Hong Kong + Macau

For Memorial Day weekend, we decided at the last minute to check HK + Macau off our Asia to-do list. ¬†This hastily planned trip was also Prince Henry the Navigator’s maiden voyage (outside Japan, that is) and a BIG learning experience for all of us ūüôā If we flew by the seat of our pants…

My first Mother’s Day

I almost forgot that I’m part of the club this year! ¬†It’s kind of like suddenly realizing you get to celebrate another birthday, only sweeter. ¬†All I really wanted to do was sleep in, which I did (until 11:30). ¬†The boys and I brunched at the Officer’s Club on base. ¬†I’m starting to love Officer’s…

Grandparents, Square Dancing, + Cherry Blossom Season

Mexican-ish holidays must run in the fam. ¬†Well, kind of. ¬†My birthday is Nov 2/ Day of the Dead. ¬†Trav’s is 4/20. ¬†And Henry’s half birthday was Cinco-de-Mayo! ¬†I can’t believe my sweet babe is already half a year old, eating some big boy food, speaking fluent Tasmanian Devil (a bllghh–da-da-{fart noise}-ga-ma-{fart noise} raaaa!), crawling…

Journey to Parenthood + Our birth story

As an early New Year’s resolution, I’ve made a difficult decision to stop editing myself on my blog! ¬†A) because I don’t have the time anyway, and B) because I’ll never post anything anymore unless I just write and hit publish! ¬†So if my writing seems not as good, I guess it’s a sacrifice to…

Babymoon in Thailand

Travis and I finally made it to Thailand! ¬† We’ve been wanting to go forever and already had one failed attempt last February. ¬†We took a risk going during monsoon season but wanted to get in a good babymoon before I’m too puffed up to travel. ¬†This was a risk that paid off nicely- cheaper…

Made in Japan (and everything before that)

…and I’m back! ¬†We’ve been in the states for 2 months and yes- we are pregnant! ¬†We are thrilled, despite my cavalier facebook announcement that Natalie is knocked up. A little note on that: I’m sorry if I offended any of my wholesome facebook friends! ¬†Travis and I sat on the couch for about 10…

A double dose of luck for 2012

This year for New Year’s Day, I¬†was thankful for¬†a few friends at Yokota to eat peas with me.¬† For those uninitiated with southern cuisine/traditions, each part of the New Year’s Day meal stands for something: black eyed peas: stands for good luck.¬† why peas? Soak them and they swell.¬† Like good luck swells?¬† Something like…

A Blast from the Past

Today, December 7th, 2011, marks 70 years since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. And the bombs are still exploding. It seems like an ordinary bright December day at the Yokota Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan, but much of the base is¬†closed, and instead of going to work, most everyone is taking advantage of this impromptu…

29th birthday weekend

It’s no surprise that the Japanese love Alice in Wonderland,¬†because you never know what rabbit hole you just might fall into when you’re out in Tokyo! ¬†On any given day, there’s so much going on here, and this¬†city does not lack for the wacky, absurd, and unique experiences. We drove into town last weekend to…

Happy Harroween!

I’ve known for awhile that Halloween is a BIG deal in Japan. ¬†It may be an all-American holiday that evolved from the traditions of Irish immigrants (who used to¬†carve scary faces in turnips!), but in Japan it’s a holiday that comes so natural.¬†Everything about Halloween plays rather nicely¬†with the fantasy-loving, costume-wearing, and non-cynical side of…