Despite the notion that all we do is play and travel around the world Linz and I do have a day to day life. I did post an album on Facebook that showed what our date night was like. But I did want to show you some things that we live with here in Japan, so family can get a glimpse of what it is like here with us.
Kennedy has had these project from school that she has to do. They are supposed to be “family” project. The one this time was one in which we were to to create a flying object. Kennedy decided she wanted to do a UFO. So we looked on Google and found an example. Then we went to the Japanese store to look for our supplies. I wish we had some pictures of this Japans store but it is a pretty good store. They have just about everything there. Once we had our supplies we spent 2 hours making our project.
The kids have been in soccer for the last 3 months and just finished. Here is a collection of photos along the way.
There was no official score kept in the games, but our record was 7-1-1. Kennedy and McKay were our defensive machines. The other teams would get so frustrated because they wouldn’t let them get close to scoring. Kennedy would play goalie and McKay would play defense. I think all year, when they were together, there was only one goal scored on them. Needless to say we put them back there a lot. We had some great strikers that did all of our scoring. I had to step in and help coach for a few weeks. I found out very soon that my competitive side came out real quick. I don’t know if that was a good or bad thing. At the end of the season everyone got trophies. You know how everyone is at this day in age, we reward participation and not “winners”. That is a different story.
Hayden is hilarious. He has a very big personality.
He likes to hit and wrestle and be mean to other kids. We are doing our best to stop him and help tame him. He is very defensive of his mom, and his family and his toys. If ever he feels like someone is getting too close to them, he attacks! For example: if other people ride with us in the elevator he thinks they are now encroaching in our space and he tries to push the other kids away. The kids he chooses to push away can be anywhere from 1 year old to 10 years old. He isn’t really intimidated by age or size. The other thing about Hayden is that we have noticed he is our least coordinated kid. That is unfortunate because he is our biggest kid. Wish we could have a big coordinated kid. But they didn’t seem to come together. McKay, our most coordinated kid, is tiny compared to his friends.
One of the things that Kennedy has to do with school is spelling words. She gets a new list every week. We have to work very hard on them with her. She struggles with them and fights us and gets so mad we she misses one word. She gets frustrated and threatens to throw her pencils and tear up paper when we tell her she is wrong. But every week she seems to do just fine on her spelling test. I think that is the way things go. We have to tell her all the time that she is doing fine and that if she works hard it will work out. It is a good life lesson to learn. That hard work correlates to success. I am proud of her for doing well, but I wish she wouldn’t fight us so much. When Linz met with her teacher he said “I wish I had a room full of Kennedy’s.” She doesn’t complain, or whine, she gets along with the other kids, isn’t mean or ugly to others. She gets excited for whatever activity is next. She mostly is enjoying her friends. She LOVES her friends!
I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series to Kennedy (sometimes McKay listens). She is now solidly obsessed. Like she talks about it so much that Linz had to banish Harry Potter talk at the dinner table. She loves to read with me every night.
McKay has so much energy that every night I’ve been taking him out to play basketball. I’ve been showing him how to dribble and shoot.
He has SO much energy that we have to work solid for about 30 minutes before he starts to slow down. I am a little biased towards basketball because it is my favorite and I want McKay to be good at it. Linz keeps telling me that I shouldn’t be living through my kids. I just laugh and say, Oh but that is what kids are for!
Here is him shooting:
McKay is always awake early in the morning. Like at 6 AM. I am up by then and so he and I always start the day together. He goes so hard during the day and then at about 7:30 PM he crashes. Like we have to carry him to bed because he is so tired.
Our favorite thing to do, as always, is go to the park (this is second, our favorite is the beach). Japanese parks are awesome. We went out one night and had pizza at the park with some friends. The kids ran around until they were exhausted.
Here is a video of the park play we have been doing:
So don’t think that Linz and I spend every day in some exotic location sitting on the beach sipping an ice cold lemonade. We have a normal life. I life that is full of normal things. But isn’t that what we should all want? Shouldn’t we all want to find joy in the normal things in life. To be content and happy with whatever we happy to be doing that day?
I must say that I’m happy with my life. I’m happy with who I am. I’m happy with my kids and my wife. My daily life is fully of family, church, friends and yes even work. But I’m content with it all. Not wishing it away. But living each, loving each day and trying to never miss a moment.