Oct 31, 2010
(We'll see how it goes.)
But for starters, here's where we've been for the last two weeks:
From Misawa to Seattle to San Diego and back again. Most of it driven in a mini-van.
It was a looooong trip.
(Did I mention we brought all FOUR boys?)
WHY did we do this?
To job hunt.
WHY do we need to job hunt?
Because next year we'll be getting out of the military.
(Goodbye job security and free health care!!!)
WHY are we getting out of the military?
Because Faezer has leukemia (among other reasons) and we want to be closer to family.
[Sub question: Why does Faezer have leukemia? Probably as a result of the radiation she received as treatment for the breast cancer she had when I was a kid.]
So we traversed the west coast of the United States searching for jobs.
And we're pleased to say we have a few more options then we did 2.5 weeks ago.
Cause I have all month to answer them!
Oct 23, 2010
I'm in Carlsbad, CA.
Are you shocked?
I am too.
We didn't know we were really coming until we came.
I am too.
(But that's normal.)
Needless to say, I have some stories to tell...but no time and no battery life now.
So just know this for now: the fact that we're all here, together, alive, and still sane...
is a certifiable miracle.
Oct 14, 2010
Baby blessings generally occur in front of the congregation on the first Sunday of the month. (The first Sunday of the month is also reserved for Fast and Testimony meeting.) Most babies are blessed at around two or three months old.
Which is why Baby Gray was just blessed this month at the ripe old age of six months. (And he wasn't happy about it. He cried all the way through the blessing.) I'm surprised the men didn't drop the little tank! Had we waited any longer, he could have hopped down and crawled away.
Now, these blessings can be audibly recorded, (we usually drop a tape recorder in Doug's suit pocket) but video recordings and photographs are generally (okay, always) frowned upon in the Chapel.
But Doug's Catholic dental assistant didn't know that when she recorded the blessing on her i-Phone and took a bunch of pictures! Which is why we're probably the only family you know with a video recording of their baby blessing! :) (Thanks May! You rock!) :)
We love you Gray-Gray! Glad you're finally "official"!
(By-the-way, the two blog posts linked above are two of my favorite posts ever!!!)
Oct 5, 2010
An extremely large (LARGE) selection of cell phone dangle thingys, walls covered in various towels and washcloths, (Japan loves a good washcloth)
Oh, and Duffy the Disney Bear. A completely random stuffed animal created solely to exploit the Japanese love of plush toys. (Plush toys that come with multiple accessories and outfits and in every shape and size…as Duffy does. Though I can’t for the life of me figure out why Mickey/Minnie/WinnieTP don’t fit this bill.)
2. Food: Not as much ethnic variety. A LOT of fish (fish casserole, fish burgers, seafood pizza), pressed mystery meat patties, and curry in the restaurants. Then we have the concessions: The big thing is popcorn for your 1500 yen** souvenir bucket. Caramel, Salted, Curry, Milk Tea, Honey, Soy Sauce and Black Pepper. (Caramel, Honey, and Curry were the only one’s we sampled. Refilling your bucket cost 500 yen.)
Churros are hard to come by, but can be found in the Cinnamon or Honey-Lemon variety (strangely yummy). Mickey shaped frozen treats come in the form of a pale and weakly flavored ice cream sandwich or an orange or apple flavored popsicle. Westernland (not Frontier) also sold tiny (very popular) turkey legs.
The first night at Disney Sea we had Italian(ish) and last night (at Disneyland) we had Savory Crepes filled with “Chicken Salad”. (The Healthy kids loved ‘em. My boys couldn’t believe they were expected to eat a Crepe filled with something other than Nutella and Bananas. (We did get some dessert crepes as well which my boys loved and the Healthy kids thought were too mushy and gross.)
Anyway, Disney was fabulous. We managed to get in enough kiddie and big kid rides to keep everyone happy. And we took full advantage of the "Parent Switch" so everyone could go on the rides but only one half of us had to wait in line while the other half waited with the babies. (Em and Gray)
It was a great trip and we're glad we got to share it with the Healthy's! They're great friends to put up with us!
More later! Maybe!
*Disney Sea is actually a park totally unique to Japan. It has a handful of fun rides (big and small), lots of great shows, and a whole "underwater" kiddie area called King Triton's Lagoon (or something) that the kids loved (and was great because it was all indoors and Tuesday was very rainy.). It was super cool and a lot less crowded than Disneyland. Highly recommend!
**100 yen = approx. $1.20
1500 yen= approx. $18.00