Spring Break…the end!

Well, the time has come that all little children must go back to receiving their education. WOOT WOOT!! I love them of course, but DANG it can be hard to please/entertain a 13 year old a 2 year old at the same time. But we did it and had a fun week all around. Saige got in her sleepovers here and at her friend’s, while Teage fulfilled his eagerness to have outdoor play every single day. JD is so easygoing…except when he complains that he’s missing out on his lego fix. So, the previous post was all about the first few days of Break and this will cover the latter part.

We had a few more stops on our week adventures and one of them was Shuri Castle. The oldest child has already been here on a field trip for school, but it holds a lot of history about Okinawa (specifically the Battle of Okinawa which destroyed most of the castle in 1945) so I thought it was a must that we go as a familia. It was fun and I could feel the historic energy as we sashayed the halls of the biggest Okinawan castle. There were several areas where we could not take pictures and had to walk barefoot, mostly because of the ancient artifacts and conserving the restoration. JD was hilarious…he kept asking the whole way…”Where is the KING?” Of course this was the home to many of the Ryukyu kings centuries ago. But, we finally found the throne, the crown, and the quarters where the royal families lived. It was very regal….

The random tour guide practically cut off Teage’s head in this pic…poor baby :o)


There was a nice mini display of what the castle would have looked like in its day….notice the king…hiding away!

Along the way through the castle, there were podiums where you could get your map stamped and if you received all the stamps you got a reward…JD took that as a mission. He was excited to see that the reward was stickers of all the stamps. So all the kids got their stickering on…

…map complete!!

Our next stop was Kokusai Street. This reminds me a little of NYC where there are just tons of shops/restaurants lining the street complete with the usual peddlers, starving artists, and your occasional photo cutout spot. We all had a blast…Saige brought a friend to this one!! “You gotta have a shopping buddy”, she said!! She’s pretty much right!!

JD ran up and put his cutie face in this one so I immediately snapped and then sissy says…”I’m not putting my head in that slaughtering pig thing”. I didn’t even notice. That is all wrong!!


Ok I had to do it….


Lastly, “One of these things just doesn’t belong here” LOL LOL LOL!!!


We picked the sunniest day of the whole break (thank goodness we had one) and high-tailed it up to Okuma Beach Resort. We have been there before, but it has some great amenities that we wanted to do again. Gotta love a beach day…


This is all Teagie wanted to do…throw rocks in the ocean!! He wasn’t too big on getting sand all over him…it was cute! And of course we had to go pod racing…

In addition to all the out of school fun…we celebrated Easter on a very low key this year. We did the good old egg hunt (well two of them did…the other one was telling herself she was too big to hunt LOL), ate Thai food and went shopping before heading in early to prepare for a school night’s sleep.

 

 

It was a very relaxing day and I have to say the whole week was a fabulous one.

Now, I have some news that just got brought to our attention today at lunch (yes I said at lunch where George and I were minding our business…when a co worker of his walked in and burst my bubble). Our extension to stay here has been officially disapproved!! It made my stomach turn. Not just because it means I have to think about once again packing up my whole life and changing locations…that is part of the job. But mostly because of the kids’ education. It is so hard to make the kids move and ask them to make all new friends and adjust to a new school. It hurts, but I know they will be ok no matter what happens. I am not sure of what will happen now….since it is still so fresh! We have some other options (maybe Tampa…that would be awesome, or Germany would be ideal choices). I just hope we can lock in a location before we are TOLD and placed and in some jacked up state. Let the anxiety begin….

I’ll keep you all posted as I learn new information! Please keep us in your prayers for a good assignment…

Hope everyone else had a great Spring Break, too!!! Love Ya!!

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…