SOOOOO...Our house sold. YAY!! And for a good price to a very good woman. I'm SO happy that's all through.
Now we're living it up in Okinawa Japan. We LOVE it here!
The delicious food!
We moved here with a family whose wife is from Okinawa. She took us to our first restaurant and Japanese grocery store. It was nice having a translator for our first off base trip!
YoshiHachi Sushi with a friend I made through my nephews (they met her and her husband in New Zealand, of all places!). She recently moved to the States and I miss her, but I'm glad she introduced me to my favorite sushi place!
Our first experience with a beach. It was shallow for days. Super warm water with super soft sand.
This is Maeda Flats, one of the best snorkeling spots around. It also has some caves and lots of poisonous cone snails. Must wear booties around here!
The good food! (There's TONS of good food!)
Kura Sushi, a fun sushi go-round restaurant the kids LOVE. Every 5 plates (each are 100 yen) can win you a toy, and the food isn't horrible.
Their parks aren't made so kids won't hurt them little selves. They're made to have fun. So refreshing!
This is one of the biggest reconstructed temples and it was under construction, dang it. But we had a fun time touring the beautiful inside!
Some sea urchin shells Christian and I found at Maeda Flats
(They eat dead skin off your feet!)
Everyone gets an Okinawan Pedicure at least once. They get pretty extravagant but I liked this one. :)
Dance parties with endless food and chocolate milk!
Kiddie Disco has adult and kid dinner buffets, endless chocolate (and white) milk, and a make your own ice cream sundae bar. Oh, and dancing. :D We try to make this once a month fun time!
Our first trip to the zoo a guy walks by on the other side of the pathway..ON an elephant. He stops to eat some foliage and the boys stare in amazement. Pretty darn awesome.
We got to feed an elephant on Logan's birthday. Too fun!!
They have a petting zoo with chicks you can hold. They're so soft and fluffy and cute!
Fun places to play!
Round 1 has 6 stories of fun! The boys spent a solid hour in this ball pit, shooting balls at each other.
We found this beast in our backyard. They're Giant Asian Snails, a pest around these parts that carry human disease. Cool yet...((shudder))
Dress up dinner parties!
Dressed up in a kimono with a bunch of other ladies and had a buffet. I think they cinched me a bit too tight so I couldn't eat too much! :D
Fun capes to explore!
Ada Cape, so beautiful! The first place we found the sound of crashing waves--the other beaches we've been to have breakers so there aren't big waves.
One of my happiest places, the beach. I'm surrounded by them. Pinch me! I must be dreaming!
Among other things, Alan and I hit up Disney Sea in Tokyo. Fun for the young at heart!
Did I mention the BEACHES?!
These sunsets will never get old!
The Okinawa Aquarium has a touch tank when you first enter full of different types of sea stars, sea cucumbers.
Lots of tanks of fish!
We play at this park by our house almost every night. The boys have made a lot of friends there.
Elijah's and his best friend walking to school together. He tells her, "I think we're going to get married when we get bigger." LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
I went on a girl's trip to the main island and hit the LDS temple. Such a fun and tiring day!
I may look like I'm holding an invisible cigarette, but I'm trying to make a peace sign. All Japanese do it. I just can't seem to turn my hand around.
A big group of us ate at a yummy Thai restaurant. Green curry and a delicious coconut shake that I'll daydream about for years to come.
The three boys have done wrestling the past 2 months (well, except C since he broke his wrist). They don't like it. I don't like the schedule. But they're getting better?
Had missionaries and our friends and neighbors over for dinner, then made hearts after a discussion about love.
So I figured that since I'm on a sub-tropical island, I HAD to buy a coconut. We had a lot of fun with it. If Miles's face wasn't any indicator to that.
I made yummy candied coconut.
I'll definitely do that again!
And the best part? We have over 2 1/2 more years to enjoy this island.