Thank god for weekends, that's all I have to say! Ha ha ha! So, anyway Saturday was here and omg! We all slept in, until a little after 9:00 am. And since I now wake up at 5:30 am on the weekdays, a bit after 9am, felt like a total dream!: ) So, after we all got a good rest, we all woke up, I was sorta thinking/wanting, bakery goods this morning. So, I left the hubby and the kids at home real quick and I made a quick run to the bakery and picked up some fresh yummy nummy's, lol!!! Melon pans, choco croissants, cream horns, sorta like cream pans but in a different shape. And some almond breads. At home, we all lazed around, kids munched on quite a few of these with some milk. And Noboru and I lazed around munching these with some coffee. Kids went outside and played in the backyard the whole morning and afternoon until it was time for lunch. But mostly they hung out in the backyard playing like crazy maniacs, he he he. Just having fun is all. : ) They slid, they swung, they cart wheeled, they got tuckered out! What did the hubby do? He relaxed and also played with the boys. I did a load of laundry, vacuumed, but other then that, I relaxed on the couch. Ahhh, what a nice way to spend the weekend. : )
For Saturday's dinner, I made some tacos. Both beef and chicken.
Three chicken tacos here. But, I came back for another. Ha ha ha. We all enjoyed supper, then we all showered quickly and got ready for American Idol! Not too exciting I know, but a lovely relaxing Saturday! : )
Sunday, a whole bunch of Branden's friends from elementary school came over to play in the backyard. And then after an hour of playing, they'd all go hop on their bikes, Branden too, and they'd all go riding through the neighborhood and then after 30 minutes, they'd all come back and play in the backyard again. And then after another hour, they'd all go back and hop on their bikes and go riding again. Look at all those different types of blue bikes in the front of our house! Good to have friends though, so I don't mind! : )
Sunday, I didn't have a single thing to do, not even a load of laundry. So, I rested all morning long and watched TV. But in the afternoon, while the boys (all the owners of those bikes in the last pic, lol, plus B), while all the boys played in the backyard, I decided to bake some yeasty dinner rolls myself. I had never made them before, I opened my favorite cookbook for Southern cooking and found a fantastic recipe for dinner rolls and I made them. They were surprisingly easy to make. Hmm. : )
It said to put them in muffin tins. They came out great this way. Next time I might try laying them on a flat baking sheet though, just to try it that way. : )
These made 2 dozen and would you believe they were all gone by the end of the night? : )
Pork roast! : )
Not fancy at all. But not so shabby for a Sunday nights dinner! Pork roast, roasted potatoes, carrots, broccoli, rice and some homemade dinner rolls. At 5pm, Branden knows he has to be inside/come home when the music in our area starts to play. He came in, washed up and we all sat down to Sunday nights supper! : )
On Monday Branden had school. However on Tuesday (which was when this picture was taken) he had off/no school. This week is Golden Week in Japan, and he was off Tuesday and then Next Monday and Tuesday he is also off. Don't quote me on those days though, I could be a bit off on the days. : ) Anyways, so Tuesday we hit Chiba New Town. First we hit the outlet mall, which is called Big Hop. In case any of you are wondering the size of this outlet, (hmmm thinking of a good example) this outlet mall is larger then the outlet mall in Makuhari, it's really big here!!! Hope this is helpful info at least.
We primarily went to the outlet mall just for lunch. Ha ha ha. Noboru and Noah had Ringer Hut. And Branden and I had Subway! OMG, the mall was so crowded due to it being Golden Week, and the traffic was horrible. Made us thankful we don't live in a more congested area like we were in on Tuesday. I had a veggie and cheese sandwich. We also ordered some fries from another place in the food court. And oh yeah! Finding a seat to actually eat, was insane. We walked around and around for about 20 minutes before we could get a table/place to eat!! It was nuts! Ha ha ha! : )
We couldn't even get 4 seats facing each other! Again that's how terribly crowded it was! We all had to face a plexiglass thing and people ate on the other side too. Sheesh! But again, we were just lucky we even found a seat at all. And while we ate, we saw people all walking looking for seats too. Sigh.
When Noboru got there, Branden went to my left, and Noboru ate near Noah, since they ate the same thing and B and I got to chat while eating our sandwiches and people watch a bit, it's always interesting to see all the different sorts at a mall.
At the outlet mall, we saw a pair of shoes we liked for Branden, but they didn't have his size so we didn't buy anything at the outlet mall at all. However, our task for today??? Buy Branden 1 or 2 pairs of shoes. He needs a nice proper pair because with a 50 minute walk to school and the 50 minute walk back, he really needs a nice pair, something comfortable and supportive for his foot. Plus the sports is getting a bit more sporty now he's in elementary and again a good pair of shoes were in total need! So, we left the outlet, as I said. And we stopped at an ABC free standing shop. Nope, they didn't have anything we liked except 1 pair but again they didn't have his size. From there we hit the Sports Depot (wait a minute, I think they call it, Depo...sorry) Anyway, at the Sports Depo, we liked these red, white and blue Adidas. And the price was killer! 51% off??? However, as luck would have it, we needed a 20 cm. And they had a 19cm, no way that's too small! They had a 21, and a 22. Nothing more! I suggested we go someplace else. Noboru agreed, however, he said, he wanted to buy Branden the next size up of these. Meaning the 21cm. He said, the price was too good, the savings was too much and he added, he will eventually fit them. So, he said we can hide them in the shoe closet until next fall or winter. I agreed. So, Noboru bought him these. However we still needed to find a 20cm.
So after the Sports Depo. We went to the Aeon/Jusco in the Chiba Newtown. And we went to the ABC shoe store there, they didn't have anything. So, we decided to go back to Sports Depo. LOL, that ever happen to anyone reading this? Return to a store you were just before at? Ha ha ha! However before returning back to Sports Depo, we let the kids play some games. And then after that, we hit the Gap, just got a teeny tiny amount of things. Maybe 3 things only? And then we went back to the shoe store. Btw, the traffic was so horrible it took us nearly 30 minutes to drive back to Sports Depo! Good thing we still had our sense of humor though, lol! : )
We ended up getting Branden 2 pairs of size 20cm sneakers. And I sorta felt badly for Noah. He always seems to get the hand me down sneakers. So, I told Noboru, we should buy Noah a pair of his own. Boy was he happy!!! : ) However, I always have to have them wear the shoes in the store (typical mom stuff), I take a good look, #1, is there a pinch of room to grow? #2,yet at the same time, it's not too big, that it flops off the back, is it? So, here was Noah, I had him pull up his pants, so I could look for slippage in the back. No slippage at all. These were perfect!
Look at that happy smiling face, knowing he too got a new pair of shoes yesterday! Man was he pleased as punch!!! That gave me the biggest tickle! Yes, sometimes it sucks being the youngest and sometimes, I gotta remember to do special things for him like this, once in a while. But man...that smile, was worth it! : )
After the shoe stuff was finished, we started heading home, on our way home though, we stopped off at Saizeriya for dinner! A nice hot cappuccino to start with for me! : )
Saizeriya may be well known for being affordable Italian food, but really good though. Thing I always like is the wall and ceiling murals, like the ones in this picture. : )
Pizza's, pasta dishes. Just a whole lot of food! : )
A hungry family, digging right in there! : )
Nice to get the much needed shoes out of the way! He just honestly *really* needed them with all the walking, he does everyday, poor Branden! : )
Again not much from Gap. Nothing to really sing home about, lol! Just 1 pair of swim wear for Noah, in orange of course! LOL. Wanted some for Branden but the colors for the older boys were, umm, not so good. : ( And we got Branden 2 hats, again with all that walking, under the sun and such, he really needs a nice hat to shield him from the direct sun at very least, poor kid! So hopefully these will help! We got them in 2 nice happy colors too. : ) Again though, not so much! But we're happy what we got! : )
Shoes...this is what B got. 1 pair of Nike trainers in 20cm, Noboru insisted on these because he said they are good walking or running shoes, back and forth to school. I agreed. And we also got him the bright blue with yellow swoosh, in size 20cm too. This way he can have 2 pairs of sneakers to choose between every morning. And the ones on the far right are the 21cm Adidas that are now hiding in the shoe closet, until next fall or winter. I'm just relieved he now has some good comfy shoes to wear for that horribly long walk to school and back. Phew! : )
And not much for the little Noah Noah : ), he got an identical pair of Nike cortez that his brother has, and that's it, he doesn't have a far walk, so the 1 pair was plenty and they're a size 16cm. : )
Wednesday morning!!! Branden this morning heading off to school, geeze he has one heck of a walk this morning! Hopefully his feet with be nice and comfy for that super long walk though! Have a good day at school today Branden, we love you sweetie!!! : ) And be sure to listen to your teacher, as always! He he he! : ) He will, he's a good kid! : )
Guess who followed him to school this morning? Noboru did! Ha ha ha! Don't tell Branden, okay? Wink! Heck, he worries just as much as I do! : )
Today's plan? Go grocery shopoing and then this evening, I have to take B to his swim class. Anyway, I better motor. Catch you all a bit later! : )
PS, TV Talk: Ugly Betty! It just started here in Japan this past saturday. How did I like it??? I **Loved** it! She's so funny, the show is written oh so well and smart! Had me cracking up so loudly and laughing so freaking hard, I couldn't help it! It's hilarious! Also...
Dexter, second season, is getting so good, had me at the edge of my seat. OMG! Second season is actually better then the first season and that says a lot because the first season was awesome!
Desperate Housewives! .....love this show so much!!! I started watching this when it started here about a month or so ago. I love all the characters. At first I thought maybe the Bree character might be sorta like a stepford, but she's not, I was wrong. She's actualy really got a lot of heart and I am liking her more as I watch the show. Sopranos, have been watching this a lot and I really enjoy it! Speaking of Stepford Wives, anyone catch the new version with Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler, Glenn Close, on sattelite lately? It's been playing, I caught it twice already! LOL. Okay, I gotta run! My American idol update is coming tomorrow, but you know it'll be a good/funny one, I promise, later you guys! : )