Finally Fall!

My favorite season and after 3 typhoons, near-freezing temps, and non-stop rain and drizzle, we deserve it! If you can make it to Nagano, Niigata, Gunma, etc, now is the time! The next 7-14 days will be breath-taking…

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Mustache cat

Mustache cat

I hear that mustaches are popular in the US and Movember is fast approaching. So…

Secret family play room

I went to a women’s clinic in Nagano the other day. After entering my information and completing a questionnaire, they called my name and led me and my newborn to a special room about the size of a luxury bath. The floor was tiled in colorful rubber puzzle pieces and there were giant legos scattered across the floor. A kids’ kitchenette stood in the corner beside a real sink with soap and hand towels and a box of random toys beside.

Do these secret rooms exist is every waiting area?? I can’t wait to find out and I am so looking forward to playing in a bouncing doom and a ball crawl again. Yay for re-living childhood via our children!

American feeling

Driving a large van in a city with limited public transport, listening to country music (thanks to iTunes radio), and drinking Starbucks coffee from a drive-thru window. I felt so at home, I almost drove on the right side of the road as I turned onto the highway ramp. I am getting used to Nagano.

Working or workin’ it?!

We rock the pair look as we transform this humble mountain abode into Crawfish Madarao!

New roof and stucco paint job complete!

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FYI, the process (aka “the work”)…

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missed a spot!

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lookin’ good!

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