Tuesday, October 22, 2013

There's Something About: Kids Camp

It's been a few weeks, ok maybe a few months, but I wanted to blog about Tink going to kids camp with a group of kids from our church. It was a 5-day sleep-away camp several hours away! Did you get that? 5 DAYS!! She has been waiting to be old enough to go for several years now. And every kid going was a first-timer this year. There were some nervous mommies at drop off that Monday morning.

As the week got closer and closer, I was sure I was fine with her going. We got everything she needed and she was all packed and ready to go. She was soooo excited! And at 6:30 Monday morning, she was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to go.

But for some reason, I could not sleep at all Sunday night. Or Monday night. Or even Tuesday night. I think some time Wednesday it finally occurred to me that even if I didn't feel like I was worried, I guess my subconscious was. How else do you explain 3 sleepless nights in a row? But by Thursday night, I slept just fine - probably because she was due home on Friday, duh.

Tink had a GREAT time. There were different themes each day, they could decorate their cabins, and dress up according to the themes. I gave her two disposal cameras to take pictures, which she loves to do. After we developed the photos, I discovered that easily two-thirds of the pictures were of the beautiful Pennsylvania landscape on her way to the camp. But there were definitely a few photos of her friends and cabin.

Her favorite thing to do was fishing. She said she caught 5 fish (more than anyone else that day). For weeks after she got home, she asked us almost daily to take her fishing, which she never really seemed to enjoy that much in the past. (No, we never took her fishing after camp. Maybe next summer.)

I know it's hard to see, but there is a fish at the end of that line. And look how happy she is!

I'm glad she enjoyed herself, but I've definitely been ok with her not having any other sleep-away camps or activities since then. Once a summer seems to be just fine.

~Michiko

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

There's Something About: First Blogaversary

October 15, 2012
My first blog post.

Ok, so, I don't know what I was thinking! Actually, I do. I was thinking that I wanted to share my life with not only my family and friends, but with other military families, too.

But whoa! I did not realize how HUGE "blogland" really is! And honestly, I think it was a little overwhelming at first. I wanted to read practically every blog I ever came across. And follow them all, and read them everyday, and reply to every post. Oh, but wait, I think I have kids and a hubby who might want Mommy off the computer at least to cook dinner or something. I still have to remind myself that there's life "away" from the computer.

I've really enjoyed blogging and everything that comes with it. (Sounds like I'm saying goodbye, but I'm not.) Just saying, I wish I had more time for blogging. But stick around, with all the stuff going on in our lives, I'm sure I'll be posting something more interesting soon enough!

So, happy 1st blogaversary to me! And I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.

~Michiko

Friday, October 4, 2013

There's Something About: Government Shutdowns

I'm not sure where I'm going with this post. But since part of the reason I started blogging was to connect with other milspouses, I feel like I should say something - maybe. I'm just not sure what exactly. I don't like to get into the politics of these sorts of things, nor do I want to. But I also don't want to pretend it's not happening. So, here's what's happening for us.

The Major is home, not working, not getting paid, and trying to make the best of it. In fact, there are plenty of things needing to get done around the house and our rental property, that this time off is kind of a blessing in disguise.

Our first home here in NY; now a rental property.

He's patching walls, taking care of slow drains, cleaning the fish tank, and cleaning the basement. If this continues into next week, I might pick out a new paint color for our master bathroom!

Or maybe a complete bathroom renovation?
Photo credit

Since the Major is home, he's getting Tink and Lightning off the bus, so I've been able to work a couple of extra hours a day, which will help to supplement our income. It was nice to see a bigger paycheck than normal today!

The extra time at work is messing up my dinner routine. I have less time at home to prepare whatever I might have planned. I may need to come up with a better plan for next week.

In the meantime, we're doing our best to pinch pennies where we can. I took 2 bags of bottles and cans to be recycled last night. I usually wait till I have about 6 bags before I make that trip. And the Major said he put the truck on cruise control at 55MPH yesterday when he was running some errands. It's not much, but every little bit helps.

And what would really be helpful is if Congress can finally do their job so my husband can go back to work.

~Michiko

Thursday, September 26, 2013

There's Something About: Getting Back To It

Ok, I'm putting it out there. I feel like I've been "gone" forever, but it's really only been a few weeks and that's really not that long. But here I am to say, "I'm gonna get back to it!" I mean, people are still checking out my blog, so I wanna give you all something new to see!

School started a few weeks ago.





And after school starts, then all the extra-curricular stuff starts, too. Who knew two little kids could be so busy?? (Yes, I know I have three kids, but the big one isn't doing much that requires mom's taxi.)

Almost a year ago, when I started this blog, I wrote about how busy we were. And that's when the Major was on deployment! It's crazy, but I feel like we're busier this year. And it's only going to get worse next week.

Let me share with you what our typical week looks like right now.

Mondays, Tink has dance:

Stretching in hip hop class.

Tuesdays, Tink has cheer and Lightning has football:

Look at that game face!



Wednesdays, Buzz and Lightning have Royal Rangers, and Tink has Girl's Club, both at church.

Thursdays, cheer and football practices again.

Tumbling at cheer practice.

Fridays, Buzz has youth group.

Saturdays are Lightning's football games. And Sundays, we go to church.

Next week, we add chorus on Tuesdays. And a few weeks after that Tink's cheer competitions will start and those could be Saturdays and/or Sundays.

I've always kind of been of the opinion that each kid only needs one sport per season. But somehow, with dance, it's kind of an all year thing, but classes are only once a week. And cheer and football should both be done by mid-November. So, this crazy schedule should calm down in a couple of months.

And then the holidays will be a breeze, right??

~Michiko

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 65

I know it's not Sunday, but at least I'm getting them done. Summertime questions.


Sunday Social


1. What was your favorite trip/vacation/activity this summer?
My favorite activity would have to be the mud run I did a few weeks ago. I had a great time! You can read all about it here.

2. What was your favorite outfit look/clothing item of the summer?
Shorts and a tank top! I'm a Cali girl so I love summer clothes and I am none too happy that it's starting to cool down a little here in NY.

3. What is one thing you wish you'd gotten to do this summer?

I wish we could've taken a nice family vacation. It didn't happen, but I'm actually hoping we can maybe take a little road trip to D.C. with the kids this month or next.

4. What was your favorite song of the summer?

Pink with Nate Russ on "Just Give Me A Reason". 

5. What was your favorite movie/tv show of the summer?
I discovered Duck Dynasty this summer and we love it! If you haven't seen it, you have to check it out. Uncle Si is hilarious!


Book excerpt from Si Robertson
He has a book coming out!

If you have an extra few minutes, please vote for me. Thanks!


~Michiko

Sunday, August 25, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 64

It's still Sunday! Some childhood questions...
 
 
Sunday Social


1. What do you miss most about being a kid?
Life was reasonably responsibility-free.
 
2. Did you have a nickname growing up? What was it?
Maybe they aren't really worth repeating...
 
3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess?
Play on the bars! Some things never change.
 
 

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an accountant for as long as I can remember. I don't know why, but I knew at a young age that math was kind of my thing, so I guess CPA sounded good. One of these days...

5. Did you participate in any school activities?
I started cheerleading in 7th grade, then softball, gymnastics, dance, and bowling by the time I got to high school. I don't remember being that busy, but I guess I was!

6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?
I can't think of anything specific, but I was always called a clutz and asked if my real hair color was blonde. I guess I made them all laugh!



If you have an extra few minutes, please vote for me. Thanks!

 
~Michiko

Thursday, August 22, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 63

I can't believe it's Wednesday - for a few minutes longer. Can I still get this in for the week??


Sunday Social


1. What is something you've always wanted to do but are afraid of?
Maybe skydiving. I've bungee jumped, so skydiving seems like the next logical step, but as I've heard all too often being the wife of an Air Force pilot: Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?

2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully, happy - with bigger kids.

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2013?
A stress-free holiday/birthday season. Too much to ask for? ;-)

4. What are your hopes for your blog?
Just that I keep readers interested and maybe have more time for it. And hopefully get a new design one of these days!

5. Do you always see yourself living in your current town/city?
No.

6. What is your morning routine?
During the summer or after school starts? Just for me - hit the snooze a couple times, take a shower, get ready, have breakfast, then go to work. Squeeze in getting the kids up and dressed, and making lunches during the school year. Yikes - not looking forward to that!

And if you feel like it, you can vote for me! Thanks!


~Michiko

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

There's Something About: Emails

Ok, so, I'm not great about reading/keeping up with my emails. My personal email account has over 4500 unread emails. But you know, those are mostly promotional emails from all the online shopping I do. Shhh - don't tell the Major!

I definitely try to make sure I read anything from friends and family, but I might not get to "the other stuff" very quickly. If that means I didn't respond to your email, then I'm soooo sorry! It's not intentional, I promise.

The email account attached to my blog, however, is not quite as full as my personal email. I currently have about 20 unread emails. But that was still enough to miss this: I've been chosen as a Top 50 Military Mom Blog! Yay! I'm not sure how I was nominated, but I am so grateful.

And now, if you want, you can vote for me and I have a chance at making the Top 10. Wouldn't that be awesome?




~Michiko

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

There's Something About: Bruises

I don't mean the Train song, although I really do like it and maybe my bruises will make for better conversation.

I have at least 4 bruises. I feel like new ones keep popping up. Never have I ever been so proud of my bruises! I did my first 5K mud run this weekend. What a blast! And my best neighbor did it with me.

I apologize in advance for the barrage of photos, all thanks to the best neighbor hubby!



Ready to go!

We got there an hour before our run time, checked in, got our bibs, checked our bags, stretched out and then watched and waited till it was our turn to go. The starting line was right next to the finish line so we could watch some runners coming in and do the last couple of obstacles. It looked like soooo much fun!

I had no expectations going into this race. I had never done a 5K before so I figured I would just play it by ear. The course was set up with black diamond obstacles (higher difficulty) and green circle obstacles (not such high difficulty). I didn't want to limit myself and just automatically do the easier obstacles. So, I took it one obstacle at a time. And, you know what? The black diamond obstacles weren't impossible. In fact, I attempted and completed every black diamond obstacle, except one! I was pretty proud of myself.


Look how clean we are - but not for long!


 
So, I don't exactly like my face in this pic, but how cool is it that I'm hanging by one hand?!



Ok, a little muddier by now.

 

Teamwork!



I needed a little help, but I got over!
 
 
 
 
 You can't tell, but I got stuck and had to push myself down.
 
 
 
More mud! 

 
 
 
Love this photo, but this would be the one obstacle I couldn't complete, due to short legs maybe?  :-( 


We're already talking about doing this mud run again next year, and hopefully with the husbands, and maybe even a kid or two (minimum age is 9). And maybe more family and friends! We're even talking about doing harder and more difficult mud runs, as well. Who knows what we're getting ourselves into, but we have plenty of time to train!


Happy Girls!!!! 

So, who's in??

~Michiko

Monday, August 12, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 62

I know, I know - it's Monday. Better late than never! Hope you all had a great weekend.

Sunday Social
1. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oh boy, a CPA, or so I thought. I know, boring, right? What can I say, I loved math. I had dreams of attending UCLA and becoming an accountant. Isn't that every young girl's dream??
2. What was your favorite way to kill time as a kid?
I guess during the single digit years I played outside with my sister and friends. Eventually, all I wanted to do was talk on the phone.
3. When did you get your first cell phone?
My husband and I got a "joint" cell phone shortly after we were married, for emergencies only. We used to keep it in the glove box! Aging myself, huh? Finally, got my OWN cell phone sometime in 2000-2001, I think. It was a little tiny Nokia and I loved it!  ;-)
4. What is your favorite magazine to read?
I don't read magazines very often, but recently, I got a good deal on a subscription to Shape. Although, I do enjoy Cosmopolitan and People at the doctor's office. I used to love Time magazine, too, but haven't read that one in awhile.
5. What is the one random object people would be surprised to find in your purse?
Probably my mini-fan, or my glasses repair kit. (I wear contacts now!)
~Michiko

Sunday, August 4, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 61

Hello! It's been a busy weekend, so let's get on with the questions! They were a little tough for me this week.


Sunday Social

1. What are 3 items you can't live without on a daily basis (water, food, shelter, and clothes don't count).
Probably my iPhone, sunglasses, and a hair-tie.
2. What is your all time favorite book? Why?
I don't think I can pick a favorite book. I don't reread books, and I don't read as much as I would like to. But the last book I read was The Night Circus and I really enjoyed it. The imagery was great and it was such a unique story.


3. What is something you'd like to accomplish before the end of 2013?
Purge all the old stuff out of everyone's rooms, the garage, the basement - basically the whole house. Think I can do it? (I don't really want to.)

4. If you could go back and relive any year of your life which year would it be?
I think I had a great senior year of high school, so that would be good. Or the first year I was married. Also, great!
5. What do you wish people knew about you without you having to tell them?
That I always try my best to have a positive outlook on life and that I'm a lot more insecure than I may seem.

~Michiko

Friday, August 2, 2013

There's Something About: Family Reunions

Every year, we go to the Major's family reunion. Everyone looks forward to it all summer. Family and friends come from Florida, and all over Long Island. My parents were even here from California one year. Everyone's invited!




This year's theme was country western. What perfect timing, since Tink was a cowgirl for Halloween last year. She was really the only one of us that dressed up.




Country western is not a fashion trend that I sport and I wasn't about to go out and buy a plaid shirt, boots and a hat for one party. Luckily, there were really cute straw cowboy hats available for us to wear. Perfect!




We set up one of our new bounce houses and everyone loved it! Hopefully, that will get us some future customers.




And, of course, we all enjoy the pool.




It's great to see faraway family members, but it's also nice to see more local family members that we don't actually see that often. The Major has cousins galore that probably all live within an hour's drive, but we hardly see any of them. We all know how busy everyone's lives are, and that's what makes this once-a-year reunion so nice; to see everyone, near and far. Cousins all get to play together, too. First cousins, second cousins, removed cousins - they're all there!

 



The food is always delicious, the company is always enjoyable, and we're already looking forward to next year's reunion. Until then, we all need some sleep!

 

~Michiko

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

There's Something About: The Circus

The circus was in town last week and we've never taken any of our kids, so it was the first time for all three of them!



Lightning was soooo excited to see some elephants. The kid loves elephants! We took a family photo with one of them, but he wanted to pet one or ride one so badly. They didn't have elephant rides, only pony rides, which Tink and Lightning happily enjoyed.




Buzz is 14 and a half, so I wasn't sure how much he would enjoy the circus, but I looked over at him several times to see a HUGE grin on his face, which made me so happy!


He's not so happy here - he loves when I take pics of him.
 
 
All smiles here!


More elephants!
 


We all had a great time at the circus. Hopefully, it won't take us so long to get to another one!

~Michiko

Sunday, July 28, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 60

It's still Sunday - I'm not late yet!

Sunday Social


1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ice cream.

2. What's your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
Ice cream.

3. What's the weirdest/craziest thing you've ever eaten?
Hmm, I'm not that adventurous of an eater. With that said, I am half Japanese, so some people would think that the seaweed, or dried squid, or dried plums that I love would be weird/crazy. But it's all normal to me!

4. What foods do you avoid at all costs?
Bell peppers and onions. I've given them lots of chances, but I just don't like them. Although, tiny little red onions in salsa-type dishes are growing on me. But not peppers - yuck.

5. What meal reminds you of your childhood?
My mom's teriyaki spare ribs. Deeee-lish!
6. Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.
I make a chicken stew type dish. My mother, of course, taught it to me years ago and I love it. My family, however, not so much; they're picky. So, unfortunately, I don't make it very often.

1-2 packages frozen veggies (I use California mix - broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
1 can cream of broccoli soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 package of chicken tenderloins or breasts
About 1 cup of milk, give or take
salt and pepper to taste

Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Brown in deep skillet. I use a little salt and a lot of pepper. I like pepper. Add soups and enough milk to whatever consistency you like. Add frozen vegetables. I like a lot of veggies in my stew, so I use 2 packages, but 1 package is probably sufficient also. I cook to a low boil and make sure the vegetables are cooked. Then I serve over white rice or pasta. Enjoy!

~Michiko

Monday, July 22, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 59

Busy, busy, busy weekend, so I'm doing my questions on Monday - again. Here they are!
 
 
Sunday Social


1. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
Probably aging myself here, but I loved Punky Brewster! A headstrong, outspoken, fashion-forward kind of girl. Love Soleil Moonfrye! And look - she's a blogger!




2. What is your current favorite TV show(s)?
Grimm, Once Upon A Time, White Collar and Covert Affairs.
 

3. Which reality show would you NEVER do?
I don't really like to watch reality shows. Too much drama. I feel like I watch TV to escape from reality, not watch someone else's reality. Although, I've recently discovered Duck Dynasty; good old family fun. Uncle Si and Jase crack me up!


4. Which reality show would you LOVE to do?
I guess game shows could fall under reality TV and who doesn't like some good competition? But I'm not really sure which one I would do. American Ninja Warrior, maybe? Nah.




5. What is the TV personality/character that you feel is most like you?
I've been told that I'm like Monica from Friends. Maybe not as much of a clean freak as she is, but probably a little neurotic.



6. Which TV character would you want to date?
Chuck from Chuck or Neil Caffrey from White Collar. I tell my husband all the time that Neil is my boyfriend, but he just doesn't know it yet. And Chuck is pretty cute, too! ;-)

~Michiko