In trying to keep the kids busy these last couple weeks (and trying to be a fun mom because Little Man keeps saying he misses his dad and constantly talks about him, not that there is anything wrong with that), we headed out again today.
We first tried to find a playground behind Naval Kadena. It was on the map at the park, but the playground was suspiciously missing. Instead, we walked along the seawall, checked out the Kadena Marine from the opposite side, and watched the planes come in.
|Uh, yeah. I didn’t realize what that said until now.|
From there we headed to Toguchi Beach. We had our family pictures done there last year and I keep meaning to go back. There was a small playground there with a couple concrete slides and a roller slide.
Then we walked down to the water. The tide was out, so it was easy to walk out a ways. There was a large group of Japanese kids there, maybe a school trip, and they looked like they were having fun picking up random things. We started looking too. We found a ton of hermit crabs and some larger crabs, tons of tide pools full of fish, some great seashells, and Little Man even managed to find some clam shells that were open, but hadn’t been broke apart at the hinge yet. We were only out there 15 minutes or so, but I managed to get fried. The kids didn’t, but I’m roasted.
|Checking out a hermit crab!|
|She yelled at me from a distance that she had found a clam. I guess my science lesson wasn’t very successful.|
After that we just headed to the pool. Besides Little Missy’s swim lessons, I’ve never taken the kids to a pool on base here. We always go to the beach. We played around for a while then Little Man wanted to go off the diving board. I walked down there with him, but the lifeguard stopped him and said he had to have an arm band. In order to get an arm band, he had to pass a swim test. He only had to swim 25 meters and do a 1 minute tread, but that’s a lot for a newly turned 7 year old! We practiced a bit first and he swam the 25 meters twice. He passed that test without a problem. I was super proud! He then spent the rest of the time going off the diving board. I think it’s safe to say we all had another fun day. I’m running out of ideas though, so good thing school starts in less than 2 weeks!