I had my eye on this pumpkin, cause it's a funky shape, but a little out of m price range! They marked it down to $15 and I had to get it! I have plans for it!!
Nicole made a mustache totem pole.
I love my beach!
I got up early November 1st to go running on my beach. I had seen lots of things wash up, but never an octopus!
Actually, they're putting up fences.
Our neighbor took family photos for us. She's a great photographer!
After a few days, we took a trip down o Ryusendo caves. They were beautiful! But the railings and paths and stairs were crazy!!! Some of the paths had low hanging rocks that we had to crouch under, walkways that had no railings, stairs that were narrow and steep.... But the caves and pools were beautiful!
I invited my English class to my house for thanksgiving dinner. They appreciated the invite. We also got a chance to talk about initiations, the 5 W's, rsvp's, and menu planning! They were excited!
I taught my cooking class to make eggs Benedict! Fancy favorites! Maybe this is my signature dish.... I've made it so many times in the last couple of months!
A sweet woman gave us cheesecake and brownies! The japanese people are so sweet and so generous! I was able to share some candy.... I feel like I never give enough!
But we had the most beautiful view! This was the window by our little table. I had to wear my sunglasses!!!!
They did have a little pachinko game in the arcade... I couldn't quite figure it out..... It seemed dumb.
The hotel included a buffet dinner. We were given this card to place on our table. 1 side was for while we were sitting there and still eafing, the second side was for when we were finished.
We walked everywhere for the first day... Then we walked all the way to the airport and picked up a rental car.
We started walking (surprise) toward the hakodate gondola. As we were walking uphill, I saw totoro peeking over a fence!
When we went back down (after hitting up the gift shop!!), we stopped at an italian restaurant. It was delicious! (And the head cook personally came out to take our order! Maybe because the previous waitress didn't speak much english!)
We drove easy along the coast. We saw these bridges...
And weird snacks. This 'meal' had so much vinegar in it I could hardly taste the banana! Their preservatives are so different from our american products...
And more lighthouses.
I snuck away to the beach again the next morning! I was very close to sunrise...
It was so refreshing!!
We packed up and headed downtown. We had lunch at the hakodate brewery.
And I tried a japanese club sandwich. It had ham and lettuce and tomato and beans and cheese.... It was odd....
We walked to the brick stone district. They mostly had shops inside.... Christmas shops, ornament shops, China shops...
On the way back to the train station, we saw this man with a 'collection' of rabbits....
We made it to the train station with just enough time to board! We had a long, uneventful, successful trip home.
We did a mixers and masterpieces painting in our neighborhood.
And I made a mint chocolate chip espresso dark chocolate cake! Everything was successful!
They brought a little of their culture and taught me to make gyoza and cheese rolls..
And I brought a lot of mine!!!
It was delicious. And filling. New had friends over. It's wonderful that our Air Force family IS our family when we're so far away!!! We had some friends over for dinner. We had Black Friday shopping in the weasel's den the next morning.... And Saturday I finally got to go to the beach!
The weasel's den has this lovely Christmas present for us! I can't wait to bring my English class here!!
Today was the start of the cookie caper. They give Christmas cookies (donated) to simgle airmen... So I bake some salted caramel chocolate pretzel cookies! I saved just a couple for me... I knew I needed I get all of them out of the house!!!
Ahhhhhh.... The holidays are upon us!!!