Walked out of the base gym to spy snow-capped Mt Fuji in the distance!
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Just to give you a glimpse inside this space they call a kitchen--it challenges my cooking skills and we will definitely appreciate a full service kitchen in 3 weeks!
Sink, burners (one is covered by the dish dry rack....low on space), microwave and mini fridge
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Today the Navy Base hosted an annual Friendship Festival--it opens its main gate to any/all Japanese local foot traffic! They anticipate thousands of guests for the day! It was one American family for every 20 Japanese families on base for the festivities.
The Japanese were lined up for all the Hamburger stands, and we were lined up for the Japanese fare!
Live band playing on stage all day!
Maddy chose a hamburger and Abby chose BBQ Pork on a stick
My favorite of the day--fried potato!! Highly recommend it! Better than fries!!
Also tasty--fried octopus balls
The flight line was also open to guests and each plane had reps on display and selling patches and videos on discs. We were stopped and asked for our photo by a Japanese couple. It's odd but everyone says you get used to it.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Tonight (after our second full day here) we made our first trek out the front gate of the base for dinner. This is the inside of the main gate looking in.
There are beverage vending machines every 20 feet on and off base. No chance to complain about thirst!!
We went to our first Sushi Go-Round tonight!! Ten minute walk from the base. You choose each item you want and a few seconds before it arrives on the belt your machine announces it so you can grab it.
Tempura squid and cooked octopus!!
This white handle is an instant hot water dispenser! You push your cup against the black knob and water comes out to make tea!
We made a quick stop at the 100 Yen store--equiv to the Dollar Store in the USA!!
Abby had a wonderful first day of school in Japan! The kids in her class were all very welcoming and eager to share many details with her!
Even better her school is a 2 minute walk from where our new house will be!
The school is 100% military kids!
Thursday, April 30, 2015
After 7 hours at the Seattle airport from midnight to 730am.....and a 10 hour flight, we arrived at Yokota Air Base in Japan! We took an hour shuttle ride to our new home base Atsugi! We travelled with 8 checked bags, 8 carry-one and two car seats!!
We arrived at our hotel room on base to some wonderful gifts and snacks from our squadron mates! They are all so thoughtful. Not to mention a stocked fridge and pantry to get us through a few days! We ran around base yesterday getting some important things off our to-do list done....and we got our Japanese iPhone! Very important!! We just selected a house to move into, but unfortunately the next avail will be the end of May so we will be in the hotel for 3-4 weeks.
The girls are loving the new environment! And excited because our new house will be two doors down from good friends with two girls 5 and 3, and other good friends nearby just steps away!!
The girls both start school right away! Abby will start tomorrow (which is Friday for us) and Maddy will start Monday next week! Very exciting......can you hear that???? It's the sound of FREEDOM and ALONE time!!!! Something we haven't had for four months!! Next week Mon-Fri is our intro to Japan class for Mike and I, so once that is done hopefully we will have purchased a car and can start exploring! So exciting!!
All the best. More to come often!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
LAX--ready to fly--23 family members on one flight!!
Second night-Celebrated Grandpas 85th with a super heroe theme
YES the sunset was this gorgeous every night
Video to follow
Amy, myself and the girls went kayaking!!!
These iguanas of all sizes and ages covered the grounds daily! They loved to be fed bananas!!
Luckiest 5 Great Grandchildren
Family photo in our matching shirts "Keep Calm Family Vacation On"-- we all wore these on the airplane the first day