Wednesday, September 26, 2012

FTO Osaka






During all of my pregnancy, I kept telling my baby! You have to come out strong and healthy! So I can show you Osaka. Well! We did! Sadly enough, Osaka has changed. It has changed a lot. It is no where near are Funky as it use to be. It made me sad. But what made me even sadder was the fact that Hudson slept most of the time and Tristan was totally not impress by MY favorite city in the whole world. But that being said, we still managed to have an amazing time!!







We had Takoyaki at Tsutenkaku Tower!
















We had Okonomiyaki in Dotombori!














And we did lot's of sightseeing! We mad-dashed Osaka in two days! We saw and we did everything the city had to offer!

Japanese Roadtrip!





It's time for another post about our wonderful trip to Japan! After our first few days in the Japanese country side, we headed out for Tokyo! Having been there many time, we didn't do the touristic spots, we just hung out in our favorite neighborhood and did some shopping! Here are a few pictures taken that day!

View from the Shinjuku government offices.




And Hudson's first time in the train!





Monday, September 24, 2012

Little Miss Tuna is 11 months

Little Miss Tuna is 11 months. She was up every hour last night. That was what I like to call "a-bad-night". Otherwise... the rest of the time... she is up 3-4 times a night. Well more like 4-6 times... but I am so exhausted, most of the time I stop counting after the forth time she gets up. Still... I have to keep in mind, this is a major improvement. Little Miss Tuna is 11 months and has never slept the night. Not even close. Not even once. She doesn't have any teeth either. 

But little Miss Tuna can walk, can clap her hand and can feed herself. She poos on the toilet and love to "try" to color. She flips the pages of her books and can undo and do up velcro and snaps. But she won't sleep. She just won't sleep. I tried. I read the books. I tried even harder. I asked around. She just won't sleep. 

 Last week, the nurses at the doctors office told me, they couldn't believe how great her fine motor skills are. The ladies at the drop in day care also told me the same. I hear it all the time... I always answer the same thing. Off course she has great motor skills! She practices 24/7. She never takes a break... SHE NEVER SLEEPS! Off course I mean it as a joke! I am so proud and happy that Hudson is showing great motor skills. I am so happy that she is finally walking ( as of Aug 30, 2012). I am so proud that she could walk a whole 1km for Terry Fox and again yesterday as we went hiking. We are doing so well with all the milestones... except when it comes down to... yes... you guessed it... sleeping. So in honor of my dear 11 months old daughter! Who hates sleeping more than anything, I decided to post a few pictures that I would like to title as "My Baby Never Sleep" serie.






Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MATSURI!!!! Washoi! WASHOI!!!!





I could write about the two festivals we attended in Japan on august 4 and 5 (Sosa, and Tanabata in Asahi) but it just would be too hard to explain the sight and sound. So here it is instead! Enjoy!

 


In Sosa, Chiba! Hudson's very first Matsuri!



Monday, September 17, 2012

Food for my little Tuna : Le-tout-en-bar

Ok, so here is a little recipe I created for Hudson. I thought I would share it with you guys! It is essentially a soft-chew bar that could also be baked as a muffin or bread. For the last couple weeks, I have been looking at alternative for Cheerios. Most of the product I could find in store were either over priced organic goodies or cheaper kid's oriented food containing lots of food coloring including caramel food coloring. So I surfed the internet looking for recipe. I tried a few ones that were good but not "tasty good". I was also looking for a recipe that used no honey, no nuts, no egg and limited dairy. It also had to be soft enough for my toothless 10 months soon to be 11 months baby. So I decided to come up with my own. I took every food Hudson loved and mixed them together... here is the result!

-1 cup of oatmeal (I buy a special type mixed with flax seed)
-1/2 whole wheat flour (or you could use a gluten free flour)
-1/2 cup shredded carrots
-2 over ripped mashed banana
-1/2 cup of applesauce (or 1 egg)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1tsp cinnamon
-1tsp vanilla
-2 tbs of soften cream cheese (optional)
-1 tbs of olive oil

(You could replace the carrot with coconut or squash)
(I grated some old cheddar to put on the top before baking.)

In no specific order (I know some will tell you it's a crime, but with a walking baby in the house, I had no time to be fancy) I mixed everything together and spread it about 1 inch thick in a baking pan. I baked it at 350 for 18 min. And voila.

This recipe does not make a big batch since it won't keep long anyway and baby doesn't eat all that much, but cut into little pieces, it's perfect as a snack, on the go or for "dessert".

 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Oh Japan! How I missed thee!

It felt great to be back! Oh Japan! How I missed thee! It all started with a great flight with JAL. We got picked up at the airport by our host and headed out for the small town of Sosa.

Unfortunately by then, Hudson was exhausted and decided it would be appropriate to scream at the top of her lung for the whole 35 minutes it took to make it to our host's house. Tristan did his best to keep her occupy while I apologized non-stop in broken Japanese. Talk about a good first impression. lol But lucky for us, they did not seem to mind at all. We arrived at Ayumi's house, and I was so glad to find it just as it was when I left 2 years ago. I was so happy to see everyone! The greetings were short and after a delicious meal, we all headed out to bed.

The next morning, we all went to visit the Kyudo dojo with Ayumi and her grand-father. Tristan tried his hands at Japanese archery while Hudson watched very attentively. We then made our way to Shimamura! We shopped A LOT! We bought jimbei for the matsuri and a lot of cool Japanese houseware.

For lunch, we traveled to the next village, Asahi, and went to my favorite sushi place! I ate more Maguro than I should and even Tristan was able to enjoy himself!

We ended the day with a trip to the local park with the coolest slide ever! It is so long! I would have just LOVED to ride it as a kid!








Tristan and Ayumi both went down in it. I did not... Hudson was in my arms... asleep....









Seriously! How cool is this! But beware!!! It really hurts your bum! And for anyone who would be interested! In Ibaraki prefecture, there is one even longer! As a matter of fact, it is the longest in Japan. I believe it is about 150 meter long!
 

Art-Attack! Hudson is 10 months!

We are back in Canada! Hudson is 10 months! It's summer time! Let's do an art project! Hudson's first art project! To put up in her bedroom.



So we got a giant canvass. Some safe finger paint.



Two cameras, some old clothing and voilĂ !







And we let our 10 months old, have fun! Under mommy and daddy's watchful eye!


 And here is a quick motion video of the whole project! Enjoy! In a few days I will up-date with a picture of the final product!



Why you should take travel insurance when travelling!

Why? Because you just never know what will happen! As you read, we had to bring our daughter to the hospital because of an UTI. Well, we had to go back a few days later has she was having a very bad reaction to the antibiotic given. As she was finally getting better, it was my turn to be hit. But not with an UTI... I caught Dengue Fever which sent me straight to the hospital.

Not the great vacation we had planned... In total 8 hospitals visited, over 15 blood tests, 3 nights in a hospital, 5 emergency visits and a very long bill which our travel insurance took care off!

That being said, we have now been home for 2 weeks. In the next few days, I will start up-dating my blog again. I will not conclude the trip to the Philippines since I doubt anyone is interested in looking at hospital pictures! I will jump straight to the Japan portion of the trip. 

Now just before I go... This is a picture of our little family as Hudson celebrated 9 months! With me, at the hospital.