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Spring coming early? [Bobby's Diary]

It looks like spring might be coming in early this year.
The snow is all melting and the weather has been warming up.
I am actually sad to see it going so soon.
I had the chance to do a lot of skiing this year and I feel like I was just starting to really get good at it. Now I am excited because it has been so much fun and now I will have to wait all the way until next winter!

But that does not mean that I am not happy to see spring coming through. My house has been very cold and I am happy to be able to cut back on my heating bills. I also will be happy to get to do more outside again. maybe some more gardening, a lot of hiking and camping, and just enjoying taking walks in the morning without having to wear my big heavy overcoat.

Spring gives us the chance to do more outside at PiPi as well.
We can go for walks and see much more than just big piles of snow everywhere.
We can find plants and small bugs and talk about the many different chapes and colors of everything.
It will also give us a chance to get back to the park and we can have fun playing outside with the kids.
I am really looking forward to all the fun we will have!

2010-03-11 18:30  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

Snow fun!! [Bobby's Diary]

I have been enjoying the snowy winter we are having this year.

I went to see the snow festivals in Takikawa, Shintotsukawa, and Asahikawa (I went to the Sapporo festival last year).

I have also being skiing a lot this year, and I am happy to say I think I am getting better at it.

The kids really enjoy the days when we finish all our work in time to get to go outside and play in the snow.

We have a little snow fort and there are always a lot of snowballs that go flying. Winter is fun!

2010-02-10 16:16  nice!(1)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

Snow! [Bobby's Diary]

Wel we finally had our first snow last weekend. It coincided with a Halloween party I was planning in Takikawa. It didn't snow too much, but it was enough to help us hurry on our way in winter preparations, and now we have to winter tires put on all our vehicles. The past few days have been very hectic and I am somewhat relieved that Halloween is finally over, even though it was a lot of fun while it was here.

2009-11-05 10:06  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

Incoming Winter [Bobby's Diary]

This will be our second winter in Hokkaido, so we feel like we are better prepared than we were last year. This year we have made sure our heater has oil and turns on. We are ready to put the extra insulation layers on our windows and doorways. We will keep a vigilant eye on the snow creeping off of our rooftop to make sure no icecicles line up to come crashing through our windows.

Even with all of our preparations, we know winter will sneak right up on us and find every little flaw in our plans. At some point we will find ourselves freezing wondering why we weren't ready for whatever situation we find us in. But that is just the little bit of wonder and excitement that helps winter keep its position of awe and fear in our collection of seasons.

2009-10-16 10:08  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

The end of summer [Bobby's Diary]

The brief Hokkaido summer is already beginning to fade away and the chilling tendrils of a brief autumn and enveloping winter are creeping ever closer. The days are getting to be a bit cooler and it won't be much longer before it is time to get out the warmer blankets for sleeping. This was my first Hokkaido summer, and it went by all too fast.

I really enjoyed last winter, and I am looking forward to another, but there are some things that just can't be done with so much snow on the ground. We'll miss our hiking and camping, barbecues and picnics. The thing I will miss the most is just the longer daylight hours. In just a few more weeks it will be dark by the time I get home and won't begin getting light until just before I am on my way to work the next morning.

Hopefully we still have a bit of summer left to go, and we can get in our last great barbecues. That way we will some some warm stories to remember on the long, cold Hokkaido nights.

2009-09-09 10:33  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

Taiko [Bobby's Diary]

My wife and I got to be in our first Taiko performance yesterday. We have been practicing since last winter and I think we did very well. Our group is mostly young kids, so I feel like we really stand out, but once we get up and start playing it is fun and we all have a good time. I look forward to performing some more.

2009-06-30 10:16  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

Summer Fun [Bobby's Diary]

It is getting nice and warm, a little too warm in fact. We often spend our mornings singing, dancing and moving around, and now it is making us hot and thirsty. The other day, we got out the PiPi pool and filled it with water. We put in some toys and used it for a fishing game. It was nice to feel the splash of the cool water as the kids were trying to fish out the toys they wanted. I hope we get some more chances to use it again soon.

2009-06-29 10:33  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

Pirate Day [Bobby's Diary]

Yesterday was Pirate day and it was a lot of fun. We managed to tie reading, crafttime, playtime, and even some of flashcards all together into a pirate themed experience. Its fun to have a day all go together like that and it is very rewarding when it works out so well. It is a lot of work to set it up, but I hope we can have some more like it in the future.

2009-05-13 10:06  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

PiPi Farm [Bobby's Diary]

For our craft project today I cut out the shapes of different farm animals, along with some stands to make them stay upright. The kids all colored 2 different animals and we put them all inside a paper corral and called it the "PiPi Farm". It looked really good when we were finished, and we took some pictures so that we could remember it. The kids had a lot of fun counting the animals and playing games with them. I really enjoy coming up with craft ideas that the kids find a lot of fun.

2009-05-11 10:20  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

Golden Week [Bobby's Diary]

I had a good time over golden week, even though I didn't get to go out and do as many things as I had hoped. I spent most of the time with my wife working on our garden. We have everything planted now and are hoping to see our first shoots appearing sometime next week. We also got invited to a barbecue by some friends in Uryu, and that was a lot of fun as well. We stayed out late and went to karaoke with everyone.

2009-05-08 10:27  nice!(0)  コメント(0)  トラックバック(0) 

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