Sunday, October 21, 2018

Monkey Business


This entire week Riley has been on a business trip in America and it's just been me and Luke in Japan. We are counting down the hours until he is home (17 hours)!  It's been pure monkey business around here.  We got a season pass to the aquarium, went to the zoo, played at our little park maybe one-thousand times and ate way too much saizeriya cheese pizza.  

We also came away from this week, appreciating Riley wayyy more and all he does to help out around the house and with Luke. (I honestly didn't even realize that I never take out the trash, unload the dish rack, or lock the doors). I can't wait to share a bed again and have our very best friend home. Just one more night! 

 Aquarium Lovin'
 The Zoo Crew (Heidi and Luke = future soul mates)

 Early morning exercise and nursery session. 
We shared this pizza more than one night this week. . . 
Anddddd almost cut this mullet off. . . but couldn't do it. 

It's been a good week with this sweetheart, and about to get even better!! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mt. Takao

10/13 Being in nature just feels sooo good on the soul! Living in a city now makes me appreciate way more these moments of solitude and untamed nature away from the hustle. There is so much peace and joy that comes being away and spending time playing with my boys in the great outdoors. Luke was a little parrot on Riley’s shoulder, continually squawking little words and waving at the other hikers. He does so good in the backpack and loved the free ride up the beautiful Mt. Takao. It was a great Saturday.
sesame-roasted mochi on a stick

 fun little mid-mountain stop, cool japanese vibes. 

 the pop line up. 
The buddha line up. 

 This is one of my favorite things Luke does. . . He puts his little hand against my lips and expects a kiss to catch it. He does it all day long, especially going to bed at night when he is too tired to sit up and lean over to get a kiss but wants one--so I get his hand to my face through the night haha. But seriously love Riley got it on camera.
Now just a few more pictures of these two... because they are my favorite.

 One day we will get a decent family picture, but this works :)
Another super cool manhole that was on the way to trailhead. 
 Soba stop and train sesh. 
 Occasionally I insist to take a turn with Luke in the backpack, but quit soon after and resume camera duty. . .  He is getting so heavy!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Conference Weekend in the Woods

10/8/2018: We have had FOUR - 4-day weekends in a row!! It’s been glorious. On the last long weekend we decided we HAD to do something fun and get out of Tokyo.

We scanned google maps picked out a green mountain range, Riley found a sweet cabin and booked it and we spent the long weekend in the woods hiking, watching some general conference and eating lots of soba noodles. It was the best. Here is a million pictures from me following my boys through the woods. 

"mom, are we still walking??"

Japan has some really cool manholes.

This view = 10/10! You can't see in the photo but Tokyo is far in the distance. 

Persimmon Season! 

 Conference Set-up!
 The Cabin! 

 Japan toilets beat outhouse everyday.