Thursday, June 15, 2017

Last Friday. Our parent teacher conference at Bran's high school. The Loft. Found Noah a pair of swim trunks for elementary school. Domino's Pizza and a whole bunch more...

Last Friday, June 9th we had a parent teacher conference at Branden's school. The appointment was set for 9:30am. We were there around 9:15am, but by the time we found parking and walked into the school we were just a few minutes early. But still early. : ) The meeting went pretty well. He said Branden's grades are excellent. And that he has lots of friends and that the teacher sees absolutely no problems with Branden... whether it be education-wise or social and friend-wise. So the meeting was pretty short and sweet. He did ask us about Branden's college/university plans and we said 100% without a doubt, Branden will be going to college in the United States. Destination unknown for now... but the USA is most definitely where Bran will attend college. And so this way the high school knows. We were out by 9:50am but we did swing by Branden's class and peeked through the huge open window from the hall to the class. So we can hear what's going on in class. And the class is all white and bright and very nice and modern. A few of his classmates did see Noboru and I, but we really wanted to peek at the class...more so on the down low. And not let the entire class know we were there. So we peeked stood a few minutes listened and we left. The tricky part was... Branden got out of school at 11:30am Friday (all last week actually) and it was barely 9:55am by now. And so we had time to kill...in the city. Hmm...what to do...what to do. So...Noboru and I went to The Loft. The Loft is always amazing, they're all over Japan and Chiba everywhere!!! Certainly not where we live though hahaha. So getting a chance to browse and kill some time in one... was awesome!!! So we did that. And then when it was nearing the time for Bran to get out of school....we made our way back to Branden's high school. I Line messaged him, where we were parked. And as soon as he zipped out of school, we went for lunch! Which is this picture. : ) We went to Mc Donald's. Because we were going to be ordering pizza later for dinner... so eating out for dinner plus lunch...so we wanted lunch to be relatively cheap. So Mc Donald's fit the bill nicely. We rode the highway (toll roads both ways) because considering how far we live and the fact we have an elementary aged kiddo in our town...with a set time that he would be out of school. We really didn't want to be late. So we jumped on the highway after lunch and zipped-zapped-zoomed to our town as fast soon as possible. We got home in plenty of time. And as soon as Noah was out of school, he came home, dropped off all his school stuff. And we went to Narita City.  
I found this pencil case at The Loft and knew how much Noah would get a kick out of it. Bran being a teenager...I was iffy on... if he'd like it or not. So, I didn't buy him one. Which is a good thing because he said it's cute, but he prefers what he has. 

Those "teeth" crack me up! 
Also, my kids have both been wanting a fidget spinner. They were originally created for kids with ADHD. But regular kids love them. And watching YouTube. College age Americans, high school aged Americans, elementary school aged Americans. They're just everywhere now days. Even when we were in Guam at Pizza Hut... some kid had one and Noah was like..."awww man look she has a fidget spinner." : ) So, I knew my kids liked them, but wasn't sure if they actually *wanted* one. At dinner...Monday the Monday before the conference...my kids finally asked to get one (they never directly asked for one beforehand). And I said. Okay. Find the one you like on Amazon.jp...it must have high reviews...4-5 stars. And be reasonably priced. They each found similar ones and they weren't even aware... what the other one ordered, lol. They arrived on Friday. And so they opened these up and spun these while shopping in Narita City. Last Friday. These ones are metal and the metal ones are nicer than the plastic ones. They're both super happy that they finally have them now. : )
The #1 thing we were looking for was Noah's school swim trunks and rash guard. Noah's school swim trunks that he has been using/wearing were Branden's elementary school ones. We had 3 pair that Noah was lucky to be able to use for 5 years, he's skinny... which is why he could get away with wearing 3 pair for 5 years. Because some years he didn't gain weight, but he grew in height. So anyway... So glad that Noah could get usage out of 3 pair of Adidas swim trunks that used be his brothers. However, I can't find the other pair/larger size of Bran's swim trunks...the pair he used in the 6th grade. So...first time for us having to purchase Noah a pair of school swim trunks. Which is fine. It's time. : ) So...I wanted a navy Adidas pair. We went to Aeon first. They had slim pickings! They had 1 pair of black Adidas school swim trunks. A bunch of brand X/store brand ones. And so they were fine... but we walked to Sports Authority first... to see what they had. They had a whole bunch of "swimming competition" race swim trunks. But not plain basic blue shogakko ones. So we left and walked back to Aeon. This is at the opposite end of the shopping mall. 

I am so glad that all 4 of us were there, meaning lots of comments and opinions from the peanut gallery and it helps. And after hearing everyone's idea...I agreed and so I just said....You guys are right.. next year at JHS...Noah can wear competition swim wear next year... when he is JHS...I know that mostly everyone wears competition type swimwear for JHS, it's just sportier and it's what most of the kids wore when Bran was in JHS. Nobody wears the pure plain navy that they wear in elementary school... maybe one or two did, but the majority wore the cooler different styles. And I am lucky in that... I have the experience... since I sent Bran to JHS here already. So, I know for a fact how our particular JHS works. So, I know...Noah will not need to use this plain navy elementary school swim wear... after this year. So...it really doesn't matter if it's Adidas or brand X. So...I said...they don't have what we're looking for. And I really don't want to drive all over town. If Noah were getting usage out of this for 2 years...okay...I could see the need to find a name brand pair. And btw...the prices are pretty much the same whether it be brand X or name brand. It's Japan and that's the way it is. I was just at Sports Authority 5 minutes beforehand and saw name brand trunks for 2000 yen ($19 US)...so since Noah only needs it for this year. And given elementary swim trunks are so freaking ugly anyways. Yes...brand X it is. We will buy the Aeon brand. We all agreed (Noah too)...so we had Noah try 2 different sizes on, in the dressing room and we 3 all looked and decided on size...and Noboru bought it. We all know Japanese swim trunks at elementary school are not the cutest and hey it's okay..I get it. But it fit, was comfy. It was the right color. So we bought it. This is the pic of Noah's rash guard. Rash guards are not really preferred at our elementary school. Bran never wore one at elementary school. However Noah is cursed with pale skin that burns. Noah doesn't tan...he gets painful lobster burn. And skin cancer is no joke. Especially with a kid that burns just going outside to check the mail box! Yes...I know...I have a Jacob and an Edward...LMAO! So the school is aware and Noah is allowed. 

Says for the 1st grade to the 6th grade. Goggles. Goggles get scratched easily. So something that needs replacing once a season. 

They always show you the price without taxes *and* with taxes. This is the price of the goggles. 

Rash guard and swim trunks. @_@ Swimming stuff at the elementary school isn't cheap. But...it's the outfit that's allowed/required. I'm frankly just glad we found everything!!! The swim bag we have...the swim towel we have too. We have tons of swim towels actually... since my kids swam privately for years. The first swim letter came a few weeks ago. It says to sign your consent if you will let your child swim. And we said of course. So we signed. The note said they start swimming June 19th. And now...we just wait for them to tell us what color swim cap for which grade. One year Noah was a yellow swim cap and other years Noah was a green swim cap. In Branden's elementary years... they could wear *any* color cap. But Noah's years...you have to swim with a specific color cap... depending on which grade you are in. I hope it's yellow or green since we have caps for those already. But...I can always run somewhere and get a cap if need be. We'll see. 

I think Noah's swim outfit is actually pretty cute. And after July 21st or so... he won't be wearing it anymore anyways. : )  After the swimming outfit ordeal was done. LOL. We left the mall and went across the street to the free-standing Uniqlo. There is no Uniqlo inside Narita mall. 

Branden found 2 pair of shorts. 

Large is what Branden wore last year. And the size fit yes... but tightly...as in... a strangling type of way. Meanwhile the XL has gobs of room. So Branden is really needing between a large and XL size. However that size doesn't exist. He could barely breath in the size large, so forget that size. @_@ If he wore the size large shorts on a 9 hour flight Branden would die...he'd have the biggest stomach ache ever. Yes...XL is big..but it's not falling to the ground and they're comfy and he can be on a long flight and be comfortable. And they look normal. Not huge. So XL in Japanese clothes this year for Bran and size large in American clothes like Gap and Old Navy.

Bran got 1 navy pair of shorts with a navy pattern on them. We checked out the navy plain shorts but they were so intensely navy...that we kept wondering if they were black? Versus navy, but it said navy on the tag. They were just too dark. But these were more a traditional navy color, so we picked these. And a jean pair of shorts. Seems in Japan lots of boys will be wearing jean shorts this summer. By looking at the mannequins at Uniqlo, lol. 
A nice pattern. and we also...wanted an olive green color, but they were sold out. : (  By now we were happy...happy it was TGIF day. Happy we had a good meeting at the school. Happy we found Noah's swimming trunks/outfit. And happy...in case it gets super hot...at least Bran has some shorts now, that fit. So...we accomplished a whole bunch for 1 day. Right on! Now it was time for supper. 
Literally 1 minute down the street from Uniqlo is Domino's. 4 large pizzas later. They were having great super cheap 2 for 1 deals. We grabbed our pizzas and drove back to town. Long day. Glad it was over. Glad we could sleep in the next day. We went home. We ate. Man we were stuffed! And then we all took turns showering. And watched TV. I think...last Friday.... I shut my computer down at 4pm and didn't turn it back on...until Saturday. 

Saturday morning, I made bacon and strawberry pancakes. I'm going to be making them again this weekend too. That's how good they were! : ) We had leftover pizza for lunch last Saturday.  Saturday night for supper, we had a great big pot of chili. You know...like Wendy's chili. I also skillet fried some lean ground beef too. So if you wanted to add ground beef you could. They all did. But me. : ) And we had a bunch of toppings. And just chilled at home for the rest of the weekend.

Today's Thursday. And I usually do a TBT. But sometimes...I don't. And I like the flexibility that I can do that... when I want or when time allows. And for today...I really just wanted to say...hi. And tell you about last Friday and a little bit about my weekend. : )