Monday, October 27, 2014

Family Pictures at Komachi

Here's a few pictures from our Sunday walk through Komachi, it's beautiful this time of year with the fall colors!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Apple Orchard

Avie had her first field trip and man oh man was it eventful. The apple orchard we went to was an hour away from base and not being off the bus for more than 10 minutes and one of the kids fell and split her head open. It was pretty deep so an ambulance was dispatched from the base to come and get her. We thought they might just put us all back on the bus and head back, but we stayed and went ahead with the apple picking.
The picture of the bus that Avie took.
The Japanese couple that own the orchard showed us how to pick apples the right way, and then the kids were allowed to pick two to take home.
Yep, it's getting cold enough for gloves!
Oh yeah, and then a boy vomited on the bus ride home...what a day.

Friday, October 10, 2014


Rayce got a new mattress, and guess who likes it?!


Dan and I treated ourselves to a late anniversary weekend just south of Tokyo in Nagoya. It was awesome, and Dan was able to cross seeing a Formula 1 race off his bucket list.
After a year in Japan we finally rode on the Shinkansen (bullet train), so we got there way earlier than we would of if we had driven.
We ended up walking a good 45 minutes to our hotel and it turned out to be the wrong one, so we walked another 30 minutes to finally get there, but, we got to see some of Nagoya.
After we dropped off our heavy backpacks we went straight to Nagoya Castle.
The lion-headed dolphins that adorn the top of the castle and are plated in 18 carat gold.
The staircase inside the castle.
The next day we set out early to see some more local sites before we took another hour train ride to Suzuka for the F1 qualifying race.
Science Museum
Osu Shrine
We needed lots of walking snacks...
We ended up at Atsuta Shrine but it was busy! Lots of weddings so we really didn't get to see much.
And then, off to the race.
Fast cars! The actual race day was so rainy with the remnants of a typhoon, we looked like drowned rats in ponchos by the time the race was over. Still, great weekend.