We dropped Paul off at the airport this morning, he is headed to Japan for Navy duties. I must say I am a little jealous he gets to go.... I did go to a Japanese immersion school for 3 years, then took an additional year of Japanese in high school. I was pretty fluent at one point and I really love and appreciate the Japanese culture. BUT I know a trip for me to Japan will probably happen many years from now and I am ok with that. I knew Paul needed to take this opportunity while he could. Now if I could only trust him to bring back some great souvenirs (I have already started a list for him, but how do you explain to someone what a Kendama is if they have never seen or heard of one?)
3 weeks without daddy will be difficult for all of us but we have done it before and will have to do it again. We look forward to FaceTime with him as often as we can, which will be interesting as he is 16 hours ahead of our time.
The boys have started a countdown on the white board for his return and it is the first thing we do in the morning.
With Paul having 3 weeks off of work and then leaving for Japan for 3 weeks, we knew we wanted to take a trip down to Eagle Point to visit with family before he had to go back to work. So to celebrate Katara being 2 weeks old, we headed out on our 6 turned into 7 hour road trip.
We took a trailer with us to pick up some tin that came down with a barn at Paul's aunts house. Hauling the trailer always adds a bit of time to the trip. We ended up heading out later then we anticipated and didn't role into Scott and Justine's place till something around 1:30 in the morning. You would think that would have been great... all the kids sleeping... WRONG, *note to self, tummy sleepers nap fine in the car but WILL NOT sleep well at night * They kept asking for their beds and Ryker just kept waking up crying. I knew it was because he was uncomfortable. So we put on some movies and they watched movies and were up super late..... We will be traveling during the day next time. Katara on the other hand, ate once and slept the rest of the time.
Ready to load up:
We happened to be down there for St. Patricks day, I just couldn't resist this sweet little outfit for her!
Amelia has the best smile ever..... however she didn't like my camera pointed at her so this is what I got. LOL
Katara's sleepy magic working on Scott
We took a trip to Lithia Park in Ashland with Justine and Theresa
. The boys loved it!
Sending sticks off one side of the bridge and watching the come out the other side
Made it to the top of a really big flight of stairs
Amelia really wanted to follow them, so Paul helped her out
So glad we got this photo, of all the year we have been hanging out, we have never gotten a group photo. New tradition, now required every time we are together. Family connections!
We also visited a park that Paul referred to as "Castle park" so I don't know what it is really called, but it has a big castle like play structure. We had a picnic lunch and enjoyed plenty of play time.
This is a photo of Syler who willingly went with Theresa to the car to get the lunches. I could not believe it!!
There was this awesome little creek that was perfect for the boys to play in.
We really enjoyed our trip and getting to spend some quality time with some family.