Year Two Begins…

Robert & I have officially arrived back in Fukuoka after spending the summer at our home in Montana.  And even though there is no better place to spend a summer (and a dramatic summer it was!), we are truly excited about being back in Japan and starting another school year and experiencing more of what this part of the world has to offer.

Traveling back was (thankfully) uneventful.  The weather was perfect everywhere and all our airlines (Horizon, United, and ANA) were on time.   20+ hours of travel isn’t so bad when you expect the worst and psyche yourself up for all the waiting in lines, going thru security (3 times!), sitting in small, uncomfortable seats and eating awful plane food.  In the end, as long as we arrive safely at our final destination, that’s all that really matters.

I’m happy to announce that our building was still standing, our unlocked bikes were still there, we hadn’t lost our home key and our little home was in perfect condition (minus the one clothes rod that had fallen and thus crushed all my work clothes onto the bottom of the closet floor.  Oh well, maybe I can convince everyone that wrinkled is in style. 🙂 )  I must admit, after hearing some horror stories of other teachers returning to moldy houses last year, I was totally relieved that our place had no issues with that what-so-ever.  We are also thrilled that (so far) it isn’t as dreadfully hot as it was last year when we arrived.  We can’t wait to see everyone and get caught up on everything they’ve been up to!

Montana Summer 2011 – A Reminiscence (nice word, thanks spellcheck!)

Cow on the way to the butcher.

Death Next Door – but Tasty!

We had a great, but very dramatic summer.  We returned to floods all over Montana, record snow fall, a deer that took up residence in our backyard and a leaking pipe in our basement.  Shortly after getting everything back in good shape, we had a long, violent thunderstorm with golf ball size hail that wrecked havek on our yard, house and truck – which now requires us to get a new roof, new gutters and our deck repaired.

The events kept piling on.  There was lots of drama on the family side of things, including fires threatening family homes in AZ, a dear uncle dying, and a cousin who shot his 40+ dogs and now is dealing with the law.

On the positive side of things, it was absolutely wonderful to see our families, friends and pets (which we missed very much) and we spent lots of time outdoors and doing some great hikes.  Rose got to fly down to AZ to see and spend time with her mother and a couple of sisters.  We enjoyed having friends visit and we got to eat some really great meals (sorry Japan, we still prefer American beef) and drink some fantastic wine.  It was the fastest two months we’ve ever had.  I can’t believe it came and went so quickly.  Hope you enjoy these pictures highlighting our summer (click on a picture to seem them all).

4th of July in Luther (Parent's House)

Spending Time with Family & Friends

I’m not sure either of us were really ready to leave our beloved Montana yet (as fall is also spectacular here), but at the same time, we were both excited to get back to Japan and the adventures of teaching and travel.

Rock Creek Valley

Our Playground