Monthly Archives: January 2010

Oura Wan

Just one of the many benefits of homeschooling:  being able to take a vacation whenever you want.

For our family, that’s the first full week of January, when the rest of the kids are going back to school.  It’s a tradition we started last year and plan to continue for, well, ever.  Both times, we’ve had the whole beach to ourselves and, despite unpredictable weather, have managed to have a great time.  Here’s a few pictures of this year’s vacation:

I especially love the picture of Mason crawling to the water.  He wanted to be in there with his sister so badly…

On another note, I’m going to have to figure out how to make my pictures show up larger, but for now, you can click on those to see them a little bigger.  I’m very happy with my new camera/lens and with my discovery of Adobe Lightroom, although if any of you know how to use it, I could probably use some help 🙂  For now, I’m figuring it out as I go.

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No promises…

It’s been a big year at the Allen’s – new baby, new house…   I have no apologies for not updating the blog for the past 9 months (yikes!), nor do I promise to do better in the future.  You get what you get.

I’m not making New Year’s Resolutions this year.  They just don’t work out for me.  I am going to try to be more organized, but that’s a long-term goal I’ve been working on for years.  One day I’ll get it right, or I’ll realize that that’s just not who I am and learn to be happy with it.

So, quick update:

Matt – still stationed in Japan.  We’ve got about another 18 months here – halfway done.  He is really into scuba diving these days, and luckily, living on a tropical island, he has plenty of opportunities to do it.  Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s a hobby I’m going to get into.  Something about being underwater sounds too claustrophobic for me.

Me – of course, I’m also still in Japan, homeschooling Madison, making baby food and washing cloth diapers.  Not exactly the grown-up I thought I’d be, but I am so happy with my life right now – happily married, enjoying motherhood, although I am missing my family.  Last summer, Matt bought me a new camera, so I’ve been getting into photography and loving it.  *Hopefully* I’ll be using this blog to post some of my pictures and you’ll get to *hopefully* watch me improve.

Madison – 6 years old, in first grade now, so smart.  I am so proud of her.  She reminds me a lot of myself – which is both good and bad.  Now that she is reading fluently, she’ll take a book anywhere we have to go and sit and read it happily.  She’s also taking Japanese lessons (she speaks it better than me), piano, ballet, Girl Scouts, art class, you name it, she probably does it 🙂  Sometimes I feel like my life consists of driving Madison to her next appointment.

Mason – 10 months old today.  It’s hard to remember life without him.  He is crawling now and getting into everything, and has three teeth poking through.  He also has the wildest hair I have ever seen – he gets that from his dad – and I really love putting it up in a mohawk.  It’s pretty funny actually.

So there’s a little bit of an update on our lives here in Japan – everyone is happy and healthy and that’s all that matters, right?

Oh, and ps –  looks like I need to update my blog header – our family hasn’t looked like that for a while!  Here’s a shot from last month, sightseeing at Cape Hedo.  Thanks Courtney for taking this picture 🙂