Saturday, May 6, 2017

April happenings

Who wants to unpack after a trip. Not me, so we headed off to a new park that we missed for park day. It was a fun neighborhood park but could have been better if they had a slide coming down from the orange cage like thing. 

Glad Jack has gotten over his fear of slides. 

If there is a tree Seth will climb it. But this was a super cool tree that was really easy to get up.  Okinawa has the best climbing trees

Have I mentioned that Lorna is a saint?? Well I got this free carpet and padding and asked Lorna to help me move it upstairs. Well we got the room cleared out and the carpet moved in and she didn't stop there. She then laid the whole carpet by herself with very little help from me. It wasn't easy easy. 

Shampooed the carpet then took a break. I wish i could just leave the boys room this empty. And we love having carpet up there!

This is how the boys watched conference one morning. Kade is such a good brother

Now watching from a box, hey whatever gets them to sit for a bit and listen

So Jack has been refusing to take naps but still needs them. He also won't nap in his bed and I have now figured out he will easily take a nap on the couch. This day he came and slept on me. I love his little hands on the baby.

More crazy Chibana flea market.

We went to Jesse's battalion Easter egg hunt. Jack kept finding halves and putting them back together. 

Can you spot Kade in the green hat? They divided all the kids into age groups

And then they did a free for all

Creepy looking bunny! why didn't they make him look happy? He looks like he is going to kill someone 
You know its time to wash the car when you touch it and your hands turn black. These boys were great helpers

The easter bunny brought buckets, shovels and tractors to play at the beach and some bubbles

Easter morning ready for church in their ties from grandma Kathy

All squished

I had fun making these bunny rolls. Its a great roll recipe and they actually look like bunnies. Pinterest for the win

After church we had an egg hunt in front of the house with Gideon and Ephram. 

I really do love dying eggs

Took Seth and Jack around to find some new parks to see if they were worth it to go to park day. This one wasn't worth it because parking wasn't good but the boys had fun

And so taking off your pants and diaper has begun

He was so proud of himself

Oh good morning grumpy boys......they wanted to watch TV and I said no because we had to get ready for school. But seriously this picture is the best

Shadows of yourself being pregnant aren't flattering

Our Jellyfish family

tired Jack after church

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tokashiki Island from the cell phone

Tokashiki Island is one place I have wanted to go since we got here. We tried to go last year but a storm stopped the ferries so we weren't able to. This year I booked it a few months out and we went for Spring Break with the Parks family. It was hard not to be in the states with Jesse and family but a 70 minute boat ride was much easier than a 14+ hour flight home. 
The kids on the ferry

Trying to see if we see anything cool. No whales. 

This is the awesome playground right next to the cabins. It was great for the big kids not so great for Jack and Callen but they both had fun

The cabin was small but it worked. The little Japanese style table was great for the kids

Kitchenette and bunk beds. Seth slept on the top bunk

The first beach we checked out was Aharen Beach. There are really only 2 easily accessible beaches to get to. This was beautiful.

This is a view from the parking lot. Now i have a goal to make it to the other islands you can see.

Kade sure does love the water and he looks so good like this

The water was still a little cold but the kids still got in and had a great time digging in the sand.

We were just sitting there and then all of a sudden all these tourists came and just stood there fro 15 minutes and then eventually walked up and down the beach. 

Everynight we got the kids to bed about 8/8:30 and then lights were out so Emily and I read. We both finished our books this trip. We also took the twin air mattresses and slept great. 

Panaramic view of the Aharen area. The cabins were up on this hill so it had a great view when driving up. Did I mention we had great weather too?

Here is a picture of our little cabin. Small but it did just the job.

love all the flowers around here

We had to walk a little ways to get to Aharen beach and we loved how the kids looked carrying all the gear to the beach. They were all great helpers. And yes the streets are small and narrow. 

Seth, Ainsley and I worked on finding coral to spell Tokashiki so we could remember our time there

For 2 year olds these two play amazingly together. 

We kept our meals super simple and ate burritos one night, went out to eat one night and then had hot dogs the 3rd night. We went to a place called the Octopus' Garden and they had great food and were so nice. I ordered the above and had no clue what i was getting. Well it turned out to be AMAZING. Fresh tuna with the best avocado and tomato and the dressing was so good. I want to go back just to eat this. 

We all squeezed into the cube which was fun, maybe not so fun for the kids who had to sit with all the beach stuff. 

This is Tokoshiku beach which was probably my favorite over the two.  

This is the bay where you can see turtles but there weren't any out while we were there. We also pretty much had the whole beach to ourselves. 

Callen having a hard day. and I was trying to distract him by taking his picture. 

Trying to take a jumping picture with 3 kids is hilarious. Thanks Erin!

2 of the 3 off the ground i'm going to count that for the win

These boys had so much fun at the beach and look at the water its simply amazing!!

We do exist

The vegetation, sand and amazing blue water make me so happy

One of the evenings we had everyone washed and turned on a movie for them to just chill. It was needed after a few days at the beach and park

We look amazing when we go to the beach. This was the last day and the plan was to not get really wet......

This is not posed they were all lined up throwing rocks

Its funny how they pair themselves off and play. Middles on the left, littles in the middle and bigs on the right. Baby girl is going to be left out. 

Waiting to board the ferry.

Why not eat some ice cream while we wait

We had a wonderful and relaxing time there. 3 days was perfect even though i could have done a few more. The kids all had a great time. Now we will have to take Jesse back.