Wednesday, February 07, 2007


I just received my official Certificate of Japanese Language Proficiency in the mail!
I passed my Level 3 test...meaning I can navigate the Japanese language at an elementary level...officially. ;)
It is nice to have the official cert, though, after all those hours of study. Who knows? Maybe I will keep studying so we can move to Banff and I can become a tour guide for all those Japanese people who come to sight-see...and if not me, then maybe the kids, ne?;) (lol)

Limping along

Exercise 1/6: Walking
Time: 30ish minutes

Mixon had an extra class yesterday so he was going to come home late. Selah and I walked to the Post Office and then on to school to meet Mixon to surprise him and walk him home. When we got there we found a dour boy limping towards us. He had been rough-housing with some boys and he kicked one of their backpacks. Backpacks in Japan are all the same and are meant to last all through elementary school. They have some serious hardware! Mixon is still limping this morning...that'll teach him! ; ) Anyhow, it slowed our walk home quite a bit...such is life.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

First day of Spring?

So, now that everyone has thrown their beans and old-man winter out their door, spring is being blown in with stong winds! It is blustery today. I have to laugh at the "weather-warning" for our has a yellow warning sign for "dry air". OOOOh NOOOO! :P

Last night we had a bowling tournement for our area's ALT's. Very Fun! And another JET family came with their 2 girls who are close in age to our kids (They're from Australia). The kids had a lane to themselves and had a hoot. We also brought our young friend, Chiemi. She had a great time trying to understand all the English swirling around her...but it was also a good start to really understanding what her ESL experience in Canada will be like when she comes.
We had about 25 people show up and, after 3 games, had prizes for highest score, most strikes, lowest score, most gutters, best bowling style, and best dressed. (Best dressed went to the guy in the Pikachu outfit, ha ha). All in all, the event was a great success.

I should mention that afterwards, we went out to a doughnut shop with the Offords (the Aussie family). It is a rare sight to see 4 white children who can chatter away to each other in Japanese!
Today, we are heading over to the Offord-family's place for the kids to play for a while. :)

Last night
Exercise 5/6: 100 squats (ouch!)
Time: na

Exercise 6/6: Abs workout
Time: 27 min