Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Favorite 5

This year in Feb. Taiga turned one.  Raising this happy and healthy boy has been the best thing that could have ever happened to us.  He didn't start walking until almost 14 months but has been quick with his tongue.  It's interesting how he's learning to put together 2-word phrases.  He knows the word "no" (one of his most used words!) and he knows the word "more".  Today when I asked if he wanted more milk, he answered "no more".  He also even blurted out a 3-word phrase, "one more please".  For me, this is such a fun and interesting time to watch him learn and play with words.  Some say when you're raising a bilingual child, the development is slower as they have 2 languages to input/output.  Taiga just loves to talk (jabber), so maybe it won't affect him.  He's also forming quite a personality.  He loves to entertain us and make us laugh.  :)   Click this to see Taiga "GO"!

In March, we met my parents in Hawaii.  Taiga only gets to meet his CA grandparents once a year.  This was also just a couple of weeks after 3/11, so the time away and being together with family made it that much more special.

In June, Aki turned 40.  I still tell her that she looks like she's in her 30's (and that we both look the same age, JK!).  We celebrated her birthday at the Shangri La hotel in Tokyo.  It was our first ever stay at a 5-Star hotel and I would love to make it an annual event. 

Summertime was nice.  We live just a couple minute's walk from the sea.  There's a rocky beach and there's a swimming pool that's only open from mid-July til the end of August.  Japanese summers are miserably hot and humid so this was a welcome relief for us.  It's still free for Taiga to enter and just a few dollars for adults. 

Party! Party! Party!  This year's parties were a blast.  I'm really lucky to have such good friends and students.   (pictured are CEH summer party at Shalamer, Halloween party at Shalamer & CEH x-mas party at Ohashi)
Note:  I've posted each and every month for the past 5 years.  From next year, I'll only post sporadically.  Please come back and check.  Have the best "Year of the Dragon" in 2012!


Anonymous said...

Love this Conrad! So happy your year was filled with so much joy and wishing you more in 2012! (=Maribelle

Ifun said...

Your son is so cute! and he really looks like you! Hope you can enjoy your happiness with your family forever:)

Anonymous said...

Your baby is so cute:-)

I strongly recommend to take your family to visit Okinawa when you have any vacation next time.

that would be such a blast.

Atsushi Yoshimoto from your course at Tokai University

Ahsan said...

your baby is so cute i want to meet him

Anonymous said...

your son is so cute i want to meet him next time.

Unknown said...

your son is so cute i want to meet him next time.

Tatsuya Aoki said...

Hi! Im Tatsuya, one of your students at Tokai Uni.
I was laughing when I read this, he conbined the word "no" and "more". Genius!
See you on Thursday!

Kotori Niwano said...

Your son is very cute!And your family looks very happy.

Fumie Hasegawa said...

I thought the growth of a child is very fast.

Yuto said...

Your son is very cute!!XD
I hope you and your family will be happy forever!!

Anonymous said...

I am 3bpe2128 Yoshiyuki Yazawa of Tokai university.
Your child is very pretty and seems to be very smart.

Anonymous said...

Nice Superman suit!!
That is one of the way to be macho easily:)


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