natasha is 15 - see birthday loot below, mostly obtained on a day of shopping & eating out that tashi & i shared. susanna grace is 8 months. brock is celebrating with a trip to japan - he had a little glitch in his scheduling, and this was the result, but he made tashi a cake before leaving.
i am wishing that i was in tokyo with him, attending the world's largest quilt show at the tokyo dome. it is a january essential for me. i have gone every year, but one, when i was in the u.s. working on mia's u.s. citizenship, since the show opened 6 years ago. tashi and i have used it as her birthday outing on more than one occasion. lex and tash have both had winning quilts in the junior category at the show - no small honor. my girls and i would soak in the details of the winning quilts in all categories, relish the antique quilt displays, and then unload our money at the dreamy vendor booths. this is where i started my antique quilt collecting. i just got an email from an anique quilt vendor who i met at the show. she was on her way back to new york after a week in tokyo.