Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tot Shabbat

My very good friend Rebecca Utech and her beautiful daughter Hana

Hello there! Sorry I've been MIA, but I've got some BIG developments coming and can't wait to share it with you once everything is ready. Until then, let me catch you up on what me and my family have been doing. Mainly getting ready for the holidays and they are fast approaching, but we do make sure to spend time with friends and have some fun. Most recently, Masaya and I attended Tot Shabbat at Congregation Shir Shalom in Williamsville, New York last Friday. Now, I am not of the Jewish faith, but I love this congregation. Everyone is always so warm and welcoming and I love that they have so many events open to the community and so many events for younger children. I've attended several with my friend Rebecca, who is a member, and I have not been disappointed. We had a great fellowship with other families followed by a short service with Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein and songs and a craft for the children. Not only is it a great environment, but learning about different cultures and 
people is so enriching for not only my son, but for me too. We both leave there feeling happy, united and like a real member of the community. I encourage you all to get involved with any groups in your community if you haven't already because it truly benefits the mind, body and spirit. Until next time friends!!!

Love Malinda xoxo

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Japanese Cultural Day in Buffalo, NY

Masaya with two lovely ladies in traditional kimono wear at the Buffalo Museum of History.
In the immortal words of Game of Thrones, "Winter is coming." So I hope all of you are staying warm and keeping active. Yesterday my family and I attended the annual Japanese cultural day here in Buffalo, NY. It is so important that my son not only knows about this side of his family, but that it becomes second nature to him. It is not enough that he is able to communicate in Japanese, but he must also know his history as well. I mean, how can you get to where you're going, if you don't know where you've come from? So off we went to the Buffalo Museum of History and meet with the Japanese group of Buffalo to learn that history. We saw a Kendo demonstration, which is a Japanese martial art that descended from traditional swordsmanship. We participated in the traditional tea ceremony and saw  beautiful Ikebana display, or traditional Japanese flower arrangement. Afterwards we strolled through the gardens that truly made me feel like I had returned to Japan, even for a few moments. All in all, it was a great family day, with rewards uniting my son with his past.

Love Malinda xoxo

     Ikebana and Japanese tea ceremony. You're doing good Masaya!

Having fun at the Buffalo Japanese Gardens

Saturday, November 2, 2013

I found my heart in Tokyo, Japan….

Hello friends!!!! Happy November. Can you all believe that this year is almost to and end and a new one is just around the corner? Time waits for no one, let me tell you. So start off this new month right. Make it new. Whatever was holding you back last month, let it go! Try something new, start a dream, make a new goal and leave the past where is belongs…in the past.

I am celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary today. Traditionally, the 6th year calls for iron and the flowers associated with the year are calla lilies. I do need new pots and I love those flowers (though I don't think they are in season anymore). But, I can look back at all the ups and downs I've had with my husband and know that I love him and he loves me. We are a family, with our son Masaya and new addition of little puppy Dexter. We are a unit and every day, week, month and year, I remind myself that if we want to win as a team, we have to work together as a team. Being committed to someone is no walk in the park and marriage is not for everyone. It is hard giving, compromising and effectively communicating every single day. But hey, that is what success calls for…putting in the work. My marriage isn't perfect, but perfection is not what I'm looking for. There are days when he drives me crazy and other days when I literally just want to walk away and be done with it. I know he feels the same. But we stick with it because the good days out weigh the bad ones, the happiness is greater then the sadness or disappointments and there is just too much love that surrounds us. So to my dear husband Kenji, here's to many more years of love, happiness, arguments, dirty looks, sweet kisses, warm embraces and a united team.

Love Malinda xoxox

Here's a look back at all our celebrations. And yes, we had 3 weddings. Well…technically, we had 3 receptions and two weddings, but whose counting!!!!

Our Traditional Japanese wedding in my husbands hometown of Iwate, Japan.

Our Tokyo reception with close friends and co-workers

Our grand NYC wedding at Penthouse 15 on 37th Street in the heart of Manhattan.