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!
Day 4 began wonderfully with our coffee and donuts in the hotel room while we bundled for the cold. (This trip reminded me why I LOVE living on a subtropical island, by the way); it takes a REALLY long time to go anywhere when its cold! It take me too long getting two kids out … More Seoul Day 4-5: Bukchon Hanok Village and the trip home
Day 3 began with a cold walk to the subway and a short ride to Gwanghwamun Square! This is basically just an open plaza in the city but it has the statues of King Sejong the Great and Admiral Yi Sun-sin right in the middle and it is also right outside of Gyeongbokgung Palace. So … More Seoul – Day 3: Gyeongbokgung Palace/Gwanghwamun Square
Gah, I’ve reverted to my days of yore when I would write a post every three months! I’ve been spending much more time taking care of myself…which I’ve realized lately is VERY important for me (as I have not done a very good job of it since becoming a mom). BUT anyway…better late than never, … More Seoul, South Korea, Day 1 and 2: Travel and Korean War Museum
And THEN, we tried to get back to Okinawa… It took us a week to get from Sacramento to Okinawa. And part of it was my own fault because I quite simply did not want to wake my kids up at 2 am to get on our connecting flight…oh, if only I had known! We … More Northern California in October: Part 3, Hawaii
Yes, I do realize this is over two months late… AND that I have a whole new adventure in Korea for Thanksgiving to post… But Christmas shopping and crafting has taken over my life! So I’m just going to say that it was wonderful being in Rescue, California for 3 weeks with my parents (in October), … More Northern California in October: Part 2
I’ve been gone for awhile. Not just in “blogger world” but literally…gone. My dad called me in the beginning of October and said that my grandma (my last remaining grandparent) was now on hospice. The end of an era was upon us. This wasn’t really a surprise. I’d been losing my sweet grandma for a … More Northern California in October Part 1: Space A Adventure
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
When you live abroad and you’re not quite sure when you will move, home decor must be simple, lightweight and packable! So I am perfecting the perfect party and holiday decor – paper garlands! Holy Cow, I love these!! They are cheap and easy to make and they spruce up a room so fast! AND … More Garlands Galore!
Obon is a three (sometimes stretched to four) day Okinawa holiday which honors the spirits of their ancestors. On the evening of the first day, Okinawan families open their doors at dusk and leave gifts of food to welcome the ancestor spirits into their homes. The next day is given to celebrations, feasting and rituals and the evening of … More Obon in Yomitan