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Monday, May 19, 2014


For the last couple weeks the roses in Verny Park have been blossoming and filling the air with such sweet sweet fragrance! Last year when we enjoyed the roses in the park Gabriel was just starting to sit up by himself and sat chewing on Sophie the giraffe. This year he has spent his time running around, smelling the roses, and rolling in the grass with dad. What a difference a year makes! 

Thinking about: Flying HOME! And everything that comes with that. First off, after riding on a busy train with Gabriel bouncing between mine and Chris' lap last weekend we're pretty anxious to see how this whole '30lb lap passenger' is going to work for a 9 hour flight! I am beyond grateful that Chris WILL be flying home with me because just 10minutes on the train with G on my lap caused my varicose leg to go numb, yikes! 
In addition to the flight I'm thinking about getting Gabriel's big boy room together so the nursery will be available for the soon-to-arrive baby no.2! The room that will be his has yet to be painted so we're putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and organizing the closet into a Montessori fashion which means that everything will be at his height so he is able to retrieve and put away all his clothing. Not planning on any themes like I did with the nursery (see our travel theme nursery here), just a room fit for a toddler. 
Garden! As I have mentioned before, there is a lot on the to-do list when it comes to setting up the yard. I'm hoping I haven't missed the planting season to get a few different vegetables and herbs in the ground. Also hoping to get some flowers in pots and baskets as well as some bushes planted to spruce of the place! 
If I still have time and energy after the Garden and Gabe's room the master bedroom will be next! With getting a new bed, we'll need a new bedspread plus once we started painting the trim white we really didn't care for the wall color anymore. What does this all mean? Have to repaint the walls of course! Nesting much? 

Reading: A little bit of everything! Reading a book about natural childbirth, another about teaching children finances, another focused on faith and lastly a young adult literature novel that I don't really care for (yet) but since I bought it on my Kindle I feel like I need to finish it. I'm pretty actively on Goodreads so if you're interested in keeping updated on my reads feel free to check me out and follow!

Listening to: I've tried to get into music- to be passionate and loyal to bands and genres but honestly I really don't have too much of a preference. Nothing impressive here- just listening to different stations on pandora depending on my mood. 

Watching: Catching up on Hulu shows that I haven't been able to watch the last month or so. A month+ ago Hulu blocked all invisible VPNs which is what I use to watch American TV while in Japan. Last week I learned that the VPN service I use added a new location that gets through the Hulu wall. I am not someone who can just sit and watch TV or movies, drives my husband bonkers! So when I'm blogging during nap or bedtime I usually have some sort of show or music playing in the background. Right now in my Queue I have Hart of Dixie, Shark Tank, The Voice, Mindy Project, New Girl, Castle, Once Upon a Time, Nashville, Revenge, and Dancing with the Stars. I'm about 4 weeks behind on most of those shows... 
That's our apartment building in the background. Our bedroom window is that third widow from the bottom of the square single windows going up and down on the side facing me while I take the photo. We're on the 10th floor.

Thankful for: Being able to split my life between two wonderful parts of the world! It really is a unique and wonderful life we live spending part of our time in the absolutely glorious PNW and in the respectable and fascinating country of Japan. Though we are really excited to get back to our Washington home, the idea of leaving is starting to set in as bittersweet because we really do enjoy our life here too. 
Just some of the things we're going to miss...
 .... not knowing everyone's business- the beauty of the language barrier is not being bombarded with everyone else's 'issues' when out and about. 
... the public transportation system! Being able to just sit and read rather than driving. "Having" to walk several miles a day is also going to be missed- it just promotes such a healthy lifestyle! 
... fabulous ethnic food! All ethnic food is better here it seems. 
... coffee vending machines, EVERYWHERE!

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  1. I'm so envious of you being in Japan! It's definitely on my bucket list!
    I'm going to look you up on goodreads. I frequent there.
    Music hasn't been hitting my fancy lately either.
    I'm frequenting Netflix and Hulu as well!
    Good luck with your new baby and train ride! I have a toddler and know the feels!

  2. So cool. We'd love to live somewhere else some day. We just have to wait and see!

  3. Such beautiful photos, Lena! Can't wait to see what you come up with for Gabriel's room!

  4. Those pictures are stunning! Cant wait to see pictures of the progress of the big boy room! And traveling the toddlers?! always so stressful, Lord help us.

  5. I am so glad it is on your bucket list! Many people overlook visiting this country- I know for us it was never EVER on our list of places to visit during our life. We happened upon it through hub's job and now we feel so silly for never being interested in Japan, LOVE IT!

    Thanks for linking back to your blog for me. :)

  6. If you can make it happen I fully support it! Your learn a lot about yourself, who you want to be, and who you don't through the experience. We become less and less materialistic with each visit. We live so minimally over here that when we get home we are so overwhelmed by American consumerism that we usually begin purging our house as soon as we walk in the door! :)

  7. I'm pretty excited to have a reason to paint another room in our house. One room at a time, one room at a time. :)

  8. Haha, AMEN! Fortunately he's a pretty good traveler- He's lived abroad longer than the States even though he is a US citizen. Very well traveled so far but yes, still stressful and not my favorite thing to do. I mean, there are far more other ways I'd like to spend an entire 24 hours beside traveling to an airport, sitting at an airport, flying for 9+ hours, going through customs, then traveling from the airport to our house...

  9. Lena, you're making me wanna move to Japan, sista! What an awesome place it seems. How long have you guys been there? This is my first time to your blog so I'm so glad you linked up with us. I have so loved reading about life abroad and then there is the beautiful pictures of your sweet boy in the rose garden... Love it! Look foward to reading more. // Mary

  10. love the photos and wow your time in Japan has gone by so fast!


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