Sunday, November 24, 2013

Crafty Weekend. (No Pictures Yet)

This weekend's activity was sewing and card making. I have to admit, I'm starting to enjoy going to a craft store now, not just for my project, but for my kids projects!

L-chan finished sewing her first Teddy Bear. It was from a kit, but I still thought it was too difficult for L-chan to do as her first sewing project. I was impressed; it took her maybe 2 and a half days, but she finished it. A-chan tried to do some sewing just like her older sister, but she enjoyed putting on stickers for detailing after a penguin and a reindeer were sewn together by T-kun.

K-kun asked me if I could show him how to make some of the characters from STARWARS origami book that he got on his birthday. (My husband said I got something I wanted for myself!) I quickly realized that this book was the most unfriendly origami book I'd ever seen!! The good thing was I could read in between the diagrams shown on the book pretty well. I would feel bad for anyone buying this book for kids and not being able to help. YouTube is much better origami instruction resources for me, but this book came with papers with printed images. I thought it was a good starting book for Kevin to try by himself. (WRONG!)

I have to say, even though the instruction on the book was not very helpful, but we learned some holds together, and one good thing was for each character or star ship etc., 2 papers come with the instruction. So it was perfect to do it together.

I think that's pretty much what I have done this weekend. I meant to make other things, but I ran out of time. Oh, I'm also in the process of making a video using a green screen. It's a project I thought of doing with the boys. (Again, I'm more excited than the boys.) My kids sang really well in Japanese at church today, by the way. I should video tape them singing so I can send it to my parents.

I hope to update again something this week. Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!






Sunday, November 17, 2013

Birthday Party Fun


Birthday party game. 



We had a lot of fun celebrating K-kun's birthday this weekend. K-kun and five of his guests who were able to come played laser tag outside without wearing jackets. I don't remember having this nice weather on his birthday parties in the past, so I knew it was going to be great. 

Here are my observations about K-kun: 

1. He has such a good circle of friends. All of them are such talented and fun kids. 
2. He truly loves books. ---He got books as gifts from his friends. That tells something about him. 
3. He is only 11, but has been a big brother to 4 younger siblings. That's kind of amazing to me. 
4. He is loved by his siblings.---his little sisters worked really hard to make his party successful. 

Usually, when my kids' birthday comes around, I think of the time when they were born. Today I thought about it too, but preparing for this party made me look at him as a big brother to my other kids, and a friend to many. 

The scooby-doo game "Hold on Scooby-doo)" was a hit. It seemed to have done the work as I intended... as K-kun was busy having fun with his friends, the younger kids could be occupied playing this game. Another fun memory was created for all, and I' feeling satisfied :) 


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Do or do not. There is no try!


(Instruction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5B71d1OR_M)


(A week ago)
Look at my new origami creation! Isn't this a perfect show and tell material?

(Yesterday)
I made this a week or so ago, and wrote about it, but decided to let it sit over night before I published it. Today, I looked at it again, and I found it boring to read, so I decided to re-write.

20 minutes past, and I just erased what I wrote again. I can't seem to write anything under this subject.

(Today)
A day later, in a book I was referencing, which used to be my husband's grammar book from high school years, I found this:

Overcoming Writer's Block.

I don't think I can call this a writer's block, but there is a good practical tip in it that applied to me.

-Make artificial deadlines that require some minimal effort: a certain number of words each day, or an outline you can show fellow students or a counsellor at an early date. The only requirement is that something be put down on the page---with no judgments on quality. 

I guess, I will follow this and other tips and put something down everyday and see what happens. I wish I didn't erased what I wrote already. It might have been boring to some, but I think someone else might have benefited from what I wrote. That's the biggest thing about blogging publicly, the thought of being judged by what I write here stops me from pressing that "Publish" button.

At this rate, I would only be able to write a few more posts until the end of the year. When I created this blog, my intention was to be bold and get myself out there. My thoughts were meant to be published, rather than sit in draft then erased, no matter how silly, boring, uninteresting they may be. It's only a practice.

Don't worry, not every posts are going to be boring. I'm planning to add more pictures to tell about this origami creation soon!