Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The house is empty...

The house is empty...and it is a beautiful thing.
My in-laws were here again for 8 days. For me personally, that's a very long time to share my space. When someone is in my house, I feel like I have to tidy up more than usual, and I don't allow myself much of a chance for rest. So by the end of the visit I was thoroughly exhausted!
My husband is working, and now I finally have a chance to establish a daily rhythm and routine for Ichigo and I.
Yesterday we met up with a new friend and her son for a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It was the hottest, sunniest day that we've had in awhile. The museum was fun. We saw a special exhibit of glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. But by the end of the day, I had walked about 4 or 5 miles, mostly with Ichigo in the Ergo carrier. I was exhausted! I fell asleep with Ichigo around 8pm!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Breathe in. Breathe out. Ahhhhh. Relief.
Are you wondering what I'm going on about? Our family got very, very good news this week! My husband got a job offer after 6 and a half months of unemployment!
We have been unable to return to a true sense of normalcy in our daily lives since we came back to the US, because we were living under the pressure and strain of financial uncertainty. We went through another period like this when we first moved to Tokyo. But at that time, I was working, and my husband was job hunting. This time, I was staying home taking care of Ichigo, so we had 3 people and no income! There were times when I just didn't know how we were going to make it through. And now it is...OVER!

Friday, May 6, 2011

This Moment-Crawling

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Uh-oh. I disappeared!
My in-laws were coming to visit, and that always brings on some anxiety for me. I wanted my home to be clean and organized for their visit...and we did it! This place was cleaner than it had been in awhile. Ahhhhhh.
In Japan we had no out of sight storage areas at all, and 500 square feet for 2 adults and a baby. Our place was always a disaster! Now we have plenty of space, but we don't have enough shelves, and no budget to buy any. Having space makes such a difference though! Please enjoy my tidy living room...