Sunday, December 11, 2011

miss you...

I scrapbooked....it's been awhile...

I was inspired by the paislee press design team...clean and crisp.


I know that I should work on my journaling...next layout, k?

The photo is circa 1972.  We were living in Ontario Canada at the time...little did I know it, but we were to move to the states 2 years later {we lived in Vancouver, BC inbetween}.

That's me and my grandma, who we called Obaachan {japanese for grandmother}.   When I think back about the timing, I didn't really know her then...she lived in Seattle and we lived in Toronto.  The move stateside had a huge impact on my life.  One of the best things about it was that my Obaachan lived with us for several years.  I never did the daycare thing when I was growing up. 

When I was older and had my own car I would do my Obaachan's grocery shopping at Uwajimaya.  My Mom and I still chuckle about the fact that I know the weirdest japanese words...mostly grocery oriented:)

Recently, I've been making lunchtime trips to Uwajimaya....I realized that one of the perks is to hear the issei's chatting in Japanese {I'm a nisei}...totally reminds me of my Obaachan.  There are days that it makes me smile...other days that it makes me blue.  She passed away in 1999, 2 months before my boy was born.  She never got to meet him but  she did know that she was going to have a great-grandson.

I'm so happy that my kids are close to their grandmother's....I know that they learn a lot from each other.

33 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, Amy! I love your layout. I don't do journaling well either. I speak only a little Japanese. I vacationed in Japan four times on my way back to the states when we lived in Indonesia. I took the kids(four) to Tokyo for the first time when my youngest was just short of ayear old. I have wonderful stories to tell. I was alone, spoke no Japanese and was dropped off on a six lane road across from the bus station. I loved the country so much that we went back three more times, each with my husband who was absent the first time. You must go some day if you haven't been. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  2. What a beautiful layout. I adore the clean lines, fab papers and lovely photo. Nice reading about your grandmother!

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  3. Absolutely amazing layout Amy! Love the spots of color on the craft.

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  4. Very cool layout. I like the CASness of it. Makes me think that perhaps I could scrap...

    Thanks for sharing your memories of your grandma. I miss mine too. She was one fantastic lady.

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  5. But you did journal ;) at least on here you did :):):) I loveeeeeeeeeeee this!! LOVING that photo and the pennant!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

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  6. Love it Amy! love the story too!

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  7. I love your LO and your post. Grandma's are SO important and I miss mine every day. How wonderful that you got to have a special relationship with yours! :) That is the best!!!

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  8. a beautiful layout and such wonderful memories. That would of made the perfect journaling on that page.

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  9. Love all your memories. One of my BFs is a "banana" so we joke all the time about her total lack of awareness about chinese culture (she burns rice all the time!). Ha! You are so good at cas with layouts...that much white space terrifies me!

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  10. heart strings, my friend, you're tugging heart strings with this wonderful creation. And you know, it doesn't matter how much you do or what timeline you're on, each one is a treasure in it's own space and time.

    Can you tell...I love this!

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  11. You are SOO full of culturally rich info, good golly, I absolutely adore reading about you, I hope you never ever stop sharing with us! I sure wish I lived closer to you so that I could experience you and yours firsthand. And now that I'm getting way back into scrapping {it's how I justify the little space that I do have}, your sharing paisleepress.com is spot on!!

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  12. What a sweet photo Amy! Great way to remember that special moment :)

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  13. Wow! Love that white space and that focal strip! :)

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  14. What a wonderful page and story Amy!

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  15. beautiful post, amy! loved the story:)

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  16. your lay out is as sweet as the story behind it :)

    **ok get up off the floor now! i know you fell off your chair when you saw a comment from me after so long! lol

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  17. OHHH! I LOVE this LO--I LOVE that banner and those papers!! LOVE everything about it! :)

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  18. Amazing layout!!!... I love the CAS style...and the banner strip!!!... Awesome Sista... hugs..xoxo

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  19. Not only beautiful but also touching!

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  20. What a sweet story, Amy, and a wonderful layout. Love the clean and graphic design. Sometimes a photo speaks a thousand words for you.

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  21. yay- Ontario Canada!!!!

    this is awesome

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  22. Beautiful post Amy, your story with grandma is so touching, and I love that clean look of the layout, I am not great at journaling as well, that is why I also skip that part on mine, LOL!

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  23. Thats funny that you know weird Japanese food words. I've always heard that Japanese is the hardest language to learn because the alphabet is so large and different then the word pronunciation is a totally different thing?? I wish I could go shopping there with you. That would be so neat. I love your project. Its beautiful.

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  24. Beautiful LO! And I love hearing about your family.

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  25. Love the layout, and hearing the memories behind it! Makes me miss my sweet little Austrian grandma (sniff).

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  26. Love, my friend, absolutely love.

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  27. Awww, love this sweet story and layout, Amy! I am sure your Obaachan is smiling down on you today>

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  28. SUCH sweet and ADORABLE memories! YOU are such a character! LOVE this post!

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Cheers,
~amy~