Buddy and his tricks…

Our bedroom and all guestrooms are off limits for Buddy and he knows this well, but every once in a while I hear a small movement and realize that Buddy is not outside the door but actually under the bed. He sneaks in and slithers under the bed so he can be close to us without being caught.



So I coax him out with a little playtime. 



…then I kick him out of the bedroom. 🙂 Mommy has tricks, too! 



Naming humans

Like most neurotics who think about having kids (or not having kids, but maybe having kids, if…), I have thought about potential offspring names for many years; however, it is a different task when a child is actually on it’s way. Then you have to factor in the other half of its creation which was something you could only speculate before. While there were a lot names I had in mind before, none seemed fitting to a half Asian child (usually due to pronunciation issues) or fitting to my husband’s surname, my new name.

So we started thinking about lots of short, simply, international names. Well I did, my husband does not spend nearly as much time thinking about things as I do. I really seem to enjoy thinking…

While we had several finalists when our daughter was born, we chose a name that came to us after her birth. In this way, my husband has the advantage with not thinking so much, because he offered up a very unique and interesting name that I love. My concern is, will she love it? On her 3rd day of life, we were literally saying to each other,

“Either way, you choose.”

“No, I like both, too, you choose.”

“Ok, so it’s ****?”


“Really? It can be ***”

“OK! ***”

“Are you sure?”

What was so interesting to me is that the names embodied completely different images to me. I do believe that your name shapes you in some way, and not just if it is crazy or strange. So we were debating between an incredibly popular name and a unique name that only exists in nicknames and not so common at that. We chose the latter: Fio. I hope she loves it or learns to and that it shapes her in good ways and fits the shape she feels! The following graced my wall on Facebook:

A very universally unique name, for our international lady. We hope she likes it!! 

…so far she also goes by Super Chunk, Babe, Bubs, Tane-chan, Angel, Bendy, Beauty, and a few others, but Fio just kind of called out to us, and after much delineation on it’s uniqueness, we decided to embrace the calling! 

世界中でも珍しい名前なんですが、いろんな国の名前のニックネームです。「フィオ」というは「フィオナ」とか「フィオレ」とかのニックネームできるような名前です。「フィオ」だけの意味ないけどフールネームは「美しい」と「花」になります。今年世界中に「フィオ」に生まれる児は一人だけかもしれませんが、顔みると「フィオ」という名前はバッチリ似合うと思いました。大きくなっても自分も好きならいいね!Happy Birthday, FIO!

Miss Fio HosokuraHereby named FIO