Thursday, November 25, 2010

Some other Itos and Guam

A while back we went to Guam for our 5 year anniversary trip. We took Akihiro's sister and his mom along--I know, how romantic! The weather was beautiful and we just enjoyed the ocean and beach, relaxing, and spending time together. Here's a few pictures.

Tomoki has perfected his kissing!

It had been years since I had been on a water slide and I forgot (duh!) that you need to hold your nose! After I got that figured out it was so much fun--I felt like a kid again!

The view from our hotel balcony!

We had a quick visit from Andrew Klaus' sister Hope and her husband Takehide (sp?) and their little boy John. Their last name is Ito too--but no relation that we know of. Ito is like Smith, I guess.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tomoki walking video

One year old and walking!

We are doing his one year check up here. You can see where he got a bad ouchie on his nose and forehead--the slide was more slippery than we thought and he slid off the bottom and landed face first. Probably not the last time since he's got some of my genes :(

Tomoki's birthday party was a great success. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Akihiro's brother was our photographer, so I am waiting for a CD from him of the pics. I didn't have time to take any of the party.

The little party boy decided that after the excitement was over, he would give Mama and Papa some excitement and he started walking! It was 16 steps in a row on Saturday night and then 28 in a row on Sunday, his real birthday! Monday it was 32 (a proud dad is counting!). It is so cute--even though he looks like a little drunk. Here are a few pics for now. My Japanese mom (neighbor) made this cute little shirt for him to wear at mealtime when he feeds himself. He looks kinda like a little girl in it, but it sure works slick!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

An old video of Tomoki walking

He's much more coordinated now, but this is so cute. Sorry I can't figure out how to turn it around.

Getting into Mom's tupperware drawer.

Tomoki's favorite place to play is in the kitchen!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Almost one!

Checking out the cosmos
Getting into Mom's spice rack
How do you like these Japanese pants! What is "it"...I am still wondering.
Finally got a picture of him sleeping! I think this is the first time I ever woke this child up! His naps are finally longer than 30 minutes!
Watching Papa.

It is hard to believe our baby is almost one year old! A week ago today he took his first step! Akihiro came home after being gone for two days and we were sitting on the couch watching Tomoki. Sure enough, he took his first step when I was looking the other way--little goober! Since then he takes a few more every day. He is nearly running when he holds on to my hands. Recently he really enjoys going to the park near our home. He loves to chase the birds, eat sand and leaves (when Mom's not looking), go down the slide by himself on his tummy, swing with Mama, push his stroller around, smile at cute little girls, steal other boys sandbox toys, and other such things. He is starting to eat more and more. He had his first curry rice meal tonight and seemed to enjoy it! (curry on the nose, curry on the toes, curry on his chair, curry on the floor, curry on Mom--yikes!) I remember my mom saying how they should install a hose and a drain in the kitchen when you have a beginning eater. I know what she meant! He has a plastic picnic mat under his chair now and that helps. He seems to prefer pieces of fuzz, toilet paper, tissues, newspaper, board books... pretty much anything over vegetables lately. He does like to eat dried crumbs that I should have swept up after a meal. Sometimes I think he is thinking, "It is much more fun to eat it off the floor (versus sitting nicely in my highchair) and then look at Mom and make her wonder what I have put in my mouth. " He doesn't like it, though, when I try to pry open that little mouth to see what he's got. I've got to be fast or those little razor sharp teeth will take a chomp on my finger! He's learned how to give kisses which is just adorable. Not sure exactly, but think he is saying "mama" sometimes. Except for three of Akihiro's cousins, the whole family is coming to our house next Saturday for a birthday party for Tomoki!

On the non-Tomoki front, I have enjoyed getting my hands in the dirt. My golden hour (Tomoki's nap) has recently been spent outside enjoying the beautiful fall days and planting spinach, daikon radishes, and Chinese cabbage. We are looking forward to going to Guam with Akihiro's mom and his sister the last week in October--kinda a five year anniversary trip, I guess.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hot summer!

It's been a hot summer here! We enjoyed guests over the Summer--the Jason Kloter family (sorry--can't get that picture to download) and then later three sisters from Hungary.

Tomoki is getting more and more mobile--getting into everything! He's a lot of fun! We recently had Joy and Jesse K. to our home and we all enjoyed the local bike park and the pond at the park.

Monday, July 26, 2010

More pics

Tomoki charmed everyone at Great Grandpa's funeral in his little white button shirt and black pants. Note Aunt Kyoko's black kimono.
My Japanese Mom (the neighbor lady next door) made a darling little Japanese outfit for Tomo-kun. I hope to get a better picture soon.Playing with Papa--some of his best smiles!
The scooter from Grandpa Sauder's is now at Jim and Rach's. Papa and Tomoki had to try it out!
Tomoki loves to go in this carrier for walks with Papa.


Here are some belated pics of our time in the States. Can't figure out how to get these pics in the right order...sorry. Tomoki relaxing with Grandpa Ito after his swim in the plastic box with second cousin Lena. Like the hairdo somebody gave him?!
Tomoki loved spending time with all his cousins and aunts and uncles. Here are a few of my favorite shots.