Taking a Toddler to Tokyo Disneyland

Disney is something of a running joke in our family. MBH grew up not far from Anaheim, home to the OG Disneyland, and I grew up not far from Orlando, home to the best one. When we first began dating and I lived in Los Angeles, we double-dated with two Disney-obsessed friends to both parks,…

Learning Japanese at a Yochien!

Enrolling our son in a traditional Japanese yochien!

Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

On one of the first brilliantly sunny days in Tokyo, I took my son to the Ueno Zoo. In the midst of cherry blossom season, Ueno Park was full of families picnicking under the gorgeous pink trees, and we did our best to get a mom & son shot under an enormous cherry blossom tree….

Japanese Baseball in Yokohama!

Experiencing baseball in Japan had been another of my bucket list items, so when we heard friends had plans to go the following night we quickly crashed them by inviting ourselves & four kids along. From the start, everything about seeing the Yokohama DeNa Baystars was amazing. There was an eclectic energy as we walked…

Japanese Petting Zoos = Chaos

The Japanese love Christmas almost as much as Americans do. To celebrate, our hosts here set up a wonderful Christmas adventure for the kids – a petting zoo. This petting zoo wasn’t like any I’d been to in America. There were no rules, no boundaries, and MBH and I weren’t sure if all of the…

A Tale Told Two Ways

Sunday Morning, by Our Beloved Son Mixed fruit jam & cheese on cotton, 2015 This piece represents the artist’s struggle to conform to society’s expectations during a construct known as ‘brunch.’ Man vs. food. Clean vs. dirty. Indoor voice vs. OUTDOOR VOICE. Aka our son had a huge tantrum today at brunch.

How To Take a Toddler to Brunch

When we first found out we were having a child, MBH and I decided that we wouldn’t be those parents. We would try to maintain our lifestyle as much as possible. Yes, I can hear you laughing. But we’ve tried. And on some days, we’ve even succeeded. We try to set our son up for…

The $h*t No One Tells You About Toddlers

I’m a reader. I learn best by reading and absorbing information from the written word. Before our son was born, I read every book possible: Babywise. Happiest Baby on the Block. What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Countless blogs & advice columns from Pinterest. When he was born, I felt prepared. We knew what we…