* Track of the little sparkles *

Daily log of childcare, cooking, gardening, sewing, and so on.

2024-01-11

After picking up the acorns from the park, we tried to classify them into the species. We thought there were five kind of species, and it was a little bit hard to classify...! We'll try to germinate them and hope to see the roots & sprouts🌱

2024-01-10

There were some plum blossoms in the park. It was a warm day, but still the beginning of the year! We enjoyed the flowers and picking up the acorns. My elder daughter tried to smell them, but they were too high🌸

2024-01-09

Our family's first writing on our aspirations for this year. My elder daughter had 5 aspirations...! "kindness", "happiness", "muscle", "reading", and "be rich"!!!!! (Since we give her monthly money based on her daily chores, she said she …

2024-01-08

In New Year Holidays, we usually eat mochi & anko, and usually both of them left over. So, the other traditional (?) foods are "Oshiruko", which we put the mochi into anko-based soup. It's soooo sweet, and needless to say, my daughters lov…

2024-01-07

We played with a kite, that is a traditional play in Japan during the New Year holidays. Usually, we hoist the kite high up into the sky, but our daughter loves to run around with short stringed kite🤭 It seems a kind of training.

2024-01-06

My elder daughter made this wreath at her international school short program. She said it's a wreath for Christmas, but... I think it's for New Year in Japan😁 So, we arranged it in our house for New Year🎍

2024-01-05

As I told in previous post, I made some of Osechi with my daughters. Because I knew that the sweet potato (Kurikinton) and sower veges (Namasu) will soon disappeared into my daughters' tummy, I tried to make them at first, and a lot!!!! It…

2024-01-04

My daughters and I did "Kakizome", which means the first time to write with writing brush. Because we used "water" version papers, my 4yo daughter also able to enjoy✌️ My elder daughter is crazy about gymnastics, so she wrote "Gymnastics"🤭

2024-01-03

That's our "Ozouni" which we eat during the New Year holidays. Because this year's animal is dragon, so I bought this cute dragon Naruto for Ozouni , Because I'm from Hiroshima, traditionally we use Hamaguri (clam)'s dupe, but I used norma…

2024-01-02

We did the "mochi-tsuki", pounding steamed rice to make rice cake in our house. We bought mochi-rice, and steamed it by our normal rice cooker, and pounded and pounded. That was soooooo nice, and relatively easy to eat for even infants.

2024-01-01

Since we couldn't return to my daughters' grand parent's home this year, we enjoyed cooking & eat "Osechi", New Year's food in Japan We cooked small fish "Tadukuri", red & white sower vegies "Kouhaku-Namasu", and chestnuts & sweet potato "…

2023-12-31

We ate the "New Year's Eve" noodles today. Since my husband can't eat shrimp, I share the last one with my daughters. We planned to return to my husband's hometown, but my elder daughter & husband had flu now. So we celebrate the new year …

2023-12-29

We were invited to the neighbor's house for Christmas tea They're from England, and about twice the month, the husband is playing & teaching my daughters in English. At that time, his mother was coming from England, and gave the Christmas …

2023-12-28

My elder daughter was making the cookie for Santa! Santa ate the three of them, including the heart shape. Surprisingly, I forgot to mix the sugar... but it was still a little bit salty and sweet😁 I believe it's thanks for using Hotcake mix🤭

2023-12-27

Our Christmas dinner! My husband made the mashed potato snow men again, because my elder daughter remembered that and requested⛄️ Of course, my children ate the heads of snow man This year, we bought the party pack, but they are too oily f…