Sofia 365: Day 292

Day 292: 12.27.12

Today was a quieter day in the Smith household, I decided to stay one more day at my parents after the requests of my dad.

We spent most of the day out and about running errands, Sofie and my mom both had chiropractic appointments that morning so we headed out after breakfast to Silverdale. After spending quite a bit of time in the waiting room, they got in and we were soon out.
After heading out to Trader Joes to pick up some ingredients for dinner, we made a couple other pit stops then headed home for a late lunch.

Sofie was so tired, but refused to nap, so by dinner she was falling asleep at the table. I wasn’t complaining though, since that would mean she’d get to bed early! Thus, me getting a chance to get some work done.

So, after dinner, I headed upstairs to give Sofie a nice warm bath and got her ready for bed.

It wasn’t long after dessert she headed upstairs with grandpa and fell asleep, and that just leaves me, here, typing, posting my blog, actually on time! So everybody wins. 🙂

Stripes Baby.
Stripes Baby.

Sofia 365: Day 291

Day 291: 12.26.12

Yesterday, the day after Christmas, everybody woke up after a long night of post-holiday recovery sleep.

We scooped some breakfast together, then Sofie and I started packing to make a visit over to my parents house for round 3 of presents and holiday celebrations.
I hopped over on the ferry again, and made it to my parents house just shy of dinner time.

Before our meal we opened and exchanged the last bit of presents we had, and Sofie scored even more toys and goodies.

It was a nice (not so quiet evening) with Sofie and the family, catching up and enjoying each others company.

That’s what the Holidays are all about right? 🙂

Hearts.
Hearts.

Sofia 365: Day 290

Day 290: 12.25.12

Christmas Day!

I think it’s safe to say it was a success. We all slept in a little that morning, but we eventually rolled out of bed and had a little cocoa and opened presents, mostly for Sofie. It’s pretty nice waking up as a little family together. After all the present unwrapping was done, everybody got out of their pj’s to head over to Jason’s moms for some late breakfast and more presents for Sofie.

I’ll admit, Sofie was pretty tentative about opening her presents when we first started in the morning, but by the end of the day she was pretty much a pro. It was pretty funny watching her realize that there are THINGS in the boxes, like TOYS and CLOTHES, and no, it’s not just a box covered in colorful paper.

After spending some time at Jason’s mom’s we headed out to visit with his dad for a little bit where Sofie had even MORE presents! Boy this girl got pretty spoiled this year (not to mention the presents she hadn’t even opened from my parents yet!).

I didn’t do too bad this year either, but for the most part I feel like the older I get the more practical the gifts I want… but mostly just money, which is mostly what I got, so I’m happy. Jason got me some nice clothes and accessories, new boots too since my last pair totally just fell apart, and he’ll be smelling good with the new Burberry cologne I got him. But, Sofie was the star of Christmas anyways, and she deserves all the love and attention in the world.

By later that evening we were all pretty tired, so we decided to head home and just veg out the rest of the day with our leftover chinese. We watched a little more of the British Office then it was nighty night for us.

Well, that’s it for now, I sincerely hope everybody had a great holiday!

Goofy Sofie in her pj’s after the long day of making the Christmas rounds! I couldn’t get a straight face out of her!

Christmas Baby.
Christmas Baby.

Sofia 365: Day 289

Day 289: 12.24.12

First off, can I say that it’s pretty nice not being so behind? Second off, I hope everybody had a great Christmas, if you celebrate that sort of thing. 😉

Ahh yes, Christmas Eve.

It was relatively a quiet day at home, didn’t really go anywhere, just sort of did our thing. We had planned originally to go to my parents house for the evening, but plans changed so we ended up just staying in cause we’re pretty terrible at planning on the spot.

Sofie was definitely enamored by all of the lights and boxes of wrapped things around the house, but overall it just felt like another normal day.

Since we ended up staying home, we decided to try a new tradition of our own. I didn’t really feel like cooking, so we just ended up ordering chinese (one of the few places open on Christmas Eve!) and watching the British Office. Not a bad night to be honest, until Sofie puked up her dinner… but she felt better right after, so at least she wouldn’t be sick on Christmas!

One other thing that did crap on my day a little bit was the fact that my nice camera broke, or, I think it did. In any case, I can’t get it to take pictures anymore.  It is pretty old I suppose, but I’m pretty bummed that it had to break on Christmas Eve! Well, at least it gives me an excuse to get a new camera, or at least a new lens in the near future…

So yes, that’s my long drawn out excuse for the crappy cellphone pic, but I guess my Droid doesn’t do too bad…

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve

Hinamatsuri

Sofia with her Hinamatsuri Dolls for the first time.

Hinamatsuri, otherwise known as Girls Day, is a traditional celebration stemming from Japan’s Heian Period (in other words, a very, very long time ago!).
It is celebrated on March 3, and traditionally, dolls are set out to mark the day. It is the day when families in Japan celebrate their daughters, and yes, there is also a boys/childrens day called Koinobori celebrated on May 5.

This is Sofia’s first Girls Day.

We set up the dolls this past weekend, and once the holiday passes, they will be taken back down. I hadn’t seen those dolls in such a long time,  they brought back a lot of memories. The sights, the sounds, and the food.

As a small girl growing up in Japan, I remember setting up the dolls every year with my mother. I remember thinking of how ornate and beautiful these dolls were, what a wonderful holiday to celebrate me! Then we would usually have a dinner with chirashizushi. I can remember helping my mother mix the vinegar into the rice and fanning it until it was the perfect temperature and flavor. I loved ripping up the nori (dried seaweed) and garnishing the rice with a variety of toppings.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

My grandparents bought the doll set for me when I was born. These dolls are as old as I am, and now my mother, Sofia’s grandmother, will pass the dolls on to her. Perhaps in the future, if I have a grand daughter, I will have the chance to give them to her as well.

At the top tier overlooking all are the Emperor and Empress. The next tier, three court ladies, and below that five musicians. In some sets, there are even more dolls and tiers. The amount of dolls and the decor, can vary from family to family. It may seem very elaborate for just one day, but these displays are deeply rooted in tradition. These dolls represent the successes that every family wishes for their daughters, and rice cakes as well as sweet sake are made for the holiday.

Although Sofia is only a quarter Japanese, I still want her to know that part of her culture. My mother chose her middle name, Aya, in Kanji, it means “twill” or “woven together”. Growing up in Japan, the traditions, culture, and people all hold a very special place in my heart. I hope to be able to take Sofia to Japan someday so she can experience it all for herself.

We sing a song to mark Girls Day – you can hear it playing in the background of my video below:

Ākyāri o-tsuke māsho bonborini
O-hānā o-agemasho momo no hana
Gonin-bayashi no fue taiko
Kyō wa tano shi hinamatsuri

Translation: 

Let’s light the lanterns
Let’s arrange the peach flowers
Five court musicians are playing flutes and drums
Today is a joyful Dolls’ Festival

This is a video of my mother, Sofia and I setting up the dolls. Sofia is dancing to the music, it is adorable.

Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!