Looking for the marble. :)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
We are nearing the end of our stay in Okinawa. It has been an amazing 5 years. This is home to our kids and is a part of their lives they will never forget. We decided to go back to where it all began. Our 1st duty station, our first overseas tour and our 1st military house. 1319 Chatan
*current family photo at the old house :)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a
payable to the United States of America for an amount up to,
including, their life. That is beyond honor. Today is the day
we salute you!
we salute you!
Support the Troops.
*(photo of my husband's return from one of his many deployments with all 3 of the kids)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Today the kids and I carved our jack o' lanterns. I asked them what they wanted on theirs. Chan did his own cause he is old enough to be trusted with a knife. Bella wanted Dr. Barber from the Flapjack cartoon. I wasn't sure I could do it, but I think it turned out rather well. And Toph wanted a grunt from the Halo video game. That one looks okay, but I didn't know what they looked like. We googled it and it was really complicated, so I did my best! Here are our pumpkins! :)
For those of you that don't know, this is Dr. Barber.
Mr. Pumpkin Head
All of our pumpkins! :)
Friday, October 29, 2010
Bella had her last day of preschool at Koza Seibo Yochien today. The move is coming up soon and it was time to say goodbye. Her class sang to her, then they each told her goodbye as they left for the day. The class also made her a scrapbook to remember them by. Each child drew her a picture or wrote something for her. Her teacher told her Sayonara many times and kept coming back for just one more hug. She was crying the whole time, which of course made me cry. I have never been so sad to leave a school or a place before. The love they have shown Bella is amazing and heartwarming. It is something we will never forget. And hopefully someday we can come back to visit Okinawa and her wonderful little school. :)
Bella and her teacher Atsuko
A page from the scrapbook they made for her!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I used April Draven's pattern for the convertible hat. I was running low on colors that I liked so I just mixed and matched these yarns. They are all the Vanna's Choice yarns. I really love this yarn. The colors are great, it is super soft and a bit fluffier than Red Heart worsted weights. I seriously had a 6 inch scrap of the purple left when I finished. If that's not cutting it close, then I don't know what is! I was going to make this hat as a gift since I had already made myself a hat for this winter, but now that it's finished I'm thinking I may need 2 hats this winter! ;)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
B's class went on a field trip to the sweet potato farm. They got to go out and dig up as many as they could fit in their bags. She had quite a few, her bag was too heavy for her to carry. I didn't want to waste them so I tried some different ways to cook them.
The benimo look like normal potatoes, but when you cut them open they reveal a gorgeous deep purple inside. The Okinawans use them to make ice cream, tarts & sweets.
I tried at first to fry some, like french fries. That didn't go so well. They were just kind of blah. So I cubed and boiled some. Then I mashed them with some butter and a bit of salt. YUMMY!!
What they look like after just being dug up.
I peeled these.
Peeled and cut open to show color.
Water after boiling benimo.
Steaming benimo hot off the stove.
Mashed with butter & salt.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Cubbies full of slippers.
Drums they used to teach us Eisa dancing.
My partner's legs & drum.
Super tiny bathroom slippers. Look out! It's BIG FOOT!!!
My son thought it was really cool that at his school they have a Japanese classroom and at this school they have an English classroom! :)
And last but not least my son getting ready to Eisa dance! :)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I already made her the cupcake hat, so I figured why not a cupcake scarf to go with it? She had asked for Bowser & Princess peach, but I didn't think I could make one small enough with those characters. So I made her a cupcake scarf. Yeah, so when I gave it to her she says, "Where's Bowser & Princess Peach?". I nicely told her that I couldn't fit them on there. We'll see whether she wears this scarf or not. She did like the cupcakes, she just REALLY wanted some Mario Bros. characters like her brothers got on theirs.
Hmmm... it was a free pattern, but it seems within the past few days it has changed and is no longer free. :(
I decided to go super cute with the bentos today since B only has 4 more bentos until she is done with school. The Hello Kitty egg was colored using food coloring and Q-tips. It took a little more time than usual to make the bentos, but I think once we move I will have to better organize my bento making supplies.