Hotel Living

Girlies at TLF in Englad

Girlies at TLF in Englad


I have been itching to write this post, why, because I knew I wouldn’t write about our time in TLF (temporary lodging facilities) until it was time for us to move on and I am SO EXCITED to say that in less than 12 hours we are outta’ here.

Hanging out at the hotel in London the night before our departure

Hanging out at the hotel in London the night before our departure

As soon as our household in England was packed up we decided to move into TLF, two weeks before our scheduled departure to Japan. We could have chosen to stay in our house longer and borrow furniture from the government, but we thought making the move into TLF at this point was in the best interest of our kids, well Eden. Moving is always unsettling, moving country is tip-your-world-upside down unsettling, so to make things a little less confusing (in our opinions) we didn’t want Eden to have to go back to the place she has only ever known as home and not recognise it. Also, she has been on many holidays so staying in a ‘hotel’ was something she is fimiliar with, to her we have simply been on holiday!

Clio being entertained by her sister (RAFL TLF)

Clio being entertained by her sister (RAFL TLF)

We then spent 2 nights in hotels en-route to Japan before landing back in TLF for 3 weeks but at the time of booking it was unknown how long we would be living out of each others pockets. As recommended to us, we booked in for 30 days but prayed that we would be out of here sooner than that, especially when we arrived and saw how much space we didn’t have. Don’t get me wrong, it has served its purpose, it had everything we needed and even a few things we didn’t…a gecko living in Matt’s sock drawer and cockroaches jumping out of the cereal boxes to name a couple.

Eden sleeping ON her soft toys (TLF Okinawa)

Eden sleeping ON her soft toys (TLF Okinawa)


Finally, after 21 days here at the Shogun Inn we are able to move into what will probably be our home for the next 4 years.

What has 5 weeks and 2 nights of hotel life been like… a mixture of high’s and low’s thats for sure. Having only one bedroom has meant that Eden got the double bed and Matt & I took turns (well mainly I, Matt got the fold out couch instead) at sharing with her and her soft toy collection. Neither of us have ever been fans of sleeping with our children or even in the same room as them. It seems none of us get a good nights sleep. These low’s are quickly forgotten when I wake up to little Eden kisses and a whispering of ‘I love you Mama’ in my ear or I get the honor of cuddling with one of her soft toys.

Clio (TLF Okinawa)

Clio (TLF Okinawa)

Daily visits from the house cleaning staff has been awesome too and not because of the job they do! They are so incredibly nice and selfless. When Clio was locked in the room they were just as worried/scared as we were and went out of their way to make sure she was ok. Every time we pass them around the building they wave excitedly to Eden or give Clio a wee squeeze. This week I have been a bit under the weather, which the cleaner noticed as I was coughing up a lung and took the time to play with the girls and even tidied away some of the dishes (which isn’t her job). Eden loves coming home to discover they have made the bed and put all her soft toys in!.

Jet lagged and awake at 3am

Jet lagged and awake at 3am

I have loved watching Eden’s imagination flourish; with only a handful of toys to keep her entertained she has had to make the most of it and she really has. Some days we are a pride of lions, other times we need saving from dragons or alligators. The carpet has become an ocean & the bed a boat and other times our TLF has become a beauty salon; Eden has painted her own toe-nails, become a make-up artist (yes, she is only 3, we have our wonderful Jess to thank for Eden’s love of make-up!!) and even had her own mini-facial!

Eden playing make-up artist

Eden playing make-up artist

Clio has grown a lot during this time, she went from a baby that rolled to one that sits up and manages to scoot around the place – not quite crawling yet but I don’t think it will be far off!

As expected there have definitely been lows, Clio had her first trip to the ER, we realised that the cleaners back in England threw out a bag of our stuff, good thing we can’t remember what was in the bag, so we are assuming it wasn’t all that important. Then of course being with each other 24/7, I am sure Matt has enjoyed being back at work just to get a break from us girls!.

Eden being pampered

Eden being pampered

While 5 weeks may sound like a long time to some to have to live out of suitcases, we are actually very lucky, some people have to wait months to be offered a house, others might get an offer straight away but have to wait months for their possessions. We only had to wait 3 weeks for a house and 5 for our belongings. We are thankful.

Pedicure time!

Pedicure time!

It has been an adventure, but one we are ready to put an end to so we can start our new one, the big one, making Okinawa our home.

We are looking forward to a weekend of unpacking, getting settled and of course a good nights sleep in our OWN beds.

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7 responses to “Hotel Living

  1. So happy for you guys to be settling into your new home. Wish I could be there to play with the girls while you unpack!

    • Thanks Carrie! I really hope we get to move today…my car has a flat battery, it’s 9 mins until we HAVE to be at our new place which as you know is on a different base and a 15 min drive away. Clio is tired, Eden hungry for breakfast and we are currently just hanging out in the car park hoping someone comes to rescue us soon! Oh and now Eden tells me she needs to pee! All this and it’s not even 8!!

  2. Ok that sounds like a complete nightmare. Were you in tears yet? Hoping it all worked out alright and you are currently blissfully unpacking your treasures!

  3. Love the post & pics. Keep them coming. Back from 6 great days with the Boes GKs. Had dinner with Cath and Tim last night—-a surprise bonus. Give our girls a big hug from their GM & GP. Pics make us happy & sad.

    • Mr C, only seen this comment now! Nice to chat to you both the other day, hopefully our Internet will be hooked up next week and I can post some house pictures. There is a storm potentially coming over the weekend, here’s hoping it changes path/no typhoon. Glad you had a great time with the Boes kids. H x

  4. That picture of Eden painting her toes is beyond precious! She has got that techique down just like a grown up! 🙂 Love it.

    • Haha, yeah she does, she is such a girly girl! she loves painting her nails & any one else that will let her!

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