And then there were 4...

And then there were 4...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7 Months Old

This boy is over half way to one...and growing fast.  He is on the verge of being crawling and entering a whole new world of mobility.  Mommy and daddy have purchased a new gate and are in the process of getting it installed.  Parker is eating lots of solids and is not a huge fan of the greens...but LOVES those sweet potatoes!  He is still eating every 3-4 hours, and mommy is supplementing with formula for 2-3 of his feedings.  In between feedings he enjoys snacking on puffs, bananas, and sucks on just about any raw veggie that his big brother siphons off his plate and gives to him!  He can pick up just about any snack with his excellent pincer grasp, he is also standing quite a bit with a little help from mom and dad. 





Parker has decided he no longer likes to sleep through the night and is now waking up around 1 and then again at 6.  Typically he eats a little and falls right back to sleep, but sometimes he just wants to get in bed with mommy and daddy and will just fall right back to sleep.  Mommy is quickly growing tired of this routine...and hopefully will get him back on track before he reaches 8 months.  Naps are pretty standard at 2 a day...with the first being around 10 and the second around 2.  However; being the adapting little boy that he is...he often falls asleep in the car seat and only gets quick cat naps.  If this is the case for either (and sometimes both) of his naps, he will take a nap around 6 and that will carry him through until bedtime.  Bedtime routine consists of bath, bottle, books, and bed.  The routine takes place in conjunction with big brothers around 8 o'clock.  As long as mommy or daddy lays near the pack'n'play, Parker will usually fall asleep on his own.

We continue to enjoy each and every day with Parker.  He brings so much joy and laughter into our home, and seeing our two sweet boys interact and love each other is more than my heart can handle sometimes!  We look forward with great anticipation as we watch Parkers sweet personality continue to evolve!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Change of Pace

Since being on Okinawa it seems that each time we go swimming we do it in the ocean...either by our house, or at one of the many beaches near our house.  Well, since we went to YYY resort Dominik has been begging to go swimming in a pool.  The beach is fun, but to a 4 year old doing belly flops off the side of the pool is about as good as it gets. 

Some friends of ours went to a local resort last weekend and told us about their awesome pool, so we decided to meet up with some friends (the Fry's and the Hancock's) and try it out!  Overall the resort was awesome!  The pool was undercover and overlooked the beautiful beach.  There was a nice breeze coming through, and the pool was a perfect temperature.  There were fun floaties for the kids to play with, and the dad's had a blast swimming with the kids while the moms got to lounge on the sides and visit. 








Once we had thoroughly swam in the pool we decided to venture down to the beach.  There was a fun floating dock the kids jumped off, and the Hancock's brought a ton of fun beach toys that included some fun water squirting toys.  Jessica thinks of everything!! 





The day was long and tiring, but we had a blast.  The weather could not have cooperated better!  We are so lucky to have such great friends to share such great days with!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pre-K

So Pre-K is really a thing.  When I was a kid, one would start school in kindergarten...and sometimes kids would go to preschool the year before they started kindergarten.  Now-a-days kids go to preschool when they are 3 and then Pre-K when they are 4.  If your kid is not reading by the time they start kindergarten then they are way behind.


Well Dominik is no exception.  Not that we expect him to be doing Algebra by next year, but we wanted to put him in Pre-K for the social aspect.  Being at home with mom and baby brother certainly has its limitations.  So for Pre-K this year Dominik is attending St. Josephs Catholic Preschool.  The school is Japanese Immersion and speaks absolutely no English.  Dominik is such an adaptive kid and we hope that he loves it.  The teachers and headmistress are all sweet little old Japanese Nuns that seem to love kids.  I'm so excited to see how Dominik flourishes this year as a big Pre-K kid!!!



Monday, September 1, 2014

Laboring at YYY

In celebration of Labor Day this year we decided to join up with the Martino family and head to a nearby island called IE (pronounced EA) Island.  To start off the trip we drove down to Kadena AF Base and rode a bus back up to Nago...a bit redundant for us since we live closer to Nago than to Kadena, but our trip was part of an ITT tour, and started from Kadena.  Once we arrived at Motobu Port near Nago we boarded a ferry and headed out.  The weather was a bit rainy and overcast, but I was optimistic that the rest of the trip would be just perfect. 


As soon as we arrived at YYY resort and Dominik saw the pool he knew exactly what he wanted to do :)  the hot weather and humidity convinced the rest of us, so the pool was what we did.  Lucky for us the overcast weather provided some protection from the sun, and the cooler weather made this overheated swimming pool a bit more refreshing.  Dinner was served promptly at 6pm and was of the "choose your own adventure" style.  Upon your arrival each member of the party chose between a Western, BBQ, and a Japanese dinner.  The full menu wasn't explained and so your choice was a shot in the dark.  Brittany and I chose western, and TJ and Nick chose BBQ.  The BBQ ended up being a Yaki-Niku style and Western was a Japanese take on what we Westerners eat; the food was interesting to say the least.  Overall the food was good...not great...but good. 





The days activities tired even the youngest of us out (Dominik was by far the most energetic party member) and we all pretty much hit the sack as soon as we got home from dinner.  However, the party didn't apparently end then...because Brittany woke up to a bunch of bed bug bites all over her arm...I guess someone forgot to tell her not to let the bed bugs bite :(

The next day was spend touring IE island in all its tropical glory.  The island is actually pretty rich in history, as it was a site in the Battle of Okinawa during WWII.  We explored a cave where the locals hid during the American raid in order to find safety.  The cave is only accessible during low tide, and was quite interesting.  Inside the cave is a fertility rock that is proven to impregnate even the most infertile of women.  I am a bit skeptical, but I was promised 100% guarantee or my money back...I assured our tour guide that I was good for a while in that area. The tour ended at the top of a look out point that we had to climb 330 stairs to get to.  The hike was sweaty and tiring, but the view at the top was so beautiful!!  The lyrics to the Imagine Dragon song kept running through my head: "I'm on top of the world, looking down on creation."  There was a 360 degree view of the island from up there; just incredible!!






 
 



Once the tour was complete we spend the rest of the day playing at the beach, swimming, and enjoying the resort amenities (like ground golf).  Being in the company of two babies makes it hard to stay in the sun for too long, but Brittany and I were happy to go back to the cabin for nap times (mostly to enjoy the air conditioning if I'm being totally honest). 











The trip rounded out with a short swim in the pool, a quick bite to eat and then back on the ferry headed for home.  We are so lucky to have so much beauty all around us here in Okinawa.  We had so much fun exploring this little island and look forward to continuing to explore.



 

Birthday: James Bond Style

I have really lucked out in years past that both the Navy Dental Corps and I share a Birthday.  Each year that we have been in the Military we have been able to get fancied up and go out on the town for my birthday, compliments of the military.  This year was no exception.  The ball fell the day before my birthday on the 23rd and was a James Bond theme.  TJ and I left the kids with Maryanne and Maddie and headed down to the Butler Officer Club on camp Foster.


The Birthday Ball was so much fun this year...granted there was no gambling like there was last year, but we enjoyed the company we were in...and the food was delish!  In addition to great company and food, TJ designed all of the programs and even the cake!!  Seeing his awesome design all over the place was really fun!  He really is a jack of all trades!! 







Attending functions like these make me really appreciate our lifestyle in the military...functions like these ones just won't happen in the civilian world!!  Similarly, no one here has family...so all of our friends here are as good as family...just the way I like spending my birthday!!!