Keeping up with our busy Navy lives....wherever we live :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Storm Day

Monday at home to ride out the storm!
We started with Sunday night dinner of homemade Gyoza!! I might ONLY make them from now on. They were so easy and so delicious.
Followed it up Monday watching the Olympic closing ceremonies.........2020 in Tokyo! 
Then the kids had cabin fever and shared a shirt and were giggling endlessly 
When we got the post storm all clear the kids went out and found dozens of cicadas that fell from the trees. Gross

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kids at Work

Our squadron hosted a Bring your Kids to Work day! So much fun for all! The girls loved it. Lucky to be so hands on with dads job over the years! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Robot Bar

Finally made it to the hot spot in Shinjuku! 
It's so bizarre it's hard to describe. But it's a show.......I just don't have words. Everyone says you have to go at least once! 
Walking the streets of Shinjuku after the show! I spy Godzilla! Such a fun night life area! 

Play Ball

Friday night at the ball park! And we got to do Karoako after!! (No kid night!!)

Yokohama Day

Monday off from work?? We took the train to Yokohama and finally rode the giant ferris wheel! 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Weekend in Tokyo!

Got to spend the weekend in Tokyo with this trio! Lots of R&R for all of us! 

Monday, August 1, 2016


Sunday night we had tickets booked for a pirate ship cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone! Fun family night together. 
(And then we got home, slept for 3 hours and got up to climb Mt Fuji---yes we are crazy people)

Mt Fuji--Success

Our squadron hosted a Fuji climb today!!
It was definitely on or bucket list and I'm so glad we got to do it together. 

This was no average mountain. The terrain was far different from what I imagined and was tough to climb. The typical climb is 9-12 hours round trip just depending on your ability level. We did it in 6-1/2 hours up and 3-1/2 down! Needless to say it was a LONG day. Left the house at 330am and got back at 9pm! Exhausted!!!

But so glad we completed such a unique accomplishment 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Homecoming July 2016

Waiting for the planes to arrive 
They landed!! Out the families go to claim their husbands/dads!!
They found their #1
Finally got his name on a plane here 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Anniversary--- a dozen down!

Today marks 12 years since we said "I do" to each other! 
And tomorrow he comes home after another 2 months away..... 

We have had many amazing homecomings since this Navy life began! 

I always look forward to each one the same, eager to see him walk out of that plane, and now I love watching the girls run and embrace him! We have resilient kids who are stronger than many around them, but they love their daddy and get so excited to welcome him back each time!! The goodbyes are hard because the welcome backs are amazing no matter how long the deployment. 
The kids are my focus these days during deployments and I can't imagine doing it without them. They are the greatest challenge and the most valuable distraction. 
Wedding July 2004- beginning of it all
Our first Navy ball October 2003 (just us)
First homecoming Nov 2008 in California (one kid in tow; Abby was 13 months)
Homecoming in Virginia 2012 (two kids)
First homecoming in Japan 2015--how did they grow up so much!! 

......and stay tuned for tomorrow's highlights!! 

Mike, Allison, Abby and Roxy Smith

Living life in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA!