Thursday, March 22, 2018

Karaoke Night

The people here in Japan are really big into karaoke.  All over they have these karaoke places where you rent out rooms.  It kind of reminded me of a hotel.  You check in at the front desk and they tell you which room to go to.  Then you go up the elevator and walk down a hall lined with tinted glass doors leading to karaoke rooms.  Some friends got together and had a girls night at one of these places. 

I wanted to go only to watch to have a Japanese Karaoke experience.  But everyone convinced me to sing.  It was super embarrassing and I'm pretty sure I seemed really awkward up there.  I am not really the singing type.  I had fun though and its another new experience that I've had.
The room was equipped with lights and two tv's showing the song lyrics.  You can order food and drinks and hang out as long as you want to pay for.  We paid per hour.
I would definitly go again with friends or family, but I prefer to watch.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Random Update

I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed lately mostly with homeschool and basketball.  I spend every day rushing around like crazy and at the end of the day I still feel like I failed in getting anything done.  I really think I was busy enough with homeschool and taking care of Calista that adding in sports six days a week was just crazy.  Basketball is almost done though and I can't wait until it ends.  Meanwhile we spend two hours at the gym every Monday and Wednesday for Scarlett and Penelope's basketball practice.  Everyone else has fun running around playing.  Bob usually meets us there and I fit in a workout while he walks the kids to the food court to find dinner.  We leave the house at 4:30 on these days and don't get back until 7:15 so eating dinner at home doesn't really work.  Tucker and Leon have basketball on Tuesdays/Thrusdays but it is easier because they are at the same time.  Then games are on Saturdays.  On Fridays the kids all do the homeschool swim and gym class.  It gets hectic.  I think we only have one week left and we are not doing this again.

Anyway, here are a few random pictures from our life lately.

These next two are from science night at the library. 

I feel so bad for Calista because she rarely gets a nap that I don't have to wake her up from because we either arrived somewhere or we need to go somewhere.
This last one is kind of gross, but I went out to lunch with friends and cow tongue was on the menu.  Then I saw the very cow tongues hangin up on hooks.  I'm glad I didn't see them until after we ate lunch.  I did not eat cow tongue.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Zushi Beach Hike

We've been getting out and going hiking quite a bit lately.  I love going to all the parks and trails that I wouldn't have otherwise known about.  Last week we hiked to Zushi beach.  The weather was beautiful and we totally overdressed.
I didn't get any pictures of us in the woods but after the woods we went right under the road to get to the water.

The tide was in so we found a different beach entrance.
Calista wanted to get out and play but I just kept her in the carrier with me.  I wasn't prepared to have a baby covered in sand at the moment.
Being at the beach reminded me so much of when we stayed in San Diego.  I missed all our fun beach days.  But now that I know that we don't live too far from a sandy beach we can go more often this summer.

The kids spent a good amount of time looking for shells.
Tucker even found a dead fish, which was pretty gross.

When we were done playing we headed back up to where we parked.  There was a playground and animals in cages up there.  I'm not sure who takes care of them because it seems like they were just kind of stuck there.  But the monkeys were a surprise.
I'm ready for more warm sunny days.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pi Day

I woke up on March 14th like I would on any other day not realizing until I saw a friends post that it was Pi day.  I was super unprepared but we managed to do some fun things anyway.  For those who don't know March 14th is 3.14 so we say it is the mathmatical Pi day.  I've done it in the past and I knew the kids would be sad if we skipped it this year.  Luckily I was able to find some easy things to do on pinterest.

We just happend to have the book "Sir Cumference and the First Round Table" so we read it.  Tucker kind of got the jokes but most of it was over the other kids heads.

Next we watched a couple youtube videos explaining the number Pi to the kids.  There are some pretty informative and silly video's out there about it.

Then the kids used graph paper and did a little art project.
 We looked up the number for Pi and the kids filled in a squares for each number.  So their first building was three squares tall, second one square, third four squares and so on.  Leon was even able to do this and really liked it.

And lastly we made a pie.  We only had the ingredients to make a pumpkin pie but the kids were excited even though it isn't really the right season for it.
 We tried our best at a pie symbol.
 I already have ideas on how to make the pie better next year.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kappabashi Street and Senso-ji

A couple weeks ago we spent a Saturday up in Tokyo.  I wanted to check out Kappabashi Street which is a fun street full of kitchen shops.  Just tons and tons of stores that have everything a restaurant owner would need.
It takes us about an hour and a half to get to Tokyo, depending on the area, by train.  We pretty much never drive to Tokyo because of the cost of tolls and parking.  It might be worth it sometimes though because we do have to buy several train tickets these days.

It was cold that day, but it warmed up quite a bit since then.  I was just outside without a coat and felt great!

Before we got to Kappabashi Street we went to see the Senso-ji temple.  

I feel like we've seen a ton of temples and shrines here in Japan and this was a big one.  

I didn't take very many pictures of the kitchen shops.  But here is one of tons of cookie cutters.
Fake food is pretty common here in Japan.  Most restaurants have plastic displays of the food they serve.  We found a shop where you can buy the fake food and even sign up for a class to make it.
Some of the "food" was pretty appetizing.

While walking around we saw another Owl Cafe.
There are so many different KitKat flavors here in Japan.  These orange ones have got to be one of my favorites.  They totally blew the strawberry KitKats out of the water.

We saw a Panda Cafe on our walk back to the train station.  We didn't end up eating there, and they do no have real pandas.
I think they only things we bought were a frosting bag and a dish to keep our keys in.  It was nice to get outside and explore Japan though.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

100th Day of Homeschool

Ok, so it wasn't technically our 100th day of homeschool.  In one sense we do homeschool everyday so we are way past 100, but in another sense we skip our more "formal" schooling days often so we probably aren't to 100 days in our books yet.  Kids at public school were doing their 100th day last week so we decided to do ours at home now too.
In my opinion dressing up is the best part.
Penelope was more happy to dress up this year because we weren't going anywhere.  She even asked me if she had to go somewhere like this.  I told her she didn't and that helped.  Although she was still not happy about the "wrinkles" and she was the most resistant about it.
I tried to put fake curlers in Scarlett's hair because I don't actually have any.
I love how Leon is wearing a bathrobe.  He love is pajamas and would be happy to wear this everyday. 
Tucker wanted the umbrella for a cane.

After dressing up the kids make their classic 100 fruit loop necklaces.

Then we saw how far away from our house we could get in 100 steps.

Then the kids saw what they could make with 100 legos.
I didn't get pictures of everything, but we also drew pictures of ourselves at 100 years old, did 100 jumping jacks, tried a 100 second staring contest and tried holding our breath for 100 seconds.  It was very hard for everyone, I could only make it 40 seconds and I felt like I was dying.  Scarlett somehow made the who 100 and she said it wasn't even hard, she even managed to take a drink while holding her breath :)

We had a fun day!