Tuesday, October 19, 2010


No much going on, which is probably a good thing!  We still don't have a house yet, meaning we've been homeless going on 5 weeks since we returned to Japan, but 9 weeks since we actually last had a home of our own.  I'm fine with it for myself, the daily maid service still hasn't lost it's novelty, and neither has the big, fat check they give me every month for staying in the temporary lodging facility (TLF)!  But it's getting harder and harder on the kids.  Especially Ethan.

My heart is breaking for my sweet baby.  We drove by our old house today, and all his friends were outside playing, and he just broke down, sobbing, begging me to let us move back to our old house.  This is the 3rd or 4th time he's had a break down like that since we've been back.  It's just so sad.  After the 2nd time, I realized that in the last year, his entire little world has just crumbled down around him, he's literally lost everything he knows and loves.  First, his dad disappears off the face of the earth, then we had to give away his beloved dog (as you know, we got Feni when E was two, he called Feni his "brother" and loved him so much), then he had to leave the school he loved as the year ended and he was moving on to kindergarten, then he lost his house, which is the only home he's ever known, and along with that went all his neighborhood friends.  My only consolation is that in a few years he won't remember all this loss and pain, but I am worried about how it will affect him in the long run.  Have I scarred him for life?

On the up side, all 3 kids are settled in school.  None of them had any trouble catching up, they're all happy with their teachers and so far they're all doing really well.  Both girls opted not to run cross country this year, they'd already missed nearly half the season by the time we returned to Japan, and knew they'd have extra homework and studying the first few weeks back in school.

Work is AWESOME!!!  Several times a day I just shake my head in wonder "I'm actually getting PAID to do this!"  Unbelievable.  I'm making more money than I've ever made in my entire life (that's actually not saying much, I haven't exactly been the most productive worker over the last 2 decades) doing a job that I *LOVE*.  My co-workers are great, I have my own office and a secretary (all of my working life, I'VE always been the secretary!!!) and I'm my own boss.  I pretty much set my own schedule as well, as long as the work gets done on time, my time is pretty much my own.  Today I was able to leave at 10:30 to go eat lunch w/ E at school.  I buzz in and out of international meetings and conference calls everyday, working w/ the Japanese military, as well as people in Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Guam, Hawaii and the US.  Just got word this week that I'll "required" to attend a week long workshop in Hawaii next month.  Geez, talk about torture!  Sigh.  Life is good right now.  (I was soooooo afraid to actually type that!  I'm terrified of jinxing myself!)

This weekend, Sarah and fam will be coming to visit for the day, so I'll get my fix of the adorable Sakura-chan, while enjoying a yummy brunch and great company.

I could go on, but those are the highlights!  I still have pix from the States, and some nice ones from Day Two of our Mother's Day trip last May that I really want to post.  I'll try to get to it this week, I promise.

Monday, October 11, 2010

My beautiful girl

Yokota High School Homecoming 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Beach Babies

These were taken on Navarre Beach.

Beach Bums

While in Florida, we stayed in a little efficiency apartment on the base that was situated about 50 yards from Choctawhatchee Bay.  There was a marina w/ a little convenience store and a really nice beach area.  We were at the beach, and in the water, every.single.day. sometimes all day long. Most of the time we were the only ones there because summer vacay was over and everyone else was back to work and school.

Ethan over came his fear of the water and swam like a little fishy for hours on end and we all got mega  awesome tans!

I really, really miss living near the water and beach! 

 We had beautiful views like this at every single restaurant we went to, most places had awesome patio dining, which we took full advantage of it (this was at Red Lobster)!
Our lunchtime view at Harry T's in Destin, FL

Friday, October 1, 2010

First Day of School

G and M, 11th and 8th grade (that's G's pride and joy behind them)

 My baby started "big kid" school, full-fledged kindergarten!