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Daddy’s off the Crutches

Daddy’s off the Crutches

After 6 long weeks on crutches because of a knee surgery, Elliot finally got to set the crutches down and walk again on his own 2 legs. The first thing he did was pick up the kids and give them huge hugs! Then I sent him to the grocery store. Reality hits fast around here! … Continue reading

Asher’s first day of preschool

Asher’s first day of preschool

Baby boy (I can only call him that here. If I call him that to his face, he firmly reminds me, “I NOT a baby boy. I a big boy!”) started preschool this week. He joined Isla’s preschool, though in a different classroom. When I picked up the kids at the end of preschool, Asher’s … Continue reading

Company

Company

Aunt Addie came all the way over here and spent a week with us during our holiday break. A week is nowhere near enough time to show off all the aspects of Okinawa that we love, but we did our best to give Addie the cliff notes version. We enjoyed her company so very much!

Crafting

Crafting

Isla loves her arts and crafts. I can remember when she was just a tiny tot, not even 2 years old, and she would sit in her highchair happily coloring or painting. She’s a bit older now, the highchair long since stored away, but not much else has changed. Here are a few pictures of … Continue reading

Training Wheels (video clip)

Training Wheels (video clip)

Isla and Asher both have new bicycles with training wheels, a gift from Daddy when he returned from deployment. So far, neither child has shown a ton of interest in riding these new bikes, and neither parent has taken much initiative to get out there and practice with them. But 1 day this week, we … Continue reading

Preschool Christmas Show

Preschool Christmas Show

What a difference a year can make. This year, Isla did not need any convincing or cajoling, and she also didn’t cry! When we arrived to the auditorium, she walked over to her teachers all on her own. On stage, she sang and danced with her classmates. She looked nervous, and afterward told us she … Continue reading

Haircut

Haircut

I’ve trimmed Asher’s bangs (can I call it that?) a number of times now, doing my best to avoid the inevitable haircut. But it was time. At the recommendation of a friend who has experienced similar issues as we have with haircuts here in Okinawa, I took Asher to an off-base, tiny salon. The owner, … Continue reading

Halloween

Halloween

After last year’s fiasco, plus the unsure timing of Elliot’s return from deployment, Isla and Asher got to choose their own costumes this year. I would have never guessed either child’s choice, and both worked well for a homemade costume. Leading up to Halloween, there were moments of near sabotage of their choices, but I … Continue reading

Playgrounds and Beaches

Playgrounds and Beaches

Lucky us, Okinawa is beautiful this time of year. Perfect weather (well except today, raining and dreary, last pictures, kids stomping in puddles). This weekend, we spent some time at one of the awesome playgrounds. Japanese playgrounds are in a class of their own. I just don’t even know how to explain the play structures … Continue reading

Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai Zoo

We spent our last day in Chiang Mai at the zoo, and I think it was a good choice. I’d be surprised if we ever again have the opportunity to feed sweet potatoes to a hippopotamus, or meat on a stick to a jaguar. We also got to take another ride with elephants. We’ve got … Continue reading