Friday, October 23, 2009

Kailey--Where's your pants??

Yesterday I was busy helping Ethan with something and Kailey was off playing in their room. She was playing nicely and being very quiet-not unusual for her, she is so good. Well several minutes later, she comes walking into the living room where I was with Ethan...

and Kailey comes walking in and all I see is her chunky little legs and cute little bottom walking around--I know I put pants and a diaper on her that morning, but somehow she got them off, but managed to leave her shoes on--she loves wearing shoes!!
So I ask her "Kailey, where are your pants and your diaper?" She points and I follow her to her room...

and nicely put in her dresser are her pants and her diaper!! I guess I can't complain at least if she is going to take her clothes off, she puts them away!
How can you possibly ever get upset at this innocent face?? Kids, you just never know what they are going to do next!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Yokohama-Part 1--CHINATOWN

On the Columbus Day holiday, we decided to head out to Yokohama. Yokohama is about a 45 minute train ride from us and is Japan's second largest city. Yokohama has tons to do in it--great restaurants, great shopping, the tallest building in Japan, etc. We decided to first hit Chinatown, which is the largest chinatown in Japan and one the the largest in the world. After just walking around for a little bit, Eric and I decided that we LOVE chinatown and can't wait to go back and explore more. First off, the food is amazing--they had tons of street vendors selling food and next time I think we will just eat as we walk. I have noticed since we have moved here, we eat out all the time, because the food is just AMAZING!! Another funny thing that happened is that we had about 3 people stop us and want to take pictures of their kids with our kids. It is so funny, I told Eric we need to start taking pictures of our kids with Asian kids! Anyways, here are a couple of pictures to give you an idea of what it is like!
Eric and Kailey in front of one of the many temples. I couldn't believe how ornate and colorful everything was!
Ethan posing in front of the lion statue

They had these really fun tiles on the sidewalk as you walked along. I thought they were so unusual.

The doorway to a chinese gift shop and restaurant. Everything was SOOO ornate and so colorful.

Almost every restaurant in Japan has a window outside where it has plastic examples of the dishes they serve. For us foreigners it makes it nice, because we can tell if we want to eat there or not. We thought this restaurant window had some interesting things in it. Notice the duck, fish and lobster at the top.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Back by popular demand...Ethan and Kailey

Well, a couple of people have complained to me that I haven't put any pictures up of the kids lately. So, here you are. I thought most people would enjoy seeing the sights of Japan and what cool things we are doing, but I guess pictures of the kids are most important! Here are some from the last couple of weeks.
There is this street right off base called Blue Street because it has blue tiles going down it. Anyways, everything is on Blue Street-tons of restaurants, shops, etc. As you walk along they also have lots of these bronze statues and Ethan ALWAYS stops so he can take pictures with them. So here is one of his pictures.
Kailey is a girl--she is OBSESSED with shoes. She is always going into her and Ethan's closet and bringing me shoes to wear. This particular night she found the Elmo slippers.
Ethan's first day of preschool--don't you love his posed smile--it is almost a little scary! A bunch of us moms got together and are doing a little co-op preschool. So far it is working out great.

Kailey loves crawling under everything. It is amazing what I can find her wedged under. Here it is just a chair at the table, however, other times she is under my microwave cart, or the bed--I don't know how she does it.

Kailey in her apron--she was helping me make dinner. So cute!
Daddy left his shoes out--Kailey not only loves to wear shoes on her feet, but also on her hands. She is always going into Eric and I's closet and putting our shoes on her hands and either crawling around or walking around with them--she is so silly!
I was brave one day and let both the kids paint--Kailey didn't last too long--I took my eyes off her for a second and when I looked back she was trying to eat the paint--she ended up with a blue mouth and green tongue!
Ethan wears his monkey costume at least twice a week and occasionally Kailey wants to be like him. So here she is being a monkey! It is a good thing Halloween is coming up soon so he actually has an excuse to dress up!

Apple Bottom Jeans, Boots with the Fur...Flo Rida Concert!

So, Eric and I are great parents, we really are. While other parents take their toddlers to see 'The Wiggles' or Disney on Ice...Eric and I took our 2 1/2 year old and 15 month old to a Flo Rida concert two weeks ago and they LOVED it--okay maybe not as much as us, but we had a great time! For those of you who don't know who Flo Rida is, he is a rapper that has a couple of top 20 billboard hits. He came here to the base and performed a free concert and we are not about to pass up a free concert with a semi-big performer. We went with two friends, Rachel and Rachele. Rachel is also a JAG and works for the same command as Eric and Rachele is one of my good friends here who I met in this orientation the base makes you do. She has a daughter named Kaiya who is a year older than Ethan. Anyways, we had a great time, next time we decided we needed to leave the kids at home, because they made it hard to be in the mosh pit at the front--just kidding!! I have to admit, the concert started out slow. They had this lame girl come out and rap who had no personality and all her songs sounded the same. She seemed to perform forever, but they the real act came out and Flo Rida was great--he is such a fun performer. Surprisingly we could get really close to the stage, so Rachel and Rachele and I ran up there a couple of times to try and get good pictures of Flo Rida. Here are some pics from our fun evening:

Flo Rida--you rock!!
It was some junior high school girl's birthday so Flo Rida brought her and a bunch of her friends up to sing and dance with him. It was pretty hilarious, because they were gettin' down!
Our friend Rachele and her daughter Kaiya
Our friend Rachel
You can't really see too well, but this is Flo Rida with his shirt off and the guy is RIPPED!! Even Eric was impressed! I thought this was a good image to end the blog with!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pimp My Ride!!

So in the states I was driving this:

A 2008 Mercury Mariner--fully loaded, black leather was beautiful and I almost cried when we took it down to Jersey to put it in storage.

Now, that I live in Japan, I most definitely have upgraded (not) and am driving this:

A 1995 Mazda MPV--I know, I know, I always swore I would never drive a van, but now I am a van driver and have to admit it is not that bad. So our car, you can kind of tell from the picture, is a piece of junk, but we love it and the best part we only paid $700, that is right--what a steal!! For being so junky, the car runs pretty well and doesn't have too many kilometers on it. The best part is, we don't care what happens to it as recently happened to me. The kids and I were going to visit a friend off base. The road to their house is SOOOOOO tiny. On one side is a fence covered in tons of overgrowth and on the other side is metal fence. Well, I missed the turn to her house and came back and was turning onto her street and remember ALL the streets in Japan are very narrow, anyways, I cut my turn too close and my car scraped up against the metal fence. Well, I tried to back up and fix it and again my car scraped, so finally I was like, who cares and just turned in scraping up the WHOLE side of my car. I was kind of embarrassed, because there was a japanese lady sitting there watching this whole episode and I know she was thinking, "stupid, gaijin (that means foreigner)". Well, I was telling my friend what I did and she showed me their car and it had scratches all over it. Anyways, that night, I fixed a nice dinner and over dinner I told Eric I had something to confess and told him about the car. I didn't think he would be upset or anything, but his response surprised me a little. He just laughed and said, "Who cares--that is why we have a $700 car!" What a great husband--anyways it is know a nice little laugh we have with others. Also, it is kind of funny because so many of my friends have similar stories about scraping their cars--it is pretty funny. So, moral of the story--it is nice to drive a beater!

On a side note, I have become very accustomed to driving on the other side of the road. I have a feeling when we finally move back to the states, driving will be a BIG adjustment--so watch out!