Monday, April 19, 2010

Disney Sea and other spring break adventures...

Sorry I have not been around.  The kids were on spring break and hubby even got to take a week of leave.  Woohoo!  Last Monday we surprised the kids with a trip to the Pokemon Center in Yokohama.  We just told them that we somewhere to go that was work related.  But once we got close to the Landmark Tower- where the Pokemon Center is- they got excited.  It was a lot nicer to go on a Monday (as opposed to Sunday).  It was nice and quiet and I could actually walk around without getting run over by an 8 year old.  I am learning that Sunday is not a good day to go to places like the Pokemon Center or any other big touristy spot.  That is like family day in Japan and EVERYONE is out and about.

Thursday we visited Disney Sea.  It is right next door to Tokyo Disney.  Disney Sea is kind of like California Adventure- but smaller. 
We had a blast- in spite of freezing all of our limbs off.  It rained for most of the day- which meant that the park was pretty empty.  We didn't wait more than 5 or 10 minutes for a ride.  My favorite was Journey to the Center of the Earth- it was very imaginiative.  We all enjoyed Ariel's playground- even though it is geared for little kids.  The reason being is that it is all inside- and it is warm!  I can see it being a great place in the summer as well- to get away from the heat this time.

Ariel's Playground.  I have no idea how to take a picture in this kind of lighting- so the picture really sucks.  But you can get an idea of what it looks like- the whole "under the sea" theme.  In addition to the rides, they had different rooms and all kinds of stuff for the kids to climb on/in.  And there is lots of seating for the parents!

The kids like Raging Spirits- which is a 360 loop roller coaster.  It is not really that scary- especially when you ride it over 10 times in one day. (I am not exaggerating either!)  They have the Tower of Terror like California Adventure- but I think here it is not as tall?  Who cares when it's the first couple of seconds in the plunge of death that really flips your stomach!
Oh- I have to warn anyone who visits- do not- I repeat- DO NOT eat at the Mexican restaurant.  Sure- they have the authentic Mariachi band and homemade tortillas.  But everything else- YUCK!! 

There were a lot of school children there- I believe junior high age.  They had their uniforms on and they were all having a ball.  We enjoyed watching some boys trying to push each other in the water (you know those kind of fountains that come up out of the ground at random intervals?)  The girls would occassionally stop to say hi to Sissy.  I am regretting not getting a picture of them (the school girls) with her.  Next time, right?

If I had to chose between Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea- I would chose the latter.   Tokyo Disney does not really have anything new- it is a miniature version of the orginal park in Anaheim.  Of course the food and language is all different- so it is still a must see in my book.

Here it finally stopped raining long enough for some of the characters to come out for pictures.  They didn't make everyone wait in line like they do in Anaheim these days(which I think is totally lame in a way.)

Ha!  Brother thought he was going to get away without taking a picture with Dale.  But good ole' Dale grabbed his arm and pulled me in for another picture!

Some of our other plans were kaboshed due to the very cold and rainy weather.  I really think Mother Nature needs a complaint department- I need to yell at someone!  Friday morning we woke up to rain/snow mixture. WTH??

Here's to wishing for better weather...

update- This was written last week- for some reason I didn't get a chance to post.  I am happy to report that we are enjoying sunshine!!  I have that song in my head- "I'm walkin' on sunshine..."

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Someone Thinks My Blog is Beautiful!

Jes from Day to Day Life of an Army Wife has blessed my with a blog award.  I am tickled pink!  Thank you Jes, I think your blog is beautiful too!  I forgot to mention I made your crab ragoon a couple of weeks ago.  It was hit a with my family!  yummmmm

Here the award rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award and link back to their blog.

I already thanked you above- but I will do it again.  Thanks Jes!!  Check out her blog- Day to Day Life of an Army Wife.

2. Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers who have a beautiful blog.

Last time (and first time) I received a reward- I knew only like- 3- bloggers.  Now I know more- but this is still hard!!

1. Julie the Army Wife

2. Riding the Rollercoaster

3. On the Move

4. The Ever-Changing Life of a Military Wife

5. The Navy Wife

6. My Sailor's Mistress

7.  Hellcat Betty

Yep- they are all military wives- the most beautiful kind!!  Much love to you all!

3. Contact the other bloggers and let them know they won an award.

4. Say 7 things about yourself.

1. I like white rice with Ranch dressing and a little salt- yummy!

2. Growing up- I always swore I would never marry a sailor (I grew up in San Diego- back when they had Navy bootcamp there).  Look at me now! lol

3. When I met my sailor- I was working as an assistant manager at Petco in San Diego.  It totally creeped him out when I picked up the iguanas.

4. Growing up, I wanted to be a fashion designer and study at Parsons in New York.  I totally chickened out on that one when the time came to apply.

5. I never learned to do a cartwheel.

6. I can't rollerskate.

7. I hitchhiked once.  I was 13 and on a camping trip with my Girl Scout troop in Big Sur, California (don't tell my daughter).  It was super dark out and very creepy.  I vowed to never do that again.

That was fun- I look forward to what everyone else has to say!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Japanese beauty...

The Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) have bloomed!  It is as beautiful as everyone said it would be.  Yesterday we went to the park to take some pictures.
It looks like the ground has been sprinkled with pink powdered sugar- it is so pretty!

That's Sissy walking with her bestest friend.

Pink Blossoms- the majority of the trees seem to have pink blossoms.

The white blossoms are beautiful as well.

A mother and her daughter catching cherry blossoms as they fall from the tree (which happens everytime the wind blows.)  Sissy informed me that if you catch a cherry blossom before it hits the ground- you can make a wish.  We all tried catching them- it was a lot harder than it looked!  But then I figured it out- see how in the pictures they are cupping their hands?  That is how it is done.

I plan on taking more pictures when the lighting is better.  Here's hoping for sunshine!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It's my Blogiversary..

Wordle: On Living Overseas...

Woohoo (cue fireworks and celebration music).  1 year ago I disovered this wonderful world of blogging (duh- where have I been?)  72 posts later I am hooked!   I have met some wonderful people online and now I have 15 subscribers.  It may be a drop in a bucket compared to others- but I cherish my wonderful readers.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!  Much love to you all.  Maybe next year my numbers will be up to 30?  Here's to hoping....

If you would like to read more- please check out my favorite post from my 1st year....