A Look Back – “May Moments & June Joys”

I think the most fleeting time of year for me is fall. Perhaps it’s because I’m mildly obsessed with it, and this year, I’m extra excited to be stateside for the season after almost 7 years of being in Japan. Summertime is a wonderful, slower time of year for me. I LOVE that it passes by more like a bullet train, whereas fall’s timeline is analogous to a rocket launch or Dumbledore using Fawkes for a quick escape. Poof! It’s gone! So, to sum it up, they both go by way too quick, but summer feels a little slower, and I treasure the pace! Here are some “moments and joys” from our 2015 spring/summer.
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Photo shoot for one of our new Little Kuro Cloths in “Miami Circa 1982” with my beautiful sister, Evangeline. Now in our shop!
We received the sweetest box of goodies from our dear friends in Japan! Including Kaipher’s yukata in the photos below! He was so thrilled to have it for the summer festivities!
The night before Father’s Day, we took Nathan to the Birmingham Zoo’s “Zoo Brew” event. The zoo stayed open later than usual, and a local brewing company along with a local BBQ company were present providing delicious food and chilled adult beverages. We rode the carousel, checked out the animal “night life”, and while waiting in line for the zoo’s train ride we watched fireflies dance around the creek that runs through the zoo’s estate.  It was a pretty magical night!
As always, I get “grossly festive” for most holidays. Here are some creations I made for The 4th of July.
We’ve spent chunks of our spring and summer visiting friends and family in Florida. Kaipher will start preschool the end of August, so we took full advantage of having very few commitments in Birmingham and really maximized the amount of time we were able to see our family. I’m still missing a few dear ones, people I haven’t had a chance to catch up with, but I know being in Alabama greatly increases the likelihood of seeing everyone at some point. Anyways, here’s a little snippet of some Florida fun!
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We wrapped up the month of June with Nathan’s birthday. I had Kaipher help me bake an Amazing Raisin birthday cake for him. I put on some Miles Davis, prepared myself for a total mess, and it was not stressful at all for this OCD mom, haha!
Oh! and he didn’t turn “29”, but Kaipher had used our “4” back in February so “34” wasn’t an option, and I wasn’t about to do “35”! 🙂
Along with baking the Amazing Raisin cake, we also tried a yummy new cocktail recipe.  You can find the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess (click link for ingredients & directions).

Ok, now back to work on Oslo & Alfred’s Halloween 2015 goodies!


Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black, and Nathan Black

A Look Back – “January Jiblets & February Frolics”

This “look back” is just a glimpse of what January and February 2015 held for us as a family, and our little business.
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January 18th – Kaipher waiting patiently in our hotel lobby for our ride to Haneda airport. After months of cutting massive amounts of “immigration-red-tape”, we had our embassy interview on January 15th, and my baby boy became a U.S. Citizen upon entry, and of all places, that was in Toronto, Canada!
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We watched “My Neighbor Totoro” countless times while living in the hotel, and Kaipher requested a “soot gremlin” drawing. I was able to keep my Society 6 shop up and running during our huge transition, and this print is available there now! Click here: “Soot Gremlins”
After arriving in Birmingham, AL, we spent two days unpacking and settling in, then we had to get out. Our first outing was to the Birmingham Zoo. Kaipher was obviously thrilled after days of packing, traveling, and unpacking. And big surprise, the flamingos were my favorite.
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Settling into our new home and enjoying our obligatory “seasonal tree”, along with a cozy fire, adult beverages, and some mind stimulating board games.
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Here’s another new print in my Society 6 shop!
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The nature trails in Mountain Brook are beautiful! We are loving our new neighborhood!
We also celebrated Kaipher’s 4th birthday in February! While we are missing Japan so very much, we are thrilled by this new chapter/adventure.
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Happy Birthday to my heart, my love, my baby boy, my little man!!!

Credits ~ Photography by: Nathan Black, and Taren S. Black