today’s elijah :: trying out kiwano

paul has been very helpful doing some grocery shopping when i’m not feeling well.

he’s so adventurous that sometimes he brings home some food that i don’t know what to do with.

the other day, he came home with this african fruit called ‘kiwano‘.

the two boys liked it and finished it all making loud sucking noises. according to them, it tasted like a banana.

i’d have been more adventurous if i wasn’t pregnant. but for now, i’d rather eat a real banana.

today’s elijah :: school play at japanese school

elijah started to go to the japanese school here in saskatoon since september last year.  the class takes place every sunday morning for two hours.  elijah is in the preschool class and i help out as a teacher’s aide.  i make materials and do some drawings for them.

we had a school play day at the end of march.  elijah’s class did a traditional russian story called “the great big turnip“.  for this play, i painted the background image.

there are six characters in this story — grandpa, grandma, grandchild, dog, cat, and mouse.  we have 8 kids in our class, so we told them to pick the role they like and we could have two of the same character.

everyone picked a character except elijah.  at that point, all the roles were taken.  so we told him that he can be any character he wants.  so he picked…

an elephant.

「ぞうさんに、な、り、た〜い!(i want to be an elephant!!)」

he said that out loud standing on his chair.

then, he told me the day before the play that there is no elephant in the story…

too late, elijah!!

hisaishi joe :: kaze no toori michi

from ‘my neighbour totoro’. elijah’s favorite characters are mei-chan and makkuro-kurosuke.

he goes ::
“makkuro-kurosuke, deteoide! denaito medama wo hojikuruzo~!”
(come out, makkuro-kurosuke. or we’ll spoon out your eye balls~!”)

you’d be able to hear him from another planet.

hisaishi joe

today’s elijah :: ‘go canada, go!’

elijah’s cheer didn’t reach to the canadian junior hockey team.

canada lost the gold medal to usa in the world junior hockey championship final last night. the final took place in saskatoon. it would’ve been exciting if they won…

meanwhile, ‘go canada, go!’ turned into elijah’s rock concert…

today’s elijah :: happy halloween!


happy halloween!

no. wait a minute. it’s a new year!
funny how fast time passes…

two years ago, elijah was a pouty penguin for halloween.  last year, he was super dave osborne.

this year, he went as the beatles. i got a pattern for a toddler suit. i improvised the collar to make it look like the beatles suits. i also made a yellow submarine plush toy since it is one of his fave songs. as with my usual tradition, i made it the night before the halloween.

elijah’s love for the beatles started in september when we bought the beatles rock band game.  we put elijah on our laps when we play the drums. he’d hold the sticks as we play.  elijah was hooked.


since then, elijah has been asking to play the beatles on stereo every single day, day and night.  at the breakfast table, he’d ask,

elijah (in japanese): “what should we listen to?”
mama: “anything is fine.”
elijah: “let’s play the beatles!” (with visible enthusiasm)

i borrowed a DVD of ‘the ed sullivan show’ from the library.  it includes not only the beatles, but the other musician and comedians from the original shows in 1964.  all elijah cared about was the beatles.  he wanted me jump ahead to the part where the beatles were playing.  one of the dvds was scratched and kept skipping during the part where the beatles play ‘ticket to ride’.  i was trying to fix it while elijah was screaming his head off and crying —

“mama, chigauyo!  beatles shite yo! (mama, it’s wrong!  do the beatles!)”


he’d strum the pink guitar that i found at value village and jump and sing ‘hard days night’ over and over again.  he’d tell me to sit behind him and play the drums, papa to play the bass/guitar, and his stuffed red dog to be george. he’d stand in front of the microphone stand and sing like john.

he’d say “mama, ringo shitene.  papa ha paul dayo” [‘mama be ringo, OK?  papa is paul’]

it helps papa’s name is also paul.


after having watched the movie, ‘hard days night’, he’d run around as the song starts — just like the beatles!

the outfit is not perfect — the front doesn’t close properly, i used black felt for the inner part of the sleeves since i ran out of the gray felt.  the pants were too short around the belly, so i attached black felt belt.


nonetheless, he seemed happy to look like the beatles.


eric whitacre :: sleep

eric whitacre

choral superstar eric whitacre conducted the vocalessence chorus & ensemble singers, the st. olaf choir, and the 160-voice minnesota high school honors choir in a performance of “sleep”–part of the sold-out vocalessence “eric whitacre extravaganza” on march 22, 2009 at orchestra hall, minneapolis.

lying in his bed last night, elijah said:


“mama, close the door. make it dark. come in together (in the blanket)? elijah give you a hug. played a lot today. bought a digger, before that, ate soup. before that, took a bath. it was fun. how come we sleep. strange. don’t understand…”

oyasumi, elijah-kun.