Shi-Shi or Shi-Sa?

Let me just preface by saying that “back to school” week has been pretty relaxing. Ahhhh-silence is golden. However, I did take the big kids to a Shi-Shi Dog making class. I filled out this random drawing at the Community Center on the Air Base, and I WON!! I love free craft classes. So I was wondering about the whole Shi-Shi versus Shi-Sa name. What is the correct name of these lucky twin lion-pups? I looked it up…

A shisa is a lion originally from China that wards off evil spirits and was initially placed at the entrances to castles, temples, imperial mausoleums and communities. “Sheshi” is a Chinese word meaning lion-dog. The second “shi” is a popular honorific title in China with no specific meaning. As a result, this word is pronounced shisa or shishi in Okinawa’s local dialect.

So I guess either name works for Okinawa. I say Shi-Sa…it’e even on my shirt if you can read it. We had a great time making them…especially since we had the whole room and instructors to ourselves. The Okinawan ladies were real sweet and didn’t speak a lick of English. They were real good with the kids as well.


I also went on yet again…another field trip with JD. Man they have a lot. Actually, I enjoy it. The kids are funny to be around. They do some of the craziest things. We went to Comprehensive Park and did a field day type thing. There five rotations, kickball (talk about old school, I was all over it), basketball, playground, relay races, and soccer (I watched that one…). I am only gonna share a couple pics…my fave is the one of JD in the relay race doing the hula hoop jumprope. That boy’s got some height in his jump. He’s like a dang gazelle :o)

 


BTW, we are still awaiting word on what is happening with our PCS move. There are people here who are still trying to get the extension paperwork overturned…but we are still moving forward with plans to leave this summer!!

They say if you send out subliminal messages, people can “will” certain things upon themselves. I am trying not to get ahead of myself…but as a woman, that is what we do! We plan, pre-plan, plan some more and research everything known to mankind about our futures. I think I, along with many others, have now mastered this art of the PCS move. It never gets any less anxious though…feel free to send out your very own subliminal messages for TAMPA TAMPA TAMPA!!! Ok I’m done!! Hope you all had a great weekend. Love Ya….

Singing St Patty’s Day Pineapples

Hi there everyone…

We had our St Patty’s day house party finally and it went off without a hitch. I made homemade mojitos for like 3 hours straight LOL and managed to only offend one person throughout the night. Seriously, like a friend recently reminded me, how annoying is it when someone doesn’t take your words for what they are?? Oh well, I’m a big girl and can apologize if it means someone will feel better. ANYWAY, it was a success and thx to all who came. Check out the pics of everyone celebrating my favorite color…

 

 

We also celebrated JD’s final choir performance at his school. Next year it’s the big leagues, so it was bittersweet to see him up there as the oldest member. He loves it so much and wants to continue chorus in middle school. It thrills me that he is so into the arts. He had a narration part, an instrumental part and of course all the singing you could muster…



Lastly, the girls and I took a day trip yesterday and the weather was stellar!! Beautiful days like this make me excited to stay in Okinawa (Still waiting to hear of we are). So we ventured to the Pineapple Park and had a great time. I think we all thought we were professional photographers with our massive cameras…but DANG we took some good pictures! How cute are we….?

The weird pineapple car that drove itself…

 

 

Baby P

 

 

Teenage P

Life is good…Love Ya!!!

Bread Houses and Farewells

Well, if you don’t already know…my JD has services for his diagnosis of mild autism and so therefore has a paraprofessional that has been with him in the classroom half the day for the last two years we have been on Okinawa. Ms Yarde has been a Godsend to him and our family since we moved here. The two of them have formed a relationship that has grown in to a friendship for my son. He will do anything for her in the classroom…things it can take me an hour to get out of him, can take her only 5 min. They have a bond and an understanding that only the two of them will ever know. I appreciate her and her unconditional support for him. As we know, in life and especially in the military, nothing can last forever. Ms Yarde will begin her student teaching after the Winter Break so that she can have her own classroom of kids one day. She deserves it and would be fantastic at it…but is it selfish to say that I want her to stay?? I don’t think JD has even fully grasped it…and I am in complete denial. I just want to give her a shout-out for being a part of his life and making a difference. He is a better kid and has grown into a self-assured young boy because of her and we wish her much success in the future. Thank you for everything…

Check out the graham-cracker bread house that JD made the other day in school. I was in there helping them all day and let me just say…somebody needs to invent sturdier wall structures for these houses. We had cave-ins left and right. His came out pretty good…Less is more sometimes :o) Notice his Spongebob medallion windows and creative froot loop bows. Awesome.

Saige has her first cheer game tonight, so I will be posting real soon!!

The Firsts

Saigie Baby had her first game this weekend playing for the Oki Flames. Coming from a winless season last year, the Flames have really stepped it up this year (nevermind that George is one of the coaches this year…he told me to put that LOL). They started off their season winning 15-4 and Saige got on base for every at bat and was the lead off batter. We are so proud of her and know that she has inherited her daddy’s good sports skills. Look at her taking one of her many swings…


She also played 2nd base the whole game and got 2 girls out at 1st. It’s funny because they all look so annoyed when playing the field. At least she was in the infield I guess…

Another first for us was the 1st day of school. WOO HOO! Saige was all so independent about it and of course didn’t need any guidance by mom this morning. Dad dropped her off and said he was going to get out of the car and yell out some sweet nothings to her as she started to walk into the courtyard. I guess he changed his mind since she was almost ready to pay him off if he didn’t. Good thing I did a little shopping locally, since I have still not recieved their school clothes I ordered online the first few days of August. That reminds me to boycott oldnavy.com. Anyway, she looked cutie and so did JD. Here she is posing it out…
JD was all ready to go this morning. I was wondering how he was going to react when I woke him up, but once he got up, he was all good. Getting ready to go…

Here is the back of the school which is where the student drop off is. Daddy walked him down to his line while Teage and I waited in the car. You can barely see them walking about midway down the sidewalk.
I can’t believe we have a big 5th grader ready to take on his last year of elementary. I got a call from his teacher at around 2pm today saying she had to make a call to let us know that he jumped right in today ready to show those 4th graders how it’s done. He is in a multiage classroom (4th and 5th) for the first time ever and I think it’s going to be good for him to have some responsibility of being the oldest and setting the example. We are really excited to see his changes this year.
Next week George leaves for the TX and so we are having a BBQ to send him off. We’ll catch you up again then… Love ya!!