Happy holidays and hope everyone had great Xmas and new year.
It's just misc notes, but I want to update things we had in these days.
Ken and I had a cold since mid of Dec, and it took almost 2 weeks to recover. I was so upset because I couldn't have done anything in the busiest season, and it's really depressing to be sick through Xmas holidays.
As for our kids, Ken is enough big to understand "what is Xmas", and he kept asking us where is Santa-san and what he is doing. We told him Santa-san only comes to good children's home so that he had to be behave. Ken tried to be, but sometimes he wasn't. HAHAHA
No matter what parents told Ken, Santa-san came and left Xmas presents for Ken and Tomo. Ken got a helicopter and Tomo got a toy hummer. Ken was really exited to opened a present box which he didn't do any last year. Takuro got a fleece jacket and lunch bag, and I got iPod touch. Just like "Throw a sprat to catch a whale".
On the new years eve, we went to Yamazushi restaurant in Durham. We ordered "Osechi Ryori" (Japanese traditional new year food) and went there to pick it up. We also had great lunch at the restaurant and it was really kind of Yamazawa-san. Osechi by Yamazushi had over 20 kinds of dishes and most ingredients were really hard to get in this area, so it's a great deal and worth to have it. All food has a tradition and reason to be in Osechi, and has meaning as good luck and good health for new year. Click and see this page to learn about Osechi.
As for our pottery work, we haven't made pots yet, but we started studio renovation since Xmas. Because our studio didn't have insulation at all, Takuro has lost several large jars by freezing. We are installing insulation and making throwing space in the oldest part of barn. It will take a while to get work done, but carpentry work is good in the cold winter because woods and insulation don't freeze. HAHAHA
I really miss Japanese new year holidays. Someday I hope we will be able to spend a new year with our families in Japan.