This 4th of July we did something a little different….. Read More
Summer storms are a favorite of mine… forces of nature brought on to give us some relief from the uncomfortable heat… the lightning cracking, the way the drops of rain hit the window, the thunder shaking the house and beating in my chest… Mother Nature is so powerful… nourishing. Read More
These past 2 weeks have been amazingly crazed…. My mom and brother came for a visit!! We had a whole weekend of Mother’s Day outings and family fun, and I have been working my but off trying to get some Spring cleaning done in my home to try and minimize and prioritize our lives a bit better— but that’s a whole other post! Read More
Well I may be terrible at actually printing photos I take… I have thousands on a back-up from the last 4 years to go through, upload to a print shop, categorize in albums, maybe even up-date the framed shots around the house?? But Hell, who has time for that?! Not I… maybe a Summer project?
In the meantime, my camera is still, always, attached to my face… Its like I want to capture all our moments, freeze time… These kids are growing to fast, and before I know it Ill be kicking them out for college! Ouch, just that thought twists my heart….
I guess its that time…. its finally arrived. Our whole house has been packed up and is on a boat back to the US of A, and we are about to follow… well via big blue bird. Its that time to say farewell to our lives here in Japan, and embrace new adventures back home.
We have lived here in Japan for a little over 2 1/2 years…. I wont bore you with all we have done, seen, explored, experienced, ect, however I will tell you that almost all of the Americans I have met here will tell you they have a “Japan Bucket List”…. Usually filled with monuments, shrines, cities… But at the top of many of these lists is climbing Mt Fuji… and it was sitting quietly at the top of ours.
This was becoming a dream more then an actual reality though for us… My husbands Navy schedule has not allowed for us to go these past 2 summers, and with the boat pulling out once again for this Season, we were starting to come to terms that this adventure may not be one we could make work! We only have about 5 months left here in Japan, and the mountain is only open for about 10 weeks!
But low and behold, the opportunity arose! Maybe not the Overnight “watch the sunrise from the top of the world” adventure we originally sought, but one all in its own.
The boat was in port and we were able to split up our 3 kids and dog between some friends, pack up our bags, and hit the Mountain on opening weekend!
I can honestly say I LOVE where we live…. We are in Zushi, Japan.. A short 2 mile walk to the beach, although we usually 1 stop train it, consisting of amazing characters, yummy food, fantastic Sangria, a little Hawaiian influence, and a lovely summer sunsets…. But with all its beauty comes its HUGE population! As a mom of 3 it can be quite a challenge to explore and enjoy all this area has to offer- we are a circus side-show! Lucky for me my kids got the “beach-bum” gene that comes from being a Floridian, and they are happy with their “toes in the water and ass in the sand!” (Thank you Mr Brown ;)) So the coast is where we spend a HUGE chunk of time… Read More