Friday, June 29, 2012

Weekly bits and pieces

Noboru took Branden and Noah to the barber this morning, so that's where they are at right now. They should be back in about 30 minutes.  So I have just enough time to update real quick. : ) What have I been doing this week? This week has been a quiet week over here. And I like quiet weeks. Every morning, I drop both Branden and Noah off in 1 fell swoop. And then after 7:20am, I'm free pretty much. So, I get the laundry going and outside and hung. And like on Monday, I spent an hour in the kitchen cleaning up. Cleaning the tiles/backsplash. Cleaning around the window area also.
I wipe the fan cover every night, above the stove. However it does need a once a week degreasing to get all the gunk off. So, I did that Monday also. Vacuumed the blinds in the kitchen. Windexed the kitchen windows. Patio window. Vacuumed and them mopped the kitchen floors.  After my timer went off on the stove. I was done. Good enough for a Monday. Did I go through the pantry or go through the fridge that day? No, but I felt good because at least I got the majority of the kitchen out of the way. I swished the toilet downstairs and upstairs. Vacuumed the downstairs genkan and living room. Straigjhtened the shoes and called it day.... for Monday. I did bring the laundry in though and prep dinner. But yeah I felt Monday was good. I did pick up the boys, took them to Kumon and then brought them home and we all had supper.

What else did I do this week? It did not rain here this week btw. However it was supposed to rain Thursday but never did. But since it was expected, I said to myself I better go and wash the bedding for our bed at the laundry mat the day before. Because usually rainy days means the laundry mat is full. And so I try to avoid the laundry mat on rainy days. Besides I have a dryer at home, and it fits our clothes fine. But it doesn't fit out queen size comforter so that's why I ran to the laundry. And the boys bedding, I can get in the washer and dryer or line dry it at home. It's just our bedding that needs the laundry mat. : ) Though I often wash our bedding sheets only (at home just fine) and they fit just fine. It's the comforter that's the tough one.

500 yen, not bad.

100 yen for the dryer but I always use 2 coins. brought it home, made our bed. Just every single day, I do something, house related. I also did an hour of cleaning the day I ran to the laundry mat also.

I also, baked a red velvet cake this week. This was so good.

Vacuumed all the upstairs blinds in all the bedrooms. No dust there after I finished.

Wiping down Noah's windows in his bedroom.  After I vacuumed his blinds. Noah has a beautiful view of the tanbo from his bedroom.
Vacuuming Noah's side window blinds, he has a view of vacant land. Very quiet and peaceful.  Branden has the same side view.

Monday -Friday I Love Lucy comes on at 10am Japan time for 1 hour. I usually like to clean before, I love Lucy starts so I can take a little break and watch. Lucy is so funny. I mean the schemes her and Ethel would come up with! They got locked onto the roof of the apartment complex this week. They thought they would freeze to death. Luckily Fred and Ricky rescued them. It's just a simpler time, watching these shows. No wonder they're classics.  And OMG about the clip below. So, the season finale of The Client List. For those of you reading this from the US and who have been watching. Can you believe it.  Or what? If you are worried about a spoiler, don't read below this. She struggled all this time. And it's the season finale, so you know it's going to be a mind blowing doozy! And she's in the tub relaxing. The door bell rings, she stands up grabs a towel. She just had a kiss with her BIL a day before and she's thinking about that. And the fact he just called and said can I come over, she answered while in the tub. Remember I thought they were going to have a attraction thing I could see they were going in this direction. Anyway even though she said don't come over, the door bell rings and she grabs the towel and runs to the door with a smile on her face.'s her husband! @_@ The one who left and abandoned her all those many months ago. He now wants everything to go right back together. He wants her to just run into his arms and act like the whole half year without him never happened. It's fair to say she's pissed. She is extremely angry. And she's not having any of it. She let him have it a few times, the last episode. And the argument below is rather mild. And Riley (Jennifer Love Hewiit) says...I have changed. After he says...come on I haven't changed... nothings changed. She then says...I changed! Anyway yeah to say this season ended on a cliffhanger is really putting it mildly. It left me thinking...what will happen next. I am now looking forward to when it comes back next season.
Also had steak this week. Noboru had a more marbled steak not pictured. There were 5 in here, this pack.... Branden had 2, I had 2 and Noah had 1 steak. We also had baked cheese and butter potatoes and a salad.  Just very simple.

Gardening, I planted 1 zucchini, and 1 cucumber this year. I didn't plant too much this year because I know we are going to be out and about a lot of Summer and if I planted a heaping amount, I wouldn't be able to properly take care of them. This way, if we head to Guam, or for an entire day at the pools, or elsewhere.... I won't feel too badly. Also, typhoon 4 didn't hurt my plants, but typhoon 5 seemed to mildly damage my zucchini. The cucmber wasn't damaged at all, it's just the zucchini I am mildly worried about, I hope he bounces back. : )  

In the news. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise getting divorced?  Also, David Beckham was left off the roster for the olympic soccer team representing England. I was surprised. I thought he surely would have been picked. I think they can pick 2 older players on their team or something like that. I know he certainly would have helped in ticket sales, if he had been on their squad. I mean he's gorgeous...he's very easy on the eyes. : )  It's on the news quite a bit since the news broke on that. A lot of people were surprised he wasn't picked. But I think he was a class act in saying, there'd be no bigger supporter for England's team then him. That was really nice of him.

What else news worthy has happened lately. Oh yes, anyone catch the Rielle Hunter interveiw on 20/20. I did.  They talked about her new book. Apparently she bad mouthed his late wife (who died of cancer). Most Americans know who she is. But just in case. John Edwards was in politics, he was thought to be a future presedential runner. Married with kids, his wife had cancer.... beat cancer once. It had come back, her cancer and she did sadly die. But the huge thing is, he was cheating on her, he got his mistress pregnant (Rielle Hunter) they had a love child. The affair apprently devastated his cancer stricken wife. It was just a huge story years ago. Anyway the mistress writes this book. talks about their first night being the best sex she's ever had in her life. @_@ OMG, perhaps something she could have kept to herself! She was a mistress afterall and being the fact the wife is dead it's a bit like rubbing salt in the wound is how I felt.  And then she bad mouths the poor wife who is now dearly departed and can't defend herself. She calls her a "witch on wheels" etc etc. I like to keep an open mind....she said to read her book.  To be honest....I'm not sure if I will read her book or not (part of me is curious and part of me says don't read it, lol). I saw the interview though. Anyway her new book now made everyone mad at her all over again. And I saw her on Piers Morgan 2 days ago or was it yesterday, anyway....apparently her and John broke up. Piers asked if it was because of the book. She didn't want to answer. Anyway, yeah interesting stuff.

Oh, the boys and Noboru just came back. I better go. What is our weekend plan? Just hanging out at home. We know next week at this time we'll be gone. So we don't mind hanging home and having a nice relaxing weekend here at home. I think Yuki is coming over later this afternoon. Tonight's dinner, chicken chow mein/sara udon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Heading to Guam next week

We are taking Noah to Guam for his 7th birthday! Yep the entire family is heading back to Guam next week for Noah's 7th birthday for a couple of days and nights. This is going to be a cool birthday because Noah will be turning 7 years old on 7-7! LOL. Here's some pics from last time when we were there a few short months ago, in April.
On the bright side we already know what our room will look like. : )
Plus the boys can see grandpa. And we can swim, play at the hotel pool, play along the beach and when we're all played out, we can go to see a movie or two and eat something really delcious. We can't wait!
Anyone have anything special planned this Summer? Anyone going home? Camping? Bbq'ing?  Or just plain ol' relaxing and enjoying Summer, which is good too. Whatever your plans have a lovely Summer all of you. : )  Our Summer plans, are going to Guam. In July/next week. We'll also be bbq'ing a ton as usual. The boys will no doubt do the slip and slide in the backyard lots. And we'll also go to the pools here in Japan. And we are also trying to get to Hawaii, in August, if not September, but we'll shoot for August first.

Monday, June 25, 2012

School progress update. 3 years ahead in English with award saying so from Kumon and a Kokugo/Japanese award for Noah from the shogakko

I haven't updated the progress of Branden and Noah regarding their studies or how they are doing in a very long time. So here's an update.  This up above says, English, Kumon.
This award was given to Noah. And update and progress of sorts. It says on here he is indeed 3 years ahead for his age. Regarding his English reading and writing. I would say, by American native standards he is 1 full year ahead for his age regarding his reading and writing. But yes, by Japan's standards he is 3 years ahead. But, I'd say for a native speaker, his reading/writing ability is about 1 full year ahead. Never the less, I couldn't be prouder, because for many of us foreign mommy's in Japan, it is hard to teach them English reading and writing especially when they are living in a Japanese (speaking) dominent country. Where Japanese is everywhere. So it doesn't just come naturally. I work real hard at making sure Noah stays on track with regards to his reading and writing in English. I read to Noah every night. And we do the American English workbook once a week, we'll sit down for a while and learn something together and he loves doing this with me, some together time. And he also has English Kumon twice a week and interacts with other kids also studying English. Plus he does also have English at the elementary school also. So he does get lots of English writing and reading practice. And the speaking, we do at home and Noah's got a little American accent when speaking English. So in short Noah's English, he's right on track.
Branden, he's also right on track and his award/progress paper also says he's 3 full years ahead. Branden is amazing in English. He loves to read. I read to him also every night or have him read to me. : )  He writes cursive nicer then I do. @_@ I have no worries at all regarding Branden's English writing, reading or speaking ability. So regarding English, no problems for either of the boys at all.
And as far as Japanese, again they're right on track. Here Noah is switching hiragana to katakana. At my parent teacher conference at the Kumon last Friday while the boys were at elementary school. The Kumon sensei said, Noah loves katakana and he's breezing right through it.
More of Noah's stuff he's doing at Kumon.
Noah is having no problem with Japanese study at all.
This says 5th grade class #2. Branden gets weekly kokugo tests.
One of Branden's weekly tests.
Some more of Branden's weekly tests.. Branden's tests always come back very high. For all subjects. Branden is thriving at school. And thriving at Kumon also.  Noah's favorite subject? Math. He loves math. Branden also likes math.
Noah brought home this medal last week. He was so proud.
He didn't even know his teacher would be giving these out. So he was happily surprised.
In the first grade at our school, they want the child to read out loud each page/story from their kokugo book. The parents must listen and mark them off/check it off if they read it. Noah loves a challenge. So as soon as he received this white sheet, he wanted to read. He read each story so many number of times and we would mark him off. Even before bed, he'd once again rip his kokugo book out yet again and want to read it a few more times. On the weekends he wanted to read it 3 and 4 different times of the day. @_@ Slow down we'd say. He'd also get to school early and read it directly to the Yuka-sensei herself.  Yep even the Yuka sensei was captured into hearing Noah read, but she adores Noah so she doesn't mind.  Noah was the first in his class to finish his reading list, she gave him this award. Since then 3 other kids have also received one. He's now on page 2 for his reading list, Noah asked for an extra white sheet so he can continue reading.  The Yuka sensei also wrote a little note on the renrakucho saying..."Noah seems to love katakana. He's so good at it." Hmm, we heard something similiar from the Kumon sensei also. Anyway long story short yet again...Noah's doing so well at our local elementary school here in Japan and also Kumon. Branden is also doing really well. So school is going well for both kiddos. : )

Summer shopping

Here's some of the things I've ordered lately from Gap and also Old Navy.
Two pair of Gap shorts for Noah. Navy goes with anything and orange, well Noah digs orange so a great buy.  Plus I had an online coupon so all of these purchases were a great deal.
What the orange ones looked like online.
What the navy ones looked like online, I also ordered Branden a pair in the navy.
2 T's from Gap for Noah. That light blue one will go perfectly with a pair of patchwork madras type shorts Noah has. And the yellow one is cute and he loves yellow.
2 T's for Branden.

1 navy blue American flag T for me, will be wearing this for The 4th of July and all Summer. And the cute patchwork madras shorts, I love them.

With all the walking and fitness I've done, I can't wait to wear these!
I liked this thin Summery Gap cardi and like I said, I had a coupon so ordered it.
This is so cute.
Scarves are hot this year. I picked this one and another one pictured below somewhere.
It's nice, black and it still has lots of color, great with many outfits.
This is another order completely. From Gap and ON.
I picked this bright orange-y yellow infinity scarf, love this! And the 2 striped things on the right are cute preppy dresses.
I wore this the other day, with a white fitted 3/4 sleeve ballet/boat neck top, tan/khaki shorts and this scarf and a pony tail, bangle bracelets. Just running my errands and shopping in.
Again with all the fitness minutes, walks and stomach crunches I've done, I can't wait to wear this simple but cute dress. And ditto the one below. It's the same but different color.
The olympics are coming soon enough. And I have to show my support for team USA! So, Branden got a team USA T and 1 hat.
Noah also ended up with the same. Go team USA! Go!!!!
Branden's Gap navy blue shorts for just hanging in the house or enjoying time around the neighborhood.
I do always like to buy a new navy blue polo top and a new black one. Every Summer.
They are preppy but also feminine in their fit.
This navy one I will be wearing with the patchwork shorts and navy flip flops this Summer.
Branden and Noah have new swimsuits I picked for them in March. But this one was so cute...I had that 30% off coupin code and it was on sale also on top of that so, I picked this for Noah. Branden didn't want another one. He loevs the one he just got this March.
These madras patchwork swim trunks rock! Seriously they are cool! And the white rashguard looks cool with it.
Love the hibiscus flower detailing.
Also not from Gap. But from Japanese online ordering, we bought Branden 5 pair of shorts total. 4 pair of jean shorts and 1 pair of tan shorts. Only 3 are pictured, the other 2 pair came in a different shipment.  But Branden has enough shorts now.
Branden and Noah also ended up with cute pirate pj bottoms. Again from an online Japanese retailer. These were so cheap (890 yen) and they're so cute.
Noah ended up with 2 pair of jean shorts. I love the pull up shorts for kids in Japan. These were 990 yen per pair.  Such a great buy.  Anyway this is just a quick glimpse/peek of some of the stuff purchased recently.... some of our getting ready for Summer purchases. ; )