Well with Monday being a day off for Noboru and with Branden also having the day off, since he had that day of school on Sunday. We figured today would be a good a day, as any to go and look for something for Noah's upcoming birthday next week! First stop, Toys r us.
Looking at high powered water guns! We bought Noah one for his birthday and also bought the rest of us a water gun each as well! Because we will be having a water gun shoot-out extravaganza this summer! Ha ha ha! : )
After finishing our Toys r us shopping, we were starved and ready for lunch! : ) We went to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants! This was my combo. Gyoza, fried rice, karaage and a small salad and it also came with egg drop soup, which I gave to Noah, since Noboru gave his to B! : )
We ordered the kids an adults size of their own fried rice and they split that. We also shared karaage with them. And Branden had 2 egg drop soups (their fried rice, also came with egg drop soup), and Noah had half the adults size fried rice, 1 bowl of egg drop soup and 1 gyoza and 1 karaage. Kids were stuffed, we were stuffed and we left and went to the Aeon mall with the Gap in it, in Chiba New Town. It was about a 3 minute drive from this restaurant.
Noah enjoying his lunch! : )
The boys, being silly, decided to skip into the Gap, lol! See the pic? They really did! Ha ha ha! : )
I wasn't looking for it. But oddly as we had finished our Gap shopping and riding the escalator down to the Starbucks. This tiny birthday decorations place just opened up! How unusual and what a coincidence! Uncanny! They were missing a #7 and the bottom row of more normal # candles (meaning not the flashy rainbow ones) only had 3 numbers, 3, 5 and I think it says, 8 or 9? Well whatever, again as luck would have it, Noah will indeed be age 3! So, we bought the bottom normal style #3 candle for Noah's cake for next week! And the price, was pretty near the price in the US. Super cheap price on the candle, under 150 yen! It really is sorta downright odd, how we lucked out like that! Ha ha ha. But no complaints! : )
Went in and we ordered ourselves 2 iced caramel machiattos. The medium sized ones. And we went home! Pretty darn uneventful, I'd say, ha ha ha! But heck...it was good to get this type of stuff outta the way. That way we don't wait for the last second before his birthday! : )
Heading out of the mall and on our way to the minivan. Branden and Noah walk closely together. And Branden keeps a hand on the back of Noah. He's very protective of his little brother! Good big brother, very good big brother! : ) I also asked Noah, do you wanna hold your Gap bag Noah? he said, no thanks! Ha ha ha. But Branden said, "I'll help you mommy" and so he carried it! : )
The birthday bags, what's in those? Well, I can't tell! Ha ha ha! Okay, maybe I'll give you a peek at a few of the things but not all.
We got these cool jean shorts for Noah! I loved the big "G" on these. And the stitching of Gap 1969 or whatever on the little pocket in the front. We got these in a 3T, which is a 95 at Gap. Hmm, he usually wears a 100cm all over Japan, whether it is at Nishimatsuya or anywhere. Aeon, or any place. These pants ran a bit big though (and most of his Gap bottoms are indeed 100cm, so hmm), also the size 100cm of the other pair we got Noah the same day were the same exact size, yet they were a 100cm ones. Hmm. Also, Noah is really thin, so that didn't help! Ha ha ha. : ) Good thing they have that adjustable waistband thing. Winks.
I liked the back of these too. The back tag that says Gap and the line stitch on the pockets. All those odd little details that would never matter to a single person on earth but I found pretty cool! Ha ha ha! : )
These look like jeans but they are not! They are stretchy and I swear these feel as comfortable as "room wear"! Ha ha ha. Play comfy pants, type pants but he can wear these anywhere because they still look cool! : ) The price of these was almost as insane as the gap shorts with the "G" on them but....it's a birthday, so we said, why not! : )
Hmm, don't these 2 shorts look about the same size? Actually if anything the ones with the G on them look bigger then the other ones. Yet, the ones with the G are 95/3T and the other's are a size 4/100cm. I am glad I always have the boys try their stuff on at Gap because the sizes really do vary from item to item. And I really don't care what the size says, as long as it fits, that's all we care about. So, yeah, 1 pair in 1 size and the other in a different size. Hmm. : )
We also got him this cute little summer T, at Gap too. Something about sand castles. : )
And just because it's Noah's birthday doesn't mean we didn't look for anything for B. We found him a new pair of flip flops. Yes he has freakishly big feet for a 6 year old! LOL. Size 1/2.
Okay enough of sharing. Okay one more....we also got him the "Bee movie" DVD! Since this one is a Japanese DVD, they can watch this in our minivan! Ha ha ha! : ) Hmm, he's not going to do so shabby with regards to his birthday pressies! Though we are keeping things as simple as always though. We have never been the type of parents to buy them 100 presents for their birthday or anything sorta like an "over kill" type way, lol. Just a few, just enough to make him feel it was indeed his special day, is all! : )
Noah's water gun! After searching through the water gun aisle! My husband searched through them all. (must be a guy thing) He wanted a pump action one for the boys. And one that shot the farthest distance. And how much water does it hold? All that stuff, he was working out and he came up with this one! We are talking some serious water gun fights, that will be going on in our backyard this summer! And yes, I also picked out my own gun! I went with the "cute and pretty water gun" though (I'm such a girl) Noboru thinks I shoulda went with a tougher one. Hmm, hope I don't get whooped by the guys outside this summer! ha ha ha! : ) All our neighbors know how silly we are...what on earth will they think when they see us all running through the yard with mammoth water guns, squealing through the yard! Ha ha ha! : ) I think I am going to have to ask a few of Branden's friends to get some guns too and perhaps we can have a flat out, water gun war out in the backyard! Ha ha ha! : ) That sounds like a ton of fun to me! : ) Whoopsies nearly forgot, we also got Noah a sword, just a foam safe one though. : )
And what size of bubbles are these? Like a 2 gallon or 3 gallon sized one? And this was so cheap, like 744 yen. But it will make sure the boys are fully stocked for bubbles all summer long. A few more gifts here and there today. But, I think, if you think about it. Just 2 nice pair of shorts, 1 nice t shirt. And a good DVD to add to the collection. But the rest is just like cheaper affordable but really fun type stuff. And shoot presents being fun or not fun, doesn't necessaily depend on price, right? : ) Sometimes the funnest presents are the cheapest ones, aren't they? Isn't that the way it goes? : ) I recall, getting a whole expensive little kitchen when I was a wee little girl, fridge, kid size stove and oven, sink and the whole bit, yet I enjoyed the *box* better then the gift inside. I had my dad cut me out some windows. And I designed and colored my own flowers on the box and everything! So yeah...I think Noah will enjoy blowing bubbles and even have a blast with his *very* cool, yet under 1000 yen water gun as well! : ) I think he will enjoy his birthday next week! : ) I hope! : ) Only thing that's left is to phone the restaurant and make a reservation and order the cake! : ) Oh yeah and wrap the presents! Ha ha ha! : )