Abby is going to be my feisty one. She’s going to be the protector, defender, but have this loving, funny quality to her. She loves to laugh and play around with Emi, but at any moment, she could pull your hair or poke your eyes out. She will do pats of love…and then a good slap upside the face. I have experienced them first hand and they are not fun nor pretty, yet Abby thinks it is hilarious. But she knows that it isn’t okay, yet needs reminders. Hence, my defender and one day, she’ll probably stand up or be side by side with Emi if anybody tries to mess with them.
Abby continues to be the more independent one, roaming the house with her swaddle blankets, which she absolutely loves. She likes to mimic Emi, playing with her babies/dolls or with the toy kitchen. She makes me laugh when Abby walks around with the oven mitt on her hand. She does it pretty well. But with her independence comes her rascal like behavior – turning on the bathroom faucet or the bath tub, grabbing things from tables and running away with them in her hands, or stopping the washer because she likes pushing the buttons. The positive way to look at it is that Abby is very curious, but she definitely keeps me on my toes! I constantly have to ask Emi to keep an eye on her when I am cooking or even using the bathroom! Luckily Abby doesn’t do anything dangerous or get hurt. She just likes to do as she pleases, even if that is just walking from room to room! Plus she has Emi to model after and Emi is far more careful than wild and adventurous!
Abby loves animals and goes a bit wild when she sees a dog or cat. She points and says dog or meow…and really wants to touch it. The other thing Abby enjoys doing is coloring on paper. She definitely is copying Emi, but she has a good grip on the crayon and has learned that they don’t taste good. Emi and Abby do fight over the crayons at restaurants so I really need to start bringing a box.
It’s just a little more time before I am off for the summer. Hopefully the next update will be a bit longer so until then…
The past few months have been exciting ones for Emi. Each one had a holiday to celebrate and this year, Emi was very much aware of it. She enjoyed giving Valentine’s Day treats to both her school friends and Japanese school classmates. I found these donut erasers and Emi was super excited. Emi still has ado it obsession so she wanted to make sure she got an eraser, too. I found a donut keychain from Sanrio and gave that to Emi as a Valentine’s Day treat. On St. Patrick’s Day Emi was decked out in green with a green Minnie Mouse and headband, which made Emi look like a little flapper. Then Easter. Easter was definitely a big one. We went to Jen and Herman’s annual Easter party and Emi has a great time eating pizza, playing in the play house, jumping in the jumper, and looking for eggs. This year there were quarters in the eggs and whoever got the most got to choose a prize. Each kid ended up choosing prizes and Emi got a stuffed dinosaur who goes into an egg from the movie Good Dinosaur. On Easter, Emi and Abby had an Easter egg hunt at my parents’ house. Emi loved it and was thrilled to get My Little Pony surprises, a watch, hair accessories, bracelets, and quarters. I love seeing the excitement on Emi’s face and it is so much fun watching her have fun.
Emi is fun, loving, and just a mirror of me and Taro. She is stubborn, feisty…and I say a Takeoka! Emi can be hard headed and wants things her way. She is continuing to test things, but she is sensitive, does not want to disappoint, wants things to be fair (but wants it to be more towards her favor), and has an abundance of energy. Sometimes I feel like I am dealing with a teenager in a four year old’s body and some days it is just easy. These are the challenges you don’t know about before having kids and I admit that I am learning along the way. One day Emi will ask me if four year olds are crazy nuts and I will say yes with confidence!
Emi has come a long way with swimming, which she does every week. She can go the length of the pool, a mix of doing arm strokes and floating in her back. She is currently at level 5 and is starting to learn how to tap each hand after doing a stroke. The next step is to bend her elbows. Emi is also going to learn backstroke so it is pretty exciting to see how far she has come! Emi is water safe and I am glad that she can manage if she falls into the pool. Emi’s hard core, no nonsense, time watching,strict teacher has paid off, although now he laughs more and actually smiles…and talks to Emi and entertains her conversations.
Emi has started getting homework in her four year old class and it was initially a challenge getting it all done. Since Emi only goes twice a week, she actually gets less time to work on it compared to her classmates who go to school five days a week. However, we now have a system down and it has been easier getting it all done. Emi practices writing her letters and numbers, completing mazes (which is a bit challenging to explain), cutting and gluing, and coloring. We work on homework after Abby goes to sleep so it is a nightly routine. We are looking at TK come this August so I want Emi to be ready!
It has been a busy few months, but I look forward to more things to come! Until then…