Monday, June 13, 2011

New blog

What better time than to start up a new blog, right? I've once again filled up my space for pictures. Let me know if you know what I'm doing wrong.

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Ta ta for now.

Hodge podge

Love holding our sweet little Marla, Loyd and Angela's baby.

Nate smiling

The toys are packed away. But no worries, the boys always are good at improvising.

Hanging out with some great people we met while living here.

Our awesome movers. This is installation number 1. These guys came in and packed up the house.

The final movers are here loading the containment with our stuff. I thought it would be an hour or so. I was wrong. They wrap up every piece they put in the container. They've been here for almost 5 hours and I'm guessing they still have another hour or so. Nicest guys. The house is looking pretty empty. We're paying bills and tying up loose ends. The carpet cleaners should be here tomorrow. Toki is at scout camp today and tomorrow.

The pictures in this post are not organized. Too tired to care. We were able to hang out with several friends before the big move. Love this park.

Hanging out with the Mitchells.

Installation number 2. Different packers who loaded up the container.

Where our stuff will be for a month or two. I hope it makes it to Tokyo!

Our movers were so awesome. Really.

Ice blocking at the park.

I'm really glad for this friend. She was often getting me out of the house. We ran and biked together. Our kids got along well so play dates at the park or church parking lot were always nice. I hope I find another friend like Jen and maybe even step it up and be one. I'm grateful for a good friend.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Some updates/thoughts

So we sold our washer, dryer, and lawn mower today. We sold the car yesterday and the van a couple of weeks ago. Loyd came and picked up the green couches and some furniture we didn't want. If you thought we were minimalists before, you should see us now.

Without a car this morning, Vy rode his bike to school (accompanied by Chris). Toki opted to hitch a ride with his friend. By the afternoon we had picked up our car rental to hold us over for the week. I'll probably be heading to the Laundromat or a friend's house to do laundry.

We've been busy. We've both been cramming in as many private Japanese lessons as we can. Chris has been working on the house non-stop. He's also been working out the logistics of the move. I've been selling our stuff, getting the house clean for the showings, buying stuff we need, and other odds and ends. We also did a road trip to Mesa last weekend....only took 24 hours round trip to go to a wedding. Yikes.

We've been busy but there has been a lot of downtime as well. And although there has been tons to do, things are moving along smoothly. We're down to less than a week...movers are coming to pack up the house on Friday, on Monday they'll put everything in a cargo to ship, carpet cleaners on Tuesday, board a plane on Wednesday.

I don't know what to think. I'm mostly excited. I'm trunky and ready to go. And then there's this worry that I'm going to let the radiation problem taint my experience. It certainly is there and it's not going to go away. It's in the water, in the air, on surfaces everywhere...I'm praying to be protected during our stay in Tokyo.

Why are we doing this now, after all that has happened? We've had this dream to live in Japan for soooo long now. A path was made and we followed it. Now we're just going to live our lives to the fullest. Life's short and I'm not one to get up day in and day out doing the same old, same old.

We're doing this by faith and praying and hoping for the best outcome.