Saturday, January 31, 2009

Say Hello to....

Thomas (aka Tom Tom)
We adopted a dog today.
Seth has been begging.
We felt bad.
He's high energy, but so is Seth.
We are hoping they are a good match.
So far, so good, let's hope Jer's allergies hold out.

Happy Birthday Steven!

Steven turned 14, fourteen, juushi.
We will have a high schooler (yikes!) this fall, I think that means we are getting old.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Everyday Okinawa

Back in December I had taken some photos of just stuff around Okinawa to share with all of you, but they kind of got lost in the holiday shuffle.

I took this picture because there is someone in the sidecar on that scooter! See the helmet? It had Jer and I cracking up. Sometimes we are not good ambassadors.

This is one of the roads I travel down often. It is my chosen way to get to the Air Force base. It is not a big road. I really have to get pictures of the mirrored curve on this road that is only wide enough for one car at a time.

Jerry took this photo. This tree in on Kadena AFB. We just think it is really cool.

Around Christmas we were out shopping at Makeman (read Home Depot) and these orchids amazed me. They were so gorgeous. Some of them were HUGE. When I think I have read enough about their care not to kill it, I may get one.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Herding Cats

Garrett had his first preschool field trip. They have been learning about the ocean and its creatures in class so we went to the aquarium. Wow, what an interesting experience with thirteen 3-5 year olds.
This is the whale shark. This tank was huge. You can kind of tell by the size of the people at the bottom of the picture. There were also rays in here that were unbelievably big.

The sharks,

thankfully not this big in the tank,

Holy lobster, Batman!

Garrett with his "buddy" for the day, David.

Mommy: Hey Garrett, what is this?
Garrett: An oxsanapuss!

Another cool botanical creation.

There is soooo much we didn't get to see and do. The aquarium is located in what is called the Ocean Expo Park, there are a lot of things to do. Garrett was dying to go to the huge play area, unfortunately it has to wait for next time. But we will definitely be back!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Take Me Out to the Playground

Garrett wanted to go to the playground on his day off from school. It was actually sunny so off we went. Parking is an issue here, so I had to keep driving around trying to find somewhere to park. Every time we passed the park, Garrett would yell "There it is Mommy". Every time.

The Japanese are very efficient people. Even the playground equipment is efficient.
Concentrate, concentrate.

The see saw, teeter totter, whatever you like to call it, was fun. I love this picture, it is just so Garrett.

Buried treasure, part of a tangerine! Funny, someone's mom thought they ate their snack, little did she know it was at the bottom of the big hole they were digging!

Silly little boy. I love this picture too.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday Night, Time to Get Down

Happy Tuesday.
The kids were bored, let's all enjoy.
Sorry, parts are sideways; I don't know how to flip the videos. Hopefully, you are watching from a laptop, turn it sideways ;).

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm

Okay, so I had to go to the Naha airport today. This was the first time I have driven there or been back since arriving on island. It was actually not hard at all, lucky for me. I have this innate ability to get really turned around. It is not like I couldn't find my way out of the paper sack, but still my directional ability is not the best. My husband will attest I am sure.
While I was good with the getting there and back, I am still a little freaked out. My car talked to me. In Japanese. More than once. I wonder what it said. I mean how do you figure that out? Ask Okinawan to take a ride with me and tell me what the car wants?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

For Liz......

Weren't expecting this were you? This picture is a scanned photo of Jerry's grandfather on Guam during World War II. His grandfather is standing, sixth from the left. Make sure you click the picture and make it bigger. I wouldn't want you to miss seeing the guy with the bra on his head. Once Marine, always a Marine......

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Flickr Meme

Thought it was fun. Go to Flickr. Type the answer to each question in the search box. You can only use pictures from the first page that comes up. Have fun!
1. What’s your name?

2. What’s your favorite food?

3. Where did you go to school?

4. And then?

5. And then?

6. Who’s your celebrity crush?

7. Who’s your favorite Disney princess?

8. Favorite drink?

Everyday (except in Okinawa, where it is NOT SOLD, OMG)

Special Times

9. Dream vacation?

10. Favorite dessert?

11. What do you want to be when you grow up?

12. What do you love most in life?

13. One word to describe you?

14. What do you dream about?

Thursday, January 8, 2009