Tea is 8... Stay Wild My Child
Reclining Buddha...... Zen Temple.
My Baby Bird turned 8….
I dont know what it is about my kids getting older each year that just blows my damn mind… Maybe its their personalities taking different shapes and turns, maybe its witnessing their passions running deeper, maybe its just that they are taller and always running in all directions, thats not always my arms anymore….
Visit to Yokosuka..... My golly we miss it
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Nanzo-in Temple. Fukuoka Japan….
How many Buddha’s can we visit here??? Not enough!
Car. Bus. Plane. Train. Walk….
This was our weekend…. On Friday we made a spontaneous decision to head up to Yokosuka to see Husband! He called and said he didnt have to be back at work till Monday, so we jumped on it and grabbed tickets before we could even think about the dent in our wallet or the amount of travel for only a short 37 hrs together…. Because ANY time we get with him these days, well its worth everything <3
Uluwatu Bali//Kacek Dance
Um Wow. The Sakura this year is sooooooo stunning…
This past week we kicked off Spring Break with a trip out to Takeo… Mifuneyama Ruken. We have been to the gorgeous park in Autumn to see the crazy fire colors of the Japanese Maples (there is another post of that), but this go round the hills were blanketed in blush pink and white blossoms… It was beyond yummy!
Riding on Trains with Story
Ahhhh Uluwatu… The Southern Tip of Bali.
We took so much home with us from this trip… An even broader sense of adventure and yearning to see the whole world, its landscapes and people and culture… How incredibly blessed we are to have created this life with our children where we get to travel together and teach and show them how others live around the world. Their eyes are just as open as Husband and mine… They have become, in their own way, charitable and kind, and self aware of the carbon footprint they leave on this planet… Its so cool to watch!
Bingin Beach Bali
She turned 3.
Story has been in love with trains since we moved back to Japan…. When riding in the car she dodges her eyes from one window to the next, spotting them out as they move down the tracks, “Look Mom! A Twaiiin!!” The excitement in her voice is palpable… She notes the colors and how fast its moving, and has told us every time how she wants to ride the rails…
I know, its another Bali post. But By Dang Golly, this trip was so great….
After spending time in Ubud for 3 days, we headed south to Bingin Beach… We rented this incredible Cliffside Beach House off Air BNB, and wow. It didn’t disappoint one damn bit! It was about a 10 minute hike//hand over foot//climb down rocks to get to the giant wooden front doors… Its no wonder they call this Impossible Beach! We got in shape carrying a toddler everywhere, but the aching legs made no difference, it was worth every step.
This is one of our favorite places here in Japan.
This was my favorite day in Bali.
Top of my Must See list was Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang... The Gates of Heaven. Its said to be one of the holiest places in Bali, and predates almost all of the Hindu temples on the island, at almost 2,000 years old. We knew upon arrival that there wasn't any way we would be able to climb the 7 stations of the temple, at least not with the kids, so Hubs and I will be back someday to conquer that.... However that didn't make our trip any less special...
Our first day in Ubud was spent mostly walking the streets, checking out the shops, eating at different spots, but lets face it, kids get over that quick!! Even our Kids...
So we made sure ahead of time to have a few options to get us out where they could run and play! We had Ketut meet us in the afternoon and take us for a drive over to the Bali Swing... I had seen images on the Web of beautiful women swinging out over the palms, so honestly didn't know what to really expect... But we were happily surprised! Its a huge open area of discoveries among the rice terrace, with a few swings to choose from!