Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cultural Education

From time to time we run across something that reminds us Stacia has spent half her life in another  country.

There were a couple of things this week...like when she asked about a dime, "Now is that a 10 yen or a 100 yen?" 

We heard music in the neighborhood. 

In Misawa, that was either a political announcement, the sweet potato man or a tsunami warning.  The older kids ran to get their money. 

I tried to figure out WHY the van was parked driving extremely slow outside of our home....

Imagine Stacia's joy! She came running back in and informed me, "MOM, they sell ice cream from VANS in America!" 
We were all happy to have the break in the middle of a hot afternoon. 

I was still perplexed as to how the Ice Cream Man KNEW to wait at our home. It turns out the older two have enjoyed the treats when he comes through on Wednesdays - PWOC day. ::snort:: 

Stacia, looked at us and said, "But I should never, EVER get in the van with an Ice Cream man/woman, right? They might kidnap me." Yeah - she's learning the culture. 

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saying Goodbye with Fun

Pastors Johnny and Joretta have served nearly thirteen years here at Beale AFB chapel.  During that time they have loved well. They've invested and poured into the congregations they've served.  I am AMAZED at the tempo they kept up - both working full time jobs; pastoring a congregation, teaching Bible studies and always having people into their homes. They are amazing.

And so....since God has seen fit to move them to another part of His vineyard....we said farewell to them today.  This was the first time we've pulled it together to have the congregation over to our home....and we all had a blast.

Michael, James and Angel got the pinata thing going - we didn't even miss the trees! 

Part of the group playing Bible Taboo...which I need to buy! 


So many friends...this extrovert was in heaven! ::grin:: 

There were also at least this many outside and more in the living room. 

After everyone went home, we looked around. Mama Ros, Westlie and another had put food up and cleaned up the kitchen. We had a few other jobs to finish to be ready for Monday.

 Michael and Arielle cleaned the inside of the bounce house

I needed to play....we bounced

 Michael said you could bounce right onto the slide...worked for him
not so well for me. ::snort::


We washed down the patio, folded up the bounce house, loaded tables and chairs into the van...all ready for Monday morning.  

Some had ice cream and washed an episode of The Cosby Show. I soaked in the hot tub. ::snort:: It was a great day....something we will need to repeat.

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Preparing for Fun

Friday was busy.....Today was busy....we're getting ready to host the chapel here tomorrow.  We're looking forward to it - though the occasion  - a farewell of ministers - is not one we are looking forward to! 

Arielle fills a pinata

The men set up some shade - it's 86* today 

This is scary.....

Fearless wasp killers....

We also shopped, washed windows, made salads, baked muffins and cakes, and beans...... good times ahead.   At this point I asked if the kids slide out of the Dalmatian's - um - exit ramp.

she w- no. Gherkin approved! 

Play break was over and we continued..... It's GOOD I was sick and didn't get to this earlier in the week. Michael did a WAY better job than I would have! 

This girl is SO busted!

Loved all the pressure washing the men did! 

We ended the night sitting in the hot tub - happy in the knowledge that we are ready for Sunday.

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Busy Week

We have managed to have a full and busy week - even with me in bed from Sunday - Wednesday. 

We have made up all our time off and our back on schedule with our school. This means our pace is much slower this week and we were able to easily get a week done with school - even with me in bed.  I'm proud of the kids.

Michael's had a crazy week at work - and I haven't a clue what's been so crazy - just know he's been late. LOL

I got my new glasses today. I can't see a blasted thing through them. I tried. I took them off when a migraine started and I'll try more tomorrow.

Stacia and I had fun picking out things for children to enjoy at our  Farewell for Johnny and Joretta on Sunday.  We'll have everyone out to our house. I didn't want the kids to be bored at our home - so we rented a bounce house, bought bubbles, and pinata.... I  need to hit Sam's club tomorrow and get some major meat - but we're getting there. I'm thankful everyone is bringing a side dish.

Michael surprised us by walking in early (5:25 p.m.) and so we had dinner before Arielle went to babysit for a local small group.

As we talked about what would feed a crowd, be flexible enough to accommodate a flexing crowd size,  and be able to pull together after church - we landed on a BBQ...but we didn't have a grill.  We hadn't planned on buying one; because we are in the process of paring down....but in the end.... This one was the best deal and is a nice size.

Honestly, it was WARM today. I'm guessing it will be NICE to be able to cook outside this summer, and I will get much better at cooking on the grill.

Maybe our next challenge will be to "Guess the date we hit 90* or 100*."

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Jamin Breaks the Record!

Look who did it! He broke the ASU 10K men's record on Saturday....in 30 mph wind.....with a pulled muscle. We are so happy for Jamin. He's worked hard to do this. I believe he'll be running one more 10K this track season - he may break it again! The yellow band Jamin's wearing is a "Vote Jared and Ross" band. 

It was great fun to have friends at the meet and Larissa sending photos as it happened! 

Here are a couple of photos from Doug! Thanks for all the free coaching/mentoring you've given Jamin over the years!  

Do you like Jared's t-shirt below? ASU Student Government  Elections are over. There is a hold up on the results - they are told they'll have them by 15 April. We continue for God's very best in the situation.  In any event, these two smiles make my evening. 

I don't fully understand Cross Country and Track. I know that he broke this record during the Cross Country season but it was important to break it during Track on the TRACK....so there you have it. 
Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

New Family Challenge

Michael loves to create new family challenges and contests.  From the annual great Penny Exchange, our "annual scavenger hunts," (which we've not done since we moved to Japan), and  counting trucks on trips,  to guessing the demise of the birthday balloon - each challenge creates memories and engages us in a family focused activity. I love it. 

I knew it wouldn't be too long before the next challenge materialized. 

Michael challenged the kids to see who can put a Rubik's cube together in under two minutes..... Stacia
thought she had it won, until I pointed out all the sides had to match. It didn't take long until the kids were watching You Tube clips on how to solve the Rubik's puzzle. Michael says we need to buy a  new cube -ours are Dollar Store versions with princess' and Woody on them.....the real thing will move easier...and we do, of course, want to see the children succeed.  

We've had fun remembering the toys of our era....shocked to discover we can no longer do it in under a minute. LOL 

I am still not 100% - but haven't thrown up today..... I really dislike being ill. 

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Driving Adventures

WOW! Motorcyclists are allowed to pass between two stopped cars. I wonder if they are allowed to pass between moving cars in CA? I had it happen this week. Michael reports that today, while Arielle was driving -and the lane next to them was CLEAR- a motorcyclist passed in THEIR lane. Imagine passing in the SAME lane a 15 pass is occupying with a student driver. Crazy Scary! 

What in the world is our garbage can doing in the road? Michael took time today to teach Arielle how to parallel park a 15 pass van! I don't even know how to do that, yet. 

Just get it between the cans....

She did it! 

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...