I have to get the pictures with Santa – we missed last year as I had just had a baby and was in no position to go track down Santa.
This year the Torii Station Library hosted a magical storytime with a real life Santa. I was able to go with the girls. There was a professional photographer, cookies, juice, and even coloring activities for the kids. It was amazing that this program was free to the community. I received some really cute photos.
I am glad to hear that this Santa will be on Okinawa for at least another three years. He really is larger than life. I met his wife today at a playdate and he is 6’8.”
This last week of school was a blur like it always is. It is crazy to see the changes these kiddos go through from babies in 6th grade to the end of 8th grade, on their way to high school. Of course there are one or two that I can’t wait to see move on. Poor high school…
Day 13 – Here Gigi is trying out the stroller. She loves it and we need to use it more when we get back home after our summer vacation.
Day 14 – Pizza In – It’s one of our favorite family eateries. It’s super toddler friendly and I like pizza. You can find the amazing cheeseburger pizza which has ketchup and mustard on it. It sounds gross, but it’s amazing.
Day 10/101 – Gianna just loves books. These came express from Korea. Our goals of her being bilingual aren’t coming to fruition yet but we are working on it.
Day 11/101 – Gianna just loves Minnie Mouse. She always wants to wear dresses. She chose the sneakers so she can run better. Silly girl.
12/101 – Dani turned 7 months on the 7th of June. I can’t believe it has gone so fast. She couldn’t sit up by herself in this photo taken on the 7th but now on the 13th she can sit up! So much can change in a couple of days
The last few weeks of school seem to go so quickly but drag on at the same. It doesn’t seem possible. We leave the day after school gets out to start our summer adventures.
I can’t believe I was ever cold last week. This weekend we have been getting out at 8am to beat the heat. Some of the best parks aren’t open until 9:30 so it has made me do a little more exploring.
This is Day 8/101 – we went to Toguchi Beach again in Yomitan.
This fits with my 52 Frames post of “Shapes.” It was a rainy Sunday so this colorful umbrella is perfect for the theme.
I am so ready for school to get out. It’s hard sometimes to find something to do to help me with my “101 days of summer photo challenge” when it’s raining outside and I am still working.
My brother has reserved a rental in Lake Chelan and I am super excited because we will get the whole Martinez clan together with the new babies.
The day 5 photo is of one of our favorite family restaurants, Coco Ichibanya. It was a place I loved as a young airman stationed in Okinawa and still love as a “real” adult. My husband was not a fan of Japanese curry until I introduced him to this restaurant. Even Gigi is a fan.
My photo for day 6 of 101 was a rainy day addition. I still haven’t mastered inside shots. You can see Gigi in the background getting into trouble.
In this last photo I had forgotten my nice camera at home. I keep hearing the best camera is the one you have with you but I disagree because I have no idea why it’s such a bad quality picture! Oh well, I did get a great shot with D and Gigi at the Family Fun Night.
Toddlers are fun. I know I was blessed with an amazing daughter but there are some days I want to pull my hair out. I couldn’t imagine not having her in day care so we can focus on the baby and think that all the stay at home mothers who have more than one are saints. Daycare has been a godsend to get her energy out. Her attention span is 15 minutes, if that long. I know it’s completely age appropriate but it’s hard when you just need to sit for a little while. I am curious how this summer will go without having daycare and being in a different country.
It seems like the youngest seems to miss out on the fun. She always just watches while her big sister does her activity. Dani looks like she is having blast watching and won’t stop smiling and laughing at her sister.
I used to love those rainy days where I was allowed to stay in all day binge watching TV and movies. Now I dread them because I know that there is no way for my toddler to run out her energy to be ready for nap time. Nap time is a 2 hour saving grace where I can relax. Although it is rare that both girls nap at the same time, the 6 month is a lot easier to take care of when there isn’t a 2 year old trying to get your attention. The baby allows me to watch TV without interruptions as long as I am holding her.
I used to have big aspirations of working out during Gigi’s nap. I still would like to, but it hasn’t happened yet and today will probably not be the day it starts.
Today my toddler woke up at 5:30 with the sun. By 7 am, I saw that it wasn’t supposed to rain until 8:30 and ran off to the beach for some pictures and get her to run her energy out.
Here’s picture 2 of 101 Days of Summer:
A friend of mine, who happens to be an amazing photographer usually does this 365 photo project and at the end of the year has this amazing book of photos full of memories. I just started picking up my camera but felt such a task would be daunting. She recommended I try a 52 a year program. I found one that I love and have been submitting religiously. When she mentioned a 101 Days of Summer photography challenge, I thought it would be perfect. I am a teacher that doesn’t work in the summertime. I took photos and made a photobook last year of my time in Seattle and it was a blast.
I think that May 27th is the 101 Days of Summer kick off. If not, what’s a few extra photos. Here’s #1.
Toddler soccer is so much fun. It’s crazy and I don’t know how the coaches do it. I just know that Gigi is exhausted after the 25 minute segment.