Monday, September 15, 2008

We Love Japan

We made it to Japan. Before we got to Japan we had a lot of fun in the states. James and I went to Yeosemite National Park. Can we say "Overpowering". It is just awesome there. James and I had a great time. Aaron and Gabriella could not come cause Gaby was ill. Next time. James and I hung out with my sisters, Jen and her family, Alicia and Ashliegh. They were great tour guides.

Right before we left for Japan we went to Aaron's brothers wedding it was just beautiful. I love temple weddings. They are just so sweet. I got to put the finishing touches on the wedding cake it was yummy. It was a italian wedding cake with lemon and raspberry filling and a cream cheese whip cream frosting. Aaron's Aunt Lu decorated it with flowers and ribbon. Which made it look great. 

I got to fly alone with the kids to Japan and they were awesome. Our seat neighbors were really helpful. It was the easiest flight I have ever experienced in my life. The Lord really blessed us.

We love Japan and may never return to the states again. The people are so kind and friendly. I am sure there people here who are not kind, but I do not have to worry about them. I will never meet them because they will never try to help this foreigner. It would be to much trouble for them. 

Yesterday James, Gabriella, and I went to the store. It was amazing! I now have my new produce store. It is called AVE (AVEE). Gaby became upset and began to cry at the end of our short shopping trip. A kind lady gave her a handheld pinball game. It quieted Gaby down. I wish there was some way to repay her for her kindness so I pray that the Lord will bless her.

James is doing well and has a new best friend Gavin. They actually play trains together without fighting. That's a miracle. Today James and I played Scooby Doo. James had me put a blanket over my head and made me be the ghost while he was Scooby Doo. He took off the blanket after I chased him around the apartment and he said in a surprised voice like all the characters on Scooby Doo,  "Mommy!?" It was adorable. I had to give him a big fat kiss.

Gaby is Gaby she reminds me of my sister Camarie. Where she knows who she is and what she is doing and nobody better try to tell her otherwise. Gabriella is still not liking people touching her curly hair, but no one can resist it. I can't resist it too, so I just make Gaby deal with strangers touching her hair. They all say she is so beautiful or lucky!  She is learning to deal with it. 

Every time we see a non foreigner (Japanese) I am the foreigner (Gygen) here. I have the kinds say Ohio Gosymus (Good Morning), Konichiwa (Good Afternoon), and Domo Origato Gosymis (Thankyou). I know I am writing this wrong and pronouncing thank you and honor (gosymus) wrong. My friend laughed at me cause I said Gosymus wrong.  I will need to improve. 
I feel we should use as much Japanese as possible. I hope we will learn more. I will need to have a friend who knows Japanese take me shopping and tell me what is what.

Aaron is enjoying his job and the autonomy it offers. He gets to travel all over the Pacific. I may go to Australia with him when he goes. 

I am teaching early morning seminary and it is going well. I love my students. They all have such strong spirits. I am learning a lot from them. They read their scriptures everyday. They are mastering their scriptures. I love them. 

We got a new computer a MAC. So when I figure out how to post pictures I will.


Monday, April 14, 2008

The week of April 6th, 2008

Well this week we found out that my brother-in-law Mickey will be getting married in July. Congrats Mickey and Sara!. We will have to fly out of Las Vegas instead of San Diego.

James this week has been practicing coloring in the lines in his coloring book. This is a slow progress he still colors outside of the lines, but he is now just using one color of the picture and keeping the color in the same general area!!! This is a big accomplishment for a 3 almost 4 year old. He is also practicing reading his letters. This week he looked at the liscence plate of our car and noticed the letter and said some of them!!! What a genius! He is counting objects now too. So hopefully we will be ready for kindergarten next year! He said the cutest thing at the zoo last week. We were at the orangutans and there were 2 bars for climbing. James climbed half way up straddling himself between the 2 bars and he, "Look mommy! I am a orangutang!!" It was so cute I started to laugh and the man passing by did too.

Gabriella, she is babbling a store and when she wants something she points and says, "dat!" When she wants to be picked up she holds arms up and bends back her hands ever so slightly and says, "Uh, Uh, Uh!" She loves to cuddle. She loves to play with James toys and James is learning to share. I was afraid that Gabby was losing her curl yesterday but it turned out the humidity was only 14. That is really low her in Southern Cal. When we go to the zoo or the store Gabby insists on get out of the stoller or shopping cart and pushing it to practice her walking. When I want to get out of the store quickly I can't because she screams bloody murder until I let her out and let her walk!!! She is adorable though.

This Friday my sister-in-law Amy and her family will be coming to visit with us!!! We are terribly excited. We will be celebrating James' birthday while they are here. Since James will have to have his train cake for his birthday I must make it early, because the pan will be packed and on its way to Japan when his birthday arrives.

Aaron is the same busy with work, but always manages to make lots of time for his family.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Our Family Motto We Move

With my husband's occupation we tend to move every now and then. I guess you could say our family motto is, "We Move". Eventually I may come up with something that will become more awe inspiring, but for now it is "We Move".

Our next move will take us to Japan! We are terribly excited. We only hear great things about Japan from friends who have lived there previously. Some say how can you leave your friends and family, you will know no one there?

First I think well my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) is global, it becomes my extended family. Even as a child when my family lived in Turkey my church was there and the members there became my families extend family. Second I thought of my mother's saying, "There are good people everywhere, the secret is find the good and praise it." Third, I think we need challenges in our lives if we try to make it safe and never changing we do not grow. I am not saying that I am not a little apprehensive, but I know all things work out for our good.

Japan here we come!!!