Sunday, September 23, 2012

Every Week - Monday!

Prepping for PCOC again.

Doubling up Science and Math in prep for tomorrow off.

Brisket baking for FIVE hours - the ultimate test for a new vegan. ::snort:: I made this as my "main dish" and a side dish for Michael (and the kids?).  I subbed leftover spicy lentils for black beans.

Via Whole Foods Markets
Unfortunately, dinner prep ran late....I ended up taking it and scarfing it down in the chapel kitchen. The older two eat dinners on Monday at the chapel.

Alas, I could find no one to go with me...but I headed for my favorite neighborhood onsen.  That will need to be a separate post. 

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Almost Spectacular - Another G Team Adventure

Before I begin our sad saga....I must say I loved Michael's sermon this a.m. on I Peter 2:1-3. I believe the goal is to get through I Peter before we move to our next assignment. ::grin::

After was Zander's day to pick our restaurant. We drove up to Lakeview Grill and it was CLOSED. We ate at the club.

Oh the unexpected adventures you have with a navigator such as I. I downloaded step by step directions from ITT to Inkadate...we wanted to see the Rice Art.... We discussed most mention going up the toll road...and these directions...took us OVER the mountains, around very windy roads....3 hours...and when we arrived...they had closed the observation tower 10 min earlier. That didn't deter us....we took some photos anyway....marked the coordinates on the GPS and may try again. This will be our last chance to do this before we leave Japan.  There WAS a very nice lady who tried in vain to get the guard to let us up. She knew how far we'd come...she kept saying "base, base."  The guard kept saying, "Dame, Dame, Dame."

I'm dreaming of how stunning this will be from ABOVE the fields...various kinds of rice to make designs....I'll share more about it when we get to go up the elevator.

Arielle climbed up on the top of the car and got the best vantage point of the day. 

More to come....we had noted a great playground on our way to the fields and went back there. Our plan was to check out the one field of rice art they had and then let the kids play before we headed home. 

You guessed it! They closed just before we got there...we got this shot from making Nolan balance on the top of a post....on his tip toes...while we held him and shouted encouragement. ::snort:: 

We got back to the playground to find it CLOSED too! Zander couldn't believe you can close a playground! LOL 

This zip line "thing" WAS open.....

VERY important for both parties to go the SAME way around the track

Always more fun when Dad gets involved

After playing, we found a vending machine with ice cream and treated the kids to their weekly ice cream ration. ::snort:: 

Poor Michael...I know he was exhausted. It rained all the way back...we took the toll road and it took 1 hour and 40 min to our door.  But it was about $27 in tolls - one way. 

We were told next Sunday will be the last day before the harvest the rice. Photos of the harvest may be fun too.  I've wanted to see this  for 3 years now.....I do think another try is in the future....this time we'll start early, take a picnic lunch and add another attraction or two to make the best use of the drive up. LOL 

Would you believe after 5 hours in the car to see something we couldn't really of our children THANKED us for the day? These are good kids...not one complaint...

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...