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…

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6 thoughts on “And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming…

  1. I am so glad you guys are getting adjusted so quickly. Hopefully, things will be even better next month when you have your stuff. I know it doesn’t feel like home until you have your stuff with you. That’s how we felt all summer in Sarasota. Home looked so much better when we got back to PC.
    I don’t know how much you read our blog, but they closed the PC office where Marc works. They laid off some and moved 3 to the Destin office. Marc was fortunate that he was one that got to keep a job. He is driving over an hour each way to work right now until we can sell our house. One month on the market and no luck yet. It is a hard time to sell a house right now. I know you are in Japan, but if you hear of any AF families in PC that are looking for a place send them our way, please. Tyler is missing his daddy. Marc doesn’t get home until after 7:00 and Tyler goes to bed by 8:30 every night.
    I hope you are feeling good with the pregnancy. I can’t wait to find out what you guys are having this time. I hope Madison’s kindergarden goes well this year for both of you. Have a great week!
    Stephanie

  2. it’s about time 🙂
    so what kind of things do they not have that we have here? have you tried any interesting foods/brands??

  3. Hi there! Great to read what all’s going on. I sent your Bible class material and it came back the next day because it was in a box and boxes have to have special forms. Needless to say, I split the material and put it in the Priority envelopes and sent it on its way. Sorry for the delay. But I did order some bigger Priority bags just for you so this won’t happen again and they still just cost $4.80 to send so I’ll be able to pack just about anything you would need. How long will Matt be in Alaska? I bet he will love that. Hope all else is going well for you. Love, Melinda

  4. Good to hear from you finally! YEP! Looks like base housing to me! I laughed at the washer and dryer in the kitchen, WHY do they do that? THe only good thing is it kinda gives you a bit more “counter” space. I used to put my cutting board on the dryer to cool cookies, etc.
    Blessings!

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