Monday, June 27, 2022

Catch Up 3

As I was going through the pictures I kind of thought the next one of Scarlett looks like me.  I'm not sure though, it is hard for me to see that sort of thing.  What do you all think?

One day we went to the Sasebo zoo.  It was on the small side, but we had fun.


I've gotten into plants lately and so I took a few picture of them.  These white flowers are no longer in bloom.
These next plants are practically dead.  These were my first set of plants and I was watering them way to much.  They also got some sort of bug infestation.  I feel like I've been fighting a loosing battle with keeping the plant alive.
I'm not sure if I ever posted a picture of the outside of our house so here it is!  We have termites right now so I'm honestly not very happy with it.  If we can find something closer to base that works for our family we will move.  That is hard to find though, so I'm not sure if it will ever happen.
This next picture shows the back of our house.  Those parking spots under the patio are rented out and we do not get to use them.
This tree is in our backyard.  
I took some pictures of the local flowers.  The gazebo thing is at our neighborhood park.
The next few were just on the side of the busy road.


We ventured a little further out in search of wisteria.  The bees love them and there was one nearby so the kids did not want to stand for this picture.





Sunday, June 26, 2022

Catch up 2

I was able to do some day trips with Calista and Beatrix while the big kids were in school but before they started Japanese school.  One day we tagged along with friends to a pretty good-sized shrine.

Sometimes we forget we live in Japan... just kidding... kind of.  Trips to shrines always make us feel like we are getting the full Japan experience.


This next torii gate is supposed to be floating in the water.  I guess you have to catch it when the tide is high, which we obviously did not.

Another day we went to a traditional Japanese village.

A traditional Japanese village with an awesome modern playground.
This next picture is back at our house.  Scarlett is planting a blueberry bush.

Some of the kids, including Calista, have their own strawberry plants.  She was so excited to eat her first strawberry off of the plant.  After about a month of having the strawberry plants, Beatrix realized she could eat the strawberries off of everyone's plants not just her own and we really couldn't stop her cusing lots of heartache for the other girls.
One day I went with a friend and her daughter to an indoor play place.  The girls had a blast.



We even went to a ceramics park in Hasami.  The park has old kilns and the town is full of shops selling pottery.  It was a cute town. and we got ice cream before heading home.





Friday, June 24, 2022

Cherry Blossoms 2022

We were able to go to several parks this year during cherry blossom season.  It was beautiful and I loved it.  The only downside is that Tucker, Penelope, and Bob were all out of town.  Tucker and Penelope were living it up in Okinawa with the YW/YM and Bob was in the states.






I even took pictures for some friends.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Band/Strings Concert

Of course, when Bob was out of town Tucker and Penelope had the longest music performance of all time.  It was about two and a half hours long and went well past Calista and Beatrix's bedtime.  It was a struggle to keep them quiet.  Tucker and Penelope did great though.  The kids were supposed to come up with their own stuff to play.  It could be from what they have been doing in class or not.  Tucker made up his own medley.  

The kids have since done a second concert, but I only took videos at this one :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Beatrix Model

I got an email with what will probably be the last of my kids modeling photos.  Since we no longer live by Tokyo it isn't really something we can do anymore.  Yes, it would be possible, but it would take much more effort than it is worth.  It was fun to see these pictures of Beatrix.  I'm glad we had the opportunity to do it while we could.

She totally rocked this shoot by the way.  It was probably the first and only shoot she did where she wasn't scared.