We are finally starting our lives in Japan. Honestly- the last 6-8 weeks have been so fast and so busy- I'm not sure what to do with myself. I need to blog about our adventures between Ohio and Japan- but those will have to wait.
I feel like Kent has been on vacation since the beginning of June! which has been WONDERFUL! but- when life gets back to normal next week with a real work schedule- it will take some adjusting. Right now he has to go in to work- but usually only the mornings or for a training of some sort. He starts seeing patients again in a week.
We arrived on base about 9 days ago! the flight was actually almost perfect. Our kids were SO SO great. honestly- it could not have gone better (unless we'd flown first class!). And actually- seats on the rotator (military flight) are all business class- so we had plenty of room! and the flight was only 9 hrs and 24 minutes! I was planning for much longer. plus- we landed ON the base so we didn't have to wait in any crazy lines or deal with crazy customs.
Adjusting to the time change (14 hours!!!) was BRUTAL. luckily- it only last 4-5 days. But those days were pretty miserable. We felt like the walking dead.
the kids were up by 2:30 and wanting to play or watch movies. I'm pretty sure it was our stomachs that woke us up. I was starving constantly. all day long I felt like lead. my head hurt. it was rotten.
this morning- nobody got up earlier than 6:15! and we all stayed awake last night until 8 or later! that is pretty amazing.
Our very first night here we went to dinner with Kent's sponsor. Every military member gets another military member already here to help 'adjust', pick us up from the terminal, get situated, etc. Our sponsor is an internal medicine doc. He and his wife have been wonderful.
We went to an authentic Japanese Dinner where we sat on the floor with no shoes! Metta loved it. She even ate with chopsticks.
the boys were both out cold the entire time! they don't remember any of it.
the male/female signs here crack me up.
since I wake up so early- I've been trying to get out and run in the mornings! it is still WAY too hot and humid at 5- but running helps me feel normal and less stressed. Plus- running in a new place is exciting. I get to run along/across the flight line and that's pretty cool. I really need some workout buddies!! I miss my YMCA so much.
We spent a lot of time riding the (sporadic) base shuttle around to try and sort out our lives. We didn't get driver's licenses or our car until we'd been here a week- so it was really tough that first week. and I was pretty exhausted and grumpy. The humidity here is outrageous. Luckily- ohio helped us acclimate a little bit. But hauling around three super tired kids in the insane heat on foot is not for the weary! I think now that we've gotten past that first week- it can only get better and easier!!
We are all moved in to our place- I'll post pics soon- and we are sleeping much better. We have loaner furniture that isn't too shabby. we also ended up getting loaner linens (no blankets or pillow, though because they are out!), loaner silverware and dishes, and lightbulbs to light our house. I only mention all of those things because we had to track them down separately in different buildings from different departments. the lightbulbs had their own building. It's insane. The government invented the wild goose chase.
A super nice thing about the base is the plethora of playgrounds. they are on EVERY corner and in EVERY nook and cranny. it's pretty amazing. and if it weren't so hot- we'd spend all of our time on them :)
We had a church picnic yesterday morning at 8AM for Pioneer Day (mormon holiday!)! since we are up at 5:30 anyway- it was perfect timing -although already terribly humid. the kids got soaking wet to deal with it.
It's been so great to see the kids find friends and play. I know this has been pretty hard on them and I love that they can make friends so easily.
we got some fresh fruit at the market while kent practiced his Japanese skills. He really is such a proficient language learner. I'm impressed. He's reading a ton already and speaking well! we plan on trying to be off base a lot to practice!
there were a few floats and lots of Japanese people giving us the peace sign :) we look very touristy, I'm sure. Although I fit in nicely with my giant nikon camera around my neck!!
I can't wait to explore more and try out more food!! our adventures are just beginning.