I’m basically having a major meltdown over here. Now that everyone has left and I’m finally able to look around me and see what needs to be done before we leave the country in 35 DAYS I’m freaking out. While I’m typing this, I’m on hold for now 30 minutes with JAL because I cannot for the life of me find the right size, airline approved carrier in store or online! Everything is either too large, or not airline approved. And Baxter goes home in 14 days. And we’re gone for 7 of those 14 days. And somewhere in there we have the movers come survey the house for our shipment. And, and, and, AND!
So it’s been a bit wild here! First, the B family was here WAAAYY back at the beginning of April which seems like basically forever ago.
I took them on the Shinkansen to a couple of places, as well as some fun local train tours! They took themselves around Kyoto and Hakone, and all in all, we had a blast! I wish I had more pictures, but I mostly rely on Nathaniel’s photos these days!
As they were going, Auntie M and Uncle Wes were arriving! I spent a hilarious day shirking my responsibility and hanging out with them at an Aviary! This may have been one of my most favorite Japan days EVER. The B family was in Hakone and due back to Nagoya in the afternoon. I was tasked to pick up M and W at their airport, help them buy JR Rail Passes, and send them on their Shinkansen on their way. However, once we were on the move, we realized that I had nothing that I *HAD* to be doing, and I could go with them. SO even though I wasn’t dressed for walking, or carrying the proper bag or any of that, I just, on a whim, hopped on a bullet train for an hour each way! HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!? (Also how I will adjust to real life in 35 days?!?!)
And then, because I was ill prepared, here is all my crap on the way back.
The next couple of days were more blur, with the B family leaving and M and W coming back to Nagoya. SO MUCH LAUNDRY to flip the house in a day! But we did it! It has been really great to show everyone how much we love Japan.
On Monday, April 9 GM and GPa arrived!
We had a blast having them here, especially as we were all together for Roslyn’s NINTH birthday!
SERIOUSLY. NINE?!?!?!? eeegads! She’s so cool! I’m lucky to be here Mama!
I took the people (without Nathaniel) to the knife place.
Then I took them to Yamachan!
Some of us danced.
Then we Shinkansened away to the Himeji Castle and grounds.
Wes and I slipped away to Kobe for some Steak, but unfortunately those pictures are on his phone. But I assure you, it was WICKED Tasty!
We met Nathaniel and my newly minted 9 year old and (then) 10 year old and off we went to Nara the next day.
Look at 3 Generations of Madura Mavens!
That night, we said goodbye to Maya and Wes and they headed back to Nagoya and off to North Carolina. Apparently Wes almost wasn’t allowed to enter the US and that would have been a bummer because I don’t think Japan wanted him back. (I kid! We had a blast!)
Our next stop was Koyasan which was absolutely beautiful. It involved a long train ride, with a wonderful train nap, and then a cable car up the mountain! So worth it!
The next morning Nathaniel, Rosie, GM and GPa headed off to Kyoto, but Isaac and I wanted to get a few more capybara snuggles in before we move home. IN THIRTY FIVE DAYS.
We joined up in the afternoon and did some Kyotoing.
Monday the 16 was Isaac’s ELEVENTH BIRTHDAY. HOW?!?! How is it possible that my tiny peanut is ELEVEN??? Did you know he was only 6lbs. 11oz????? AND NOW HE’S ELEVEN.
Anyway, we did more Kyoto before we came home and collapsed with exhaustion.
I gotta take a break. I’ll have to finish the Madura-Altmann tour recap at a later date, when I’m less exhausted. I finally got through to JAL and they need a specific sized crate for Baxter that I SWEAR does not EXSIST. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE. So tomorrow after my (maybe last) baking class, I’ll be on the hunt again. (I EVEN CHECKED THE TERRIBLE AMAZON TODAY)
I am glad I sat down and told you all of this. I really enjoy writing this blog, I just sometimes struggle finding the time to do so. But there is more to come, TRUST ME!