Egg-stravaganzas and Forests to Boot

The weather has been playing tricks on us lately and it has been quite chilly over here in sunny, tropical Okinawa. The breeze has been nice to me, but to some (meaning my cold-natured hubby) it has been “freezing”. Freezing, really?? Nah, they just don’t remember how scorchy it gets in the summer here. I am SO enjoying the coolness.

On that note, Spring Break started as of yesterday afternoon and we kicked it off with our Battalion Egg-stravaganza! Loaded with egg hunts, races, games, food, and prizes…the kids had a fab time!! Our whole family decided to fully represent the Unit and dressed in the traditional Signal Orange (George wanted to be different and wore his blue Battalion shirt instead…it reminded me of the Gators, so big ups to my cousin Charlie)!!! Check it…(you can click on the pics to get a better view)…

Egg on a spoon race…

George and I planning our strategy for the 3-legged race
We also spent the next day taking the big kids to Forest Adventure. You have to be 7 and up, so thankfully it was Teage’s last day at preschool before his Spring vacation. So, what you do is book a time and drive up to this building which I assume is just a receptionist office. Next, they shove you in a van and drive you up this shady mountain and then drop you off at a wooden deck. After following the signs, we stumbled on a little cabin with a Japanese man smiling and harbessed. He gave us a quick safety lesson on our harnesses as they are adjusting it around my nether regions at the same time. JD kept telling the man “I’m gonna be a hero on this adventure”. It was cute!

So, once we were all strapped up, we received another lesson on how to hook our carabiners up at each station and sent us on our way. Now let me just say, the ground was quite a distance from where my feet were at the first zip line. But, I had faith that my pulley was going to hold me since my son was practically shoving me out of the way to go first. If he wasn’t scared…I shouldn’t be right?? NOT! Talk about getting a sudden fear of heights. But, we pulled through…for all 8 or 9 zip lines!!

 

 

It was very exhilarating. Another part of the course was an adventure course that featured various rope bridges, ring walking, ladders, tightrope walking, and the…wait for it…Tarzan Swing! This thing was my ultimate nightmare. You might as well call it bungee jumping horizontally. Thank God there’s a huge web-like net there so when you smacked into the stopper it wasn’t too much of a jerk. I felt like a fly on a flytrap out there. Nevermind the terror in my stomach as I free-fell to my unknown demise. Talk about intense. George, however, thought the kids and I were quite humorous!! Insert screaming as you view these! (Oh I forgot to mention, JD was screaming alright, but it was his Tarzan yell…just like the movie) We had a blast….

Yeah, that’s me…Upper and lower!
JD

 

Saige

Stay tuned for more of our upcoming Spring Break adventures!!! Love Ya…

Abe for Pres?…and such!!

So I am not going to go on and on and mimic what positivity everyone has already expressed about the election. All I will say is GOBAMA!! For all the McCain supporters, give it a chance before you reveal how you feel our country is doomed. Actions speak louder than words…so let’s see people!!! In correalation with the National election, JD’s class held a Presidential wax museum if you will. The class got to all pick a US President or First Lady and prepare a speech about them. On Election day, they lined up in the library with a “push button” to activate their live speech. JD picked Abraham Lincoln as his President. Perfect!!! He even used the low voice to channel his inner Abe. I think the beard was a nice touch…thx dad!!

Here he is with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln!!

They even went into their makeshift voting booths to choose their candidate. JD wouldn’t tell me who he voted for…I taught him well!!

Amongst all the election hype, it was also 58th week for George’s Battalion. It’s basically a week long of sports/competitions and ends with Organizational Day complete with BBQ and all. So I’m sure this goes without saying that George played in every dang event. I’m talking anything from Bowling to Track to Soccer to Basketball to Volleyball to Dodgeball to Football. He has no self-control when it comes to sports. Anyway, the only thing he couldn’t compete in was the Drill and Cermonies portion. (Mainly because he was in charge of this event). But it didn’t stop him from getting in on some of the action. Here he is giving the ‘go ahead’ to some Soldiers in his Company to start the cermonies…

And honing his soccer skills…

At the Org Day, they decided to put all the First Sergeants in the dunk tank for a little fundraising action. George was not all that thrilled, but he went in reluctantly…

JD dunked all but his dad…he knows where his loyalty lies. Another tidbit about JD, he has been growing his hair out since school has started. He wants to “be like a rockstar”. Not until it started raining and he began to sculpt his hair did I realize how far he’s coming to achieve that goal…

I also hosted my Pampered Chef party this week (I’m all about the stoneware and it’s been a long time). We played this Amazing Race game where the guests in two teams had to cook a recipe Nascar style. It was fricking hilarious. Nothing screams comedy like women racing to cook…

There’s my girls…

And the winners were…

Thanks to all of you that came.

One more thing, who doesn’t love a pair of cutie boys working the 3D glasses??

P.S. I love Fall!! Love ya…