Monthly Archives: September 2008

WW: Authentic Japan

My wonderful husband took a picture of this sign because he thought it was hilarious…

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Cakes and stuff…

So when we found out we were moving to Japan, one of the first things my mother said to me is “Who’s going to make Madison’s birthday cake?” Of course, my feelings were hurt, but she actually had a very good point. My mom makes amazing cakes. For example, here are Madison’s first three birthday cakes…

My favorite is the castle, and I would like to point out that I did help make the turrets. However, when you contrast that with the cupcakes I made for Madison’s fourth birthday – which by the way, I am almost embarrassed to show you…

I need some help. Of course Madison loved the ladybugs – you could tell they were ladybugs, right? – but I love fancy cakes. So as soon as we arrived here in Japan and I found out they had a cake decorating class on base, I signed up. Tonight was our second night and we made this cake:

If I’m being totally honest, I don’t think it’s much better than the cupcakes, but at least I am trying, right? I’ve got a few more classes before her birthday in October, so I’m hopeful. She asked for a Supergirl cake, so if you have any ideas on that, I would so appreciate it…

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming…

I don’t even know what to title this post. I have to say, the longer I have gone without updating, the harder it is the convince myself to sit down and blog. For one thing, I have so much to share, I’m not sure where to start. And I know I won’t include everything. I’m sure, however, now that I can blog on a regular basis, once I get this really long review of our last three weeks out of the way, I’m going to do a better job. I’ll force myself, for your sake…

So we are semi-settled in here in Okinawa now. We have a house on Kadena, which I actually like much better than I thought I would. It is a three bedroom, two and a half bath, two story quadplex. We are the end unit, so we definitely have the nicest yard. The kitchen is pretty big – it’s probably the most cabinet/counter space I have had in base housing, so I’m happy. The things I don’t like? No carpet – the whole house is what I would call school cafeteria tile, and very small bedrooms. We are planning to buy some rugs though, so it’s nothing we can’t overcome. Matt has already painted the bedroom blue for me, and we have green paint waiting for the homeschool/office/scrapbooking room. Once we find out what the baby will be, we are going to let Madison pick the paint for her room, and once I find a couch I like, Matt has agreed to even paint the living room for me. I am so lucky!

We got our stuff from Oklahoma a couple days after moving into the house and we have government furniture here, but we are still waiting on our main shipment from Florida with our furniture and bookshelves and everything I want to feel like this is home. We’ve been told that it will be here before Oct. 1, so that less than a month away. What I really want is my bed. The whole time we were in Oklahoma, we slept on an air mattress. A really nice air mattress that wasn’t too bad actually, but it got punctured in the move here, so we are sleeping on a government mattress, and they were out of double beds, so we have two twins pushed together that regular sheets won’t fit on, and I really want my own bed. I can’t remember much of what else we sent (since we could only send 1/3 of our stuff and it was packed last October…) and I know I keep buying things we already have, but I don’t know if we brought them or not.

Matt bought his car a few days after I found mine – it’s a ’94 Nissan Skyline. It was a really good buy, although I’m not sure if we’ll keep it. It is a little small for Matt since he’s so tall. I still like my car though, although I wish it was a little bigger so I could transport stuff, like furniture, etc…

Last Monday (Labor Day), we went on a tour with Tickets and Travel here on base. It was a really good experience and a good way to get acquainted with the area I think. We went to some castle ruins, the Nago Pineapple Farm, a glass factory where we got to blow our own glass (even Madison), and out to lunch at a fantastic restaurant. I would take the tour again just to eat there again

We’ve also been snorkeling a few times, which was actually really cool. And that’s saying a lot coming from me, because I am not much of an outside person and I am definitely not a beach person. We saw a lot of cool saltwater fish and now Matt wants to set up a saltwater tank with fish he catches. I think this is going to be his new hobby. Aside from the normal fishing and metal detecting, of course.

Today we have officially been here for 4 weeks, and I think we are adjusting pretty well. I had the hardest time adjusting to the time, although I think I’ve discovered the real reason for that – Matt’s snoring. Now that he’s taking Sudafed, I’m sleeping much better. We have been able to get involved with some things here, so we are starting to feel at home and make some friends. Madison has made quite a few friends between church, neighbors, Matt’s work friends families, etc. She started ballet lessons at the youth center last week and will be starting Girl Scouts sometime in the next few weeks.

Madison also officially started Kindergarten today – more on that later. I meant to start much sooner, but I definitely overestimated the amount of stuff I could get accomplished while moving across the world and being pregnant… One of the main reasons for the delay is that I ordered some materials before we left the US and they just arrived last Friday – it took about a month. Kindergarten in public school here only started last Wednesday, so we aren’t too far behind them anyway.

Overall, we like it here. I have to say I miss Target much more than I anticipated. People warned me, but I didn’t believe it. There are so many things you just can’t get at the BX or locally. I’m sure I’ll adjust, but in the meantime, I am compiling a list of things for Matt to buy when he goes TDY to Alaska in October.

So I guess that’s it for today. I’m sure I’ll do a much better job updating now. Really. At least I’ll try…