I make sketches whenever I find something inspiring and touching. Those moments filter through my mind and create a small world in my sketch book.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baby Teeth

Recently, I heard from some of Maya's friends that they lost their front teeth. So I expected that Maya's teeth will be wobbling soon. Maya had a Dentist check up yesterday. The Dentist found that her two front teeth are already wobbling a little! I also saw two new teeth are growing underneath them on XRay pictures.
Thank you, Front Baby Teeth, for helping Maya to bite so many delicious food since she was 6 months! Hang in there a little bit more and Teeth fairy will come to take you!

マヤの前歯さん、6ヶ月の時からたくさんのおいしいものを食べる手助けをしてくれてどうもありがとう。 Teeth fairyが来るまで、もう少しがんばってね!

Monday, August 22, 2011


When we organized our rooms last weekend, I found my favorite books from my childhood which I had brought from Japan a few years ago. The title is "Chiisai Momo-chan (Tiny Momo-chan)" written by Moyoko Matsutani. It is in series and I have 5 of them. They are chapter books, but it is written so well that 5 year-old kids can enjoy them. I enjoyed them when I was 4 or 5. Now Maya is enjoying them so much. 40 year-old me still enjoy it!
The books are over 30 year-old. The pages of the books turned yellow and dusty. But the story inside is as flesh as when I was 5. That's the way great books are.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Peeking in

I've just come home, after sending Maya to the first day of Kindergarden!
Maya seemed fine and understanding what it going to happen today. But when we got to the school and saw the crowd of students, she became nervous. Then her teacher called students to come into the classroom. Maya bursted into tears and resisted to go into the classroom. It took a while for her to calm down. After a while, she stopped crying and walked into the classroom by herself.
After PTA gathering, me and husband came back to her classroom and peeked in from a small window on the door. What we saw was Maya was sitting quietly and drawing nicely. We were so relieved! Only funny thing was Maya was still wearing her jacket inside the room, which is very rare... Perhaps, she was too shy to ask her teacher where to hang her jacket...


Monday, August 8, 2011


It is always more painful to see someone is in pain than yourself is in pain. Especially, seeing your child is in pain is the most difficult thing as a parent.
One day, after we were playing with dolls, she suddenly started to cry and said her friends didn't want to play together with her today. It is a small thing, but it was a big thing for her and staying in her mind like a heavy stone for a whole day.
If I could, I will protect her from any kind of pain. But it is impossible. She needs to face it and overcome it by herself. But, at least, I want to be next to her in that moment and comfort her as much as I can, until someday she will grow up and won't need my comfort any more.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sun Bread

One of me and Maya's favorite books is Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven. The story is about the baker who makes a huge Sun-shaped bread on a cold cloudy day. And the sun comes out to eat the delicious bread. On the back of the book, there is a recipe of Sun Bread.
It was a cold and cloudy day and nothing to do. So we decided to make our own Sun Bread to share with the sun. By the time the bread was ready, the sun really started to peek out of thick clouds! Maya was so excited and went outside to throw a piece of bread to the sun!

私とマヤのお気に入りの絵本のひとつは、Elisa Kleven作の「おひさまパン」という本です。(日本語訳されて日本でも出版されています。)寒く雪の降る日、犬のパン屋さんはおひさまパンを作る事にしました。そして、おいしそうにできあがったおひさまパンを食べに、本当のおひさまがでて来るというお話です。裏表紙には、「おひさまパンの作りかた」が載っています。