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

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015


We had a very plentiful afternoon gorging ourselves at our potluck meal with our Navy family. 
And afterward we enjoyed sign-making for this weekends homecoming!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Our first Friendsgiving in Japan! I'm thankful that although far from box stores sales and fully stocked grocery stores (taken for granted).....I am thankful to be surrounded by an air wing of women from each walk of aviation and Navy life who make my days and weeks easier here, sometimes with just a smile/wave as we pass one another on base. 

Also thankful that Mike will be home soon to fill the void that's been missing in our hearts and home--6 months in Japan and he's been home for 2 weeks so far--cheers to expanding his Japanese horizons in the months to come! Thinking of all the military families separated by service this holiday season  

And of course missing our family and friends back home who will celebrate tomorrow!! Cheers!!!

Venetian Glass Museum

My friend Tammy and I travelled to Hakone today for our last outing before the guys come home! We went to the Venetian Glass Museum. 
Glass crystal strung waterfall 
Crystal trees 

Kawaii Monster

Our group went to dinner last Sunday in Harajuku! A unique new themed cafe! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Makes me Smile :)

I check on the girls almost every night before I go to bed. Found Maddy like this tonight. And I love how it makes me smile at the end of a long day! 
(She did not go to bed with that on her...)

Oh Japan

Sometimes Japan makes you wonder....
I had some time to kill yesterday and perused a Japanese drug store. Found a variety of products made from horse oil....hmmm
And then they had self pierce earring kits!
Things you'd never see in the US. Or think to do really. 

Dinner Out

I took these two goofballs to dinner this week at the nearby mall food court. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Abby completed her 1st Second grade project today! It was a 8 week long progressive cultural project. She created a personal timeline, a family tree, a flag, a map and a food demo! 
Thanks to neighbors for the costume attire! Her smile says it all! She loved it. 

All the visitors got to walk around each students station, listen to their story, and taste their food! 

So grateful I am a stay at home mom and have the pleasure of attending all these in-school events for my kids! Her face truly lights up whenever I attend functions--so it makes it all worthwhile. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


A certain someone is coming home SOON!! 
We might be a little late to this chain game....but better late than never!! PLENTY more chains to come during our time here!! 
What Abby wrote on the last chain link

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Playing Hooky

The girls and I spent the past two days in Tokyo at the military hotel. I'm so glad I had these days booked because we really needed the R&R!! We slept, swam constantly, and watched movies!!! We all loved it. 

Oh what a night!!!!

Our squadron had our BIG ladies only event this past weekend before the guys return!! It's no Ball as you would imagine....but more of a fun night to dress up (in costume), and perform a lip sync routine!! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Parliament Trip

Today I was lucky to attend the Japanese Parliament with a base group in Tokyo. 
We toured multiple rooms in the Parliament building and met with a top Japanese Economic politician in his office. Then we had lunch in the Parliament cafeteria and visited the nearby Yushukan shrine and museum that details the Japanese war history. 
Got to spend this cool Fall day in Tokyo with a great friend!! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day in Japan

We are living on a base where the National Anthem plays every morning at 8am, and colors and taps play every night at dusk and dark! Our country's past and present sacrifices literally ring true daily here!! And I'm lucky to be by the side of someone serving our country. It's been a great dozen years of memories in uniform! And always remembering those who served before us!

Monday, November 9, 2015


Look who lost her second tooth today!! 
After weeks of Abby and I bribing her with money, she finally gave in and let me remove it! You'd never know she was so "nervous"!!!

Japan Fun

Our squadrons here on base host a week long event every November before the guys return! It includes a field day on Tuesday, a scavenger hunt Thursday night, and a Ball Saturday night!

Today was field day where we came together and did 7 stations of tasks/challenges!! 
Bobbing for candy in a bowl of flour--We won this event!! Most candies picked out of the flour in 3 minutes 
Running (waddling) halfway around the track on an inflatable spacecraft while your partner wears a helmet and is tethered to you!! 

All in good fun and we had a great time. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Make Your Own

Only in Japan!! Cook your own hamburger and fries from a kit with powdered packets for EVERTHING!! Bread, burger, cheese, ketchup, fries and soda!! The kids loved it and said it all tasted just like the real thing. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Safari in Japan

Fun day trip to Fuji Safari Park
We drove 90 min towards Mt Fuji to this fun wild animal park and petting zoo
Mount Fuji in the background--and our safari tram
Maddy was squealing as the monkeys jumped around
Petting and feeding Wallaby's 
Petting and feeding white Kangaroos 
Abby feeding a brown bear veggies from our tram 
Feeding raw meat to a lion
The camels ate pellets 
A cute Japanese girl was petting a Capybara
Cute Red Panda 
My crazy Kangaroos
And my cute "Mt Fuji Curry Plate" for lunch 

Mike, Allison, Abby and Roxy Smith

Living life in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA!