Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Capricciosa, karaoke and a few other little bits!!! : )

These snacks, were given to Noah his last day of school last week, from a friend! They're long gone now, but he enjoyed getting one or two a day. He kept saying, I got them from MY friend! Ha ha ha. that made me happy because he has been wanting friends of his own and now he's in school he has friends of his own! Oh and, for Noah's closing ceremony on last Monday, that was his last day, he proudly told us all after class....."this time, I didn't cry when I went on stage" *sniff sniff* He is growing up! even just little by little, he really is! : )
A few letters from friends, a present from the school. The yochien buys everyone little gifts, during different parts of the year. : ) These ones were really cool, Easter eggs with shapes inside, I'll try to get a pic of what they look like next time. : )
One night last week, I made some oven roasted pork. And some baby potatoes to go with.
The cap of the salt to give an idea of the size of these taters! :D They're small, really small baby potatoes and since they were so small and the peelings are so thin anyway, I left their skins on and just cut them all in half, and boiled when the pork was nearly done. Which made supper even easier. No peeling or anything for me that day.
A hot pan with olive oil, and the pork seasoned with salt and black pepper. Just a light frying of the outside of the pork, just until the juices get trapped inside and the whole outer parts gets sorta crusty or crispy and brown. Then whacked in the oven for an hour. Tightly tin foiled.
Amazing all the grease that spills out of a roast, eh? Drained in about 5 minutes.
I sliced it, however it was so tender it nearly shredded versus flat out slicing. And I cut it every way possible but it was fall apart type tender. Ah well. : ) I then drained all the grease out, phew. And then whacked in the oven for the tiniest bit, while the biscuits baked.
Made some garlic and cheese biscuits. With the help of some canned biscuits.
Didn't really make a whole bunch of effort with this, I admit. But dinner has to be made. : ) So what was supper? A very tender pork roast, baby potatoes that were boiled drained, buttered and salt and peppered, so simple. Some cheese garlic biscuits and a nice salad with goma dressing. Oh and a glass of iced tea. : ) We had leftover pork so....we munched roasted pork sandwiches during the week with cripsy lettuce and sliced cheese, they were so good. : )
On Friday, afternoon, we went to go and pick up some gyoza for supper from this really cheap place. Noboru ended up wanting to eat lunch there as well. So, we did. : ) Everyone had ramen.
Yumm! : )

These are what we took home, they came frozen and we made them for supper Friday night. 30 gyoza for 450 yen/$4.50US. I also made some fried rice, so just a simple simple supper Friday night. : )
When we got back from ramen Friday afternoon, hubby did yard work while the boy's played in the backyard. See this pic? See those little white dots? Nutrients for our grass,lol, he also threw down something else the day before for the grass. So lots of work and care have been going into the yard/grass during Spring so far! Oh and he also threw down some, weed repellent. We had American weed repellent for the past 3 years, however it only works on American weeds, lol! So, which is why he ended up getting the weed repellent from the local farming place. And he made a big fuss about telling me...he did not buy weed *killer* but instead a repellent? What's the difference? Don't ask me, my husband is so heavily into grass and yard stuff since moving into our home 3 years ago, reads homepage after homepage about grass and yard stuff, lol, it's silly almost! Ha ha ha. But honestly, I don't mind so much though, because he has a harmless hobby.
It's slowly turning green. It is even a little greener right now since I took the pic. It will be gradual. Like I said about 8 days ago on my other post. We had American Kentucky blue grass on the front yard and Japanese grass in the back. We purposely chose Japanese grass for the back because it is so strong can stand up to kids running on it and the extreme heat, we in Japan get in summer and it still stands strong and virtually needs the tiniest bits of water. Meanwhile our Kentucky blue grass on the front, was green 365 days a year, soft and gorgeous. However, it attracted weird bugs, who loved to feast on it since it was such a rare treat. In the dead of summer, it started turning yellow in places, got something called angel halo or some sorta funky disease, how do we know, because hubby took a pic, showed it to the grass specialist and sure enough another disease. It needed water every evening because American grass needs lots of water, so it was expensive as well. However the grass seed itself was cheap as chips, we would bring the grass in 5-10kg bags from Guam no problem. But it just gave too many problems. And lucky for us, we know when to give in....and give in we did. So, Japanese grass in front and in the back for us this year. So anyways....we are feeding the grass all the proper nutrients now to get it nice and green for the Spring. : )
Noah jumping rope last Friday! : )
Both boy's jumping rope last Friday! : )
Noah dribbling the ball. This is sorta funny! He can dribble the ball up to about 50 times so far, in 1 set. Which is pretty funny because at yochien to get the PE award, you need to dribble it at least 10 times, even for the blue badges it's 10 times. Yet here is this little yellow badge dribbling it like 50 times! LOL. It cracks us up to no end! : ) How did he learn how to do that so good? He learned it from his big brother Branden....no kidding! Ha ha ha. : )
The rice fields behind our house are also getting ready for Spring. The farmers have been doing a lot of burning, and boy does it smell fantastic! : )
Close up of the burning of any old debris before they start planting the rice! Smells like camping, lol! I do enjoy watching the rice grow back there and the lush endless rice field view! Very peaceful, tranquil and just so nice to sit on the back patio with hot cup of coffee and look out. : )
All the way to the right... all the way to the left and all the way forward. Come on farmers!!! Hurry with the rice! I can't wait. : D Oh and sounds silly maybe but we buy our rice locally. Yup, we buy the rice at the local hole in the wall family owned type place, the "all they sell is rice store", lol!!! So, we actually buy and eat this rice that they grow back there!!! : ) Very cool!
The group that came to play last Friday!!! Branden, Noah and 2 little girls who live in the same housing community we live in. They go to the same elementary school as B. They played for so long Friday, they stayed until 5pm when the song in the neighborhood played for the kids to come home, lol!!! Who else came to play during the past 7 days? Genki and B played twice this past week, Kouiki came over 3 times. These 2 little girls came twice. And a few other kids came too. A few times they just rang the doorbell and the whole lot of them went bike riding. Another day they went exploring in the rice field out back. Another time they came to play soccer in our back yard. And just stuff like that. And with Spring break in effect, I imagine the kids will play even more now.
Saturday night we had tacos for supper. Taco Bell tacos, lol! Thanks to the Taco Bell seasonings! Not very authentic I know, but very American, lol! We loved them! :D
Barely 4:32 pm and dinner was made. However the boys were still playing with a few boy's outside and when the bell rang at 5pm, they came in washed hands and we had supper. For the most part, we usually eat at 5pm, however it's not set in stone either. : )
My Saturday supper, 3 crunch taco supremes, lol. Yup with sour cream too! : ) And an iced tea with ice. Hubby took shower with both boy's and I took a shower alone and then we all settled in for the night. Watching American idol. It's so good right now!
Sunday, March 22nd, my birthday! Hubby made me pancakes and hot coffee for breakfast. And the boy's jumped in and helped as well.
Noah stirred!!! He is getting so good at cooking and helping.
Branden stirring and then finally hubby finished with the stirs! : ) And boy, did my family all have that..."we just woke up look" or what? Ha ha ha!
Pancakes by my husband, you know, sure one pancake is darker then the other two. But, man....from the start of my day, he made me feel like...."queen for a day", so in my mind those were so pretty gorgeous looking pancakes. Ha ha ha. Do you know what I mean? Ha ha ha. : ) During breakfast he said...what do you want to do today? Gee, I sat and thought...movie? Long drive...what? And then I thought, ungh huh! And I said....karaoke!!! He said, done! And so after breakfast we all went upstairs and got dressed.
A very large basket of fries and endless drink bar for as long as we stayed. We sang for 2 hours by the way. : ) It was totally fun!
See these Prince songs? : ) I sang, 1999, Little Red Corvette and Raspberry Beret! LOL! Madonna's, Material Girl, Borderline, American Pie, Rhianna's Umbrella song, Beyonce's Irreplaceable, Lisa Loeb, Stay.....Eagles, Hotel California and by the time we left, I even sang MC Hammer's, "Can't Touch This" because by then I was feeling a bit silly! Ha ha ha. Hubby sang tons too, kids sang a few and mostly laughed at us.... their dorky parents! Ha ha ha, : ) And I had a fantastic time! I really really did! : )
And I did not punch in the numbers to this song, Noboru did, it was the last song before we left. He and both the boy's sang Happy Birthday to me, in the karaoke room before we left! I got to spend the day exactly how I wanted, so it was really special.
After karaoke, we headed to the little country mall, that isn't even in our town, our towns too small for a mall, even a country one, lol! I asked why, he said, it was lawn care related. I believed it hook line and sinker. When we pulled in and he said, we are really here to pick up your cake!!! Awww, first feelings were pure joy. What a thoughtful husband. And I know I'm lucky to have suck a thoughtful hubby like that. Then my second thought was....oh dear god, I hope it doesn't have chocolate in it?!!!! You know...lent, I'd given it up for lent. We went in and picked up the cake and yup....indeed chocolate icecream was indeed in there. Should I say something? How could someone complain though... just for someone trying to be so thoughtful in the first place? I mean, he didn't know! Dilemma dilemma. Complain, and hurt this most dearest sweetest man's feelings. Or.... Ugh. And to top it off, he got both the boy's a kids scoop of icecream just because he's such a good dad and all around wonderful guy. Dilemma yet again. Hubby meanwhile was so excited. Saying to me..." you know, I don't really like keeping secrets but...were you surprised?" He was all excited about the cake. And I ultimately didn't say a thing except thank you and I meant it. I guess, I just couldn't stand hurting someones feelings like that. Shattering someone who had just done something sweet. Hurting someone with jugular exposed is so totally not who I am... as a human being. Now eating something gross even to save someones feelings is more my style and believe me, I've done that heaps in Japan! :D So, nah, I was very appreciative about my birthday cake. And so we went tootling out of the the mall all happy with cake in hand! : ) We went home dropped off the cake. Watched TV for about 45 minutes and then we headed to Narita City for my birthday dinner. I chose Capricciosa!
Cesar salads, tomato, olive oil and garlic baguette...
Enormous sized breaded rice ball with melted hot gooey mozarella cheese inside.
This is so darned good! By the time our dinners came we were nearly full! All the starters/appetizers were so filling.
2 large servings, of pasta and 1 pizza! A soda and we were all nearly busting at the seams by this point.
We always show actual ID when it's our birthday's no matter where we go, so they know we're not lying trying to scam some freebie or anything, lol. And sure enough they always give me my choice of cakes....choco cake, pumpkin tart or rasberry cheesecake. I went with the cheesecake. Kids all had the icecream and hubby and I shared the cheesecake. They brought out 2 hot coffees to go with dessert. All of us were so stuffed, we four nearly almost had to roll ourselves out the restaurant, lol! Wink, wink!!! And we headed home.
Hubby went upstairs, and changed clothes to sweatpants. Hey home is where we stay comfy!!!! : ) My skype phone rang, perfect timing. It was my dad, wishing me a happy Birthday. I thanked him. And I told him about the whole dilemma about chocolate and lent etc etc. He told me how Sunday's don't technically count for the 40 days and to look it up. I know people have debated that for years. Anyway...at least he tried to reassure me. And it sorta helped. My dad all trying to be Mr. helpful. I pretty much decided for myself to have the cake anyways so. But my dad made me feel a bit better about it. : )
Hubby came downstiars and by now I had hung up with dad. He lit all the candles, got the coffee started. And they sang me Happy Birthday!!! How was my birthday this past Sunday? It was truly fantastic! My husband made me feel like queen for a day from the start of my day.... with the pancakes. The singing of karaoke and the dinner of exactly what I wanted. Granted I didn't end up with a zillion presents or anything. But, I really don't much care so much about that stuff. My 6 pairs of yoga pants are coming. And I already have everything I need anyway. I got a family that treats me like gold, so I'm blessed in my book! I got some money from dad, my mom also got me an Old navy gift card for $100 bucks to be used for myself and a $100 Amazon gift card, she asked me 3 weeks ago and I said Amazon would be excellent. Haven't placed any orders yet. But it's there if I need it. So, it's cool. Thanks dad, thanks mom, thanks hubby and thanks Branden and Noah! : )
And just a tiny sliver of cake and ice cream! And my caramel machiatto! After my bath Sunday, during American idol, Noboru rubbed my feet for about 30 minutes with my Shea Butter from The Body Shop. My feet felt soft and smelled divine afterwards and he even put socks on my feet. I sure did enjoy the heck out of my birthday. : )

This past Monday, the 2nd to last day of school for Branden. The note said, bring only a thermos! The first graders played themselves silly Monday, which is why they needed the thermos for staying hydrated. I packed half with jasmine tea and froze it, the night before. And in the morning it was half filled and froze. Then the rest, I filled with chilled jasmine tea. So, the iced part kept the rest iced cold all day long. Tuesday, B only had school to 11am. It was a closing ceremony for the 1st graders. He also brought home a certificate saying he completed the first grade in Japan and it was stamped and the whole bit. He also brought home 2 awards for achievement. And that was that. Both kids are on break now. Life is good....life is slow! It's moving at a snails pace and by gosh..... I LOVE it! Snails pace is good!!! Ha ha ha. Will stay up late and snooze in every morning! Will enjoy Spring break like crazy!!!!
TV Talk, the 2 DVD rentals we ordered got here and we watched "Get Smart", all 4 of us laughed so hard, I didn't expect too much since it's a remake of the old TV series, but it was great. Branden actually watched it again on the mini DVD the next day! That's how good it was! And we also rented Saw part 5. No, obviously the kids weren't allowed to watch that, lol. Just hubby and I did. We started it at 11pm one night long after the boy's were in bed. It was gore as usual. And the quality of the Saw movies are starting to go down, definitely not as good as the first 2. Hmmm. : ) We still have 2 more to rent. Yikes! Will have to order them today.
Did anyone hear that Natasha Richardson died as result of a skiing accident. She apparently died of severe head injuries. Her family is legendary and so talented, her mom, her aunt. I loved her in the remake of the Parent Trap. And her sister I really enjoy in Nip/Tuck. For us in Japan with satellite, the Parent Trap was just on a week or so ago. So really really recently. And Liam Neeson is amazing, loved him in Shindler's List. And from all accounts, they were very much in love.....*sigh*. I just hate when good wonderful people die or their life is cut so short. : (
Can't believe when Branden returns to school in April he will be a 2nd grader...a ninensei!!! Can you believe it?!!! Kids really do grow in a blink of an eye sometimes!!! : ) Have a good week you guys!!! : )