Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Real Hair Cut...Sort Of

Scarlett's hair was getting pretty long and tangly.  She never liked combing her hair and it was always such a mess.  I posed the idea of cutting her hair to her even though I wasn't 100% sure and she loved the idea.  I thought I would miss her long hair and all the fun braids I like to do.  But I finally decided that it looks pretty messy most of the time so we would go for it. 

We had plenty of time on New Years Eve to cut it.

Don't mind the messy bathroom.  Why don't we have any drawers or cabinets?

I did not do the greatest job, but it turned out ok.  I'm sure it is uneven but you can't really tell.

Scarlett loves it.  Cutting it was definitly the right choice.  Now it looks fairly decent most of the time and she doesn't have to worry so much about tangles.  And it will be easier for everyone to tell her and Penelope apart.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Underwater Bridge

We have been having computer issues so I haven't been able to post for a while!  I have so much to catch up on. 

On our way to the Christmas Winter Illumination we went on an underwater bridge!  We had no idea what we were getting into, it was so crazy.  Google maps does not warn you about things like that.  All we knew is that we were following the directions then we got to a crazy expensive toll (over $30), and because of a wrong turn we already payed $26 dollars in tolls, then we were on a bridge then suddenly it dipped down into a super long tunnel and back out again.  We got to do the whole thing in reverse the way home including tolls (minus $13 for the wrong turn we originally took).  It was an expensive drive.  But fun new experience.  I didn't even know these types of bridge/tunnels existed.

This on is called the Tokyo Bay Aqua-line.  I looked up some info on wikipedia here.  It has an overall length of 14 km, including a 4.4 km bridge and a 9.6 tunnel.  It is the fourth-longest underwater tunnel in the world.  We didn't stop but I'm pretty sure we passed a restaurant at the end of the bridge part.

It made me a little nervous when I first realized that we were driving underwater.  I just hoped the tunnel walls didn't crumble in on us.  The underwater part is almost 6 miles long, so we were in it for a while.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tokyo German Christmas Village

After an early Christmas dinner we hopped in the car and headed to the Tokyo German Christmas Village.  It was recomended online for being a great Christmas illumination.  Here in Japan people don't decorate their houses with lights for Christmas.  Instead they places all around town will do big light displays.  We got there about 30 minutes before dark which was perfect because we were able to get a parking spot.  It was crowded but not unbearably so.
They had music that the lights flashed to and these dancing balloon bears.  I have no idea what they were about but the kids thought they might be a good halloween costume for next year.
It was cold.

Next to the bikes it said "Human Power Generation."  When the kids peddled huge bubbles came out.  These bubbles were white and held really well.  When they popped a mist sort of came out.

The there were a few shops and restaurants in the village area.  We got a couple things from the bakery.
The Japanese people are very polite and organized so instead of people randomly taking pictures they nicely formed lines and it seemed to be the custom for the person behind you in line to take your picture.  We got in line for this next picture and waited for us to get to the front for about 20 minutes.  It was a decent sized line.  The funny part was that no one got in  line behind us.  A few people looked like they were going to but they never did.  We think no one wanted to take our picture.  When we got to the front there was no one there for us.  We had to find someone.  I noticed after we left a line had once again formed.

This little house was so cute.  I went in it and there was a tiny model skating rink.

After walking through the whole thing for about an hour we saw people were walking up the hill across the street.  I figured they were getting a view of it from above so we followed suit.
I was amazed at how great it looked from afar.  So many of the pictures I didn't realize were picture when I was right next to them.  It was pretty cool.

I miss looking at lights on houses but I have to say this kind of blew any zoo lights I've been to out of the water.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Christmas Morning

After the kids were in bed on Christmas Eve while Bob and I were getting everything ready for the next day we heard a knock on the door.  I was a little surprised because it was night and we don't know very many people.  When we opened the door it was none  other than Santa holding presents!  Seriously, remember how I said our neighbor is Santa?  He came over on Christmas Eve and brought presents for the kids. We really have the nicest neighbors.  It was just kind of crazy to me that while the kids were in bed on the night before Christmas Santa actually came over and brought presents.   We didn't get the kids up, we just put the presents under the tree.

Christmas morning is so much fun!  I'm not sure who enjoys it more, the kids getting their presents or the parents watching their excitement.
 After the kids came down and opened their stockings we ate cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  Tucker reminded me about a week earlier that it was one of our traditions.  I didn't know it was a tradition but I guess I did make them on Christmas morning before.  So I guess now it is one of our traditions.  Then we opened presents.

 Bob filmed the majority of it and sped it up to one minute.  Check it out.

I like to get the kids four presents each, something to wear, something to read, something they want, and something they need.  It helps to not go overboard with presents but they still have a good amount to open and this way they aren't all toys.  It also helps me to keep it all even.

Calista seemed to enjoy her present bag most of all.

These magna tiles were a huge hit.  I already purchased more because we didn't seem to have enough.

Later after all the playing died down we went to the park to get some fresh air.
It was beautiful outside and probably in the 50's.