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.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.Hiked to a waterfall. Endured 1.5 typhoons (the half being that the typhoon fell apart just before it got to Okinawa) Hung out on three islands. Went on 2 camping trips. Enjoyed a couple of festivals. Sought refuge from the heat at the cinema…twice Visited 7 different beaches. Played at 12 different parks.
Had a total of 23 hours without power (split over 3 days)Indulged in refreshing spiders, ice-chocolates, ice-pops, ice-cream’s and frozen yoghurts. Spent a lot of time in the kitchen baking goods or cooking meals….together. Clio potty trained…all by herself!
Visited Royal Gardens, a temple and got a little history lesson at the Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters.Hung out with many friends…at home, at beaches, at parks, at dams, at the movie theatre… Danced, a lot; at home, in the rain and even water fights! Saw animals at the zoo, the aquarium, the underwater observatory/glass bottom boat and of course goats at Cape Zanpa. Had many, many make-overs! Eden & I even managed to get a pedicure And, of course, one epic family vacation…which is sadly nearing an end! 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?