Once we got to Japan we found out some news and had to cut our Japan trip a little short so we left early and changed our flights to fly to San Diego. It was a 22 hour travel day yesterday and because of the way the flights worked out we had to leave for the airport during their nap time so the kids didn’t get a nap. Then we flew during Japan’s night time and arrived at 5:30am Japan time but 10:30am San Diego time so basically the kids got zero sleep (They didn’t really sleep much on the plane!). I felt so bad for them but somehow they were still so happy and in fact they were more patient than I was on the flight. I was so antsy for it to be over (and mostly just stressing that they weren’t sleeping and really wanted them to catch any sleep) but they were content just hangin out. I even watched two full movies (Lion – soo good. And La La Land again – my favorite.) The kids got a long nap on the way to David’s sister’s house and then they partied hard with cousins. Now it is 1pm the next day and all of us JUST woke up! Atticus is actually still asleep. We slept for 13 hours straight and the kids even longer ha! Hopefully we are all caught up now. Kids are freaking troopers man!
So anyways now we are in here in San Diego with David’s whole side of the family and the kids are having a BLAST with their cousins. I love looking outside and seeing Atticus being carried by one of the 12 year olds and Rosie being pushed in a wagon by three cousins. They are all a big mix of ages (18 cousins total) but play so well together. The adults just hang inside and chat and we let the kids run wild outside.
These photos are from our first cherry blossom experience in Tokyo! We went to Meguro River and it was so beautiful! And crowded. But the crowds made it kind of fun. I am 5’10 and was wearing flat sneakers but still felt so tall. The kids basically just wanted to chase all of the dogs around and give them kisses.
I like these photos because they also show the in between ‘pretty photo’ stuff. I always say that for every pretty travel photo there was a lot of stuff in between to get there – flights, figuring out subways, getting lost, and with kids there is a lot of carrying strollers up and down stairs and stopping for milk breaks or playground breaks! And I like to have those memories documented too. Our subway experience was a really good one. We really liked their subway system and how they display what stops are next and where to go – we thought it was fairly easy. Well I should say, David thought it was fairly easy because I mostly just followed him haha. Their subways are also SO CLEAN!!! I didn’t see a single piece of trash anywhere. Or a trash can – they don’t have trash cans hardly anywhere in Tokyo and somehow it is the cleanest city we have been to next to Copenhagen.
Anyways – off to meet up with family now! Have a great day!!!!!