Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shonandai Children's Museum

Bob and I took  the kids to Shonandai Children's Museum and planetarium.  We really didn't know anything about it but we thought we would give it a try.  The outside was pretty impressive.
It was only a couple dollars each and had several floors.  One floor had computers and we couldn't really do anything in that room because it was all in Japanese.  We also paid an extra $5 each to see the planetarium show.  That was %100 Japanese.  I knew it would be but we thought it might still be fun to see all the constellations and watch the show in the dome.  It was an hour long during which Calista and I took a nap.  The rest of the kids stayed quiet and entertained though.

After that we went to the bottom of the museum.  It had lots to do and I think the kids could have played all day. 
These facepaint markers were fun.  I was a little disappointed because I brought all the kids over and wanted to paint their faces.  Leon was not happy with his angry eyebrows and promptly washed them off.  Then Bob pulled up face paint pictures on the internet and showed the kids.  Everyone wanted him to paint their faces.  So I sat their for a good 30 minutes while the kids took turns with Bob painting their face.
Calista didn't get a choice in the matter and I got to paint her face.
Penelope was funny because Bob spent at least 20 minutes painting her face.  He used up all the white from several markers and worked really hard on it.  Once it was done Penelope showed it to me and was pretty happy about it.  Then I saw her roughly three minutes later and her face was all washed off.  I was surprised!  She confessed that she liked it but she didn't want people to look at her.  I would have been made if I was bob, but he didn't seem to mind.
Tucker felt sorry for me and let me paint his face too.  So I guess Bob just did Penelope, Scarlett, and Leon.  He spent a really long time on them though, and I wanted to paint the girls faces.

We may or may not go back there but if we do, we aren't doing the planetarium show.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Paper Airplanes

Because Sundays in a Hotel seem to last forever.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Now that we are over seas we watch General Conference a week later than everyone back in the states.  It was kind of strange because I saw everyone's quotes and conference pictures a week before conference air for us. 
Our ward has a fun potluck between sessions at church, so we went to that.  But instead of going to all the sessions we just watched the rest at home on the internet.  We even watched a lot of the sessions right after their aired and we didn't wait the week for our ward to play them.
I love these two.
Leon and Tucker's hair was getting pretty long so we went to the base barber to get them cut.  Both boys were a little nervous, which I was surprised about.  Leon told me this was his first time having someone other than me or dad cut his hair.  I didn't realize that. 
Tucker has done it before but it isn't normal for him so he was a little nervous.
And we attempted to make Halloween cookies.  I don't have any cookie cutters so we just bought round sugar cookies and frosting from the store.  Way easier, but not nearly as fun.

And we found a fun second hand store!  I was happy because we got some Halloween costumes.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Godzilla Park

We finally made it out to the kids favorite place...Godzilla park.  The day we went happened to be a Japanese holiday, we had no idea, and great weather, like 80's so it was a bit crowded.

First thing we did was get a "Memorial photo." 
Before you get to the playground you half to walk about a half mile first through a field of flowers and then up the hill.  Did I mention it was hot?  

Bob thought this bridge was pretty cool.
It seemed like a lot of the flowers were dying, but I took pictures of a few anyway.  Tons of people were looking at the flowers.  It would be a great spot of family pictures.

Once you crest the hill you are greated by Godzilla.  Rar!
Of course he is a slide.

Just behind Godzilla is a pretty decent sized playground.
We had fun.
These slides really hurt your backside.  So next time we went to the 100 yen store we bought little plastic slides that you are supposed sit on when you go down these roller slides.
This metal slide was seriously fast.  Calista and I went down it and I went way faster than I wanted to.  Lets just leave it at that.

It seems like most Japanese parks come equipped with a zip line.
The view from one of the tower things.

This kids were all read faced and sweaty by the time we left the playground.
Instead of walking back to the car we decided to go the other direction down the hill to see what else the park held.  And it had another, newer playground.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Watch What I'm Wearing

As the season is changing it can be fun to get out fall clothing.  I wish I could switch to warmer attire but it looks like I won't be getting the rest of my wardrobe until December.  I'd love to see what everyone else is wearing though.  Link up :)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hotel Life

Now that we've been living at the Navy Lodge for about a month and a half it has started to feel a little like home.  It is a pretty good size for a hotel but pretty small for a family of 7.  I think it is slightly bigger than Bob's and my first apartment we had before we had kids.  I took some pics mainly so I can remember it when looking back.

This first picture is the view from the front door.  It has a small 4 person table, a tv,  couch and chair.  The tv stand is my dresser. 
Now the view of the front door.  That bucket contains loaner toys a friend gave us.  And the kitchen is on the left.
Here is the kitchen with the full size oven I am scared to use, because of the fire alarm and the teeny tiny washing machine that only holds a few things and takes 40 minutes to it isn't really worth it.
Right around the corner is a little hallway with a desk.  I love this area.  Without a spot for our computer, living her would be much harder.  I can sit here and work on things when the kids are sleeping in the other room.

In this next picture you can see  the chair from the desk and the closet.  I should have gotten a better picture but half the closet is for shoes and coats and the other half is Calista's bed.  It works pretty well because she is separated from the rest of the kids so they don't wake her up.  We never shut it all the way, but we can partially shut the closet so it is darker for her.  It is not a walk in closet or anything like that, just a regular one.  Her co-sleeper that was on our bed fits perfectly in the closet.
Then onto the room.  It has one queen bed and two twins.  A tv that sits on top of a dresser and a couple of nightstands.  Penelope and Scarlett share the dresser.
The kids rotate who gets to sleep on the bed and on the floor.  One floor spot is in between these two beds.  That night stand is where Leon keeps his clothes.
The other sleeping spot is underneath the larger window in the next picture.
In the next picture you can see the entrance to the bathroom.  Once you go in the toilet and shower are to the right and have a seprate door.  We let Tucker and Penelope stay up later than the others and they read in the bathroom.  Bob's clothes are also in the drawers in the bathroom.  Tucker's drawers are in the bench drawers and Calista still uses her suitcase.
You can see all the swimsuits hung up.   We could seriously use another spot to hand things, in there.
Things I like about living here:

Someone comes and makes the beds everyday.
Someone comes and empty's the trash everyday.
Someone comes and sweeps and vacuums and brings towels everyday.
Free continental breakfast that I never have to make.
There is a toy set right outside.
Upstairs has a laundry room and I can do three loads at once.
The bus stops right outside.