Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Since Dave was leaving this morning he decided to give me my Mother's Day gift since he would not be here. He got me a Kokeshi doll that says Happy Mother's Day on it and Jacob got me one that is holding a baby. I love them.
Traditional Kokeshi began to be made approximately two hundred years ago sometime in the middle of the Edo period. (1603-1867) The dolls emerged out of local life and culture and were first produced in the north east area of Japan known as the Tohoku region. It is commonly thought that woodwork artisans of the time know as Kijiya, (which means woodworker in Japanese) originally specialized in wooden household utensils such as trays and bowls. Then they began to make small dolls in the winter to sell to the tourists who came to bathe in the many onsens (hot springs) near their villages. The few people who could afford the luxury of such a pastime bought the Kokeshi dolls as a souvenir and took the dolls back to their own areas where they were often passed on to the children. This, they thought, would promise a good harvest, as it was believed that it would create a positive impression on the gods if children played with the dolls.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Jacob is now 5 weeks old and seems to be growing like a weed. His cheeks are filling out and his body is getting longer and he is starting to smile at us. I can't believe how fast time goes by. Dave and I have taken advantage of the nice weather outside and have gone on walks with baby Jacob. He loves the outdoors already. Like father like son. Here are a few photos of us with Jacob this past week.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Last night we celebrated Dave's 31st birthday by going out to eat. Then we came home and ate the yummy cake that Linda made (Dave's mom). We surprised Dave with trick candles that keep lighting up over and over again. He finally had to dunk them in water to get them to go out. Our house was pretty smokey by the time he got them all put out. hahaha Boy, Jacob has two goofy parents.