Kira’s First Big Day Out

Right, so.  Today we planned to get out to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, I figured since I’m off for a few days why not, but I didn’t want to be up there all day.  Jo says to me so let’s leave the house at 9a.m. then we get up there and get back and it will still be pretty early in the day.  We didn’t make it up there at 9a.m.   nor did we make it up there at 10 a.m.  We couldn’t even make it up there by 11 a.m. for the first dolphin show.  You’d think possibly 12, maybe grab some lunch then look at some fish….but alas ’twas not to be.  Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking that we made it up there by 1 p.m., or 1300, and I laugh at you.  Try 1:45.  Come on, really? 1:45?  That is when I wanted to be home, or there abouts.  So, we start in.

The Entrance

The Entrance

After you get in the first thing you come up to is the ummmm, touch pool, handling pool, it’s the thing where you can touch some of the star fish and things.  DSC_0088 After that they have these tanks that wind around as you head down to the BIGGEST tank, with lots of fish and sharks and sea turtles.DSC_0100

Chillin'

Chillin'

Shark!!!

Shark!!!

Since we were there so late in the afternoon we got some really cool sunlight that was trickling down through the tank, I hope I was able to capture the coolness.  There is also a lionfish that hangs out in this area of the tank and I got some cool pics of him also.

Pretty cool sunlight coming into the water

Pretty cool sunlight coming into the water

The Lionfish

The Lionfish

More sunlight

More sunlight

We realized that the Dolphin show started so we had to zoom through the rest of the Aquarium to make it in time to see the dolphins jump out of the water.

Flying Dolphin

Flying Dolphin

Big flying dolphin

Big flying dolphin

After the show and much sweating we headed back into the Aquarium to grab a quick bite to eat and finish looking at the fish.  The boys, however, had lost interest in looking at the fish and wanted more to run around pretending to be sharks.

Shark

Shark

They wanted to stop by this typical Japanese tourist picture thing on the way in but Jo told them we’d stop on our way out.  It is a little goofy but when in Rome….

Silly Picture thing

Silly Picture thing

They put this Gigantic rope thing in about a year and a half ago so now we have to stop and let the boys run around and climb on the Gigantic rope thing.

Gigantic rope thing

Gigantic rope thing

Gigantic rope thing again

Gigantic rope thing again

Gigantic rope thing one more time

Gigantic rope thing one more time

That was about our day.  Oh wait, we stopped by the British Wine and Tea Shop on our way home to have some tea and strumpets, they were delicious.  Just like we had in England, for those of you that come over and went to have cream tea with us.  Fantastic.  On our way home Jo stopped and fed Kira, who strangely enough slept through her whole first big day out, and, looking in the distance I saw….

Sunsetting

Sunsetting

All in all it was a pretty good day.  I felt like I had a successful day with the ol’ camera, and by the time we got home Jake had fallen asleep and I carried him right up to bed.  Quinn was still awake, he got a nap, but he went down pretty easy and with very little hastle.  Kira, of course, didn’t really do much of anything, she can’t even hold her head up yet.  Soon she will and then the flipping and then the crawling….and then the driving.  Oh boy.

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The Rocket

Living in Okinawa we, sometimes, have a little delay in our mail.  Today, Jake got to open his final birthday present, the “Stomp Rocket Ultra” with 4 foam tipped rockets, soars up to 200ft.  Air powered rockets, No battery, No fuel required, Ready to fly in seconds, Adult Supervision Recommended, (hmmmmmmm)Ages 8 and up(that should be ok, after all the rockets are foam tipped so how bad could it get, right?).

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Whoa, that was sweet.  Not quite 200ft. but still…nice.  Hey Jake, try it from the chair. (ages 8 and up my arse.)

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Very cool, still not quite 200 feet but not bad for a kid who weighs 37 pounds.  What I don’t have pictures of is Jake and I came into the house after this, Quinn was awake and he and Jake were shooting rockets all over the house.  Jake shot one that went into the kitchen and I thought, “I gotta try this” Jake runs to get the one he just shot I get one of the remaining 3, put it on the air pipe and mash the air pedal.  Jake now 4 is much faster than I anticipated and I end up shooting him, I am not kidding you, right between the eyes.  Did I say Adult supervision recommended, for who?  Jake of course is more of a man than I am, no tears, and then, as I am groveling, he says…it’s ok dad, it was an accident. I can only hope that we can continue over the years to learn this kind of grace from each other.  Thanks buddy for your wonderful heart.

Aver-gi What??

So….  A rare day off and I decided to take the boys to Burger King, get some lunch, come home and watch the Incredibles.  Welcome to Burger King, may I take your order….  Jake ends up with the space shuttle from Star Trek, very cool, and it talks.

Star Trek Shuttle

“Approaching Drop Zone”, really clearly, “Approaching Drop Zone”.  Clear, I’m not kidding, not like trying to talk to someone underwater the length of the pool.  So of course I say approaching drop zone, and this is how the rest of the conversation with Jake goes:

Jake:  It doesn’t say that Dad.

Brent:  Ummmm, yes it does(presses play again)

Shuttle:  Approaching Drop Zone.

Jake:  No it doesn’t

Brent:  Yes, I’m pretty sure it does(presses play again)

Shuttle:  Approaching Drop Zone.

Jake:  No it doesn’t Dad.

Brent:  Yes Jake, it clearly says approaching drop zone(pressing play again) see, how is it you can’t hear that it is saying approaching drop zone.(presses play again)

Shuttle:  Approaching Drop Zone.

Jake:  Dad, it doesn’t say that.

Brent:  Ok, Jake.  What is the shuttle saying?(pressing play again, and starting to doubt myself)

Shuttle:  Approaching Drop Zone.

Jake:  Aver-gi Kramzee-are.

Brent:  What?

Jake:  Aver-gi Kramzee-are.

Brent:  What??

Jake:  Aver-gi Kramzee-are.

Brent:  Jake, I can’t tell what you are saying(realizing he isn’t speaking english, perhaps Japanese)

Jake:  Aver-gi Kramzee-are.

At this point I reaize I don’t know enough Japanese to tell if he is saying something.  I continue to ask him what the shuttle is saying and everytime it’s Aver-gi Kramzee-are.  After 2 days I realize what he is saying, with Joelle’s help, and another 2 days to actually remember the thing on my own.  Sometime during that 4 days I lost track of the shuttle(just in case he needed a reminder of what it said) and I tore apart the house looking for it.  Quinn had it.  Oh boy, this one is gonna stay with us for a long time.

My New Blog

So….

Brent has been talking for a couple months now about starting a blog.  But he wasn’t sure what it should be about.  We had a long chat (well, as long as chats are with Brent) yesterday about what it could BE.  I reminded him that he had started a scrapbook for he and Jake 4 years ago.  His idea for that was to document time with his son on a monthly basis with photographs and stories.  I think he did 3 months.  But I suggested this might be another format for the same idea…  a place to share his personal experiences as well as the antics of living with a teenager, 2 preschool boys, a baby girl, a dumb dog and a wife who will SOMEDAY be forty.  So, we’ve set his blog up today and we’ll see how it goes…  Encourage him, eh?   — Joelle, The Wife