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Might as well stock up on blog posts while I have the time…

Sakura didn’t have an afternoon nap today so she went to bed fairly early and without any issues. She’s 12 weeks exactly today… I will probably curse myself by writing this but she SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT last night… she went to sleep a little later than usual because I wanted Ryohei to give her a bath when he got home at 6:30 instead of me doing it at 5:30 and she was in a decent mood… and we went to bed at 10:30pm and I didn’t wake up once until around 4ish!! She didn’t really wake up then, just had some boobies and slept until about 6:30… I was shocked. She usually needs a feed at around 12ish and between 2-3…

I have to say that as of right now she’s definitely a good sleeper. Gosh I hope it lasts – I really love that she consistently goes to bed between 6-7 which leaves quite a bit of time for me to make dinner/surf the web/talk to Ryohei.

He is taking Monday off next week so we can go and apply for her Japanese passport. Should be fun – not sure exactly what we will do after. He’s working some of Sunday and he didn’t get the 3 day weekend last week – so he’s looking forward to spending more time with Sakura err.. I mean us. He was so disappointed I put her to bed early today.. we want to push her bedtime up an hour so that he can do her bath since she sleeps SO early they really don’t have anytime together besides weekend.

In exactly a week and a half Sakura and I will be taking a plane down to Osaka to see all my old friends!! I’ll be seeing Sassymoo and Corinne and a bunch of other friends I haven’t seen for 6 months!! I can’t wait… they’ll all get to meet Sakura too! Ahh.. I miss Kansai – I hope I don’t get to homesick for it while I’m there…

It will be interesting to see how the plane ride goes… maybe a much shorter preview of December… can’t believe I’ll be going home so soon! Twice in a year – a first for me! I’m looking forward to spending Christmas in country where its actually done properly – no Kentucky Fried Chicken and Strawberry Shortcakes here! Sakura won’t know whats going on – but I haven’t spend a Christmas at home for about 5 years now so I’m really looking forward to it.. 🙂


I am trying my darndest to get in the holiday spirit at the moment. But feel like I’m lacking quite a bit. Since I realized I don’t have any sort of Christmas music on my computer I’ve turned to the power of online radio and am currently listening to the Christmas Music 24/7 channel. Hoping that it helps… and it does, even just listening to the music brings me back to Jr. High/High School when I would put them on my radio boom box and listen to them all night long.

Gah, I miss home so much right now. I have tiny bouts of homesickness through out the year… although I’m not sure if its homesickness or longing for the past. I miss University a lot but not so much the high school period. But even though my University was 7 hours away by plane I always came home for Christmas. So thats really the one time I’ve ALWAYS spent at home… well except for the 4 years I’ve been in Japan. So next year I think I need to go home. I just can’t seem to get Christmas-y by myself and Ryohei’s really no help with that although I was surprised to learn that his parents gave him and his brother a Christmas present each year. Seems sort of unusual for a Japanese family.

I guess once babes is here I’m going to have to try and infuse some sort of of Christmas spirit or else go home. I suppose I’ll need to buy a tree and get some decorations/lights at some point. I do miss “real” Christmas trees though. When Nay and Naoki were here on the way home one day some foreign guy had a tiny mini real Christmas tree which I could smell and it just made me sooooo nostaligic for home and going to pick out our Christmas tree from the big Target parking lot.

I need some cocoa… with some hard liquor… (just kidding…)