Sunday, December 14, 2008

Quilting Mania



The secret's out. I can finally post pictures of the two quilts I have been working on. I had help piecing and sewing on binding from my friend Wendy. These quilts are for two of the Young Women in our ward that are graduating from High School early. I will miss these girls. They are so much fun.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thanksgiving ... Japanese Style

A little holiday cheer!

"Older kids" table

"Younger" kids and the moms ate at the adjacent table.

On Thanksgiving day Ryan had to work so the boys and I went with our friends, the Treharnes and had Teppanyaki for lunch. It was a lot of fun. We then spent the rest of the day with them watching movies, playing games and drinking hot chocolate. Fun for all!! We had our actual TURKEY dinner on Saturday with a few families that live near us. Turkeys are expensive here, but at $45 they are still cheaper than the ones I used to buy in Holland for $100 each. I didn't have to cook the turkey this year -- I got to make pies and stuffing. The bad part is we didn't have enough leftovers for the post Turkey day meal.

Fuchu Daichi

Nathan reading the closing statement. Another student translated it into Japanese

Nathan and his Buddy

The 4th graders at ASIJ recently had the opportunity to "host" a neighboring Japanese school. Each student got a "buddy" from the other school. Nate was a little nervous because of his inability to speak Japanese. I told him just make hand motions. haha I went in to watch the special program that they put on for the school. All of the ASIJ kids did a program about Thanksgiving. Then they made crafts in the classroom with their buddy and ate lunch together. All in all I think it was a fun day. Nathan's class will get to visit Fuchu Daichi in February.

Challah Bread

My new friend Daphna taught a group of us how to make Challah bread. She is from Israel. It was a lot of fun and interesting to hear about her life at "home." She also made us homemade soup and a salad. The bread was delicious. Daphna had in mind for all of us to take home a half loaf. We all laughed as it came out of the oven because it smelled so good. Needless to say each of us took about a roll size piece home!!