Saturday, May 14, 2011

Life's a beach...

Sorry for the delay in updating, we haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to computers around here.  Jeremy’s has completely stopped working and mine only works if you hop on your left foot, hold your breath, whistle Dixie, and cross your fingers.  But any ways…Lots has happened since my last update.  First of all, we have all of our stuff from the states.  It is nice for things to finally start feeling like home here.  Secondly, I got a job! I am working as an assistant at the Banyan Tree Club.  It really mimics my job at the Chamber of Commerce so it is perfect fit for me. So far I have really enjoyed and my supervisor is great.  I bet you are wondering about Mr. Bryce.  I found a great babysitter for him.  Bailey keeps the bean Monday-Friday, 8-5pm.  She will also keep him if I need to work on the weekends and Jeremy is not available. She is WONDERFUL.  Knowing she has Bryce all day makes going back to work so much easier.  She sends me updates and pictures throughout the day to keep me in the loop.  We set her up with some toys, play mat, bouncy seat, ect. So it is really his home away from home.  He actually likes his toys better at her place than the ones we have at home, ha! Oh well…  at least he is happy, maybe even a little spoiled J  Jeremy is working days right now, so we are car pooling to work.  I drop him off, take Bryce to Bailey’s, and then I get to work.  I guess when his schedule changes, we will probably be looking at getting another car. We just experienced our first Tropical Storm of the season.  It stayed at a TCCOR 3.  We had to secure all outside items and make sure our car was on higher ground.  Jeremy still had to work, which if it had gotten to TCCOR 1 he would have been sent to his “quarters”.  Pretty much, it just rained and we had really rough wind.  This was also the day we had Bryce’s doctor’s appointment and 4 month shots. (I know he is 5 months, but the office is a bit behind on visits) We got a new medicine for his skin, which is working wonders).  The doctor was not happy about his neck muscle development and once again the use of his right arm is limited. She also noted that his length and weight were not quite where they should be for his age group.  The doctor still has not received any of the paper work from Children’s hospital, so my homework this month is to get her everything from his neurologist there.  She is also to considering moving up his one year MRI to 6 months. We are going back June 7th for a more in depth development appointment and will know more then.  Please continue to keep our little warrior in your prayers.   
We have continued to explore the island as much as we can with a 5 month old in tow.  Good thing Bryce loves his car seat and stroller.  He also loves the beach.  Jeremy had to work on Easter Sunday, so the two of us walked to Torii Beach and set up camp for a couple of hours.  He napped under the umbrella and I caught up on my book.  It was so nice.  Unfortunately here lately the weather hasn’t been the best.  We are into to rainy season, so I guess I better get used to wet toes and frizzy hair. 
Well Bryce is up for his mid night snack, I will try to update more often or whenever my computer allows it. Love to all!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

catching up

Sorry it has been so long since my last post, but WE ARE HERE!!! It is so nice to finally have the family all in one place again. It was a crazy couple of weeks but we made it.  I found out on March 8th that Bryce and I were flying out on the 14th. It was a whirlwind of a week getting all prepared to leave...again. Then it happened, on March 11, the earthquake. My phone started buzzing from all the facebook messages and post in the wee hours of morning and by 7am I think I had calmed my self down enough to breath.  Jeremy was safe and that is all that mattered.  Next question that hit... would we still be leaving on Monday.  The TMO office was busy all Friday and the airline would not talk to me because I did not make the reservations and the credit card was not in my name...just my luck.  Finally I got a nice man by the name of Mark on the phone. Mark has a son in the Army so when I explained my situation he gladly let me know that my travel arrangements were all set and good to go.  I think I danced my happy jig several times that day, ha! Monday came and off we went. 23.5 hours later I was in my hubby's arms and my family was reunited! Bryce did wonderfully on all the flights and only got upset once and that was in the middle of my breakdown at the Tokyo airport...but there is nothing that a warm bottle can't fix for him, and a friendly ticket agent can't fix for me. 
It is amazing here, and I have tons of pictures to share.  We live in Yomitan-Son at the Marina Toya.  It is right off the water and we are really close to several beaches.  One within walking distance :) Jeremy found us a great 3 bedroom apartment with 2 full baths and wonderful ocean views.  It is a lot smaller than our house was on base in Little Rock, but we are trying some new minimal approaches in's hoping it works. 
I have tried several local restaurants, and surprise surprise I have loved all of it! The main places we eat are, CoCo's (which is all curry based food), TanTan's (great ramen bowls), "vending machine place" We don't know the name lol (wonderful ramen dish and garlic fried rice, very cheap!!) And of course the good ole food court at the BX.  Sometimes you have a craving for Taco Bell.
We have received our first of two shipments.  This one had all of Bryce's stuff, pots, pans, dishes, towels, some clothes, and all of Jeremy's pro-gear, which is everything work related.  We won't received the next one till mid May, I am sure it has been delayed due to all the earthquake issues.  It was catching a boat in San Fransisco, so I hope all is well there.  We have purchased a few things such as curtains, living room furniture, and Bryce's furniture.  It was fun shopping but nothing compares to furniture shopping at Warnocks, miss you Steve!
Well I hope this eases wondering minds back home and hopefully I will be able to keep up with this blog now that we have Internet.  We miss everyone and can't wait till someone breaks down and buys a plane ticket here to visit, lol! Love to all!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Leaving on a jet plane....

Well Jeremy is at least.  He is set to fly out February 23rd.  They are packing up our stuff next week and Pop is moving me and Bryce to Magnolia.  We will be there until Bryce's passport comes in.  I hope it doesn't take too long, but I am thankful for the extra time with my family before we go.  This also gives Jeremy time to get settled in, look for housing, and start work with a good night's sleep (crying baby free).  I can't believe it is already this time, but I will be so glad when it is ALL said and done. We are so ready to be moved and settled in for a change. And finally the bean will get his own room! Yay!!  But unfortunately this all sets up the situation that I will be flying ALONE with a 2 month old...YIKES!!! Talk about an adventure, ha! However we did learn that they will be providing him with a seat as well, woohoo! I was worried they would consider him a lap baby and I would be stuck holding him cramped in an airplane for 20 plus hours. God is good, even for the small miracles :)  Well once I have some more updates I will send them y'alls way, until then...Love to all!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Keeping Track

   I am starting this blog for all family and friends we are leaving behind.  Here you all can keep up with us and all our future travels.  I figured this would be easier than tracking us down on Facebook or Skype once we move overseas.  I can't believe it is time to start saying our goodbyes, but I am excited for the adventure ahead.  When we get all the finalized travel arrangements, I will let you all know.  And to the Magnolia groupies, we will see y'all this weekend!
Love to All!!!!!