Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

We missed trick-or-treating as a family of five this year.

But Scooby Doo kept us plenty busy.

He was a complete joy to take out. There was no whining. There was just too much for him to see. I was a little worried he would try to dig into people's candy bowls, but he took his one piece and moved along to the next house.

He even had a good time passing out the candy.

Regular weekend post coming soon.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Most Saturday mornings we try to get out of the house and go do something fun. This Saturday we were out of bread. And fruit. And several other things, so we had to run errands instead. Our trip on base started with a stop by the Fall Festival that my work participated in.

Candy corn bowling - the pins were candy corn. He was mainly interested in stealing the balls.
Tape the Face On the Pumpkin

I'd say he did a pretty good job.

I had to swap that lollipop for a Twizzler when he tried to stick the whole thing, stick and all, in his mouth.

I'm trying to teach Brendan his colors. I usually use bath time to practice, and we use the multi-colored foam letters. Saturday night he wasn't interested. He threw a couple of letters at me. Want to know which letters he threw?
I'm hoping that was sheer coincidence.

Sunday I packed us a lunch and we went on a picnic. Our destination - Kurashiki Dam. We brought along some toys, and had no plans other than to just spend the day together.

Tom is trying to teach him to kick the soccer ball.

He doesn't totally have it down yet.

These ball toss toy things were a real hit.

Tom:  What's he doing?
Me:  Smearing cookie into your shirt.

We let Daddy take a nap, and we went to check out the water.

Happy Monday!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Indoor Play Land

Nothing much to report from this weekend. It rained all day Saturday. Our neighbors took us to a farmer's market in Naha (indoors) and we had lunch at a sushi-go-round, where I actually ate my first real piece of sushi.

Sunday we found a new playland.

They clean the plastic balls! It's a good thing they do because I think Brendan licked every one of them.

Enjoy your week!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Holiday Weekend

First off, a couple random thoughts from the week. I rarely (and I really emphasize rarely) even pick up my camera during the week. I've gotten into this routine of taking pictures of our weekend activities and blogging them Sunday or Monday night. I don't know what came over me, but I actually did pick it up a few times this week.

I bought this Mr. Potato Head for a birthday gift last summer. For some reason, we didn't make it to the party, and Mr. Potato Head became Brendan's by default. It was still in the box until this week.
He loves it, and for some reason we were sort of surprised when he knew where most of the pieces were supposed to go.

I think I've mentioned before that I can't get this kid to eat vegetables. Fruit? Yes. He'll eat his weight in grapes. But veggies? He throws them - either at me or on the floor. But he'll eat them at daycare. Go figure. A friend of mine at work told me to let him serve himself (like they do at daycare) and she would bet that he'd eat what he puts on his plate. I tried it. We put a carrot on his plate the other night and I looked over at him and it was gone. I looked on the floor and in his lap but I didn't see it. I gave him another one, and that time I saw him eat it. The next night he ate them again.
Seven of them, in fact. Along with several spoonfuls of peanut butter. That's right. He loves peanut butter but he doesn't want it on a sandwich. He'll just have a big glob of it.

They were playing and someone let a big toot. I'll let you decide which one of them did it.

This weekend started off with a birthday. Tom's birthday.
It was a pretty uneventful day.

The three of us hung out together, and then Tom and I had a date night.

Sunday we headed out with the intention of going back to Mona Kids. We decided to stop instead at A&W because they have a huge playground outside.

In case nobody believes that I play with him, too, here you go. We love to play chase.

When he ditched the playground and tried to join a Japanese family for lunch at their picnic table, we decided it was time to go inside to eat. We had never eaten at an A&W, and while we don't intend to make it a habit, it was great. They give you big glass mugs of root beer and they walk around with pitchers and refill them for you.

This morning we got up and headed to the aquarium. We haven't had much luck with the weather when we've gone before. The first time it was freezing cold and the second time it was scorching hot. Today it was a little better and we got to play outside for a little bit.

We had seen these bouncy nets before but we didn't realize they spread out so far.

Once again, he drew a crowd.

Best looking man there.

When it was time to go, it was pouring down rain. Brendan scored a sheet of marine animal stickers to help pass the time while we waited for it to let up.

The cinnamon churro helped pass some time, too.

Hope everyone has a short week this week!