Monday, August 3, 2020

Beatrix Baby Video Compelation

Putting and going through all the videos of Beatrix's first year of life was pretty much the most nostalgic thing ever.  Newborns are so sweet.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Penelope's 9 Video

I have less then a month left of summer before school starts again.  That means its time for me to hurry up and put together my yearly compilations of the kids pictures/videos.  First up is Penelope.  Check it out.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Puzzles and More

I recently purchased a couple of puzzles from the thrift store.  This 1000 piece puzzle was the toughest by far I have ever done.  I think our last biggest was 300 pieces.  It was time consuming.  The only safe place to do it was to put this little table on top of our kitchen table.  It was safe up there from little toddler hands.  We kept all the not connected pieces right on the regular table and just ate around them.  The little table legs didn't interfere too much with the dining table.  It pretty much consumed my life for a week.  The kids and Bob helped here an there.  But there were a couple days where I pretty much ignored everyone and just worked on it.  I got to a point where I just needed it to be done and put away and the only way that was going to happen was for me to spend a lot of time on it.  Once I finished I took the table and put it back on the floor.  Sure enough before I had a chance to even take a picture of it, this happened. 
 I saw some KitKat flavors at the store that I don't remember seeing before.  I believe this first one was Roasted Green Tea and the second is Ocean Salt.
I was surprised how good the Ocean Salt one was.
Since Leon and Scarlett saw how much I was doing the puzzle they each created one for Bob and I to do. 
It was so hard!  We spent like two hours on it.  All the paper pieces kept blowing away when we breathed.  Mine had random pencil coloring on both sides to it was impossible to tell if the papers were flipped over or not.  I also had no idea what shape I was going for.  Aparrently Scarlett made two heart shapes for me.
Leon just straight ripped up a piece of paper and expected Bob to put it together.  He gave up.  We had to ask the kids not to make us any more puzzles.
 Everyone was fascinated by a praying mantis we saw at the park.
I got my first ever hard boiled double yoke.  The kids were super happy about this.  Bob told us that for breakfast the same day he also got a double yoke.  What are the odds?
 I love that I can now leave the kids and spy on them while away.
And lastly just a video of Beatrix and our vacuum.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Busy Calista

Calista keeps us pretty busy every day.  Here are just a few pictures and videos I pulled off my phone from the last week of her.
She is the only one of my kids to actually climb up shelves like this.  Nothing is safe.  Don't even ask me what is going on in the next picture.  I think she said something about being a nice ghost.
Oh and she totally has Bob wrapped around her finger.  They make cookies or some treat together pretty regularly always at her request.  She started even asking Bob right when he gets home from work if they can make cookies.

I'm not sure what gave her to urge this day, but whenever she sings I love it. 

Later that same night she walked in with Scarlett and Leon and informed us she was the badest badguy.  It was hilarious. 

I sure do love her. 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Cinderella Shoes and a New Puppy

Beatrix had a little bit of a Cinderella situation going on the other day with her "glass slippers."
The funny thing was she didn't seem to mind at all that her foot was bulging out and the clasp couldn't even reach to close.  Chubby little baby feet are the cutest.  Don't mind the artwork she did on herself.  And no need to be sad that it would wash off, there is plenty more of that all over our wallpapered walls.

Its been pretty rainy here lately so we spend most days indoors.  Things get a little crazy.  I'm still not sure what is going on in the next picture.  Maybe it is the aftermath of a fort?
But the next one I know all too well.  Calista goes into her room and pulls all her clothes out and changes at least 538 times a day. 
 A family we know moved into our neighborhood and we were so excited we made them rocks and put them outside their house.  Everyone is always moving away, it is rare that someone we know actually moves closer to us.
 We did get the occasional chance to sneak away to the park.

 Oh and Calista got a new puppy.
I seriously found them like this and she told me Beatrix is her dog.  She has the yarn tied around her waist and they were going all around the house like this.  Thank goodness it wasn't around her neck.

I cannot believe we only have about a month left of summer.  I'm trying hard to cherish this time I have.  Summer days with kids are the best!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Odawara Children's Forest

The kids and I made the hour and a half drive to Odawara Children's Forest last week.  It had an awesome bridge.

 A few neat playgrounds.

 But the most popular attraction for the kids was a large grassy hill.
It was pretty big and the kids spent hours going down it again and again.

I was surprised how long they spent on this hill and how many times they were willing to walk back up it.  It was even rainy and drizzly the whole day.  Calista and Beatrix were so tired when we finished they fell asleep almost immediately once we got in the car to go home.

I love to check out new places and parks and I do not regret going, we had a lot of fun.  I do thing there are closer parks that are equal to or better than this one though.

Monday, July 20, 2020

House Plans

Before we came to Japan to live we bought land with the intent to build a house near where we were living in Washington.  As we now move closer and closer to the move back to Washington day arrives (T-minus two years) it is time for us to get more serious about our house building plans.  Right now the plan is for us to get the land as ready as possible before we move back.  Then for Bob to build the house himself during his spare time once we arrive.  It isn't the easiest way to do it, but with Bob doing all the labor we should be able to afford the exact house that we want.  And building a house is something Bob really wants to do.

Here is the plan that we have been thinking seriously about.
We would tweak this to our exact liking.  One major change would be a garage with a mudroom would be attached to the side near the entrance, which is about the middle of the house.

I'm also thinking about shortening the island so I can move the table area along the wall.  It would be perpendicular with the island instead of parallel to it.  But I'm really not sure on this so if anyone has input in that area that would be great.

We want to turn the mech room into a pantry, and do a few changes to the layout of the master bathroom.
Upstairs we would probably turn the second master into a playroom and the office into a bedroom.  That way all four girls will share the bigger room and the boys will share the smaller room (labeled office).  The playrooms and bedrooms will have access to lofts that will be above the bathroom/closets.  The ceilings will all be vaulted except the bathroom/closet making the lofts possible.  We will probably move the smaller bathroom to the end of the hall (where the opening to the office is) so the bathroom door leads to the hallway instead of directly into a bedroom and a closet will go in it's place.
What do you think?  I'd love any suggestions or advice we haven't gotten any real plans drawn up so this is the perfect time to change things around.