My daughter-in-law's parents are visiting from Japan, so I made them a little book to take back with them of photos of his stay with them last year (this year was cancelled at the very last minute due to the Tsunami) and I have also included 'big' events of this past year up to date. Such as first day at school in his new uniform, winning a medal in the school sports day, special photos with mum and dad, learning to ride his bike without stabilisers in the pouring rain - that sort of thing.
The book was inspired by one a forum friend Paula made me - you can see her blog here obviously mine isn't a patch on the one she made, and I didn't have all the wonderful embellishments she used, but Haruko's parents seemed very happy with it and my grandson explained to them in Japanese all the events and Haruko translated all the messages for them.
It was a very hot and humid six week summer break in Japan last year so an afternoon nap was essential!
There are lots of exotic insects in JiJi and BaBa's (grandad and grandmother) garden. This was a green stick insect that was on his bedroom windowledge. At least I think it was a stick insect. Long and bright green, with long long legs - and perfectly harmless
I won't bore you with the rest of it - just wanted you to know that I haven't given up!