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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Home Away from Home

Since we were just here 6 months ago it doesn't really feel like we even left! It's amazing how normal it feels to be back in Yokosuka. Though the area is familiar the time change is always an adjustment. It's ironic, before leaving for Japan it was so hard for us to get to bed before 11pm no matter how badly we wanted to but not it's a battle to stay awake until 8pm. My body is also convinced that 1:30am is when I'm supposed to wake up so I fight to stay in bed until 4am. Gabriel hasn't seem to be too bothered during the evening with all this- goes to bed at 6pm and wakes up between 5 and 6am but he is tired during the day so I know he isn't getting entirely restful sleep yet.

Not only has Chris had to switch time zones but also job shifts- he's working graves the next 5 weeks. To say that things have been a little off may be an understatement but it's worth the cost of being here. You can tell in Gabriel's attitude that he's bothered with not seeing Dad as much- Gabe is napping when Chris gets home and he goes to bed about an hour after Chris wakes up.

While Chris is sleeping during the day I make sure to get out and about to let Gabriel run around and give Chris some quiet time.





Gabriel Quickly makes friends with any child at the park who has a ball. And by make friends I mean he goes and takes the ball away when he gets the chance.

The Japanese kids have so far been pretty sweet about it- they've been great about sharing.

We've already indulged in our favorite eats. The restaurant Nirvana may or may not be one of the main reasons why we keep coming back to Japan...




They serve an incredible curry and naan that is Napoli opposed to Indian. I initially gave Gabriel some cheese naan and was spoon feeding him the curry but he saw how we were dunking our naan so he wanted his own bowl to dunk in too.

We don't have any plans until next weekend which is when we hope to visit the Yunessun Spa Resort, Hakone, Japan. This resort is filled with different themed hot springs! We wanted to go last year but wasn't sure with having a little baby- Gabriel will have fun playing in the water now! 
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19 comments:

  1. Awwww yay! Glad the adjustment is going somewhat well, although I'm sorry you don't get to see your hubby much. :( Love these updates and G is so cute toddling around the playground! So nice that he can burn off some exercise and walk this time!

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  2. So glad you guys made it safe and sound! Gabriel is looking so grown up running around the playground! That food sounds amazing too!

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  3. Looks like you guys are doing pretty good over there! Do you think you'll be there long enough for your son to pick up any Japanese or do the kids over there speak English? That food looks amazing too, I'm so jealous!

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  4. Welcome back to Japan, Lena! Dealing with jet lag can be tough, especially with a toddler... But I'm glad it sounds like Gabriel is adjusting so quickly. And I love these photos! You really do have such a beautiful baby.


    Hakone sounds like fun too! I haven't been in a few years. Looking forward to seeing photos!

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  5. I'm drooling over the Nirvana pictures!!!! The milk ramen from Red Ramen is a close second to butter curry from Nirvana :) Oh how I miss the Japanese food.

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  6. Aww he looks so adorable! I hope you all adjust in no time!


    -Samantha

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  7. That food looks amazing! If we ever make it to Japan I will have to remember to look for that restaurant. Is it a chain, or just a local place??

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  8. Sounds like things are going great! So happy to hear Gabriel has taken to things so quickly...that shot of him eating all of those delicious looking dishes is super cute! All the best to you 3! And that spa sounds amazing!!!!

    .:Marta:.

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  9. He is having so much fun at all the playgrounds! He's a pretty independent kid- he only gets to really play on stuff HE can get on to which actually doesn't give him much limitation. He climbed up to this 6 foot platform and about gave an old Japanese lady a heart attack! :)

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  10. Whitney it is such a blessing and a curse to be downtown now! We used to have to walk about 5 miles (or train and walk a couple miles) to get to all this glorious food which actually allowed us to lose weight without even trying... Now it's closer so we have the opportunity to go more frequently with less walking, YIKES!

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  11. No unfortunately I dont think he'll pick any up... He still doesn't have much of an English vocab yet! ;) The kids know a few English works- more english words then I know Japanese. We might take the opportunity to live here for 3-5 years but that doesn't come up until 2018 so we'll see how we feel about it then. In which case yes they will learn Japanese in school!

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  12. Are you in Tokyo Miwa? We love being back! So nice here.


    Yes, hubs is figuring out the Hakone details right now! :)

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  13. Is Red Ramen the ramen place with the red door right by main gate? I have yet to go to a ramen place in Yokosuka! Just on ramen ally in Sapporo. Are you coming 2015?!

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  14. It's a local place that has a mini chain in the area but all the restaurants have a different name though same menu. There are a lot of curry places in Japan but most are Japanese curry which is a lot different, the popular chain is called Coco Curry which is also rather tasty!

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  15. MARTA! How the heck are you?!!!!!

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  16. I'm usually based in Nagoya, but I'm going to be in Tokyo for a few months, living with my parents. It's a bit warmer than Nagoya plus we have family here so it's all good :)

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  17. Yes, that's the place! You have to go and get the milk ramen! Yes, we got word yesterday that Brandon is being sent to Japan 2015. We are excited but it's definitely not the project he volunteered for a year ago :( Both projects wanted Brandon and the Japan project won their fight for him. Will you be in Japan 2015 too?

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  18. Doing great, Lena! Miss you ladies like nuts! Gonna get back in the bloggin game soon:)
    xo,
    .:Marta:.

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