Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tom is home

Tom returned home on Sunday night after traveling for almost a week. He was welcomed with a heros welcome by the Patriot Guard of New Mexico. It has been a joyful reunion and we are looking forward to spending some time together as a family. Thank you for the support from our friends and family during the last many months.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm in love with a little Taiko drummer

I have my own little Taiko drummer. Aaron started taking taiko about 8 weeks ago. He was apprehensive at first and said the drum sticks hurt his hands to hold. Now, he can't wait for Wed. to roll around so he can go to class. He has caught on amazingly fast and concentrates so hard when he plays. I loved watching his performance on Saturday. I wish I would have thought to video tape it for Tom.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A night of tricks and treats

Halloween this year was a busy event. We had kids everywhere. We spent several weeks leading up to the big night trying to figure out what Aaron would be. For the last couple of weeks, we have been studying Japan and the history of Japan. Aaron read quite a lot on Samurai's and wanted to know if he had Samurai blood in him. A phone call was placed to a reliable source and Aaron was thrilled to find out he couldn't be more Samurai if he tried. That confirmed for him that he could "officially" wear a Samurai costume with pride and know he fit the character. We found the clothing, I spent a week making a helmet (he wanted to wear the real one he was given when he was a baby, but the 25 pounds of it quickly changed his mind. Miranda was his Korean/Japanese princess (I know these are two completely different things, but the kimono she has doesn't fit her anymore and the Korean costume her dad got her fit perfectly. They did not have Samurais in Korea so she improvised).

I set out a fire pit and while the kids stormed the neighborhood, I enjoyed the nice warm fire and conversation with friends. Later in the evening, the fire truck arrived and put on quite a little show about putting out my "out of control" fire. All in all, a great night was had by all without any spooks or goblins to destroy the evening. I think the best costume this year was a kid as a hot air balloon. I asked him if he was full of hot air...his dad laughed, the kid did not!