During an observation day at my son’s yochien, my friend translated for me that the teacher was splitting the kids into two groups: those who could read, and those who were still learning. Much to my surprise, my three-year-old American son fell into the first group. MBH and I were delighted, and more than a… Read More Teaching a Pre-Schooler to Read for The Washington Post
I am a sucker for lists. Life lists, bucket lists, travel lists, reading lists, I love lists to organize everything I want to do, and see, and experience during this life of mine. I especially love seasonal bucket lists, which help me to make the absolute most of the quick changing of the leaves and… Read More It’s Fall Y’all!
After a whirlwind trip through Vietnam and Cambodia, our family arrived for a few days of relaxation in Thailand. We’d deliberately structured the trip this way, with our intense sightseeing and city-hopping packed into the start of the trip, and the final few days set aside for some pool lounging and beach bumming. It worked… Read More Beaches & Elephants in Thailand
I spend a great deal of time traveling with my kids, taking them to incredible locales, on amazing adventures, and generally choosing to take our chaos on the road as often as possible, then writing it all down. Throughout our adventures, I’m usually the one driving them around. MBH is often elsewhere for work, and… Read More My Kids Don’t See Me Work… But They Do See Me Drive – Washington Post
One of the most beloved foods in all of Japan is the simple cup of noodles. It’s something I was familiar with before our move, so I’d put off a trip to the museum in Yokohama, saving it for a rainy day. That was a mistake. This museum is AWESOME. I went with a friend,… Read More CupNoodle Museum
Just a short drive from Tokyo, we entered into what felt like another world with Hattori Farm. I’d been enticed by the rumor of pony rides, but when my friend and I arrived with our sons, we learned that they didn’t start until later in the season. Luckily, I hadn’t mentioned pony rides to my… Read More Hattori Farm in Kanagawa
Enrolling our son in a traditional Japanese yochien!… Read More Learning Japanese at a Yochien!
Time & again, whenever I asked friends what their favorite thing they’ve done in Japan was, Kyoto came up. Famous as the birthplace of geisha, a former capital city, and left largely untouched during the American bombing runs of WWII all mean that Kyoto has spectacular history and architecture that is incredibly unique, even within… Read More Exploring Kyoto
For our first Christmas in Japan, creating traditions were on my mind more than ever. Our son is almost two, that wondrous age when the magic of the holiday season will inform how he feels about them for the rest of his life. No pressure. It was important to us that Christmas, in particular, be… Read More Celebrating the Holidays from Afar
Start with an adorable dog or baby. Add a dash of classic children’s tales. And a little bit of Disney. I didn’t always love Halloween, but once our beloved dog and son joined our lives, it has become one of my favorite holidays. Every year, I love coming up with costumes for my family, each… Read More How to Create Epic Halloween Costumes