Summer is unofficially over.
School has started, the pumpkin flavored stuff is out, and we are all dreaming of cooler weather and boots.
I was thinking that we hadn’t done much lately, but then I realized this summer has been crazy! Let me recap.
Memorial Day. We were still living in Okinawa and didn’t have orders. We spend the day hiking to a couple different waterfalls (Kijoka and Fukugawa), checking out Kouri Island, and swimming at the beach.
In the next couple weeks following, in between all the craziness of PCSing, we made a trip to Cape Manzamo and the Futenma Flightline Festival.
Then came a really long flight. In one day we left Okinawa, stopped in Tokyo, flew into San Diego, drove through Los Angeles and San Francisco and ended up at my in-laws. We somehow survived that day without any major catastrophes. The next week was spent with family while we tried to re-acclimate ourselves to the ways of the American.
We also spent a few days in San Francisco. We played tourist and took in a Giants game (but only because they were playing the Dodgers).
We headed back down to Southern California, found a house, bought a few large items, and a couple weeks later, got our first shipment from Okinawa. Nothing like sleeping on your child’s mattress on the floor with no pillows or blankets because you somehow forgot to make sure the movers packed them. We made time for fun (like we had much else to do) and spent a day on the lake, hung out with friends, went to the beach on this side of the Pacific, and made a trip to the Orange County Fair.
The kids and I flew home for the shortest visit ever. While we were gone, our storage shipment was delivered.
We then drove from Missouri back to California in my new Explorer (squeal!) It was surprisingly, a really fun trip.
Our third and final shipment from Okinawa was delivered right after I got home, on the first day of school. Labor Day weekend was partially spent in San Diego. And I thought we hadn’t done anything. This summer was crazy! How quickly we forget.