Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In Japan

Perhaps it is time to update a bit?

Yes, we made it to Japan, albeit without a headache. But, like childbirth, you forget all the bad and move on.

We found a house surprisingly quick. It took us 3 months in Germany. Here, just about a week, thanks to our friend from Germany! Moved in to said house. All pictures not hung up (damn cement walls). Boys started school....they love it. Mark got a fabulous job. I am teaching.

We have been to so many beaches and love that, especially now in November! Last weekend we were at one all by ourselves. Gorgeous turquoise, fairly warm water. See below:

We had so many firsts in the few months we have been here as well. In the first week we were here we had our first typhoon. Soooo happy that we were in a friend's house and not a hotel. We were in lockdown for over 2 days. No leaving the house. Imagine doing that in a hotel room. Yikes! Thanks to J&J we had all amenities, games and space to get away from each other if need be. (And we needed be!) We also had our first earthquake just a week or so ago. I was teaching and felt a bit shaky. It started by feeling like someone was sitting next to you on the couch and shaking their leg. Then, it got bigger. I watched some glass wobble on a shelf in my room. Nothing fell, but it was something! By the time I figured out what was going on, it was over. 6.8 magnitude just a hundred miles off our western coast. Check that off the list.

Despite all these things going on, and life rolling along, the honeymoon period is over and I really miss Europe. We are not traveling for Thanksgiving. It seems as though most people don't. It is so unlike the mass exodus from Germany. We really didn't do enough research to find out where to go. Not to mention, the few times I did look, flight durations were so long, we would have spent most of the time flying! It's not just the traveling that is bringing me down. There's a whole post for that! But, my folks are coming for Christmas, which will be great. The rest of the year should fly by and we will be back home for the summer soon enough. I am not wishing time away, but I am excited to get back. It took us such a long time to find close friends in Germany. It is hard coming here and trying to find our niche. It's lonely. We'll see where this path takes us. Right now, we are just so fortunate to be blessed with family, friends, health and great jobs.

So, to all...a very happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you to be in our lives.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Adventure

Disappointingly, our time in Europe is coming to an end. We were so sure we were going to head back to the States. Not so. I put my name in for a transfer just to see what would happen. I knew I would get a job, it was just a question of where. We wanted to stay in Europe. I knew I should just play the lottery; I'd have a better chance of winning big than getting our top choices. We wouldn't consider mainland Japan, Korea or any job that was teaching middle school or high school. (Too much time to devote after teaching littles for so long.) As it turns out, we were offered one of the last choices on our list, but one that we would consider. I thought to myself, if Mark gets a job...then we go. Two phone calls later on Mark's part, job offer. So, we are heading to.....

Okinawa, Japan

A small island south west of mainland Japan. Tropical year round. Beaches. Great place for families. Every one we have spoken with loved it, so we figured...why not have a go at it.

There are so many pluses. We get to go home every summer on someone elses dime. Boys are at a great age to see the sights before we hit middle and high school schedules. Love the idea of a small community. Great school. If we don't like it, we can always walk away after a year, but at least we said we tried it.

Fingers crossed. There are lots of hoops to jump through. Any snags, we always have the States. But for now, we are plugging ahead.

Konnichiwa Japan, Sayonara Deutschland!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sun to Snow

In December, we were here....
(and we thought it was crazy before the riots!)

January, were went here....

The possibility of leaving Europe is looming ahead. We have some big decisions to make as a family. I am such a waffler- I hate decision making!