Monday, October 16, 2017

Godzilla Park

We finally made it out to the kids favorite place...Godzilla park.  The day we went happened to be a Japanese holiday, we had no idea, and great weather, like 80's so it was a bit crowded.

First thing we did was get a "Memorial photo." 
Before you get to the playground you half to walk about a half mile first through a field of flowers and then up the hill.  Did I mention it was hot?  

Bob thought this bridge was pretty cool.
It seemed like a lot of the flowers were dying, but I took pictures of a few anyway.  Tons of people were looking at the flowers.  It would be a great spot of family pictures.

Once you crest the hill you are greated by Godzilla.  Rar!
Of course he is a slide.

Just behind Godzilla is a pretty decent sized playground.
We had fun.
These slides really hurt your backside.  So next time we went to the 100 yen store we bought little plastic slides that you are supposed sit on when you go down these roller slides.
This metal slide was seriously fast.  Calista and I went down it and I went way faster than I wanted to.  Lets just leave it at that.

It seems like most Japanese parks come equipped with a zip line.
The view from one of the tower things.

This kids were all read faced and sweaty by the time we left the playground.
Instead of walking back to the car we decided to go the other direction down the hill to see what else the park held.  And it had another, newer playground.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Watch What I'm Wearing

As the season is changing it can be fun to get out fall clothing.  I wish I could switch to warmer attire but it looks like I won't be getting the rest of my wardrobe until December.  I'd love to see what everyone else is wearing though.  Link up :)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hotel Life

Now that we've been living at the Navy Lodge for about a month and a half it has started to feel a little like home.  It is a pretty good size for a hotel but pretty small for a family of 7.  I think it is slightly bigger than Bob's and my first apartment we had before we had kids.  I took some pics mainly so I can remember it when looking back.

This first picture is the view from the front door.  It has a small 4 person table, a tv,  couch and chair.  The tv stand is my dresser. 
Now the view of the front door.  That bucket contains loaner toys a friend gave us.  And the kitchen is on the left.
Here is the kitchen with the full size oven I am scared to use, because of the fire alarm and the teeny tiny washing machine that only holds a few things and takes 40 minutes to it isn't really worth it.
Right around the corner is a little hallway with a desk.  I love this area.  Without a spot for our computer, living her would be much harder.  I can sit here and work on things when the kids are sleeping in the other room.

In this next picture you can see  the chair from the desk and the closet.  I should have gotten a better picture but half the closet is for shoes and coats and the other half is Calista's bed.  It works pretty well because she is separated from the rest of the kids so they don't wake her up.  We never shut it all the way, but we can partially shut the closet so it is darker for her.  It is not a walk in closet or anything like that, just a regular one.  Her co-sleeper that was on our bed fits perfectly in the closet.
Then onto the room.  It has one queen bed and two twins.  A tv that sits on top of a dresser and a couple of nightstands.  Penelope and Scarlett share the dresser.
The kids rotate who gets to sleep on the bed and on the floor.  One floor spot is in between these two beds.  That night stand is where Leon keeps his clothes.
The other sleeping spot is underneath the larger window in the next picture.
In the next picture you can see the entrance to the bathroom.  Once you go in the toilet and shower are to the right and have a seprate door.  We let Tucker and Penelope stay up later than the others and they read in the bathroom.  Bob's clothes are also in the drawers in the bathroom.  Tucker's drawers are in the bench drawers and Calista still uses her suitcase.
You can see all the swimsuits hung up.   We could seriously use another spot to hand things, in there.
Things I like about living here:

Someone comes and makes the beds everyday.
Someone comes and empty's the trash everyday.
Someone comes and sweeps and vacuums and brings towels everyday.
Free continental breakfast that I never have to make.
There is a toy set right outside.
Upstairs has a laundry room and I can do three loads at once.
The bus stops right outside.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Umikaze Park and Food Court

Eating at a food court is always fun because we get to try lots of different things.  The kids found the McDonalds equivilant and we ordered way too many chicken nuggets.  We had no idea how many came in an order, so we got two.  One for Penelope and one for Scarlett.  Each bucket had like 20. 
I had my first bowl of ramen.  It's another one of those things I'll have to get used to.  Or maybe I just need to find the right kind.  So far I prefer the top ramen I can make at home for like 20 cents.
Bob got...something.  I'm not sure what to call it but there was rice under the egg thing.

Toy vending machines are really popular out here.  I had to stop and take a picture of this lady trying to get a backpack.  I saw her try again and again.  I've never seen a grown adult seriously try to get something out of a machine like that.
The elementary school kids here all wear matching hats when they go on field trips.  I think it is a genius idea so when we saw them at the store we got some too for our homeschool trips.
And on to the park.

It had this cool hill slide that the kids loved.

Scarlett has the best facial expressions.

Everywhere has put up their Halloween decorations.  It is great!  I wish we had some, but we do not have room for that sort of thing in the hotel.  It is nice to see the decor when we go to the stores.

On a whim I bought cheese wiz.  I haven't had it for years.  I remember once buying it with my own money as a kid and how excited I was.  When I had it the other day it was pretty gross.  We had fun though.  I wrote the kids names on crackers for them.  Leon had to practice the letters.  Then I taught them about the leaning tower of cheesea from the goofy movie and we watched clips on youtube.  If you don't know what I'm talking about then you are missing out.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Okonomiyaki and Shabu-Shabu

While living in the Navy Lodge we are eating out ALL. THE. TIME.  Seriously, we tried to make pizza here in the oven and it set off the fire alarm.  The firemen came and then someone from the Navy came and we had to show ID.  It was a whole big deal and pretty embarrassing.  The worst part was that it was barely smokey in here at all so now I am afraid to cook anything.  Between that and me always itching to get out of the hotel we go out once or twice a day.

There are tons of restaurants nearby and lots of new things for us to try.  This first one is of Shabu-Shabu.  It reminded me of the Melting Pot back in the states, but only the meat course.  You get to choose your broth and then cook your own meat.  It is all you can eat so we have a little screen and just keep ordering more food on it.  Mostly different meats but also some veggies. 
We all really liked it.  The only hard part was that Calista was being fussy and it is a little difficult to hold her and try to bounce her while cooking the food and passing it out and ordering more all the time.
These next two pictures are from an Okonomiyaki place in the mall.  We've had it before but this is our first time at a cook it yourself place.  Notice how Calista has a firm grip on my salad.  I'm always trying to eat and in a struggle with her over my dishes.  If I put the plate far away then I spill food everywhere trying to get it to my mouth.  Too close and she gets her hands on it.  One time she pulled a dish off the table at a restaurant and it broke on the floor.  I'm sure the Japanese people love it when they see our family walk into their place ;)
This is like a cabbage egg pancake thing.  A very different flavor than any of us were used to.  Maybe I'll grow to like it.