Mother’s Day

13 May

Fuck I hate carnations. The thing is I always forget to tell hub and subsequently get the damn things for mother’s day.  Obviously can’t display signs of disappreciation when actually given them so need to murmur ‘how lovely’ and ‘thankyou’s while actually wishing he had at least got me cut flowers and not a plant of fuckin carnations, cause then at least they would die and I could throw them out :p

Granny K also got a pot so we have double carnation carnage in the house. Actually was very lovely gesture and  really shouldn’t be ranting about receiving flowers!

On a plus-side, Ryu drew me this awesome picture, complete with ribbon, shark eyes, and ‘thank you mummy’.


I was a potato head last year and this is such an improvement. Love that he loves drawing so much. His latest craze is tracing, tracing and more tracing. It can be frustrating though as he doesn’t like to make mistakes and yet still choose very intricate dinosaurs and Pokemon monsters.

On actual mother’s day itself an early soccer start meant no soggy toast and milky tea in bed – which I must admit has actually never happened as hub thinks idea of breakfast in bed utterly absurd.

So up at 6 to make Shou’s lunch and get his soccer shite sorted and him and hub out the door at five to seven to go pick up a tent, some balls and four 8 year olds for the second consecutive day of soccer, in which the best score they got was 5-0, a loss, and significantly not as embarrassing as 11-0 or 9-0.

Spent a somewhat enjoyable morning with Ryu and Marina, during which Ryu was renamed the ‘highest ranking leader of all leaders in ladybird finding kingdom’, or similar.  Maybe it’s because he’s the closest one to the ground I’m not sure but he has super ladybird spotting abilities. We came home with 9, and proceeded to leave them in the car where they half melted in the heat and got eaten by the 5 grass hoppers.

After bug searching we spent a good while on this


Have never met other people here. It’s a great thing, very challenging. Marina does the whole thing and just needs help getting up onto the flying fox at the end. Ryu did most of it but then got sidetracked by more ladybirds.

A five-minute walk down hill from here is the beach where we went for some rocky shore fun and antics, stopped short only be arrival of lone male in car – and sometimes I have crazy mother bear psychological issues where I think every male I don’t know who is within a certain vicinity of my children that even looks at us once is quite obviously a paedophile. Marina was not happy about having to walk back up the hill and was very vocal about her dislike for mummy and Ryu, and the shellfish, and quite possibly the ladybirds. She kept the attitude up the whole way home, got sent to her room for some personal reflection and growth time, which obviously wasn’t very successful as she was a little biatch all afternoon, forcing me to open mother’s day beverage ten minutes before the stroke of 5pm wine o’clock.

During the day – I think when I was curled up under my futon trying to ignore Marina’s cries of how the whole world was unfair and she was going to leave home because she hated me, and would never ever hold my hand again – I had a wee cry about not having my own mum for mother’s day.




13 Responses to “Mother’s Day”

  1. Sophelia May 13, 2014 at 3:59 am #

    1. That park is amazing! Where is it? I am totally going to head up your way… one day…
    2. It was my first mothers’ day, and no one did anything. Which shouldn’t have been a surprise since it was exactly a week after my birthday, when no one did anything, but didn’t stop me having a cry about it. Husband’s excuse was “it’s different in every country, I didn’t know it was Japanese mothers’ day” which is total bollocks, because it was MD in Australia the same day.

    • gaijinwife May 13, 2014 at 4:21 am #

      definitely no excuse! Father’s day is different in Japan but mother’s day is the same in NZ too. Belated birthday greetings. xxx

      Oh, and the park is in a town called Kakaji here in Oita, about five minutes from our place.

      • Sophelia May 14, 2014 at 6:27 am #

        Cheers 🙂

  2. emilycsimpson May 13, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    I was thinking of you and your siblings on Sunday.

    Breakfast in bed just means there’s a huge pile of dishes to do when you get up. Not quite sure how they manage to use every dish and appliance, but they do! I still like it though.

    That playground looks great – my boys would be bugging me to take them there all the time.

    Hugs Emily

    • gaijinwife May 13, 2014 at 4:23 am #

      Your boys would love it! Maybe on that next Japanese trip aye 🙂 Am hoping we’ll make it down your way during stay but am starting to worry the bloody cook strait ferry might sink!

  3. Oyomesan May 13, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    That jungle gym course looks amazing! can’t believe it is so under used. Wow. Bet some serious money came from somewhere to build it. I always feel your children are having such a wonderful childhood, bugs and beasties and outdoor life. When is NZ coming?

    • gaijinwife May 14, 2014 at 12:06 am #

      Its very surprising more people don’t go!! The climbing wall even has big mats at the bottom which is good because its about the height of a single story and Marina flies up there without a second thought! Living here definitely gives the kids more of an old school upbringing. NZ will be great too – running round outside in barefoot and eating ice creams at the beach kind of great. Leave in 2 months!!

  4. Susan May 14, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    It was Mother’s Day here in the US, too. I agree with everyone above, that playground looks really amazing. I am a huge fan of old school upbringing. Of course, I am old so there’s that. We live near the beach as well and when my kids were small we spent nearly every day in the summertime. I miss those days!

    • gaijinwife May 14, 2014 at 1:03 am #

      We have one great beach near here that the kids go to a lot in summer to either collect shellfish or crabs, or swim in the shallow pools that the tide going out makes. Unfortunately soccer and ballet bollocks has meant less visits but none of that nonsense going on in NZ for 6 whole months so beach playing here we come. Who gives a shit that it will be winter. Toughen them up :p

  5. aurora94 May 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Sending love!

  6. Adam W May 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Happy Belated Mother’s Day! After that one incident with the man that knife’d down his wife, I certainly don’t blame you for staying away from lone men.

    • gaijinwife May 15, 2014 at 12:54 am #

      Thanks Adam. Yes, I think that has a part in it probably too. Lose a lot of trust in people when you see something scary like that.

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