Saturday, June 27, 2015


We are happily at Frogtown Cottage and really enjoying our new porch!

Here is the photo album we'll be posting to over the summer:

Summer 2015

or you can check out the loslemleys Instagram.

Monday, June 01, 2015


"Um, Mom, do you know where soap comes from? [pause] Starfish blood."  - Lola

"Mom, I love you more when you are away." - Maximo 

[after I came back from two nights away, I hope it's his take on 'absence makes the heart grow fonder']

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What We're Up to These Days

I love blogging and I hate that I am not blogging more here.  I am blogging a lot professionally and always sharing through social media, but I like the sharing of this space...

The sharing of our family, our life as expats...  I have hopes to write in this space more frequently... and I hope to make it happen soon.

For now, here are to little snapshots of life for us right now with Mo and Lo.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Little Lola is Four!

We've had an action packed day that started with family gifts  - continued with a party with her friends - and is ending with a smorgasboard of leftovers and a playing with all of her new toys.

It was a great day and she's really gotten so big.  I still remember being in Rokko Island Hospital like it was yesterday.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Maximo's First Presentation - Family Book

Maximo has a presentation tomorrow.  He brought his notes home to practice this weekend.  I think this may be the first oral presentation he has ever really done... and it's in Japanese.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

7-5-3 Ceremony

Shichi-go-san: 7-5-3

This year, we went to the Ikuta Shrine for the 7-5-3 Ceremony.  七五三 is a traditional rite of passage in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. (Source: Wikipedia).  Read more about the history here.

We tried to do this our second fall here, but 3 year old Maximo would not cooperate.  We even resorted to bribery with lollipops, but he wouldn't even put the kimono on.  It was beautiful with a big dragon on the back... after about 45 minutes of begging, we finally looked at each other and figured the distress was not worth it and left to find a taxi home.  I was 7 1/2 month pregnant with Lola, so it was a fairly easy decision, as I was not really supposed to be moving around tons.

I was scarred by this event, so we stayed away from the ceremony when Maximo was 5, but figured this year would be perfect since Maximo was 7 and Lola was 3 for a few more months.

It was a beautiful fall day.  The kids were great, especially with the amount of sitting around time between the "dressing" and the actual ceremony.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Maximo is 7!

Maximo's Birthday dinner at the sushi go round.

We've had a busy 3 weeks back in Japan.

The first week was spent getting over jetlag.

The second week was spent going back to work.

This week was the first full week we had with students... and Maximo's 7th birthday.

Maximo's First Day of 1st Grade & Lola's first day of Pre-K3.

Here are pictures of his birthday party at the bowling alley...  and I've started a new album on the right - our autumn folder.

Maximo is 7 - Birthday Bowling Bash

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June in Lola's Notes

We're getting ready to fly to Savannah in a few hours.  As always, the end of the year has been crazy.  Here's our June through Lola's notes from her daycare.  Enjoy!