100 days of summer…its a wrap (almost)

Technically it’s 108 days of summer for us but 100 days of summer sounds so much better!  I remember thinking wow 108 days of summer with no pre-school or sports to occupy our days with…how will we fill our time. Fast forward 100 days and we managed to fill our time no problems at all.

Eden 'graduating' pre-school

Eden ‘graduating’ pre-school

At the beginning of summer Eden and I created a list of fun things to do, sadly we only got half way through our mammoth list and I feel like I let Eden down a bit.  However I realized that our list was a little unrealistic with many day trips planned to outer islands, which we wanted to do WITH Matt but there are only so many weekends throughout summer, we also didn’t take into account typhoons or bad weather, I mean we live on a sub-tropical island, it’s meant to be gorgeous weather all year round, right? I also didn’t think about how much all of these super fun activities would cost nor did I take into account other commitments (like Matt having to work a weekend, appointments etc).

Instead of focusing on what we didn’t achieve off our list here is a brief recap of what we did get up to and it actually looks like a pretty impressive summer after all…

We had a rather wet staycation up at Okuma with friends.

giggles at Okuma with her BFF

giggles at Okuma with her BFF

Hiked to a waterfall.

hiking to/from Hiji Falls

hiking to/from Hiji Falls

Endured 1.5 typhoons (the half being that the typhoon fell apart just before it got to Okinawa)

window coloring for the typhoon

window coloring for the typhoon

Hung out on three islands.

at Oodamari Beach, Ikei Island

at Oodamari Beach, Ikei Island

Went on 2 camping trips.

first camping trip of summer

first camping trip of summer

Enjoyed a couple of festivals.

watching the dragon boats at the Chatan Nirai Haarii

watching the dragon boats at the Chatan Nirai Haarii

Sought refuge from the heat at the cinema…twice

Araha Beach

Araha Beach

Visited 7 different beaches.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Played at 12 different parks.

Fun Flying Four Summer recap (24 of 27)

Had a total of 23 hours without power (split over 3 days)

ice-cream stop

ice-cream!

Indulged in refreshing spiders, ice-chocolates, ice-pops, ice-cream’s and frozen yoghurts.

spiders!

spiders!

Spent a lot of time in the kitchen baking goods or cooking meals….together.

making gyoza

making gyoza

Clio potty trained…all by herself!

Fun Flying Four Summer recap (17 of 27)

Visited Royal Gardens, a temple and got a little history lesson at the Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters.

at Naritasan Fukusenji Temple

at Naritasan Fukusenji Temple

Hung out with many friends…at home, at beaches, at parks, at dams, at the movie theatre…

giggles with friends

giggles with friends

Danced, a lot; at home, in the rain and even water fights!

Clio loved dancing in the rain!

Clio loved dancing in the rain!

Saw animals at the zoo, the aquarium, the underwater observatory/glass bottom boat and of course goats at Cape Zanpa.

at the aquarium...trying to get to the dolphins

at the aquarium…trying to get to the dolphins

Had many, many make-overs!

Eden showing me how to pose after we did each others make-up

Eden showing me how to pose after we did each others make-up

Eden & I even managed to get a pedicure

and then we jumped on the bed

and then we jumped on the bed

And, of course, one epic family vacation…which is sadly nearing an end!

that time we painted each others faces and then went out for dinner....with our faces still painted.

that time we painted each others faces and then went out for dinner….with our faces still painted.

In a couple of days we will be returning to Okinawa where we will have just over a week to catch up on everything before our precious Eden heads off to kindergarten…can you believe that? we can’t!

I am still in denial about the school thing, something that seemed so far away when she was born and now look at her! I am so thankful that our family got to spend the past few weeks together doing one of our favorite things…exploring a new part of the world.

Clio & I are going to miss Eden oh so much; yes there have been days over the past 5.5 years where I have said “man I can not wait for school to start” but 97% of the time I love having Eden around, she is such a delight one of the most loving, kind and caring people I know and a truly amazing and loving big sister to Clio and just a wonderful daughter.  Eden has informed me she may miss us a little bit…but probably not!

What did your summer look like? Do you have any littles starting kindergarten?

 

 

 

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9 responses to “100 days of summer…its a wrap (almost)

  1. Stay cool! It is quite nice now, I think it’s still from the typhoon but it might get hot again. The Okinawa life

    • I was surprised when we walked off the plane yesterday how hot it was…I thought it would be cooler than Cambodia, and it was just a different heat I guess

  2. No, still have another two years before my LO can start kindergarten. My little guy has to be 5 by 31 Jul, which means that he’ll have to wait until he is two months shy of turning 6. 😦 So I’ll have another two years at home with him. Which is nothing wrong with that. More time to have fun learning and enjoying each others company.

    I wish our summer was so busy. It’s been full of difficult days and healing honestly. Maybe next summer will be much better.

    • oh no thats annoying, but you are right more time with him at home is also a huge blessing! I’m sorry your summer has been a difficult one but I am sure its a good to go through the tough days and healing in the long run. Hopefully next summer will be full of laughter and fun 🙂

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