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

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spring Fest 2016

The base hosts two events each year where they open up the main gate to local Japanese foot traffic! 
This past weekend was the annual Friendship festival! And we spent a good chunk of time at the air field supporting the squadron. Selling squadron patches and flair! And Mike signed a few autographs!

Ball Night

Our air wing in Japan hosts a special ball event each April! We had an awesome night. This is the backdrop that our squadron put together! Each squadron had to create a table in the "Star Wars" theme. 

Patti's Visit

My good friend Patti (a Hawkeye wife in Point Mugu in our community who we have known for years) came for a Japan visit last week!! Loved spending 5 days showing her the highlights. 
We took part in a traditional tea ceremony
And of course we ate amazing sushi 

Kyoto and Hiroshima

Catching up on our BUSY April activities. 

We took a five day trip south west to explore Kyoto and Hiroshima! We had a wonderful time, and our Japanese squadron friend showed us around the locals tour. 

Got to our local station at 5am!!
The kids and Mikes first bullet train ride
Bento boxes for breakfast! 
Arashiyama- Bamboo forest 
Fushimi-Inari --10,000 Tori Gates
Hiroshima Castle
Miyajima Island
Dinner in Hiroshima--Japanese style

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Certified swimmer!!

SUPER proud of this kid!! She passed the base swim test!! They're pretty strict here on have to swim one form stroke down and back without stopping and then tread water for 2 minutes! Summer at the outdoor pool just got a whole lot more fun for her (allows her to use the water slide, diving board and be in the big deep pools without her momma!)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Cherry Blossoms in Japan

My photos don't do them justice, but it's Cherry Blossom season in Japan!! And the blooms on and off base are amazing. But you don't need to leave base to see beautiful ones!! These are on our street! 

Now if the sun would just come out so I can get better photos! This week I think!

Purple Up!!!

April is the "Month of the Military Child"
And our kids know this life very well! Living it everyday in a different country! No less a different state every few years! 

So proud of how resilient, adaptable and open-minded they are through our many transitions so far! (With many more to come) Their military school appropriately held a parade yesterday morning where the entire school K-6 marched a big loop around the neighborhood, holding signs representing words that describe military kids! 

Mount Takao Hike

This week I explored a new hike with my neighbor! Mount Takao! 
We hiked a long trail all the way to the top, 3.3 km up! Tried some new foods and enjoyed many beautiful views. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tokyo Racing

The day after our dining out event while the kids were at school we went Go-Cart racing through the streets of Tokyo! 

They took us on a two hour your past a few key sites.....dressed as Mario and Luigi! 

Probably one of the top FUN things we have ever done! 

Dining Out-Tokyo

We had a Navy "Dining Out" event in Tokyo Thursday night. It was our first time staying at the hotel without the kids and it was very peaceful! 
The event itself was a fun formal event with lots of jest and Navy traditions. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

More Guam

Yesterday was full of awesome. 
It started with a rainbow, then we dropped the girls off with a friend who we knew from Monterey, so we could go diving all day together. What an amazing opportunity!! My first time diving in warm water and it was worth the wait. 
Got to dive in my swimsuit instead of a wetsuit!! We saw endless fish, and two sea turtles! 
We got the kids their own snorkels and they took to them like pros! Surprisingly Maddy loved it and never had any issues once she tried it! Way out of her box. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

A little more Guam

Guam Mall had a Japanese Festival....what are the odds
Insects and creatures galore 
Kid yoga in the hotel room
Spending quality family time together. Amazingly we get a 3 day weekend! 
Drove around southern Guam today
The most amazing breakfast I've ever had--Lox omelet with garlic fried rice! 
Bombs away!! Lots of history on this little island 

Mike, Allison, Abby and Roxy Smith

Living life in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA!