Thursday, October 20, 2016

First Month in Tokyo

We have officially been in Tokyo for one month!!! We kept saying that to each other yesterday. One month! It feels like we just stepped off the plane & have been here forever all at the same time. 

This month Riley started his job, we spoke in church, got an apartment and furnished it, ate out more times than we have our entire dating and marriage life combined and finished the first season of Poldark! 

 I love school uniforms in japan, this girl just reminded me of the Matilda of Japan!

Indian Curry & Naan everyday... 

 mexican nachos & american eagle, feels like home. . . 

Sushi! Riley's favorite. I'm kinda obsessed with wasabi. 

Ikea: A love/hate relationship. This is how i spend my days!

One saturday we spend rolling this free kitchen counter around tokyo for an hour, very eventful.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Catching up!

Every since I could write, I have tried to keep a journal.  I perfected the art of apologizing to my own journals and justifying the abandonment that occurred often when I slacked off for a few days or weeks.  I would explain, that life is just busy and crazy. My handwriting would slowing become more careless with each sentence and there was never, never enough time to write and describe everything that I have missed up to the point of catching up. 

I feel that way right now,  sorry I've missed so many good memories and haven't been good at updating my journal. We have just had a seemingly endless to-do list and visiting family and friends before leaving the US just took priority. Now, I'm sitting looking at pictures of the past few weeks and reflecting on this first week in Japan and not wanting to forget a single thing but having no idea how to put these emotions and memories together. . . 

I think i will do a list. I have always liked list and hope these keywords will trigger my thoughts and take me back to these precious moments of our last month in America:

- Moving Paper Cottage! Lots of work but lots of good quality family time. I loved working beside my dad and family members. I learned how to use a drill and paint like a pro from the very best. In hard work there is satisfaction. 

- Surprising Quin after his race! Driving to Utah and having a slumber party with Quin and Rachel in a fancy hotel. Late night pillow talk and the Red Iguana. 

- Another Roadtrip to Utah! Provo temple with Nicole before the mission.  Good chats, food, family time and ping pong. How the heck did Nicole become a pro at ping pong overnight? 

-  Fireworks in Idaho with family! Snacks and rolling out blankets and watching an amazing random-timing firework show put on by Scentsy in late August.  Watching fireworks with kids just make the show even better. I love my nephews. 

-  Grandpas's 80th birthday! Moncur Family meeting in Brigham City, Utah to celebrate our favorite Papa and eat Maddox. Good family time and seeing some of my favorite people ever.

- Visiting and working with Grandma and Grandpa Garner! Picking peaches, lots of laughs and just feeling at peace on the farm. 

-  Family time in Boise: raspberries, scones, games, movies, Big Juds &&  BBQs. Just being all together and feeling like a vacation. The calm before the storm.  There really is no place like it. Also,  I'm kinda obsessed with Baby Grey.

Thats the highlight reel of the last few weeks! Lots of sad goodbyes, but cheerful times mosty. Life is really good.  
Peace out Journal. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Spirit of Boise

We went to the last day of the Spirit of Boise Festivities. We woke up early morning and drove across town and walked the little path to Ann Morrison Park to watch the balloons. It was magical watching them inflate and fly over head. It reminded me lots of my childhood and watching them above our old house and sleeping on the tramp and seeing them saturday mornings. It was fun to share that memory with Riley and also create more memories with the family. After we met up with the rest of the family and all went out to eat for breakfast. It was so fun! I love my family and Boise.