Thursday, October 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday...

Today's Halloween-y Throwback Thursday, is a huge nod to the year 2012! We had asked Branden, if he would like to spend his birthday at home in Japan. Or get to go to Guam for a mini couple night getaway PLUS he'd get to go "trick or treating" for the 2nd time of his life! The only catch would be, his birthday is October 26th. And we wouldn't be able to leave to Guam until October 30th! So, a slight delay. Since we had said... trick or treating, as well and that's on the 31st. So, Bran said he wouldn't mind a delay, if it meant "trick or treating"! So that's what we did. On October 30th our family of 4 caught the very first flight of the morning. We had arrived in time for breakfast in Guam still. Around 11am-ish. We had breakfast, went and bought the boys their Halloween costumes and checked into the Hilton Hotel. Here is a pic of the boys from October 30th, 2012! 

Our beautiful view from out hotel room!
Noah's costume! And we researched it and originally angels were depicted as boys, not girls. So Noah was an angel that year. Bran was an elf. My thoughts on a costume? I really don't mind whatever my kid wants to be that year... within reason. However, Noboru while at the costume shop, was absolutely adamant about not wanting the boys to paint their faces. And he didn't want the boys to wear masks over their faces either. I wore tons of masks as a kid myself...Wonder Woman anyone? hahaha. But ya know...if the hub feels the way, he does. I can respect that. Noah wanted to be Spiderman that year. But Noboru was like..."Noah do you have any idea, just how many Spidermen we will see tomorrow night?" Hahaha. So anyway...there ya have it. I really don't mind...mask or no mask... paint or no paint. It's just 1 day, not for the rest of your life. But you know again...Noboru felt really strongly about it. And the kids really didn't care too much about it one way or the other either. They were...way more excited about all the potential candy! : )

October 31st morning we went and picked up Branden's birthday cake! It was delicious! And you can tell afterwards we had planned to spend the entire morning and half afternoon poolside (well until our movie started). Halloween day! A perfect way to spend Bran's birthday!

Love you kid! May all your wishes come true!

OMG you guys...Noah had lost his 2 front teeth, that year! Gorgeous, are you missing something? Two front teeth perhaps?! Ha! This kid is such a happy boy! We swam so much, but we did have a movie after our swim though! 

I love you guys so much, I just always want to see you all smile! That's truly all I want! Okay and maybe... if you could pass me the popcorn next! Hahaha. : ) I'm kidding, I'm kidding. : )

We had asked around at the costume shop the day before and found the spot where *everyone* on island goes trick or treating! This was Noah's first time trick or treating for real! And Branden's 2nd time. Bran's first time was in Denver!

The first couple of houses, they seemed a bit nervous! But by the 4th house, they were getting really comfortable with it. : )


We have a toothless smiling angel! Noah's clearly getting the hang of it!


This beautiful family was having a BBQ, and I thought to myself, I hear you guys! Heck, if I lived on a tropical island, I'd probably be cranking out my grill too! : ) 

One of the many Spiderman to the left of the boys! And yes Noboru whispered to Noah...see I told you! Hahaha. And Noah agreed, he would have been 1 of the many! : ) Everyone seemed to love the kid's costumes because they were unique! I think we saw only 1 angel that night and no elves! Hahaha. : ) 




Jack Skellington! We are used to seeing you at Tokyo Disneyland, but it was awesome seeing him here too! : )

This house went all out, on the decorations! I think houses that do this...rock! 

A blurry picture of Noah, as he enjoyed looking at all the wonderful decorations!

BrannyMcB needed his bell refixed on his shoe cover! : ) Bran jingle jangled, wherever he walked!

Glowing spiders and a headless figure on the roof! Below is a super short movie and you can see the boys getting a treat from a house and also you can hear my boys saying, thank you and Noboru and also I too, said thank you. : ) So many houses played music! It was just a wonderful experience for the kids!
This house was very nice!

Nicely decorated!

This house was cool, because they had a Chucky figure! We were like..."hey there's Chucky!" 

This house was straight up gorgeous! The ladies handing out candy, were so nice to the boys too!



Crime scene tape! Loved it! Great sense of humor! This experience... of getting to trick or treat, was such an amazing thing for the boys! 

The sweetest couple, the husband was Princess Peach and the wife was Mario! They were funny and joked with all the kids! 

Time to call it a night with all this trick or treating stuff! Let's go and have dinner, family!

That's my dad's arm in the orange shirt. That's Bran and Noah's pizza. The rest of us ordered lasagna dinners. A family making memories, good conversation and delicious food! What more could anyone want, really! We couldn't ask for more! : )

My little guy was tuckered right out! Noboru carried him all the way to the car and we took him "home"...it was a wonderful day! A day that starts with birthday cake, followed by a swim, then a movie with a big bucket of popcorn and then an evening of "trick or treating" and ends with the best Italian food on Guam, at Vitales, while chatting with their lovely grandpa and parents and brother! One of our best days ever! : ) 

One of the kids treats. 

Both of their treats!

We flew back to Japan, November 1st! All in all, it was an amazing experience for our boys! Getting the opportunity to go trick or treating in a part of America (US territory) Amazing! Anyway, that was how our family spent Halloween 2012!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Two different events. Branden's JHS Cultural Day event and Noah's 4th grade performance at our Town's Cultural Day Festival...

This is going to be a short and quick little post (hopefully). Covering 2 different days and 2 different events. In Japan, Culture Day (Bunka no Hi), is November 3rd. But our town usually has their events for this early, why? I don't know. But that's okay. We don't mind. : )  The first event was pictured here. This was on Saturday, October 17th. It was our town's one and only JHS (junior high school) Cultural Day event. Basically, it was a talent show of sorts. I went last year when Bran was in the 7th grade and I learned, 1 major important thing, from last year. Pack a lunch! Last year, Noboru, Noah and I went to this, all 3 of us. And we planned to see Branden's class perform and leave. However, after arriving there, we quickly realized how fun it was. How interesting each class had planned and made their own performances. So much so, that I really didn't want to leave. We stayed much longer last year, then we planned. Noboru had to leave to work. So we 3, all left since we all went in 1 car last year. Also, I was quick to note, I saw as it was nearing noon last year... many mom's had indeed brought their own obento/packed lunches. I saw that and thought to myself...oh man! Shoulda, woulda coulda! : ) Hindsight really is 20/20, isn't it? I wished I would have known, how much fun it was last year and I wished I had packed a lunch, last year. So anyways...fast forward to this year. A year smarter and wiser. : ) This time, unfortunately Noboru's schedule was so, that he could not go and see Branden at all this year. : ( He was bummed, but honestly it's okay. He's a super kick butt... awesome dad! And we know that. So, Noah and I had planned to attend the entire day. And also, all JHS kids would be having lunch at the plaza, this place where these pictures are from. And so since I was going to be packing Bran a lunch anyway, I had made extra and packed Noah and myself our own lunches too. : ) The JHS brass band plays so good, I swear they could get jobs at Tokyo Disneyland this instant! They are amazing! They played, music for us all, for about 30 minutes and Noah and I loved every minute of it! They did announce that this would be the last performance in public...that the 9th graders would be making with their fellow 7th and 8th grade brass band members. And I was like awww! : ) But truly what an amazing band! After the brass band, the kids who performed English speeches went next.  

After the speeches, was this group who used those glowy snap lights, you can buy at the 100 yen. The kids who did this last year, were amazing. The kids who performed it this year. Eh, they had a few problems, like they weren't in sync. One kid didn't seem to be doing the same moves, as the other kids. But all in all, it was interesting. They most certainly get an A for effort. : ) Bottom line though, we all felt entertained, all day long. And hey...they're just kids, not professionals. : ) So a fun day!

Then around 10:30am, all the 8th graders split in groups and went to different areas of the plaza to give their speeches. What were their speeches about? The 8th graders did a 2 day work experience this summer, at the beginning of August. All of the jobs were selected by the JHS. 4 kids went to Mc D's in the small city nearest us. A few kids, went to a farm and worked there. A couple kids went and took the train to Narita and worked at a hotel, being maids. They had to make beds and whatnot. And a few kids worked at Ministop (Genki's mom was their supervisor since she works there) a couple kids worked at Sports Depot in Narita. And whatnot. Noboru got special permission for Branden to come and work with him. Since Noboru isn't an office worker. And works in an airplane. Noboru had to call headquarters in the US. Since in an airplane it's not technically Japan anymore, however the tarmac is Japan, so we needed Japan permission and US permission. Noboru, had to get ahold of the FAA. Basically, the heads at Delta gave permission for Bran to be there. And because Americans love...."go to work with your parent day" They absolutely said Yes, yes and totally...yes! Delta rocks! Noboru had to send a photo copy of Bran's American passport (identification) to Delta, an English ID is required, since it's an American airline, so they knew who they were granting permission to. And they of course loved seeing the American passport, a person at headquarters mentioned/remarked (about) it,  and the fact his name is Branden, just made...making out a name badge for the folks in the USA and also when speaking about him..way easier, hahaha. For what it's worth, American crews some of them... sometimes have the hardest time with Noboru's name. Hahaha. It's true.  Also, the crews for the most part are American, meaning the flight attendants and whatnot. So speaking English for this 2 day work experience was critical. And thank heavens Branden speaks English. Also this was the first time ever at...our local JHS, that there was ever a person/child granted access to work at Narita and not just the airport but for an actual airline and not just any airline...and American owned  international airline. So....all of Branden's classmates were truly blown away. Noboru went to the cobini once this summer and G's mom was there working. And she told Noboru..."is it true Branden is going to be working at Delta for the 2 days?" Her daughters dream is to be a flight attendant (her daughter/Genki's sister is so gorgeous, she could be a flight attendant or maybe a supermodel...truly not kidding) and the mom told Noboru how badly her daughter tried to be accepted for a 2 day program at the airport...anywhere at the airport, back years ago when she was an 8th grader. But she couldn't, she's a first year high schooler now, so no worries. Anyway...everyone's job was listed on a print out, for the rest to see.....the list was given to all 8th graders of...basically... who is working, which job. And Bran's said...last name, Branden, Delta Airlines. And so yeah...everyone was like @_@ What???! It might not seem like a big deal, by reading it. But it was a huge deal, this past summer. In fact so much so. One of Bran's classmates...his mom apparently called the actual airport and asked..."I hear you have 1 JHS kid working for Delta, are they accepting anymore?" They apparently told her...No and we don't know what you're talking about, but the answer is no...our airport doesn't accept JHS kids or any kids, so no. How do we know this? Because the kid went to school the next day and said his mom had called trying to get her son the same position Bran had, for the 2 day volunteer thing. Branden was only allowed to do this...because of his dad's job. And because he speaks English. Keep in mind...Noboru was taking full responsibility for Branden. And that's a huge deal. If Branden would have done anything bad (he didn't but)...Noboru would have been entirely responsible 100%. And so no, Noboru only felt comfortable offering this position to his son.  Anyway so back to the story. All of the kids were in different parts of the plaza and they were giving speeches on their 2 day work experience. What they learned. What were the requirements for your job? Branden said, many FAA licenses and English is a *huge* requirement. Bran's speech was 2nd to last. Noah and I enjoyed hearing all the other kids in our groups 2 day work experience. Where did they work, what did they do? What did they learn. Did they have fun? What are their thoughts. The one boy who worked at Sports Depot at Narita mall said, "*so many* foreigners were shopping and buying things there" That made me smile hearing that. The way he said it..."So many foreigners shop at Sports Depot in Narita," He did not know that!!!  And he was very surprised by that fact! : )  After all of these speeches, it was noon and lunch time. I knew Bran would be eating with his class. I did bring 2 single size leisure sheets for Noah and I. But, after looking around and watching what others were doing. They were all walking to their cars and eating in their cars. For example, K's mom was inside her car eating with her elementary aged child. Another mom was in her minivan. And so, Noah said, "let's go and eat inside our car mama" I said, "let's go" so we went and ate out lunches inside our car. I guess we didn't need our leisure sheets after all. Hahaha. : ) Oh well, better to be safe then sorry, I suppose. : ) We ate and then went inside the building.  

First up was the 8th graders, and they sang 2 songs! 

They did a wonderful job! Then the 7th graders came out and sang 2 songs, they were lovely! Next and final were the 9th graders. They sang 2 songs and they did fabulous! 

Noah and I stayed until 2:30pm. All 3 grades sang. It looked to be winding down. And when I saw a few of my fellow mom friends, that I know.... start to head for the door. I whispered in Noah's ear, "let's go, I think it's over" And it was! It was a pretty full day for a Saturday. But it was an awesome day. Noah and I were entertained all day long.... by lots of interesting things and songs to hear, people dancing with glowing lights.....people to listen to and work experience stories to learn from. all in all, a wonderful JHS Cultural Day. Oh and for the record, during lunch, while Noah and I were eating in the car, we saw one lone, 7th grade mom walking all around without lunch. She saw many of us eating in our own cars. And I could totally empathize! I didn't know how fun this was last year and I didn't bring a lunch last year. So yeah, I could totally relate. We all feel like that sometimes..don't we. We all have times or experiences, like those. Which unless you're perfect...which of course, I am so far from perfect, so I totally could feel her pain during lunch. The bright side is..next year, she will have her lunch all ready! : )   Anyway that was Bran,'s JHS Culturual Day for 2015! October 17th. : ) 
This was, our towns Cultural Day Event! This was Noah's class, in this picture. It was held during the weekday. It was held October 22nd. I love that this picture is blurry. So we kinda see, but not really, if that makes sense at all. Both elementary schools performed. And the one and only JHS, from our town, brought the brass band. And some adult groups, came as well. One was a middle aged Japanese women's choir. They sang really lovely! And I noticed 1 of the women singing in that, was a mother from Bran's class. Hahaha. Pleasantly surprised and she sang beautifully, I might add! Much respect for her! Truly! The 4th graders from our elementary received a note 2 weeks ago, that said basically all 4th graders singing must wear a white shirt! I just bought a new plain Cherokee (Target) brand white long sleeve tee shirt from Nishimatsuya for 540 yen. Besides Noah can wear it under his short sleeve tops.  The 2nd graders from our elementary school, also sang a song or two and they did really well, as well. Noah and his class played 1 song on the recorder and sang 1 song and that was it. The adorable thing about our town is our school is truly a rural school in a country town... has only about 190 kids total, all 6 grades, which is not a whole lot of kids. However the *other* elementary school, has only about 48-50 kids for all 6 grades.  While our elementary school... only brought 2 grades to perform, the 2nd and 4th graders from our school. However, because the other school is so tiny population wise. And yes they have been asked by our town to close the school down... for years. But they want to keep it open. Good for them, don't give up, you guys! So anyways, because they have such few kids. #1 they brought the entire school population! Hahaha! And #2, their first couple songs were sung by their 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders combined! And that still... was less kids then our 4th graders... from our school! Hahaha how cute! And the next performances, by the tinier school, they sang a few songs and the 4th, 5th and 6th graders teamed up... to sing those songs and again their 3 grades were still...way less kids, then our schools 4th grade class. Their school is just seriously adorable and cute and small population wise. And boy do they have talent for days, that tiny school! The first song the 4th, 5th and 6th graders sang was...the song Burt (Dick VanDyke) sang in Marry Poppins. Chim Chim Cher-ee. But they sang this in such a truly unique way...so slow...almost melancholy or almost sounded sort of sad... type of way, the way they sang it. It was sorta eerie. But *very* cool! I mean seriously so cool. Their version gave me chills, arm goosebumps, truly. In fact so much so...that it was my favorite performance of the whole day! 

Noah, are you looking bored here or what kiddo! Hahaha. Anyway so there ya have it!  I have been a slightly busy mama over here, watching the JHS kiddos doing their Cultural Day. Loved it! And on another day, I enjoyed watching the town wide, cultural event as well. I'm certainly a mom on the go! Hahaha. : )  And this week, I have Observation Day at the JHS, I mentioned that already, plus a hair appointment and a dental check up/dental cleaning for the kids. Hahaha. After this Thursday, is done, I am pretty much free for a while. Which is nice. : ) 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Going to the movies, to see The Intern and lunch afterwards with good friends...

The very next day, after we got back from our overnight stay! October 14th. I had a movie and lunch date set with my very very good friends, I have been friends with forever! Since our kids were in yochien. The movie was to start at 9am. Goodness that's an early morning show! And my 2 girl friends and I, were set to meet at the movies at 8:30am. You know, enough time to meet up and buy our tickets together, because you actually select a seat here, when you buy your tickets. The original name of this movie, or perhaps I should say, the name of this movie in America is called, The Intern, however in Japan, as you can see in this picture is called, My Intern. I had been seeing the previews to this, for a long time and I wanted to see this, big time! And my friends did too. Not sure if you can see by the poster towards the bottom, but it says 10/10. It just came out for us in Japan, October 10th. And so it just opened 4 days earlier for us in Japan. We also went on Ladies Day, because it's just cheaper for us, if we go that day. How was the movie? It was SUCH a great movie. I thought it was going to be a good movie anyway. But it was even way better, then I thought it would be! Loved this movie! We 3 really enjoyed the movie.

After the movie let out, we went out to lunch. We picked Saizeriya. Our favorite spot to lunch. Because it's cheap and delicious and they have a drink bar. And when we meet up and get together we usually stay there for hours. We all had the potato gratin and petite foccacia (bread) set for lunch and the drink bar. Lunching with these 2, is always a blast! They are so very smart, so witty and wise. They do have 2 daughters each..each of their oldest daughter, is a 9th grader. And their younger daughters, one has a 6th grader this year and the other ones daughter is Noah's age, because they were classmates. So, they are, like I have mentioned on here before...they are my senpai's because they #1 have been through Japanese school themselves and also their daughters are 1 grade ahead of Bran and so they know *so much* and I learn a lot. They offer me words of wisdom. Advise. I know and learned that the 9th graders... will be taking the entrance exams in Jan/Feb 2016, to see if they get into high school. So now...I know a round about idea when Bran will take his next year. Also I learned...a lot but, not all Japanese mothers take their children on a graduation trip at the end of 9th grade. One of my girlfriends is taking her family to Kyoto and also Universal Studios Japan (fun!!!) and the other is still deciding. But again. It gives me an idea. A heads up. And hearing this with a 1 year head start... helps me tons....because I have never been to Japanese school. I was born and raised in the USA. So again it helps. I'm lucky to be able to call these 2, my very good friends. We didn't just talk about JHS. But we talked about, what we have been up to. I told them that I was changing hair salons. And going back to the salon 95% of my yochien mama friends go to and that they go to too. I had been going to a different salon for the past 3 years. But, the lady who cuts my hair. Sometimes she cuts my  hair awesome and sometimes it's not 100% like, I see a piece here or there that's not cut straight. And hair salons are pricey anyways and frankly if it's not 100% right and I am paying 100%, then I must switch. And so we talked about that. And they were like. "If your hair is off... in anyway and you're paying...you need to change the salon" And I was like...I know right? So again just confirmation of what I had already thought too. So we talked girl stuff. You know what I mean, I hope. We also talk about TV and movies, beauty or hair stuff, mom stuff too... like school or tests and stuff. It was just super nice to reconnect with 2 super good friends. I love when we meet up, we should do it more often! : ) Anyway, so that's what's up over here. I went to the movies and lunch, October 14th with 2 of my really good girl friends.

Anything else to add? I have Bran's observation day this Wednesday. I have a massive hair salon appointment this Thursday at 9:30am. @_@ That's early! I have a hair straightening (Japanese thermal hair straightening) a hair cut (a fresh bob, all one length hair cut for me) and a hair color. I imagine I will have a butt, as flat as a pancake, after sitting at the salon all day long this Thursday. But the bright side and positive is, I will have the most rockin' slammin hair ever! Why did I switch salons in the first place? I switched because the other place was tons cheaper. However the quality of the cut was so bad in July, right before Hawaii. It could no longer be ignored. My hair was 2 cm longer in parts on one side of my head. Looked like Edward Scissorhands cut my hair and not in a good way! I went back to the cheaper salon, hoping to get it fixed... I had been going to the past 3 or so years, to ask if she could fix.. my uneven hair... and they said... she was off work for the next 2 days, I asked if someone else... could cut my hair, they were hesitant because they said...the woman who cuts it, should fix it, plus they were booked solid that day, according to them, hmm. @_@ I said, I understand, but I can't walk around like THIS for 2 days either though. I just said, never mind I'll come back when my schedule fits it. And I went to a different place immediately afterwards and had them fix my hair, a place in my town and to fix the cut cost me just 500 yen, but still though (their cuts usually cost 4500 yen but considering it just needed to be fixed in spots plus I am from that town and they know me, they only charged me 500 yen, which was super kind.) Yes I had to pay for a hair cut twice that month. Which is absurd and why it made me not want to go back to the cheaper place anymore. Why? Because we were flying out to Hawaii that same week and time just didn't allow me to go and have her refix my hair, since she is the one who jacked it up... in the first darned place. And frankly I have not been back there since. I have been floating at other salons since the July right before Hawaii... nightmare cut from heck. And so Noboru said..."you know, your original place you loved...just please go back there." But I said, the price though. And he said forget about it. No worries.. And so, my husband suggested...just go back to the pricier place. Since he pays for my hair appointments anyways. So, I called yesterday and set up my appointment for this Thursday morning. For reference. The cheaper place was like 12,000 yen for a cut and hair straightening. However her prices were shady at times, because I had hair color coupons but at times, when I used a free coupon and had a hair cut, I was charged more then I should have been, One time for a hair cut, straightening and color it came to 15,000 yen. I remarked to Noboru this place is starting to be as pricey as the expensive place. The expensive place was hair straightening and cut for 18,000 yen. However to be fair...my hair at the time was hella long and you pay depending on length of hair and my hair is medium/short now, so should be cheaper. So in short, the price gap, seemed to shrink between the places. But the frustration of iffy cuts, just got too much. Also, sorry want to add, one more thing. At the cheaper place, they would book 2 clients at the same time, per stylist. I often felt, she was not fully concentrating on me fully 100%, her client. She left me once went and put a lady's hair up in summer to wear for her yukata. That was the July nightmare cut time. After my hair straightening... her face seemed, she wasn't in the mood to cut my hair, could the updo she gave the other lady... tired her out, or I don't know.... I could feel the vibes, you know what I mean. She said..."you don't need a cut right?" Duh! Granted my appointment said cut and straightening, She just snipped 3 times and it didn't even look any different. I asked her politely, could you please cut it shorter. And again she seemed...totally not into it. And again, I am paying money...I am a client, we're not friends and this wasn't a freebie. And that's when I left, and then when I washed it afterwards the next day... I realized, she totally jacked it up (she curled it under, so that's why, I could not see it the day of the cut). Dude, if cutting peoples hair, bores you...you're not the stylist for me. I'm not paying you 15,000 yen to feel doki doki (a nervous wreck) and like I am bothering YOU. The pricier place, they only book 1 customer at a time. So she's only concentrating on one at a time. Honestly...I think that's just better. And for the 30 extra bucks. Maybe it's worth it. So sorry... such a long blab about hair salon stuff. But there ya go! Sometimes you have really good hair experiences and sometimes you have crap hair experiences...but all learning experiences nonetheless.

Oh and this Thursday evening? Bran and Noah have a dental exam, dental cleaning and check up. Their every 6 month check. I will be a mama on the go, all Thursday. This Thursday. : )  PS, tomorrow is BrannyB's 14th birthday!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday...

Since Halloween is getting closer and I think, I will only have, 1 more week of TBT, the Halloween edition, after this one. I thought it would be fun today...to do a blend/compilation of a few different years, but at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. Just during a few different years. This one was taken October 27th, 2006! Branden's birthday was just the day before this, so Noboru asked for the birthday sticker for Bran. : ) Branden was 5 years old and Noah was a wee 1 year old. Look at all those cool Halloween decorations. 

So nicely decorated! A perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season, if you have kids. : )

Juice box and coconut flavored popcorn.

I remember, as clear as a bell. I bought these cool pumpkin/jack o lantern headbands that glowed and lit up at night at Kaldi, they were only a couple hundred yen each. I thought they would be so cool and fun to wear at Tokyo Disneyland. The boys *loved* wearing these. I only pulled them out and showed them, after it got dark. Anyway, that was the super short condensed version of Tokyo Disneyland 2006 for the Halloween season. : ) 
October 12th, 2011! You can see the Jack o lantern decorations in the background hopefully. 

Tokyo Disneyland 2011, celebrating some Halloween fun with the family!

Monsters Inc float at night!
That is the super duper condensed version of Halloween celebrating... at Tokyo Disneyland 2011! 
This particular year, and the year was 2012, we decided to hit Tokyo Disney Sea for a change of pace! For some more.... Halloween fun and celebrating. Aha, you 2, are growing older now...I can see that! 

Every time a child, sees a Disney staff member they can say...Trick or Treat! And she'll give them a treat! 

Ready for another fun year of Halloween celebrating, Tokyo Disney style? : ) I know, I am. : )


This was the first year, we went during Halloween that it was unseasonably hot/warm outside. Every other year, we ever went in October, there was a definite chill to the air. A definite Fall weather type feel. But this particular year, it was so very warm/hot that day. Which is why, we all went for a popsicle snack, pictured here. A little Mickey shaped orange flavored popsicle. 

You guys about ready to go and have some dinner, it was about 5:30pm according to my date/time stamp on this pic? : ) 

Shorts, see told ya, it was hot, that year. We left Disney, but we got our hands stamped, so we could get back into the park. We took the train... 1 stop away to Ikpiari to have some Kua 'Aina for dinner. Why? It's just heaps cheaper then eating at Disney and the quality is higher and you get more food. You get more bang for your buck, if you know what I mean. Don't ask me why, but this is probably one of my most *favorite* pictures of the boys together....even now. Love this picture! : )

Eat, eat eat... kids! Fill up! And let's go back to Tokyo Disney Sea, thank goodness for my billions of pic taking... because I saw we had  "fast pass" tickets for Toy Story Mania. So we rode that, as soon as we got back to Tokyo Disney Sea, after we ate our dinner. 

Tired, but happy! What a very long, but fun day! One of our free hotel night stays. 

Grape popsicle balls. Horrible description, sorry. But we all went to the conbini on the first floor of our hotel for hotel snacks. And again...we were all so hot/warm. The weather was just unusual that day/year. So we picked some popsicles. 

Time to relax, my sweets. 

Ice, grape circular popsicle "balls" like popsicle rounds... in grape shape. Grape shape...sorry didn't mean to rhyme. Hahaha. So there ya have it...Halloween-y celebrations and shenanigans October 5th 2012.
The last set of pics from today's post! These pics were taken, October 15th, 2014! Just last year! Wow, if I compare these pics, with the very first... when B was 5 and Noah was 1. Wow!!! Aha, the weather was typically a Fall weather day. Cool, slightly chilly and raining off and on. They were selling the Potato Head popcorn holders/containers. So we purchased 2 of those, 1 for each of the boys! : )  


Curry for lunch, perfect for a chilly rainy Fall day! : ) 

Am, I right or what...Potato Heads? : ) They said yes, perfect weather for curry! Hahaha. : ) 

Branden and Noah enjoying the afternoon parade. You know, it's funny but it's totally true...my boys sort of grew up going to Tokyo Disney Sea and Tokyo Disneyland for as long as they can remember... whether it be for Halloween or any other time of year! As a parent, it's sort of cool to get to pick the traditions, we want to hold near and dear for our family. : )

Pumpkin heads! Jack o lanterns! While waiting to ride the Haunted Mansion ride. 


The sun is starting to set. But the kids are still... bright eyed and bushy tailed! : )

Love you nerds! : ) 

We ate dinner at Disneyland. At the Alice and Wonderland place. 

And another few more times on the Haunted Mansion ride before closing. : ) That's Madame Leota, the lady in the crystal ball. Anyway that was our Halloween Tokyo Disneyland experience last year October 2014. : )  

Jack Skellington, from the Nightmare Before Christmas.