Saturday, February 19, 2011

October 2010

October-another packed month here at Yokota. It started out with a trip into Tokyo with some friends. Bridget had heard about the Aisics store where they will measure your foot in this cool machine and tell you about your running style. We all thought it sounded cool, so we thought we'd make a day of it and try it out. Bridget went first.
Anne held down the babysitting duties (she was prego and didn't feel the need to get her foot measured).
Hillary was the next victim.
My turn!
Brett getting his foot scanned.
After we all went, they told us each which shoes would be best for our foot size/running type. It was interesting, and free. Of course, with the exchange rate these days, the shoes were more expensive in the store than if we ordered them online. I didn't buy any, but have the notes on a good pair for me. Of course, that would require me taking up the sport of running too...
After a bit more shopping (where we came across this Japanese lady in this outfit, complete with the Mickey Mouse bow on her head)
we found a Mexican restaurant to eat dinner at. I was more than excited.
The inside- looks like Texas, no?
Brett, Mike and Steve- 3 men and a baby (Brett is miming his Tom Selleck mustache)
The specials- it sounds so authentic!
Having a good look at the menu
The Cochran Clan
Mexican food is not complete without pitchers of beer!
After dinner (which really was surprisingly good for Japanese Mexican food), we went home via Shibuya crossing (the busiest in the world)

These pants don't quite fit right and need to go after tonight, poor kid!

In October, Mal did a lot of playing, and I managed to get her hair up in pigtails a few times.

One of the sad things about being a military family is PCS time- meaning when it is time to move, or for your friends to move. The Sweets (Anne and Steve) PCS'd to the states, and we will miss them here in Japan. Anne is next to me with the pretty curly hair.

Mallory got her first big boo-boo in October. She was playing in the hallway and fell against the metal umbrella holder and bumped her lip. It looks much worse than it really was, thankfully. She had a little cut, which swelled up and was puffy for about 2 days. Luckily, she only cried about 10 minutes and let me put ice on it right away. She was back to her usual self in no time.

Mallory also had her very first day of school in October! I found a great little Montessori school off base that will take kids Mallory's age part time, so she goes Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-1. Her school is called 'Tulip' and she is one of only about 4 American kids to go there. All the rest, including the teachers, are Japanese. I love that she gets that culture and language and food too (they feed her lunch). She LOVES it and I love it too! Here's her little school building:
On our stairs, ready for school!
One of her teachers

Our Culture Club met again and this time we had a baby shower for Lynn, who was due with her 2nd child, a boy later in October. We had the shower at her house and Mallory got to join us. It was lots of fun. We played a rice game where you have to find safety pins mixed in with rice (MUCH harder than it sounds).
Mallory playing with our name tags.
We played another game where you have to draw a baby on a paper plate on your head. It was pretty funny to see the results!
Yummy food and decor.

Playing with Mallory
Just hours after the shower, Lynn went into labor, and sweet Joshua was born the next morning. He knew to wait just long enough- good boy! I got to visit him in the hospital and hold the tiny thing (only 5 lbs!)

Mallory crawled into our laundry basket one day and was having the best time playing- silly kid!

She also put on Dada's shoes and wanted to 'walk'.

Trying to escape out of baby jail in her leopard onesie.
Look at her standing on those tippee toes trying to see over the gate!


Looking so cute in her carseat.

I took a mini photo session of her one day, right around Halloween time.

We both have black Converse :)

My cooking group met, and in October we made pumpkin soup, stuffed acorn squash and green bean bundles. Yum!

The ladies were so cute and brought costumes and gave Mal a witch hat. She loved it!

Japan doesn't have pumpkin patches, so lots of us got together and made our own on a friends' porch. Mallory was having a non-smile day for some reason, so I got a few profile shots of her.

Finally, one cheesy grin.

I also had a little Baylor photo session with her. I'd bought the Baylor onesie for her back when I was still pregnant and before we moved to Japan. Who knew this would be the year they would actually do quite well in the football program, and make it to a bowl game? It was the first time since 1994, so of course I had to snap some pics of my future Baylor Bear!

I saw pictures like this in a magazine, and then stumbled upon alphabet letters in the store one day (a surprise in a country that speaks and writes Japanese). So I bought some to spell out ONE, even though she is 14 months now.
It didn't quite work like I wanted as she was way too interested in the letters to leave them in order.

What does this even spell mom?

Another great friend, Michelle and her daughter Brookston, also PCS'd this month. She was always so great at getting us together for potlucks and pictures. She had a fun idea of us each picking a color and dressing up like a box of crayons. Mal and I were yellow. How cute are the various colored kids??? We miss you Michelle!
My yellow girlie.

Sleeping in her crib- with her foot hanging out over the edge!

The kids English class had a Halloween party and it was fun. Here's the room all decorated.
Mallory and Toshiko, the Japanese teacher.
"singing" into the pumpkin microphone.
The witch hats the kids decorated.
Hard at work decorating their pumpkin face pancakes.

Getting ready to sing "10 little witches"
Toshiko, Kazuki, Misato, Kakeru, Mae, Juri and Shiori.
The younger kid's class.
The older kid's class.
Decorating pancakes.

You can tell they are Japanese by the tatami mats and all the shoes outside the door.

The older kids class. We all wore black to be "witches".

Halloween morning Karen and I took the kids to the Ops Group building to trick or treat. Here is Mallory in her Halloween costume. I took the easy, homemade route this year. She is sushi. The white is rice, the orange pillow is the salmon, the green wrap is the seaweed (nori) wrap and the green clip on her head is wasabi. Her treat bag says "Kikko-Kid" soy sauce, get it!?!?
Yummiest little sushi roll I ever did see!

Halloween night we hung out with our neighbors and passed out candy. I figured M wasn't old enough to want to go trick or treating and I'd bought stuff to hand out and didn't want it, plus more, in our house! Here are our "super dogs" ready for the night!
Bridget and Mallory
Mike set up a tent and got it all spooky looking! The kids loved coming by and getting candy from us!
Our candy stash- we had plenty to hand out!
Mallory waiting to hand out candy!
"spidey" maverick
Cheese-y sushi!!
Hillary, Amanda, Isabelle, Matt and Mike. We had fun hanging out and chatting. Brett was in the states for a class, so he missed the fun. It rained a bit but we stayed dry in the tent and had a fair turn out. All in all a successful holiday, and a great month at Yokota!

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