TuTiTu Assembly

When we brought home a shelf for our pantry CJ dubbed it our "tutitu" assembly after his favorite YouTube show. I guess he made a connection with all the parts coming together to make something.

Here are a couple of his favorites.

Pruning With Scissors

For the last few days the Japanese have been pruning the trees on base. A group of five have been moving from one to another "clipping" them down to the branches.

No electrical pruners involved, just good old fashioned scissor.

In a few months beautiful buds will appear!

Bye Bye Navy Lodge

We bid farewell to Atsugi's Navy lodge exactly a month after checking in. Two adults and two children in a one bedroom hotel room made life a little interesting, especially at nap and bed times, but I must say it was a good experience. I enjoyed the housecleaning every morning and DaddyO enjoyed the free Starbuck's coffee in the main lobby. The kids seemed to enjoy it all...

Family time on the "couch".

Coffee creamer shots in the lobby each morning.

Cooking with two burners and a microwave.

Watching for DaddyO to come home.

 Getting letters in the mail from friends

Adding the letters to build an art door.

And just hanging out.

We are glad our time there has come to an end but it was an adventure while it lasted.

Moving In

Our original move in date was supposed to be Valentines Day when we planned to live on "stick" furniture for a couple weeks before our household goods arrived. Fortunately DaddyO received an e-mail a week before our move-in that our household goods had arrived early so we moved up the date a couple days and had all our stuff delivered at once!

We normally just have the movers unload and mark off the boxes and then we do all the unpacking and assembly, but this time we took advantage of them offering to do all of that for us.

Everything went back into one piece.

 And found a place.

DaddyO spent the day overseeing the unpacking craziness. Five guys showed up so it was quite the whirlwind. The kids and I brought lunch (noodles of course) and tried to stay out of the way as much as possible.

They were very excited about all the boxes.

And were quick to find their toys.

In the end our lobby was filled with boxes and packing paper which thankfully left with the movers.

Now the organization and putting away begins!

1,2,3 Snowstorms!

As we were preparing for our move to Japan over Christmas and reading book after book about snow, EJ would ask if she would see any snow this winter. I'd respond that she might see some in PA but probably wouldn't see any Japan until we made a trip up to Nagano. Boy was I wrong!

When the first snowstorm hit three weeks ago we were pretty excited.

The kids ran around with their tongues stuck out trying to catch the flakes.


Enough fell for there to be a dusting for the kids to play in the next morning.

A week later there were forecasts for a bigger one. This hit on a Saturday morning and we were lodge bound all day.

A fitting day to watch the Sochi Olympics.

DaddyO tried to get DaddyO out to build a snowman but we had to wait till the next day when the snow was stickier.

Then they built a big Atsugi Snowman!

The second storm dumped at least 10 inches on us, an unheard of amount for this part of Japan, but the weather wasn't finished. Five days later another storm hit on Valentines Day and this would be the biggest of all.

Fortunately we had just moved in to our house two days before so we were planning on being home-bound for the weekend unpacking anyway. The howling of the wind and the pounding of the sleet made our first night sleeping in our place interesting. The porches were covered with snow and it was white as far as we could see from our balconies.

I didn't venture out till two days later and what I saw was unbelievable. Plows had barely been through our base.

And while the snow was melting from the warmer weather there was still a foot and a half on the ground. It just meant there might be a lake underneath when you stepped.

People took shoveling into their own hands, that is if they were lucky enough to have/find a shovel.

Japanese firemen shoveling out their engines and police using their riot shields to clear the snow.

The roads are tight and narrow to begin with here, and sidewalks are so important for the bikes and pedestrians that there really wasn't anywhere for the snow to go even if they did have plows.

Driving off base was slow and we just waited for the sun to melt it.

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