20 June 2012

Hula Hair Clips

I have recently started making my own flower hair clips for hula! After going to a few hula events around Tokyo and seeing the ridiculous prices on some of the hair clips out there, I decided it would be much cheaper to just make it myself! 

Flower hair clips (particularly those used in hula) range from about 1000~5000 yen ($12~65USD or $15~80NZD) depending on the size, type, and quality of the flowers. The ones that I have made below would normally cost around 1000~2500 yen. In reality, they only cost me about 300 yen to make ^_^

These are some that I made a few days ago.

I don't think I need to explain how I made them.... It's pretty easy. If you have a glue gun, flowers, and a hair clip, you can make your own too! The hardest part of the process is the arrangement. But once you know where you want the flowers, just glue them on! You will also need to make a base using a leaf so that the flowers have something to stick to.

I found all these tropical flowers at a dollar store. The tricky thing is that you can never rely on store to always have tropical flowers or leaves available. Every time I go to get some, the flowers are always different! So when I see something I like, I buy quite a bit.

I have been thinking of selling these at the next hula event so we will see how that goes as well;)

P.S. Reia started crawling!!

02 June 2012

10 Months Today!

Where has the time gone, seriously! Only two more months until my little pepe is a ONE year old! 

This month has been so much fun! She has reached a few more milestones that we are excited about and is still full of smiles and giggles :)

No, she STILL can't crawl yet but she is half way there! She uses all her strength to wiggle and worm her way to where she wants to go, but more than often gives up half way. Her most efficient way of transporting herself places, however, is by rolling and lunging. She will roll and lunge until she is in arms reach of what she wants to grab. And I must say, her lunge is pretty impressive! 

She has only recently started bringing her knees to her chest during an attempt at crawling, which is big for her. In the past, she just had no idea that that was even an option and would complain if I tried to help her! So I would say maybe another month max and she should be crawling!

She can now sit up from her back! At first I was so amazed and proud of her. Now, I need to keep an extra eye out! Her sitting up combined with her rolling, lunging, wiggling, and worming, often leads to documents chewed up, things misplaced, and pretty much just a great big mess. Now when I put her to bed and go back to check on her, she is always in a different spot in the room... Also, she prefers to sleep on her side or tummy now and will only fall asleep if me or someone else is lying down next to her. She always rolls over just before she falls asleep.

Her bed is on the left and she ended up somehow on the far right :/
Her favourite toys are still anything that isn't hers already. This includes my cell phone, my necklaces, and especially my diary. Phew! This girl makes me work!

She can clap her hands :D It started off as shaky fists and gradually worked its way to clapping. She likes flapping her arms around even more.

She pulled herself up on to the coffee table! She has been trying to pull herself up on to anything stable ever since.

She loves trying to walk and there have been fleeting moments where she has stood by herself unsupported! This still has me thinking that she may walk before she crawls. I know there is a lot of talk about how babies should crawl first to develop properly etcetera etcetera... but all babies are different and this one just wants to walk already! I remember when she was just a day old, she was already very strong. She would push with her legs and try to lift her head up which was frightening for me coz she was brand new and I was so inexperienced. But she has always tried using her legs and has always wanted to stand than sit.

She loves her food and makes sure to fling it everywhere! Thank goodness we have flooring and not carpet in this apartment! She also puts more in her mouth than she can manage. It's the same with her toys. She'll be holding something but then will want something else and will drop it, pick it back up again, repeat this process a few times until she decides what she wants to hold the most lol.

She has been so much better with people lately and will just be with them without making a fuss. She especially loves her Aunty Ericca and Anuty Laura :)

She has 3 meals a day with a snack or two in between and 3 bottle feeds plus breast milk and sips of water. My milk supply has reduced to almost nothing since starting solids! She will stop drinking and get bored after a couple of seconds so she's on formula now and loves it. It's so freeing not having to breast feed all the time, I must confess!  

She understands when I say no, uh-uh! (and will give me the pouty face T_T), eat, come, Reia, good girl, milk, and kiss-kiss-kiss (and gives me a big open mouthed KISS!). She likes to say mama, dada, and nana. She has also started something new which I can only describe as "the grudge" in reverse. It's like she breathes in too deeply and for too long that it makes that kind of where'd-all-the-oxygen-go! kinda sound :/ 

She still only has two teeth, but has been really fussy lately so I am expecting another tooth to cut through any day now.

She can SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT! Hallelujah! She goes to bed at 8ish and wakes up at 6ish! I don't know how I ever survived!

To spruce up her play corner a bit, I bought some butterfly wall deco. Easy to apply and looks really cute!

So many things have happened this past month, it's been craziness! Moving apartments, hula, teaching English, Reia getting mobile, Young Women's President, family visiting, and the list goes on! Can't wait until we go to Europe next month!

Hope you are all keeping well :D

01 June 2012

And the New Young Women's President IS...

Wow. I did not see that one coming.

I'm the new Young Women's President of Kunitachi Ward. I have been repeating this over and over again in my head, like a mantra. There are a couple things wrong with this picture. First of all, Kunitachi is a Japanese speaking ward, and secondly, I don't speak Japanese.  To be more specific, I can survive OK with the little Japanese that I know, but on Sundays, I have no idea what's going on. Church language is way harder than regular everyday language. Talk about overwhelming! If I were to be called in an English speaking ward, there would be no problem. But, because our Heavenly Father has a way of throwing challenges at us just when we are starting to feel comfortable, and because he has such a sense of humour (good one!), well, here I am. Excited and nervous. I am starting to sense that my lack of communication skills will become a HUGE hindrance for everyone. 

But shortcomings aside, I am still really looking forward to working with these beautiful young ladies and my awesome counselors! My 1st councilor can speak English so I am definitely abusing that lol. 
I got handed the big red President's binder on Sunday and it is all in Japanese. Except for the English version of the Young Women's theme. I've read it twice already. Mostly because it's the only thing that I can read. Well this is gonna be fun. First thing on the agenda, new binders! I have been scoping out ideas on Sugardoodle and found these awesome binder covers by Darcy Patterson! So many good ideas on her website! I didn't even know that "Arise and Shine Forth" was this year's theme. I wonder what else I don't know...... :/

Young Women's Camp is coming up too and I stumbled upon this awesome idea of making Paper Bag Journals by burlapanddenim.com! It's a pity that I won't be able to make it to camp (because I will be in GERMANY! AAAH!), but I can at least help prepare them for it :) Hopefully we can find the time to make these coz they are pretty cool. The problem that I find over here is that there is NO TIME to meet to do anything! The kids go to school, then they have club activities which can go until 6, and sometimes after that they have cram school too! No wonder Japanese people are such hard workers! But alas, this has brought our activity nights down from once a week to once a month. Hopefully I can change that because I am sure that the Young Women would love to do more. I know I would!

So that is my big announcement. If any of you are in the Young Women's program too or are a young women yourself... hmm how do I say this......... HELP ME! :P

In other news, Laura flew back to NZ on Tuesday and Pup flies in tomorrow night! Which reminds me that I still have to finish unpacking -_- The pile of unnecessary things that we own is killing me! 

Reia turns 10 months tomorrow so look out for her update then!