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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Daddy's Girl

Miss Artist at it again!!! She loves that guy in the middle SOOOO much! These last few deployments have been rough on her emotionally, and we are now experiencing some tears when dad leaves......Seeing him and saying goodbye again doesn't help....I'm so glad they've been so strong for so long! 
Nine years she's been doing this military kid thing!! 

Guam....again!

We had an amazing 4 days together in Guam as a family. It was our first ever true port call visiting the ship! The girls are definitely learning how special these times are in their life. 
Our final night together we had dinner at a great Thai restaurant! 
We stayed at the Hyatt this time and really enjoyed the property and pool slides
First swim with dad!! 
Enjoying the waterslide 
After swimming on day 2, she crashed at 6pm after her shower!!! 
Little miss sunshine---always!!!
The memory I'll take away from this trip.....seeing my girls LOVE and savor the time spent with their dad!!! The only times I don't mind playing second fiddle to him! 
Last deployment of this tour in Japan!!!! Counting down the weeks remaining. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

.......Sunshine and Ocean Breezes

In Guam for the week.....I'll catch up on phone calls next week!! Enjoying some R&R as a family of four! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Picture Day--1st Grader

Well picture day fell on a work week for me this year. Of course it would. So I dropped the ball and only remembered to snap a photo of one child. They had photos on different days. 
Sigh......parenting fail. 
But we all looked good and were out the door at 645am each day! Still winning!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

What a weekend

We had a SUPER busy first full weekend---just the three of us. 

We started Saturday morning riding bikes to the nearby park off base with friends 

Then the kids were invited to their very first Nerf party for a friend. They had a blast and really got into it. 

Later that night I had a planned night out with 25 of my local friends....at a Japanese restaurant off base with our Japanese wives on base. 

And lastly on Sunday we boarded the train for Tokyo and travelled to see a good long time friend from High School that was coaching her team at a Jiu-Jitsu tournament. As of last year she was the 7th ranked female Jiu Jitsu contender in the world! What an amazing sport

And we ended the night with sushi, and the kids figured out finally how their animae cards they occasionally get from McDonalds here, can be used for free in a video game machine!! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day Lunch

Of course the kids had the day off from school so we took the train to the local mall to browse and have lunch! Oh how I love eating in Japan!!
Maddy chose the decorate your own pancake kids meals
Abby picked the variety kids meal
And mom chose the variety adult meal! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Deployment Donuts

Dropped Mike off at 630am!! 
Another start to another deployment---luckily our last goodbye in Japan! 
(Oh and it's 2pm and we are all still in our PJs lounging)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Summertime Kids

Abby is one creative cat! She may not have a love for athletics (yet....I'm still holding out some hope) but she is talented artistically for sure. I find random drawings on her white board off and on and saw this one last week! 
She also has a fascination for BUGS!!! And these sticky summer nights are resulting in tons on our porch! Coming home from dinner last night they spotted this guy above our front door. Mike helped them catch it with their new 100 yen bug nets and got him into the bug box for viewing, held him, then released him. 
The girls also LOVE their neighborhood friends. Everywhere we go they manage to make friends, and they all get along as if they've known each other for years. Some Friday nights this summer they have been going out to play their version of "kick the can". I can't understand the rules, but I know they live for the ordinary fun and know winter will be here before we know it, so I'm trying to let them enjoy the warm summer nights. (With lots of bug spray!!!!!)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Playing Hooky

Mike had one last weekday off before this final deployment gets rolling, so we spent the warm day in Tokyo to visit the Meiji Shrine! One of the oldest and most well known. 

Back to School!

Look who started 3rd and 1st grade!! Big upgrade this year, they are walking to and from school SOLO each day!! (The whole 4 minute walk, with 10 of their favorite neighborhood friends, it's rough)

So far they have done 3 days, and have been nothing but smiles and full of excitement. Oh how we all missed some structure!!! 

Castles, Temples and BEER!!

Last weekend we took a base tour to Odawara Castle and a temple and the Asahi beer brewery for a tour! 

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

Mike, Allison, Abby and Roxy Smith

Living life in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA!