Sunday, January 31, 2010

Green Baldwin Steps in January

The other evening about 4:30, we decided to head over to the Baldwin Steps.
It's very steep with uneven concrete steps.
Maiya & Daddy got to the top pretty quickly.

While others of us had an asthma attack.
Nonetheless, it was a beautiful day up at top.
So we took some family photos.
And more pix of the "big girl."  Don't call her a little girl, please.

Friday, January 29, 2010

KuidaOsumi's Green Oshogatsu 2010

We've been doing Oshogatsu over the years--not every year, but just about every 2-3 years or so, is about all that we can handle. We hadn't done it since Maiya was a baby. So, this year, on Jan. 3rd, we invited about 100 friends and family on short notice to come over for Oshogatsu. This year, we really tried to do a Green Party (haha). We got out Tony's grandma's china, got out our old silverware, and we have a lot of chopsticks (not the throwaway kind) that we use for all our parties. We had a box full of Tony's dad's coffee mugs, that were in the garage, so we brought those out as well. I brought out the red plastic cups that we use and wash after every party. We bought drinks in bottles, so no single serving plastics or juice boxes to throw away. So, aside from some paper cake plates and 50 Ikea napkins I bought, we actually generated only about 3 grocery bags of trash after feeding 56 people. So, besides the craziness of doing a lot, a lot, a lot of dishes, a good eco way to start out the year seeing all our friends and family.

This year we invited people in 2 shifts, which made for a crazy first half of the day, mostly family, and friends with young children. Then in the evening, we invited community friends, which was less people, less kids, and less crazy, so we actually got to sit down and visit with people.

Tony grilled salmon, chicken and lots of veggies
and I did Make Your Own Sushi Handrolls

A bunch of Ayala's came over, plus Greg & kiddies

We did buy 3 new tables for parties and some orange Ikea chairs,
then borrowed chairs from Hector and Uncle Bill


Ladan and Maura reunited on Facebook
my best friends/roomies from CSUN 1982-1984

Maiya and Tula playing dress up with sarongs and scarves

Wishing everyone a Green New Year!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Celebrating 01/01/10 with Family & Friends

On New Year's we went to Uncle Bill's in the morning for ozoni, then went to the Okazaki's, my grandma's house in Boyle Heights, then a quick trip to Ikea for our second annual New Year's Day visit to Ikea. Bought a few light fixtures for the hallway and the bedroom and some plastic orange chairs for our Oshogatsu. Went home and made one more broccoli salad to take to Evelyn & Bruce's for their New Year's celebration with community friends and friends from work, both mine & Tony's. It's always a great way to start off the year, laughing a lot. It was also nice since we missed it last year because of all THE STRESS related to working on our old house, being in escrow, and taking care of Tony's dad.

Looking forward to a new year, a new decade in 2010. May it be a healthy and happy year. Let's have a little less war and a little more peace. Peace. Out.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Not our Christmas photo

No, it's not our Christmas photo... but I am working on a Year of the Tiger card, which at this point is still a month early. I am not going to stress about such things this year. I did just distribute family Christmas presents earlier today. Granny Franny, if you're reading, a Hanukkah present is (almost) in the mail.

Posts on New Years, our Oshogatsu party and my mom's bday party are in the works as well, as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. Patience in 2010, sounds pretty good to me.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Maiya Grace-isms from FB Statuses

A few Maiya Grace-isms at 4 1/2 years old:

Lights are out, but I just heard, "Mommy, is there a thing of aliens or not in outer space?

Maiya is singing nonstop, "Black black, black sheep, have ee evey words? Yes sir, yes sir 3 bags full." And I can't stop laughing about it.

Maiya on her dead cell phone from gift exchange w/the Ayala Family: "Hi Maria, how are you doing, oh great, i do not even know what you are talking about. You are freaking me out. Ok, goodbye." To me: "Mommy, i cannot believe her. Maria said Santa came to her house, but he didn't eat the cookies but he still gave her presents."

"Now I'm going to talk to Meliza in Japanese because she knows how to do japanese. Where is Meliza? Ok, I don't know her phone number. Oh here. 468-7034. k, that's her phone number, calling. 'hi konichiwa, maku, hake hira nai, chura kirai ne, karai, kara, ma kurai shana, kuwai. bye.'" (hangs up).

JK: "Maiya I'm pooped." (MG puts her hands on my forehead.)
MG: "I don't think you have to poop. Your head is not hot." (JK laughs).

"Is Santa Claus real? Because the boys (at Ikea's Play Room) said he's not real. But I saw him!" Then when were getting out of the car, Maiya looked up at our roof and said, "Do you think Santa can really fit in our chimney?

Maiya just said to me while laughing, "I'm drinking lots of water for I can go shi shi in the shower!" It's her new favorite thing. Whose child is this?

Maiya sitting on the pot at Uncle Bill's reading a car magazine shouting: "Daddy, I found the car I like!" (It was a red Lamborghini!)

And a few from Daddy:

JK: Ok honey, what would you like to do? Dishes, fold laundry or Maiya bath?
TO: I'd like to do moon walk (then does moonwalk).

Overheard down the hall from the audio freak: "Dammit I just bought this one. I have this CD already."
Photo Credit: Mickie Okamoto

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year from the Kuida-Osumi Family. It's a new decade!