When we're not occupied with Japanese, we spend a lot of time at the pool. I told Bear that he couldn't go in the deep end until he could swim across the pool without stopping, thinking that wouldn't happen for awhile. But, by golly, he did it! So I had to hold up my end of the deal, even though it makes me a little nervous. He is doing really well, though, and I'm happy that he can really swim now. Even Beaver paddles around the pool in his little floating swimming suit. Pretty much all the other expat families are gone for home leave, so it is pretty much our own private pool right now. I know, it's a tough life I lead. Hanging out at the pool, eating at the club, playing bridge on Friday afternoons. (Just kidding about the bridge.)
Our July 4th celebration in the garage because it was pouring rain outside.
The kids and I took a trip to Oji Zoo last week. I took the wrong train line and we got rather lost for awhile ("I TOLD you we should have switched trains at Sannomiya!" said Bear). Thanks to google maps on my iphone (totally worth the money while I am in Japan!) and some texted advice from Mike, we eventually made it to the zoo and had quite a fun day.
The giant panda was quite a bit smaller than I expected. I had never seen a real-life panda before.
Bear liked the kangaroos.
I like the red pandas. Also something I had never seen live before.
They both like the farm/petting zoo area.
We took a walk around our neighborhood the other night and found a pathway we hadn't explored before. It led us to a nice view of the ocean. Bear is pointing to a rainbow that you can't see.
There's the rainbow! Just a little one.
Kind of makes me wish we had chosen a house with an ocean view. So pretty!