Chocolate for Valentine's day

I went to the supermarket to do some shopping with my children yesterday.

I bought chocolate for my kids and husband while there, even though it was a little early for Valentine's day, because all of us had a day off yesterday and we were having a relaxing time.

In Japan, it is common that women give chocolate to men on Valentine's day.

I gave a box of chocolate to my husband.

He said with a grin:

"Thank you! But... I know. You only want to eat them by yourself, don't you?"

"Oh, busted!"

I grinned at him and said:

"All right, let's eat them together. Would you like a cup of coffee? Hey, Dad said you can eat the chocolate!"


Our children were glad and came to the table.

We enjoyed our time together eating the chocolate.

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Handmade Hina Dolls

My 8-year-old son made Hina Dolls at the children's house yesterday.

I was surprised that he drew such cute faces on them!

"How cute they are!"

I told him.

He smiled happily.

Actually, he is good at drawing dinosaurs, but isn't very good at drawing people's faces.

I think he did a good job!

I like it very much.

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Night running with my kids

The long-distance running race was held last Tuesday at my son's elementary school.

I couldn't go to see him because I was up to my neck in work.

"How was the race today?"

I asked him after we came home.

"I finished in 26th place."

He answered.

I was surprised to hear that and said:

"26th? Of the 30 male students? What place were you in last year? I recall you were the 16th place, weren't you?"

"Yeah. I got tired while running."

He told me regretfully.

"I think it is meaningless to compare with your friends. It is important whether you improved your personal best. How was your result? Could you run faster than last year?"

I asked him.

"My result was as same as last year's."

He answered and I said:

"It is maybe because you always play the DS(game) and you don't try to play outside recently. You need to practice running more."

"I have come up with a good idea! I want to practice running! Let's go together starting from today!"

He suddenly said.

"Really? It is very cold tonight. Do you really want to run?"

I was surprised and asked him.


That said, my children and I started night running from Tuesday night.

I chose the running course which we run around the neighborhood.

The distance is about 700m.

On the first day, my 6-year-old daughter couldn't run all-out to the finish, so we walked on our way to the finish.

My son's result was 5 minutes 55 seconds.

On the second day, my 6-year-old daughter also walked on her way to the finish.

My son finished in 5 minutes 45 seconds.

We ran again last night.

My daughter finally could run all-out to the finish!

And my son finished in 4 minutes 45 seconds!

I was out of breath and said:

"How fast you were! I can't follow you!"

My son looked proudly and said:

"But my friend who won the first place ran within 4 minutes. I want to catch up with him!"

My daughter said:

"I hate to lose. I want to get in first place!"

Night running is a happy time for me, because I haven't had time to exercise and we can enjoy the precious family time to reach each goal.

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All-you-can-stuff sales of bath cubes

Happy New Year!

My children and I tried "all-you-can-stuff sales of bath cubes" at the DIY store.

A lot of stores did "Hatsuuri (初売り)", which means the New Year sales, and "all-you-can-stuff sales of bath cubes" was also one of the events.

The store clerk gave us a small plastic bag and we stuffed bath cubes into it.

After we finish stuffing them, we pay 300yen for one plastic bag.

I thought it was a bargain, so we decided to try it.

My 8-year-old son tried to stuff bath cubes into the plastic bag carefully, and he didn't mind which kind of bath cubes he chose.

He was only particular about stuffing them tidily.

But my 6-year-old daughter was particular about what kind of bath cubes she chose.

She likes the scent of Mandarin Orange, so she stuffed a lot of bath cubes of mandarin orange.

And she tried to stuff more bath cubes into the plastic bags.

As a result, I stuffed 21 bath cubes into the plastic bag.

My son stuffed 18, and my daughter stuffed 24!

I told her:

"I didn't expect you to be so excited to stuff them."

She told me with smile:

"That's because I LOVE bath cubes!"

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Hair Crabs

My husband bought hair Crabs from Hokkaido.

Happily, my husband and I have a day off today.

I will be able to spend Christmas Eve with my family.

I am looking forward to having the crabs for Christmas dinner tonight!

With best wishes and Merry Christmas.                                      

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Ninendo Classic Mini Family Computer

I bought the Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer for my children.

It was the first time for our family to get a Video game console.

My husband and I were considering what kind of games we should give to our children.

Actually, most of my son's friends already had the Nintendo 3DS, but we didn't want our son to play it because it could make his eyesight get worse.

And we really didn't like to see that kids play it at the restaurant, on the train, at the hospital, at the park eveno though they were with their friends or families.

We thought we could play it together if we got the Nintendo Classic Mini because it includes 30 old games which I enjoyed playing them when I was a kid.

My 7-year-old son was so excited to get the games console and he enjoys playing it every day.

We made a promise that he can play it for 30 minutes on weekdays, for 1 hour on weekends after he finishs doing homework.

He keeps his word, but I have to tell him every time.

"It is the time to stop playing!"

He likes "Super Mario Brothers" and "Kirby's Dream Land".

I loved "Super Mario Brothers" when I was a kid.

I was absorbed in playing it.

Interestingly enough, my 6-year-old daughter never plays it.

She said:

"I don't want to play it. It is scary. I must not be able to play it well. It's fun for me just to watch him playing.

Three of my son's frineds came to our house last week and they were so excited to see the 30 old games and enjoyed playing them very much.

It was interesting that boys who are used to playing 3D games really enjoyed the very old games.

I think it means that it is not so important that the game is the latest.

My son drew Mario's world using MS-paint.

My daughter drew Kirby's Dream Land using MS-paint.

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Welcome to our house!

The piano for my 6-year-old daughter which we bought last month finally came to our house yesterday!

I have been very busy making room for the piano for a month.

I changed the arrangement of the furniture, disposed what we don't need, tidied three closets up and put kids' toys away.

"Wow! How big! I want to play it!"

My daughter was so glad to see the piano, and she was playing it for a long time.

I was also really happy.

I played it, but it was completely different from playing the Electone.

I don't know how to use the pedals appropriately.

I will practice it with my daughter from now on, it will surely be fun for me and give me great happiness.

In fact, it was my birthday yesterday.

My husband made dinner for us and they celebrated my birthday.

It was one of the happiest days for me this year.

~~~ Notice ~~~

I have been writing this blog for two years to improve my writing skills.

But recently, it is difficult for me to spare my time to write it.

I have been very busy for my work, house chores, looking after my kids.

I hate to say this, but I'm going to stop writing it regularly.

And I will delete the links of other blog sites except Google+.

I would like to spare my time to improve my speaking skills, it hasn't improved yet even though I could pass the exam of Eiken Grade Pre-1.

I am grateful to all of you who came to my blog.

I am sorry for my late replies to the comments, I will surely correct my errors.

I might update it from time to time when I have something to wirte.

Thank you so much!

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