Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Mom, I passed."

Examination Hell is now behind us! A very nervous Makoto went with his dad yesterday to look at the board outside of the high school he was hoping to enter. His number was there.

I was on the other side of town, waiting in the parking lot of the supermarket I frequent for his call. What a happy call it was. And after he told me, I knew just what to get for supper! Last night we got to celebrate his good news.

We also got to congratulate Nozomi for bringing home her driver's license yesterday. She passed, too.

Three down, one to go. Next year Ai will be taking her high school entrance exams. Until then.... we can go back to "normal."

Monday, March 2, 2009

A BIG This-and-That Week at Our House

Ai came home from school feverish last week Thursday. Friday the doctor confirmed that she has influenza, and she is quite tired of be sick and tired by now.

Today Nozomi graduated from high school. Anata and I went to the ceremony and the reception in the gym afterwards. After that we went home and nodded off for a while.

Tomorrow Megumi and her boyfriend will arrive in Japan and take the shinkansen up to stay with us for 4 weeks! The siblings are excited. It's nearly 3 years since they've seen their big sister.

Thursday Makoto will be taking his last high school entrance exam. Saturday will be his junior high school graduation ceremony.

And finally on Sunday we will have a BIG celebration with sekihan (azuki bean rice), o-sashimi, and beer as long as no one else gets influenza!