Friday, April 10, 2009

Miss Lorelei is HERE!

We have another cousin in our ranks! My oldest sister (Jessica, Aunt Jess) gave birth to the most beautiful girl, Lorelei, on April 9, 2008. She weighed in at 8 pounds 14 ounces, 21 inches long. I can not wait to see that sweet baby girl Ellington! Matthew and Jack are the proud big brothers and Mike is the very proud papa:-)

Jess and I had very similar pregnancies; we both had morning sickness, we both had horrible heart burn and other lovely things I would rather forget. Apparently we both cooked some similar looking babes.... here are two pictures... can you tell which one is the new, yawning Noah and which one is the new, yawning Lorelei? 

I am so excited that Noah will have a cousin so close in age to play with. Lorelei makes cousin number 5 on my side of the family. One of the best things about having Noah was knowing that my wonderful sisters have their wonderful children for Noah to have in his life. I LOVE my family (and miss them dearly but that's another post all together) and am thrilled that Noah will be surrounded with cousins; young, old and hopefully some more to come (Em, Tim, get busy!). 

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Noah's new toy

We got an exersaucer! We were limited in our saucer-options; actually this was the ONLY one they sold on Base and while the ones in the Japanese baby stores off base are fantastic they are about twice the price. Luckily Noah loves it. Here are a few pictures of him playing with all his new bells and whistles....

He has started making this silly face where he sucks in his lips. He has just started the silly face in this picture....

Silly face, side view....

Thinking so hard about moving his hand where he wants it to go that he clearly has forgotten to swallow his saliva. 

He is just learning and growing so much every day, it's amazing. For example: this morning Noah said 'hi' to me. Jeff said one syllable words do not count, but it was as clear as day and it was an intentional 'hi' as I had just walked into his room:-) Maybe tomorrow morning he will say 'konichiwa' and show his Dad who's boss. This is not the face of someone you want to mess with...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Way to Gyoza

Another tasty Japanese dish mastered! Most people have had some form of gyoza in their lifetime; they are often called pot-stickers, this is how I knew them before moving to Japan. They are yummy and we love them. Jeff used to joke that he would name his first born child gyoza (lucky for Noah that was a phase) so I decided I would try out a recipe at home. I made the filling with ground pork, cabbage, green onions and mushrooms along with ginger, garlic, sesame oil and of course soy sauce for flavoring. They sell the dough right by the ground pork in the store so lucky me did not have to wonder around holding my English to Japanese dictionary and crossing my fingers that I stumble upon it. I also picked a Japanese lager to accompany our dinner. (Side note: beer in Japan is expensive! I'm talking 1700 yen for a 6 pack! Needless to say I only purchased two cans) 

They turned out great. And the beer was very tasty, well worth the 300 yen! 

Next week, sushi:-)