We had a family adventure the other weekend in our neighboring town of Onna! Found a new beach with caves to explore AND some delicious Banh Mi sandwiches at Cafe NY by the Onna Seawall! After exploring, we headed out for lunch at a new little Cafe on the Onna Seawall Called Cafe NY. It’s … More Malibu Beach (not in California) and Cafe NY in Onna
A few weeks ago we took a trip up north and on the way back, decided to surprise E by visiting a place where butterflies actually LAND ON YOU!!! If you know my daughter, you understand how important this is. She is constantly trying to get butterflies and birds to come and talk to … More The Ryugujo Butterfly Garden
A little while back, we got adventurous again and headed up north to Cape Hedo (which we have NEVER seen in our 4 years here!). Cape Hedo is the northernmost point of Okinawa and is the place where the Pacific Ocean meets the East (or South) China Sea. And the view is SPECTACULAR! If you’re … More Cape Hedo
As some of you know, we are currently waiting for the government to determine our future. Adam’s job is in a precarious position and we have been waiting for about 3 months now to see if we can stay on Okinawa or if we will have to leave. This makes me SUPER sad because I … More Fukushu-en Chinese Gardens
I trained with these women for 4 months. We did PT, rowed in a pool (at 5am), rowed in the really cold East China Sea (seriously…I know this is a sub tropical island, but that water was ICE most of the time), rowed in boats, rowed with the Japanese Air Defense Team…we laughed, we worked, we … More Harii Festival: DragonBoat Race Day 2016
I’m training with some pretty amazing women. I really wanted all my crew mates to see how awesome they are, to see themselves how I see them. So here are my favorite shots of some truly inspiring women who took this journey with me!
I’m on the Shogun Ladies Dragon Boat Race Team. I feel SO cool just saying that. I feel cool when my 2 year old says, “Mommy rowing!” and he gets all excited about it. I feel so cool because before January, I hadn’t consistently worked out since I was pregnant with E…That’s like 7-8 years! … More Dragon Boat Training
In an effort to get away from the birthday celebrations I’ve done in the past with tons of planning and crafting (check out this post and this post and this post and this post about my birthday crafting) and kids everywhere and STRESS, I decided we should start a tradition where we just do a … More Okuma Glamping Birthday Trip
Although the gorgeous cherry blossom that Japan is known for has not even begun to blossom up on mainland, it is already OVER for us here in Okinawa!! Our Sakura season only lasts a few short weeks and usually begins around the end of January and goes until the end of February. We had an … More Sakura Season in Okinawa!
On the weekend before school started, we FINALLY headed up north to hike Hiji Falls. It was a wonderful day! No squabbles on the way out the door, no “hangry” episodes, no whining, no screaming fests in the back of the car…GLORIOUS!! And both kids hiked all the way up with no complaints! It rained…but … More Hiji Falls