My nephew GJ came to visit us this past week and we were so excited. My sister bought him a ticket to NY for Christmas and what a joy it was to have him come spend time with us on … Continue reading
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)
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…
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!!
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…
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!!
Well, we have added more to our scrapbook of Spring Break and headed to Neo Park & Zoo, Fruits Land, and also Busena Underwater Observatory the past few days. The weather has been acting up and not very Spring-like, but we are making the best of it. Sunday, we hit up Neo Park in Nago (the northern part of the island). It amazes me how different a zoo even is here, compared to the states. You wouldn’t be caught dead in Miami Zoo doing this…
Because maybe this could happen if you’re not careful!!
Even this seems to be a stretch…birds are shady I tell ya! You never know when one of them’s gonna get flappy on your a$$.
I was watching my back is all I’m saying…
The boys both got their pony ride on as well. Teage’s first one, he was always scared…this time he was excited!
They also had a petting zoo there that had like 20 purse-size pooches and one pot-bellied pig in the mix. This picture says it all….George’s face is imitating his words, “What’s up with the pig, he thinks he’s a dog!” Yeah he did, and he was so cute.
Then we went and visited Mr. Tortoise. He looked really tired and OLD! Poor guy! He’s probably given so many kids a ride that his back must hurt. So we opted for a good old fashioned rubdown and went on our way!
JD wanted me to include this one. He broke out into song immediately…”I like to Move it, Move It…”
So, towards the end of the park, they had a room where you could go in and pay 600yen. They dress you in traditional kimono garb and take your picture. We were all over it…WOW I look really tall in that Japanese bonnett!
Leaving Neo Park…Good Times!
Once we left there, we hopped on over to Fuits Land. Not sure what to expect, well hopefully some fruit, right? Yeah, so the fruit was out of season. HA! But, there were two other sections: the Butterfly Garden and the Bird House (dang, more birds). Here are my biggies prettying up the flowers…
Check out the golden butterfly coccoons. They are freakishly shiny! There were hundreds of them hanging on grates. Ahh, the joys of breeding…
Oh, here’s an after life shot…
Next were the birds. They were just flying around all over the place (sketchy, I tell ya). You could buy nectar to feed the rainbow ones, which all three kiddies enjoyed.
After taking a couple shots of random flowers, I came around the corner and saw this…Teage makes friends everywhere he goes. Plus, I think the Japanese ladies with the little one were really trying to get a picture of my son’s saucer eyes LOL! How cute are they??
We knew it was time to head out when we saw this…Oki weather is always playing tricks on us!!
The steps down into the observatory lead you to a 360 degree room of portholes. The fish were everywhere! I got a few good pics, but this one really felt like I was in the water with them it was so clear…
…we headed over to the glass bottom boat to get the real experience of the coral. It was cute since the boat was shaped like a whale.
I highly suggest checking out the local touristy spots on island. They are really worth it. Next up…castles, ice skating, beaches, and shopping!? And who knows what else!!!??? Stay tuned…Love Ya!!