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
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!!
Daddy! Go faster!
We have a wagon to carry stuff to go to beach or to farmer’s market. It’s super useful and we put everything in that.
And not only putting bunch of stuff in the wagon, my son wants to ride on it, of course.
mommy is not a superhero
she gets sick, sometimes
and gets to stay in bed
Mother’s life is incredibly busy, and there is no time to stay in bed. And overworking makes mothers sick. However, this is the time mother finally gets to stay in bed. All mother needs rest, but it’s so hard to get it with kids and work.
A Little baby crow
Where is your mother?
We found an injured baby crow on the ground. He got blue eyes, and one of his legs seemed to be broken. Other crows were making noise around him and they were probably worrying about this little one. But they weren’t able to do anything to help him. Finally, we brought him to a veterinarian and they took the little baby crow for necessary care. We all hoped he get better and fly back to where he belongs.
Round, round and Merry Go round
Go round with your smile and dream
Merry Go Round is the things to do for toddlers. My son is on a merry go round at least once a week and does at least two rides at a time. Merry Go Round (Carousel) has been around one hundred fifty years, and it gives dreamy moment to kids – and moments of rest to parents.
A little handsome man with
red converse and a borsalino
I bought first pair of converse for my son when he was around 2 years old. He loved it and wore it everywhere. The shoes and a borsalino straw hat made him a fashionable little man.
Aren’t they too big for you?
Kids love wearing adults shoes. Shoes are too big and clumsy to walk for them.
But they smile proudly with big shoes.
You are a baby burrito
I am gonna eat you!
My son loves to play being wrapped up in a blanket. I call this play “Baby burrito” or “Baby tacos”. He rolls around with so much laughter. Simple play and simple happiness.
Doctor visit for one year and half old was a disaster. He cried and resisted everything what Dr. tried to do. It was just a regular check up, and nothing was hurting. But still, he wasn’t happy.
Wait for me, wait for me
just want to play with you
Kids love chasing pigeons at the park, but pigeons don’t like being chased for sure. Kids chase pigeons, and their mothers chase their kids.
Before he was dashing
and after he became super cuddly Papa
I think Postpartum weight gain is not just for mothers, it happens to fathers. I am not sure why since a father doesn’t go though any physical stress by giving a birth. Well, it happened to my significant other, and Papa and his son have matching bellies.
Long, thin, tasty
and I can play with it, too?
Watching a little one eating noodle dish is just so much fun. (regardless of the mess you have to clean up later). They grab noodles, put them in their mouth, and strings of noodles are hanging from their mouth. By the end of the meal, it looked like a duck did an investigation in the bowl of noodle – The mess is beyond imagination.
Please slow down
mommy can’t keep up with you!
As soon as my son started walking, it was game over. He was very active and I had to have a harness when we walked outside side walk or go to stores. It was just too much of risk to let him walk freely and it wasn’t possible to follow a little boy who ran like a squirrel. I felt slightly awkward, but using a harness was the option to let him walk outside with safety. And it was a relief to receive some positive comments about using the harness from people at nice shops or galleries where kids are surrounded by things they are not supposed to touch.
Brown hat with bear ears
cape made out of blanket
the coolest superhero in the town
Wearing a cape is exciting for a little children. It gives cool look and special confident to them 🙂 They are truly superheroes to their parents with capes or without.
“night night, My red, big firetruck”
My baby insisted to bring his favorite firetruck to his bed when he was going to sleep. It’s a big plastic firetruck, and I thought, “Isn’t it a bit hard and uncomfortable to cuddle with?”. Well, everyone has their preference, and I decided to respect his choice. He may be riding on his favorite firetruck in his dream.
It’s my car
no one touches
no one take it away from me!
We went to play area in the shopping mall in Japan where my son fell in love with small car he can ride on. He was playing with the car at least 30 minutes and even later on he made sure that no one takes “his car” away. And of course, the meltdown was followed by when we had to leave the car behind.
A tiny mouth is covered by
green spinach dinner
with tiny mess and subtle smile
Looking at a baby eating soft baby food is truly fun. A baby eats his/her food with such a passion and enthusiasm. And importantly, making a little mess is always a fun part for them.
Double chins with no teeth
But he looks so cool with sunglasses!
I fell in love with this baby sunglasses. It’s so well made and perfectly fit on the small baby face. Luckily, my son liked wearing it. Perhaps he knew how cool he looks!
Water water, grow big, plants!
Water water, grow big, BBQ grill!
Water water, grow big, Cat!
Water is one of children’s favorite “Toy”. My son was helping me to water plants, but then he decided a BBQ grill also needs to be watered, then he continued to watering on our cat. By the end, he watered everything in the backyard as well as plants. Good job ^^;
Pop-pop is an adorable sound made by a baby
at 1:00 PM
but pop-pop became unbearable noise
at 5:00 AM
A popcorn popper seems to be a must to have toy for a baby. We received it as a present to my son. It’s so adorable to see him pushing it and making “pop sound”. But the “pop sound” became incredible “pop noise” when he pushed it 5:00am in the morning. For the baby, any time is good time to push the Popcorn Popper – Pop! Pop!
walking is incredible
I can use my hands and push my car
then, go faster!
It must be such an incredible experience for babies to walk. They have different view point, be able to reach something higher, be able to use their hands freely, and faster mobility to point A to point B. And of course, it’s such a joy for the parents to see their babies walking.