
ONiGyon, Opni and ADOGADO
They are my friends
Children can’t pronounce/say some words correctly, but that makes some words so interesting and even very creative.
ONiGyon, Opni and ADOGADO are the words my son came up with. These words make me think of vegetables with unique character.
Dance, dance, dance
A happy dance
Children dance with maximum joy. They don’t care how they look or if they can keep the beat. It’s a true free style dance with happiness.
Her name is Ginger
my first pony ride
Children love animals especially ponies. My little boy had first pony ride on a sunny day. Pony’s name was Ginger, a slightly stubborn girl. Both my little boy and Ginger enjoyed the ride, and I was the only anxious one after all. Perhaps children and animals can communicate better than we communicate with animals.
wait for me!
There is a train goes round in the outdoor shopping mall. My son loves to ride on this train, and one ride is never enough. He runs after the train and chase it as if he can catch it.
Ah! Monkey box
What’s in it?
Grocery shopping takes twice longer if you are accompanied by your little one (especially toddler/preschooler). My son wants to examine products he sees, and touch them. I have to watch what he does and warn him constantly “Don’t touch anything, Please” while I am shopping. A potential disaster can happen at the store, if I don’t pay enough attention to my busy little shopper.
Children throw their tantrum whenever and wherever they feel like. It can happen in the place parents want to avoid their children’s tantrum the most – Library. When that happened to me, I felt that everyone was looking at me even though that wasn’t the case and I wanted to just hide somewhere. Dealing with children’s tantrum is one of challenges parents have to deal with, and it makes them more patient and matured after all. I think, I am more matured than last year, for example.
Mom, can you make sand castles, again?
I made sand castles on the beach. My son was really happy, then he stepped on them saying “crash! crash?”. Then with big smile he asked me, “Mom! Can you make sand castles again?” – We repeated this at least three times. I should be grateful to make sand castles so many times!
in the Japanese bathtub
Japanese bath is different from ones from other countries. There is a bathtub, tiled floor with water drain, and a shower. You don’t have to worry about hot water over flooding from the bathtub. You soak your body in the bathtub, then you wash your body outside the bathtub and rinse with shower. My son loves playing in the bathtub since he can splash as much as he wants and make a big water mess.
Japanese toilet is fabulous
only when you know which button to push
for right purpose.
Some Japanese toilets are sophisticated and have high technology features. They come with a panel of multi functions buttons. However these sophisticated Japanese toilets can go very wrong if a wrong button is pressed in a wrong time.
Those buttons are target of children’s curiosity. My son pressed the button “Rear Cleanse” while he was sitting on the Japanese toilet. He screamed and jumped off from the toilet seat as the warm water was splashing. I dashed into the bathroom worrying about what happened to him, ended up “Rear Cleanse” button cleansed my face. At that time I got really upset at Japanese high-tech toilet. Now it’s a funny story. LOL
“It’s time to go to bed”
But I need to paint
I need to drink water,
oh, I need to see my boo-boo
Children come up with different things not to go to bed when it’s time to go to bed. My son is no exception. He suddenly wants to paint, then he is thirsty, needs to go to bathroom again and so on. Even after he is in the bed, he says “I need my race car (toy) to sleep. Where is it?” /sigh.
Picked by hand
Packed with love
I had a delivery box says “Picked by hand. Packed with LOVE”. It was just one of ordinary box. But when my son sat in it, the ordinary box became a lovely object with a meaningful message. I found it very cute, but I could be just a strange mom ;).
Jason is a robot
mom is a happy lion
what are you?
I am a happy boy
One of toddler talk I had to write down because it was so sweet. Children’s imagination and free thinking are something we want to embrace and cheer.
Toilet got flooded
Father had to clean it
found out, a toy truck was clogging the toilet
Be aware of a toddler in the bathroom
One of most unpleasant things you have to deal with is clogged toilet. It happened one day and it was a big mess. This kind of work usually falls on to an adult man, “Father”, in the house (Thank you, Daddy!). He had to take out the toilet to unclog the toilet. What he found was a toy truck clogging it.
Be aware of a toddler with a toy, especially in the bathroom.
my son is asleep
it’s time to enjoy a cup of coffee
on my half seat
Flying a long distance trip with a toddler is nothing but constant battle to make him stay in his seat. We took a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo which is eleven hours, and he wanted explore everywhere in the airplane. I was a peak of exhaustion by taking care of him, and finally he fell asleep. Good thing is that the person next to him wasn’t complaining (Thank you!) and I had a time to sip a cup of coffee in peace. A quiet moment during the flight with a toddler.
It’s wake up time!
I love going back to Japan with my son and spend some time with my parents. However, I never like jet-lag. Adults can understand the time concept, and we try to adjust time difference. On the other hand, children don’t have the concept of time nor effort to adjust to local time. As a result it’s time to have a breakfast and play when they wake up, which can be 2:00am. Dealing with Jet-lag is just harder with children.
A Luggage is to carry a kid
A stroller is to carry a backpack and his favorite piggy
And a kid’s hat is on my head
Traveling is fun, but traveling with “kids” could be challenging in many ways. One of things parents have to deal with is languages. My son loves to ride on a large luggage instead of on a stroller. He loves to wear a hat but for two minutes. Ending up, I wear his small hat, carry my son on the top of the luggage, then put a backpack and a piggy on the stroller. Traveling is so much fun!!