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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Of Birthdays, Pianos and Falling Down

Last week would of been Hisaos 56th birthday!
I was trying to imagine what he would of looked like. Maybe not so different!  The only
thing that showed his age was his receding hair line!
We didn't really do much this year, I just had no energy to do anything special!
One nice thing is that he is still very much part of our daily lives, the kids have their own  memories that they share, I have mine and that seems to be part of dinner conversation!  It's nice somehow!


fun with the kids!

In other news we  got a new piano!  Not new but new to us! one of Mikey's friends moved house and his piano was too big so he sold it Mikey.  Mikey got it very cheap so we are happy.  Both Mikey and Hannah play.  I would love to learn but have no real patience for all the practice that goes into it!

And falling down!  That was me the other day.  Hannah and I had gotten out of the car, David was trying to back into the parking space a bit more, I was telling Hannah to move from the back of the car when I fell over the blocks that are there to stop the cars!  I fell heavily on my right side, scratching my arm pretty bad!  Hannah went into panic mode for a while, when she realized that I was okay she found it rather funny!  The next day was awful.  I was in so much pain down the right side of my body and my back!  Feel better now but am very careful of those blocks!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

How did get to be June......

And I haven't posted!
Every day I think about updating this blog but it's always later!  Then the day is gone and the blog hasn't been updated!
May was a rather crazy month!
The first week everybody except Mikey got sick.  Just some stomach bug that was going around.  Not nice at all.  But we managed to celebrate Hannah's birthday!
I took her shopping, she wanted a game for the Wii machine that we have but we couldn't find the one she wanted so I ended up buying  a Wii U game.  I know it's old and the latest thing is the Nintendo switch but we are always behind on these things!  She also got a lovely watch!
She is spoilt, I know that and so does Hannah.  The other day I was saying that she is too spoilt, her answer was "Of course I'm spoilt, I'm the youngest and the only girl!"  What more is there to say!

The rest of May passed by in a daze of teaching, cleaning (always cleaning), reorganizing the teaching room, planting a few herbs and veggies (hoping to get something from the garden). 
I took a quick trip into the city, I wanted to check out the big bookstore to see if there were any good books for Junior High School  kids, but couldn't see anything that appealed to me!  I was totally exhausted by the time I got back. I can't believe that some people do that trip everyday for work!

David had been cooking up a storm the past few weeks, He has found that he enjoys baking, so we have had some nice treats!

Hannah's birthday

The cake, I made the cake , David did the cream and strawberries.

David's homemade pizza.

No chairs or tables, kids kept falling off the chairs!

Egg custard, David

Chocolate and berry tart, David again.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Last Week in England

We spent the last week in England at my Dads! 
I was worried that the house would be a disaster, I know that my MIL hasn't
taken care of her house so I was expecting the same from Dad. I was shocked to see how clean
and well taken care of the house was!

Dads living room

kitchen from the dinning room
I was also surprised at how well my Dad was!  He cooked for us every evening, nice homemade meals!  Even Hannah, who can be fussy, ate everything!  Besides being deaf Dad seemed very healthy!  Better than me!
I can really see where David gets his teasing from.  My youngest brother found one of my old dolls!  It's a bit scary!  I left it downstairs but when I went to the toilet in the middle of the night it was sitting outside my bedroom.  My brother had left it there, exactly the same kind of thing that David would do!!!

My other brother came to visit with his family. I finally got to meet my niece!  That was a nice day, it felt good to be with my family.  Hubby had no brothers or sisters so there are no uncles or aunts, and of course no cousins on his side of the family. Sometimes it feels a bit lonely without having any real extended family around.  So being with my Dad, brothers, sister-in-law and niece was really good!

the family together, just my older boys missing

Dad with Christopher and Hannah

Of course I went shopping almost every day!  We went to the art gallery in my town and the museum in the next city!  There were other places we wanted to go but no time! 
All in all we had a go time in the UK.
Mikey and David went a month after we did. In between the two trips was the terror attack in London.  So of course I was worried but the boys had a good time!

David and my brother

Dad and Mikey


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Back in England.......continued

During our stay in London we went to the British Museum.  Even though we spent a good 4 hours wandering around we didn't get to see everything!  I was really impressed (there again I am easily impressed).  I miss good museums! We have them in Japan but they are expensive and of course in Japanese!  We ate lunch in one of the cafes there, I was shocked at the size of the portions. I don't remember the portions being so big!  But it was nice!




my lunch was steak and mushroom pie, kids had pizza


Happy but totally exhausted!
The last day in London we wandered around Oxford Street!  It was okay but not the great shopping experience I thought it would be!
That evening we saw "The Phantom of the Opera".  Hannah's treat!  She was so excited that she was shaking!  We had to pick up the tickets that I had ordered on line. My plan was to go about an hour before the performance started, we turned up almost 3 hours early, Hannah couldn't wait!  While waiting we had a look round Piccadilly Circus.  Strange place!  One shop that caught out attention was the 'Kingdom of Sweets', the whole shop sold nothing but snacks, candies and chocolates! 
We ate dinner at a Lebanese restaurant! 
The show was very good.  I like musicals but have only seen them in Japan, so this was a real treat for me as well!  All in all worth the money!


in the hotel room before the theatre

where the phantom of the opera is playing


outside the theatre

dinner

Hannah with the tickets

That was our time in London!
I enjoyed myself more than I thought I would!  I refused to worry about things during this time!
I spend so much time worrying about life that I never really enjoy myself but for those few days I turned off that part of my brain and just relaxed with the kids!  Well worth it!
Maybe one more post on England then back to day to day life!!!!

Friday, April 28, 2017

I'm back.........again

But this time I went somewhere, even though it was a few months ago!
The end of February, beginning of March, Christopher, Hannah and I spent
two weeks in England!
My first trip back in 13 years!  It was really great but as usual the trip was awful!
12 hours squashed in a tin can is not my idea of fun!  Plus a long lay over in Hong Kong,
8 hours of hanging around!

Waiting at the airport

our first plane

Lay over in Taiwan, interesting murial

Hong Kong airport


After 26 hours of traveling we arrived in the UK!
This time I decided to spend a few days in London! Even though I am from the UK I haven't seen
much of London!  After getting to our hotel, showered, had a cup of tea and headed out to explore.
First was The Tower of London.  I remember going there with the school years and years ago but I never saw the Crown Jewels!  We got there at lunch time so decided to have some good old fish and chips.  Nice weather, no rain, slight breeze off the river, so we sat outside to eat!  Big problem pigeons and seagulls.  Just finished eating when a seagull flew over and pooped on my head!  I couldn't believe it, first day back and a bird sh*t on me, welcome home!!!
The Tower was nice and very interesting.  But too many stairs that I couldn't cope with!  But we saw the Crown Jewels.  They were impressive!!!!




on the way to the Tower of London

Fish and chips, below Hannah just had chips!


Entrance to the Tower of London

Traitors Gate

The main part of the Tower


Guarding the Crown Jewels

That was our first day!
I will try to write more!
Since I came back I have been so busy but I hope to keep this blog up!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

David's Cooking

David now does at least 90% of the cooking here. Most evening I am busy or too tired to bother! the past couple of years David has started to do more and more of the meal planning and cooking. The past couple of months he has branched out into baking. He loves trying out new recipes, last month it was apple cake!  But his favorite dessert  is choux cream.  He has made these a few times.  Most of the time the choux pastry puffs up and is really light, with custard, cream and strawberries inside the dessert is really  great! A couple of times they have flopped and became dog food, she will eat almost anything.  Except real dog food!   When I was down stairs earlier I saw David stirring away in the kitchen!  Tonight's dessert is choux cream!!!


These are the ones he made last week!  They don't last at all!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Few Photos

Got David to upload some photos!


From our Halloween party.  Mikey got wrapped in toilet paper to look like a Mummy!


trying to put up the Christmas tree, took two days!

Students helping with the other tree

But decorated Mikey instead!
David doing "first footing" New Years Eve


Christopher's birthday

Hannah ready to go back to school!


Hope you enjoyed these few photos!