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Happily Ever After

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

JAPAN | Monday, 25 Jan 2010 | Views [488]

How can you have a bad day when your morning starts off with this amazingly gorgeous sunrise?!  I hope this gives everyone "happy thoughts!"  :) ---Arielle


The Imo Truck!

JAPAN | Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | Views [870]

I found it!  I found it!  The ever-elusive imo truck! I stopped by Family Mart (a local convenience store) to pay some utility bills this afternoon (yup, we pay our utility bills at the convenience store - how convenient!)  On my way out, I noticed ... Read more >


Photos: Imo & Mochi

JAPAN | Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Naminoue & Kokusai Street

JAPAN | Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | Views [1424]

Monday was our last day with Kristin and Lee.  We spent it wandering around Naha, visiting the area Lee remembered from the time he was stationed here.   We stopped at Naminoue Shrine and Brandon and I took this opportunity to take part in some of the ... Read more >


Kristin & Lee's Visit

JAPAN | Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | Views [709]

We had a wonderful 5 days with Brandon's aunt and uncle coming to visit us!  We did some sightseeing around the island and ate as much beni-imo ice cream as physically possible.  :)  Our day at Torii Beach yielded a number of beautiful seashells and ... Read more >


Photos: Naha

JAPAN | Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Kristin & Lee

JAPAN | Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Snow Cookies

JAPAN | Friday, 8 Jan 2010 | Views [819] | Comments [1]

I've been going through snow withdrawal.  Everyone has been nice enough to send me photos of all of the snow in Omaha - they've got well over 20" and parts of I-80 have been closed down to one lane.  They are also dealing with windchill of -24 this ... Read more >


Photos: Snow cookies

JAPAN | Friday, 8 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Kenny's at Plaza House

JAPAN | Friday, 8 Jan 2010 | Views [1307] | Comments [1]

Megumi and I went out for lunch yesterday at Kenny's, located in Plaza House.  Plaza House is a three-story, open-air, small mall on the other side of Kadena.  Kenny's is a Japanese restaurant on the third floor.   We both ordered off their "lunch ... Read more >


Okinawa Pineapple Park

JAPAN | Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | Views [1792]

We traveled up north to check out the Okinawa Pineapple Park.  We got to ride around in a pineapple cart and learn about different kinds of pineapples and how they grow.  Did you know that there are both edible and ornamental pineapples?  We were very ... Read more >


Photos: Okinawa Pineapple Park

JAPAN | Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Happy New Year!

JAPAN | Saturday, 2 Jan 2010 | Views [580]

On New Year's Day we traveled south to Okinawa World.  We were greeted by a large drum outside, where visitors took turns striking the drum for good luck in the new year.   The cave was very warm and humid and had more water flowing through it than ... Read more >


Photos: Happy New Year!

JAPAN | Saturday, 2 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Beni-imo & the Aquarium

JAPAN | Saturday, 2 Jan 2010 | Views [494]

New Year's Eve we went up north to the Beni-imo store and then to the Aquarium.   They have finally finished the renovations to the Dolphin Lagoon, so we were able to watch the dolphin show there and the big dolphin show in the Okichan Theater.  We've ... Read more >


Photos: Beni-imo & Aquarium

JAPAN | Saturday, 2 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Carlson Visit

JAPAN | Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | Views [390]

Mom, Dad, Dustin and Steven are currently visiting us.  We're so glad to have them here!  We've been having fun taking them around to see some of the sites and eat lots of the yummy food!  So nice to have family here around the holidays.  :)  Check out ... Read more >


Photos: Carlson Visitors

JAPAN | Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Merry Christmas!

JAPAN | Friday, 25 Dec 2009 | Views [560] | Comments [2]

I'm happy to report, we had a very merry Christmas Day!  We enjoyed our Christmas morning kuchen while we unwrapped the presents we got each other.  I must say, it makes Christmas all that more fun when you get each other Star Trek and Star Wars toys!  ... Read more >


Christmas Eve

JAPAN | Thursday, 24 Dec 2009 | Views [373] | Comments [1]

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!  I spent most of the day baking eight loaves of kuchen (my wonderful husband washed the dishes for me, multiple times today to help out.)  We're looking forward to eating kuchen Christmas morning while we open gifts. This ... Read more >


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