Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last week in pictures...getting a jump start on the Pre-New Year's oosoji (giving the fridge a major clean out, that was so badly needed) and a few other bits thrown in for good measure

One of the things I really love the most about Japan is their idea and tradition of their New year's oosoji (cleaning) to start the New Year off fresh in a nice clean house! That's probably one of my most favorite things about Japan. Well, I do have *many* things I love about Japan. The onsen, the sento (public bath), New year's cleaning, and also in fall and winter, I love curry and beef stew and nabe, mikan and roasted sweet potatoes! I also love all the fresh sweet fruits we get in Japan year round. The bakeries in Japan are in a class all their own, they are truly superb! I love the whole inaka/country side vibe of Japan. The list just goes on. : ) But anyway back to the cleaning. While I won't officially start my pre-New year's cleaning until next week. I did however want to get a jump start on a few specific areas beforehand. Last week for example, I decided to go through the entire fridge and fill up the sink with hot soapy water and dismantle the fridge inside, meaning the different levels and wash them all off. I took everything out of the fridge and put everything on the green counter and the kitchen table. I had music cranked up in the kitchen. A Christmas radio station. I was nearly done taking stuff out of the fridge in this pic...I did take out the baking soda in the purple bowl to keep the fridge deodorized, lol and I took out the Rice a Roni.
Look at this gross disgusting cheese and lunch meat/pepperoni compartment. Hideous!

Debris! I mean like...yikes!!! @_@ Hahaha. : )

A steaming hot soapy wash rag and I wiped and I wiped and I wiped every area down 3 times! And then I rinsed!

At this point, I said...screw it! Take out all the shelves! If we're gonna do this thing...might as well do it up right! ; )

Every shelf out and waiting for a hot soak in the sink. 

Hot soapy sudsy water and some serious scrubbing! End result, squeaky clean fridge! Yay, me...I did all this last week... days before the Kids Club Christmas party! 
The trays and drawer areas, I put some clean paper towel down. 

Welcome to a nice clean fridge, margarine and butter! : ) 

And now putting all things back inside. I did make sure to check for expiration dates etc. Anything old got tossed. This stuff is all new/good. : ) 

And putting things back in the fridge on the right hand side.

Looking good! Looking spic and span clean! It did take an entire morning, but it was so worth it and so very needed! : ) 

Cheese and meat compartment. 

I did buy fresh eggs. : ) The 2 old eggs were tossed.
The same day I cleaned the fridge, I also made chicken and cheese enchiladas. I also made spanish rice with that and we had a simple salad to go with. : ) 

We also had pork chops and rice a roni and some steam veggies last week too. 

Friday, last Friday night I made spaghetti and meat balls. Noboru's schedule that day was he was at work, so he unfortunately couldn't eat with us that night. I usually buy 2 fresh baguettes from the bakery, but since it was just us 3, I only bought 1 baguette for dinner that night. I cut it down the middle and in half. Super easy and spread the Lawry's garlic butter on it. Put it in the toaster oven right before I plated up our dinner. 

I rolled the well seasoned meatballs Friday in the day and put them in the fridge on a plate wrapped with plastic wrap. When the boys were home from school, I quickly boiled some water for pasta. Fried up the meatballs, sliced some fresh mushrooms and bell peppers after the meatballs were cooked. When the veggies were soft, I added the sauce. 

Four cheese. Very mild and good. 

Dinner was super easy last Friday. I knew I had the Christmas kai/party the following day, so I wanted a super easy dinner last Friday, the boys helped me clean up the kitchen after supper. Everyone took turns showering and I blow dried my hair Friday night and enjoyed TV but I did go to bed early last Friday, to be ready for the Christmas party the following day. : )

Last Friday nights supper, this was Noah's serving. He did go back for 3 extra meatballs, he loves the meatballs. : ) Dinner was fantastic, I love talking with my kids... and I mean REALLY talking with them, joking with them and being silly. The fact is...I really love my life here. My kids are at a great and easy age. Plus they're great kids. Helpful kids. I have good friends in my town and in the city nearest me, I love my friends, my friends are awesome. I have a wonderful and loving husband. I have fantastic parents. We all have our health. Sure sometimes with PTA meetings and stuff, I do get tired. I think that just makes me human. : ) Yes, I am looking forward to the kids going on Christmas break. I am looking forward to being able to stay up late, if I want to, to sleep in if I want to also. So yep...it's almost Christmas/winter break and I am looking forward to it. : ) I think we all are. : ) Plus we got that hotel stay coming up after New Year's to see Big Hero 6/Baymax and we're kinda getting excited about that too. : ) 
Sunday, December 14th the day after the Kids Club Christmas party. Noboru had his end of year Christmas party with his coworkers that evening! Anyway...so our whole family slept in Sunday December 14th. I slept in until 7:30am, which is super late for me, but it was so nice. We all had a nice leisurely breakfast at home. We relaxed and hung out. At 5pm, I drove Noboru off at the train station for his party and I did pick him up at the train station at 10:30pm.  As for the kids and I. I ordered some Pizza Hut for the kids and I. The pizzas are buy 1, get one for free. So, I only paid for 1 pizza. And I ordered 1 large baked fries, also on their website there was a coupon for a free german potato. So, since it was free, I added that too. : ) I mean if it's free, why not right? : ) 

The kids and I drove to Narita to pick it up after we dropped off Noboru at 5pm. And brought it home. German potato on the left. And baked fries on the right. 

Two large pepperoni and mushroom pan pizzas. Sunday was awesome and I was so happy because #1...last week was pretty awesome. I was also happy because my fridge is officially no longer disgusting, lol...it is now super clean! : ) And I was also happy... that I totally rocked that Christmas party for the kids and... I am now off my duties until mid January! And I am sorta just enjoying the ..."schools almost out" count down with the kiddos. Christmas presents have been long bought and wrapped. So that's all over and done with. And now we can just concentrate on our family...watching silly but fun Christmas movies like Elf and a Christmas Story. : ) Baking Christmas cookies. Watching the colorful Christmas tree lights every night in the living room and the clear lights glow on our other Christmas tree in the genkan every night too. I love this time of year! : ) If you concentrate on the wonder and good and positive...this time of year is so magical. I love seeing Christmas through my children's eyes. : )

We four have been enjoying hot chocolates with heaping whipped cream almost every evening.  Anyway...that was my week, last week in pictures. : ) 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Party 2014...

Saturday, December 13th was our housing community's, Christmas party for the kids club. It's for all kids between 1st grade to 6th grade. We had the party at the town plaza. The party was from 10am-11:30am. We yakuin had to be there from 9am. And all mom's who have 6th grade kids were asked to come and help us, as support helpers. : ) The support helpers came at 9:45am. All the presents on the right/farthest back were the presents for the boys. All the presents closest my camera were for the girls. : ) 

Branden came as my helper. : ) He enjoys helping the kids/his friends. Plus he got lots of drinks and snacks for helping, so he was pretty happy. : ) And look who is at the right of the camera...Noah and Lily-chan again. : ) I tell you...they're such good friends! Like peas in a pod! : ) Remember what Noah said...she sharpens his pencils. : ) Hahaha. That still makes me smile, just thinking about that! : ) 

You remember the "telephone game" Where you whisper a sentence or something into some one's ear and they tell the next person and so on and so on and by the time you get to the back of the line/lane...the sentence isn't even remotely what it started out to be?! lol! : ) That's what we played! And because of flu season we used this handmade device to make sure the kids, were all good. : ) 

This is what team yellow heard. From the telephone game. : ) 

This is what team red heard. And yes they all heard the same thing, lol, but again...by the time the story gets passed down the line...stories often change. : ) Oh dear! : )

Team blue...heard something... but then they freaked and realized what they heard was wrong so they rewrote what they heard.  I just happily watched and had a big smile on my face. I had a big smile on my face because... us yakuin had worked so hard and had been planning and meeting since the beginning of October, all about this Christmas party. And just seeing how much fun the kids were having. Seeing them all scratch the phrase out and rewrite it. It was just all so worth it!!! Do you know what I mean, gosh I hope so. Seeing the kids enjoy it. Seeing their faces light up all morning. It just made every thing that us ,yakuin do...worth it! Because I love the kids...I love seeing all their little faces get all happy. And team white wants to beat team blue. And team blue wants to beat team red. And they're really trying so hard (girls are whispering in their friends ears.."I think the message was" THIS, they'd whisper..."no no no that wasn't the message" one would say back. And frankly I don't care who wins...I just love watching all the kids have a blast. Every Saturday that I gave up...being at a meeting. All of it just honestly melts away...seeing their excitement. On this day we realize...this was so worth it! The feeling was so good. We started the day off with a quiz. And I held the agree/true circle sign. And the kids all ran to my side of the room if they agreed with the question. 2 of us ladies were just shaking our signs...come on kids. And they'd run into either the X or O side. There I was holding a great big O sign. : ) All my fellow yakuin were at the back of the room smiling. We had Christmas music playing. Some kids were talking to me in Japanese. Some kids came and talkjed to me in English (good morning...how are you? : ) "I'm fine, thank you...how are you?" : ) 
These ladies were our helpers and supporters for that day. And I am so very thankful they came to help! Noah was tossing the ball into our neighbor who lives 2 houses away from us, holding the red basket. : ) Everyone wore Santa hats, which were provided by us yakuin! Though, I wore antlers because I was a reindeer to help Santa deliver presents. : ) The whole mood was festive...all the kids were happy, no kid fights this year. Last year we had 1 great big kid physical fight, between 2 of Noah's classmates last year. We had to break up. This year was cool, the day had a real good vibe. All us mom's gel together real well. All the helpers are so nice. It was just a good day. And plus I knew as soon as we got this day scratched off...our duties for 2014 were done. So Saturday was really positive! Just sit back and enjoy the day, but also knowing full and well that as soon as Saturday's over..we are done yakuin/PTA wise for 2014!!! 

Noah shaking the two 500ml bottles taped together... with tiny bouncy balls inside it. The kids were having a blast. Us mom's were having a blast too. : )

While my fellow VP was outside doing the capsule foam creatures in water game outside with the kids. The rest of us all very quickly set up the room for cake and drinks. We had to pull a whole bunch of tables out, a whole bunch of chairs out. I handled all the drinks and placed them like this. : )  We had Calpis, Milk tea, CC Lemon (which CC Lemon was the kids least picked/chosen drink of the day) Coke and Fanta grape soda. Noah picked a Fanta Grape. 

The kids outside finishing up the sponge animal creatures in water game. Meanwhile like little elves... all us yakuin and helpers rocked it...and I set up many chairs, we all did. We all were working hard. : ) 

Everyone got a slice of cake from 7-11, a tiny spoon to eat with and a Christmas napkin. One of my fellow yakuin works part time at 7-11 and so she ordered all the cakes for our party. So that was so nice of her to do that. : ) 

And all set up. Tables set up, chairs nicely set. The cake we passed around. And the kids were all peeking through the glass doors ready to come inside! : )

We had party poppers! Streamers popped out of them!

Santa/the prez! : ) Us 2 VP's were standing back here with gifts. I held the boy gifts and she held the girl gifts. Santa knew already which one of us held, which gifts. : ) Oh, this is a funny story. So, I'll share this story. : )  I am only showing you a pic of her from the back so you can't see who she is really. : ) Anyway she's my real good friend and the mom on the right closest my camera in brown boots and Santa hat, in this pic. She's got a 3rd grade son and a 6th grade daughter. She is one of the head hoikuen mom's and she is the one who invited me to the 3rd grade moms party a few weeks back, so she's super cool you guys and a real nice lady. Anyway, her personality is she's like a comedian she just puts everyone in a real good mood, always cracking jokes and making everyone laugh. Anyway she told us all at the ,yakuin meetings since October..."the gifts I will buy for the Christmas party will be ONLY useful gifts!!!" Everyone said...no way! You're kidding! She said..."no! I'm not kidding I won't buy any gifts unless...they are useful and can be used in daily life!" : ) So each meeting we had she's say the same thing. And many mom's were really thinking...she's pulling our leg. And each week she'd say..."I will be buying tooth brush kits...pillows or underwear!!!" Those were her 3 choices. And again everyone thought. No way, she's got to be pulling our leg!" Right? Wrong!!! The 3rd grade mom party I went to a few weeks back. Anyway we all went to that and in came my yakuin funny mom friend and she brought this gift with beautiful red wrapping paper. It was bigger than most peoples gifts. And I wondered what she brought. And I ended up getting somebody else's gift. However...so the person who unwrapped her gift...unwrapped it and guess what she gave the fellow 3rd grade mom? A pillow! The mom was a tad surprised! But tried to smile best she could. And funny mom turned to me and said..."you know Gina-san...I always tell you I only buy useful gifts ne!!! : ) Anyway, I thought holy smokes she was NOT kidding, she was serious. So all these past few weeks...the other mom's would tease her...and she'd say...I am going to buy the kids useful gifts...pillows for them all... or toothbrushes!!! A few managed to talk her out of the underwear idea. : )  Okay so now that you know that part...I'll tell you the end... after a few paragraphs below. : ) 

Look...the most precious little girl opening up... the make your own bakery eraser kit! And see the Kit Kat taped on the package. : ) So many of the other little girls wanted her make your own eraser bakery kit. I am so glad she received this. And it made me wish I could have found more of those kits. Again seeing their smiles opening the gifts that we picked just....and sorry if it sounds corny but it just gave me such joy. I was beaming from ear to ear...I was so happy. Especially seeing how happy she was getting this! : )  Of course I couldn't show or act like I was the one who gave that to her of course...but when I spotted her open that gift, I watched from afar....and since many were taking pics....I made sure to take a pic just of the gift and her tiny hands....awww, I was so thrilled. Her mom works at my hair salon by the way. They're a real good family. Real nice folks. : ) 

Noah was deciding if he wanted a random gift or one of mom's gifts. I wanted him to get a random gift. Apparently as the kaicho was handing out the gifts in the middle row, Noah spotted the American flag bags and he asked the prez if he could have that one and since she's my good friend, she went over there and gave it to Noah at his request. So Noah knew it was one of mommy's gifts but didn't know which one. He unwrapped it and it was Mr. Potato head. : ) So...we thought that was the last we'd see of Potato Head...apparently not! Welcome back Mr. Potato head. : ) Anyway...back to the pillow story. So the pillows were wrapped and the biggest gifts out of all the gifts. Many of the kids wanted that big gift...in the red bag. Not sure how the other kids liked the pillows, they were very useful. But 1 boy...he wanted the biggest gift (not knowing it was a pillow) and the Kaicho gave him one. He unwrapped it and he could not hide his disappointment. : ( He said so loudly...I got this stupid pillow.  Awww. : ( He just left the pillow on the table for the longest time. Everyone else had received...comic books...little cars...gloves...handkerchiefs in certain characters, books. But that 1 specific kid was so troubled about the pillow. He wanted a recount...he wanted a recall...a do over! He let the whole room know about it. Branden even came over to me and said..."mom that boys not happy with his gift"...I told Branden...the reason they want each of us mom's to buy 7 gifts each...is to get a nice mix of different personalities...and end up with different gifts. I reminded Branden Mrs. (last name) always buys useful gifts and you know...that's okay...that's her way and nothing wrong with that. : ) The good thing is the other kids who received the pillows were quiet, not vocal about it, one way or the other. But he was really upset about the whole "Pillow-gate 2014!!!" Just wasn't happy about it at all. : )  Anyway enough pillow talk. : ) Anyway the party was over and done. The kids all left... all the parents came to pick them up. We all waved the kids and parents good bye and we went into the building. We all moved the tables and chairs back. The helpers swept. I took the decorations off the chalk board/white board for Saya-chan's mom to pick up. She was coming back at noon to pick them up. She only has 1 child...Saya-chan in Bran's grade.... but she's very nice and helpful and lent us the Christmas decorations. : )  So I got everything wrapped up nicely to give back to her. We thanked the helpers and they could leave, they were free. Us yakuin had to stay. We had a mini meeting about when to meet in January. I jotted the info down in my calendar. I ran and closed the blinds. Someone turned the heat off, someone turned the lights off. We went outside, Saya-chan's mom was pulling up, I ran to her car and gave her the decorations and bowed and thanked her and stuff. Ran back and us yakuin all otsukaresama deshita-ed each other. We all waved. And Branden and Noah and I hopped into Olive (my black Leaf/car) and we headed home. Hallelujah..I am done. I went home and did my happy dance. Switched from normal clothes to comfy yoga pants, long sleeve Old Navy tee. Went into the sink area upstairs put my hair into a pony tail and washed my make up off with some cleansing cream, then washed my face with some Dove face wash. Side note...the Dove is okay but my face is still feeling super stripped. : ( I think I need to look for a little gentler face wash. Anyway, the kids and I had some lunch. And I took an hour long nap on the couch. I was happy it was over ya'll... but I was also physically exhausted...I mean, I am a flesh and bone human here....I get tired same as everyone else, especially waking up so early. : ) So, an hour snooze recharged my batteries and then I woke up, I felt back to my normal self and I made curry. Made some handmade chicken cutlets. 
Saturday nights dinner. Just a simple, but nice and hearty chicken cutlet curry here at home. Otsukaresama!!! Meaning, job well done...I did it. : )  Anyway that was what we were up to on Saturday December 13th and that's how the Christmas party turned out. : ) It was pretty good. And now all my duties are finished until 2015. : )  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Last Monday...the Christmas ham and a Christmas present for the boys

Last Monday, December 8th Noboru and I had planned to head together to Costco for our Christmas ham, so that's what we did. However we did stop and have some lunch at the Joyful Honda food court in Chiba New Town first before heading to Costco, Noboru had a bibimbap and I picked KFC. We also had to get a few things at Joyful Honda too (Joyful Honda the one in Inzai specifically is like a huge Walmart Superstore, they have a huge grocery section, they also have a huge arts and crafts very much like Michael's Craft store in America upstairs. Huge housewares section, toiletry area. DIY area and so on, they even have a huge gardening section and a pet section. I have been to a few other Joyful Honda's in Japan and they are much smaller, this one in Inzai is HUGE. Anyway what we needed to get from Joyful Honda was just a small part for Bran's RC car. And some Biore body wash which was super cheap and on sale for 800 yen... for the monster sized one. And my face is so sensitive and dry in winter, which is weird since it's so combo in summer. But, it gets stripped so easy in winter time, so I needed to pick up a new face wash. After doing all our Joyful Honda stuff, we headed to Costco.

We decided that our "big" Christmas gift for the boys this year would be a TV for one of their bedrooms(it'll be going in Bran's room since he's older, sorry Noah-chan gomen gomen) and they will share it. That way they can play their Wii games. As it is right now, we have just 1 TV for the house, which is fine. However, many times when we are watching TV, the kids will ask to play the Wii. It's not too big of a problem but...this will be a nice addition for our family. A lot of my girlfriends back in America who have kids Bran's age, their kids already have TVs in their bedrooms for their xbox and whatnot. You know what I mean. : ) So, it's just something we decided that the boys will get a lot of usage out of. Price range wise. We all have different price ranges for our families since we all have different incomes, that shouldn't need saying. But we knew what ballpark we wanted to find the TV in. What we were looking for, a TV 19inch to 22inch. Noboru had been checking electronic shops for the past month and the Kakaku website. As we entered Costco, I knew Noboru wanted to check out the TV section, so I went with him. 99% of the TVs were huge giant TVs for living rooms. They had a small handful of smaller TVs. Noboru saw this TV and fell in love. He said the speaker system on this is amazeballs. The price was well in our price range. 

You can watch YouTube on here. And while I don't really understand all the bells and whistles about this TV. Noboru did. And he was like...this is so much better than the TV, I was planning to get for the boys. Also this TV is a 24 inch, so it is even bigger than the TV we were planning on. This TV just came out within the last 12 months. He looked online while at Costco and price compared and Noboru found even the cheapest online...it was still higher/more expensive than the price at Costco. I said let's think about it...while we do our shopping and whatever YOU decide, I will agree with, because electronics wise and stuff, I leave that for Noboru to decide. : ) 

Green, orange or silver. We did all our shopping, which only took about 20 minutes. And Noboru said...you know what...that's the best TV for the kids and next week the price will probably go up! It was on sale last week. So Noboru grabbed an orange one and we went and checked out. 

Lean ground beef, Christmas spiral ham, pancakes, huge whipped cream for all our Swiss Miss hot cocoa. Laundry soap and shower spray, I squirt this in the shower a few times a week and also in the cart... the TV down below the cart. Anyway, we paid, we loaded up the stuff inside Olive. That's my cars name. : ) And we hit the road back to our town. : ) We wrapped the TV and now it is sitting near the Christmas tree. 

Body wash for the whole family and some face wash for me on the right, Noah uses this with me since we both have dry and sensitive skin in winter, Bran uses this too, but he also uses Noboru's too, he can use both, hahaha. : ( And face wash on the left for Noboru, the men's face wash.

Anyway, that was what we were up to in our neck of the woods last Monday, nothing too earth shattering really. Just regular daily living type a stuff. : ) While I don't think the spiral hams would run out, I worried that they could, meaning it could have been a possibility... which is why we picked ours up December 8th. It's in the freezer now and now we can relax that Christmas dinner is not going to be a problem. We have the ham. : ) We will be having ham, cheesy gratin potatoes, salad and 2 pumpkin pies. I have been really having trouble deciding which dessert...should I make for Christmas? The family requested pumpkin pies for Christmas a few days ago and we already have the stuff, so it's going to be really easy/no problem. : )

Last week was like...just get through the week and complete the Christmas kai/party on Saturday Dec 13th and you're done girl!!! And all last week I just kept my eye on the prize. Get the ham and complete the Christmas party. And then after the ham, it was just...finish the Christmas party! And now it's done and I feel like...phew! I feel relief. I do have two yakuin meetings in January... but you know what...they're mid January, so no sense in dwelling about them now!!! : ) One will be about the final party and the other will be about voting in new yakuin....new people for the next term, which starts in April. My term ends in March. I can't believe I nearly finished my whole term. I really am proud of myself. All in Japanese, as a vice prez for the PTA, that's sorta really cool, I did that. A whole year...a whole year of meetings on my weekends/days off. The summer festival...the this...the that. I am nearly done and I finally do see the light at the end of the tunnel. I do have 2 meetings in January, like I said. But you know what...for now I am done for the year. So I really want to... not think about it for now. : )

And I am also proud of myself because last week our New Year's cards arrived at our house and they look so good you guys! It took me a whole afternoon a while back trying to make the cards and ordering them from the company. But you know...I did it. Between house cleaning and getting the kids to school and picked up. Between yakuin meetings and Christmas presents for the kids club...whatever! I did it and that in itself is something to be proud of. I managed to scrape an afternoon...and just do the cards, concentrate on only the cards. I made them/ordered them from a Japanese company, I usually buy them from an American company. Even though my computer has a translator that automatically translates languages into English for me. A lot of it wouldn't translate into English (where I made the cards from this year). I'd finish the card...only to get a..."sorry our websites loaded with people please come back again" @_@ And I'd be like...super freakin' frustrated and like arghhhhh! And want to scream like the hulk! But...I ganbatte-d! LOL. I kept going right back to the website...get finished all over again...and get the same dang message. All the pics would be vanished/erased and I'd upload all freaking over again. It was seriously quite the afternoon! They do have a save the photos button... but twice as I clicked the darn button their website logged me out. @_@ Then when I finally finished...it said..sorry you have taken longer than 60 minutes PLEASE start again! At that point I was so beyond aggravated! I had to go into the kitchen and have a hot chocolate and let the steam slowly pour out my ears. To be brutally honest...it took patience of a saint to finish these cards. And when I finally got them finished and ordered...I wanted to scream down the street..."I did it...I did it...OMG I did it!!! At last at last!" Again with my translator it said..would take about 4 -5 days to get to myself. Again with it being my first time ordering them...in Japan. And knowing the trouble it took to actually order them. I was really wondering if my order went through...did the cards look okay? So yep...when they came...I was so nervous opening the package after Kuro Neko dropped them off. And they look great! Ordering from the American site is super easy...takes me zero time, I have zero trouble. The only problem is...they take forever to get to Japan and the international shipping is like $20-25 bucks... ouch. Granted we can pay it...*but* if I can get away with not paying the international outrageous shipping fee... that would be best. So that's why I tried. So when I say...I am so happy the New Year's cards came out so good this year. Please understand it took me **forever**...as in it took me ages to get them done. While I did have some almost rip your hair out moments while getting the cards done. I am glad I stood strong and kept trying to order them again and again. : ) Anyway...they are finished, they are here. They arrived and boy oh boy am I glad they are done and they look good. As always, I won't share what the card looks like until New Year's. : )  But yep..I feel such a relief knowing they are done and made. : )

This weeks stuff. Noah's marathon is tomorrow!!! : ) And the day after, is my movie date with my friend. Also our town grocery store is opening this week. I am so happy about this!!! We really need one. : )  This is the boys last regular week of school and next Monday is just the closing ceremony for Noah and Bran needs obento next Monday, his last official day of school. Gosh that sounds rather...olympic-y doesn't it...closing ceremony. LOL. : )

That Bill Cosby story is just sounding worse each day. : ( Now Beverly Johnson came forward. I know in murder there is no statute of limitations. However I think there is in rape. Meaning you have to come forward within a set number of years or the bad guy can't be prosecuted. So perhaps legal-wise, he can't be pursued. Again, I am no lawyer, but I don't think so. However I think morally and in the eyes of the public. He's a sinking ship. : ( I feel sad about the whole thing. Anyway that's enough from me for now ya'll. : )