Sunday, May 24, 2009

Chocolate Fountain!!! YUMMY!!!

Sakura and I went to a buffet restaurant called Country Kitchen out at Rinku and one of the desserts they had was a chocolate fountain where you could dip things like bananas, marshmallows, bread sticks, etc.

Here is the result……

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

さんかんび!!! Parent's Visiting Day!!!

Last week was Sakura’s first parent’s visiting day for grade 3!!

Every year the parents can go to the school and watch a class as the teacher is teaching. This years class was art!!!! YAY!!! I don’t think I can sit through another hour long class of elementary school level math all in Japanese.

Sakura’s school is huge!! More than 1000 students with five grade 3 classes this year. Grade 1 has 6 classes and grade 2 is the biggest group with 8 classes!!!

So…I finished work for the day, went home to pick up my name tag and slippers and off I went!!

Sakura had a female teacher in grade 1, Iwatani Sensei, until the teacher had a nervous breakdown mid-year and was replaced with a 26 year old “boy”. Grade 2 was followed by a due to retire any time now male teacher, Nagamatsu Sensei. She REALLY wanted a female teacher this year and with 4 out of five teachers being female we thought she has a good chance!! We thought wrong…. everyone please meet SUGIMOTO SENSEI!!!! (a bit of a class clown)

The following pictures are during her art class...

....and at the end when the kids are packing up....

And finally here is Sakura with her friends Rin....

....and best friend Misaki!!

Until next time....さよなら!!(Goodbye)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Here in Japan, Swine flu has reared it's ugly head!!

Quotes from Japan Today news site....

"A total of 4,043 schools in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures had decided on temporary closures or are considering such closures to prevent further spread of the disease as of 5 p.m., according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The number includes elementary, junior high and high schools, as well as universities and kindergartens."

Now anyone who knows me will know that my job is teaching at kindergartens and an elementary school in Osaka. I guess for me, that doesn't really make a huge difference since Sakura's school is closed for the week which means I can't work anyway. I'm all for getting a vacation but not really a forced vacation!!

Hopefully all will blow over quickly so we can all get back to living our normal daily lives!!!

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First Blog!!!!

That means Happy Birthday in Japanese!!!
And today is the official birthday of my blog!!

As I am sure you can tell by my name I am a Mormon mommy living in Japan.
I am originally from Calgary Canada but have been living here in Osaka for most of my adult life. I love Japan and I especially love Osaka!!!

My blog will not be about Japan and it will not be about being a Mormon mom. It will be about both of those things and everything else!!!
I may have interesting, boring, happy, sad, strange, funny,angry or silly things to say. I guess it will all depend on what is happening in my life at the moment.

I have a daughter who is 8 years old and in grade 3 at a public elementary school here in Osaka.
Her name is Sakura and she takes ballet.
She is crazy and funny and lovely but I'm sure some post will be venting a bit when she drives me nuts!!

Anyway....I hope you enjoy!!!