This is the swap that started all the bento love. The pink with monkey items are what I sent, the yellow black items are what I receieved. I had originally planned to send some of the items that I had ordered as well, but they took too long getting here. I will give them as easter gifts to my nieces and nephews. although I admit to hoarding most of the loot.
While waiting for my package, I made some furoskhiki and some paractice bentos. I decided to create some bentos for my nieces as well. I had previously made one for my youngest nephew and now need to make one for his older brothers.
I have finally received my bento supplies from Japan. I ordered several items to help cook traditional bento items, two bentos for myself, molds for eggs and rice (onigiri), furikake (sprinkles for rice and onigiri), and bento accessories.
Spring is here and we have been very busy. Over spring break we did a little gardening, put together our new patio furniture, and hosted a family BBQ. We managed to get some large items to the dump, cleaned the house (not that you can tell), and went to see a couple movies and activities.

I have also been very busy helping the kids prepare for the prom, planning Danny's graduation party and his moving, and planning for our family vacation and the kids camp.

To finish Alex's prom look we have determined a nail polish style, I also made her corsage and a crochet shrug. Her dress (and spring) have also inspired some painted pottery that we made on an outing. Alex chose a cup and saucer to drink coffee from. I made a robins egg as a keepsake for her and painted some bud vases to represent tulip/bulbs. i thought they could also be used as egg cups for Easter.