Monday, February 20, 2012

Nagano Trip

My husband and I thought of celebrating our Christmas in Nagano last year without telling the kids about the plan because we wanted to give 'em a wonderful Christmas present~ a nice and fun childhood memories. We wanted them to play more outdoors which they can't do much here in Fukushima and aside from that, it's the second time around ( went there last summer, same place) and we love Nagano! Many Winter Olympic events were held there and has many winter resorts. Well anyway, since it was a secret getaway for the kids, we bought 'em some snow gears ( snow boots, caps, blah,blah) the time the kids were at school and put all the stuffs inside the cars trunk day before the trip. It was hard to plan an secret getaway but it was all worth it! You should see their reactions when they saw lots and I mean LOTS of powdery snow the time we reached Nagano from 5 hours driving by car! They have no idea of where we were goin' and we just told them that we'll have a 'long fun drive today' and even though it was really a long drive,the kids enjoyed taking trips to the service area coz from there, they'd get a souvenir stamps available at the service area where we took some rest ( toilet, drinks and foods) and didn't get bored.
We reached at the resort and check-in, we told the kids of the plan next day, we enjoyed our Christmas dinner at the resort of course and relaxed ourselves at the onsen( hot spring). Our kids were worried coz they don't have snow gears to wear but when they opened the other bag with their snow gears, they get all excited!
Next day, we took our breakfast, we took or sled, our shovel then Wakaba and Haruka enjoyed playing a lot of snow outside, the sleigh rides, built a snowman, built a kamakura ( an igloo-like snow house~that's why we brought our shovel with us) and we had snow ball fights and enjoyed to the fullest!
I really love seeing them playing around, playing with us! It is such a great experience for them I'm sure! I hope that my girls will always keep these memories in their heart^_^
Winter Resort in Nagano
Japanese Style
White Christmas in Nagano
Lucky Haruka build snowman together with new-found friend that we met at the same resort that we were staying at.
Wakaba can being pulled by her Dad
Haruka chan, enjoyed snow balls fight with me^_^
Wakaba chan posed for me ^_^
Like mother, like daughter LOL!
Yours truly ^_^
Took a photo of the snowman we made before we left
Christmas dinner at the resort

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Haruka chan, Now 6!!!


毎日のめぐみにかんしゃして たのしく げんきに すごしてね!!お誕生日おめでとう!

Happy 6th Birthday!!! ^_^

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Our 10th Anniversary Celebration

A simple celebration in our humble abode that was prepared by yours truly during Our 10th Anniversary last January 29th^_^

Prepared with L~O~V~E
Baked Rolled Chicken with Garlic Sauce
My homemade Rare Cheesecake

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Diamond Is Forever

A small box which contained a simple yet beautiful ring is a gift from my husband that made me cry during our 10th Wedding Anniversary. I bet my husband wants to impress me with a stunning platinum 0.22 carat diamond ring and yes he did! It was actually my dream ring~ classic and elegant ^_^

True love is like a diamond; it is rare, beautiful and lasts forever.
~ Tracy

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012

Because here in Japan, we celebrate Valentine's Day the other way around....

Here's our gift to Yochan ( store-bought chocolate and neckties from me and homemade chocolates from the kids) ^_^

Women gives gifts to men ( mostly chocolates) to men on Valentine's Day and one month later, on March 14, men give gifts to women.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Our Noche Buena

Here's our Christmas eve dinner that I prepared ( except for the cake ) last year and even though we had plan of going to Nagano next day to celebrate Christmas there, I prepared something for us to celebrate Christmas eve at home. The kids doesn't have an idea that we're going somewhere on Christmas Day while me and my husband were pretty excited about the Nagano trip because the trip is our Christmas gift to them^_^

Well anyway, here's our Noche Buena:


Medium Rare Beef Steak with Mashed Potato on the side

Japanese Style Caprese

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