Four out of the five of us... Am wondering if in the blogworld it is OK to actually post pics of people you haven't asked whether is OK from?? I figure its only a head shot and we all look just as boozed as each other. And I love fact that you can see all of our teeth - that would never happen in a pic of four Japanese women.
And one pished looking gaijinwife and one sleepy looking Ryu...
Did I mention yesterday that I got home to a bombsite? Took me two hours to find my house this morning - and that wasn't even spent shining benches and shit. That was JUST the tidying. Not helped of course by Shou deciding to pull everything out of his shelves and then dismantal the shelves themselves at 5 am this morning.
He then went to wake Granny K up - after being told to piss off (and yes I fear I may have even said those exact words) by hub and I. Hub who had been up till midnight doing work and me who well, hasn't slept for 1000 days. I'm sure I've said this before but if you already have two very close in age small children and are thinking about a third - my advice to you is don't. I love Ryu to bits but by god two under 4s is sooooooo much easier than 3. My sister told me the gap between 2 and 3 was bigger than you would think. She has three at 13, 11 and 10. All girls!! That's going to be a bitchy katty house in a few years.
We can't talk though. We'll have two moody angry teenage boys and a bitchy katty girl. 16, 15 and 13. I caaaaaaaaaan't wait. Actually I have a feeling Marina might be bitchy and katty before then!
Sometimes I look at families with a couple of kids with quite a big gap - say five years, and I think how nice. Both those kids would have gotten a lot more attention and love than what mine do. Yes, Shou, Marina and Ryu get lots of cuddles and kisses but on too many occassions it is all just spread a bit too thin. Mainly my patience. I am sorry that I have had them this close together. They are so beautiful and deserve much better than an 'oni' (ogre) mother.
On that note, today was 'setsubun' at the kindy. Without looking up wikipedia and speaking a bit through my ass here I think setsubun is the changing of seasons. It is also when kids throughout Japan are being scared shitless by kindy teachers dressed up as 'oni' or ogres. There are some nice oni costumes but at our kindy they are down right fuckin scary and if I was a two or three year old I would piss my pants - at the very least.
The oni comes in to scare the children and they throw mame (beans or peanuts) at it and shout 'oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi' - cast the ogres out and bring the good fortune in. Thankfully Shou and Marina didn't keep chanting this upon their return home from kindy. I don't fancy a night out in the rain sleeping in the adventure playhouse! They were even kind enough to say, after slight hesitation, that 'mama yori kowakatta yo' - scarier than you mummy. Christ, that is some scary oni we're talking about. Might have to have a word with the teachers for subjecting my lovely children to so much ogre-ness :)
I reckon in our house it is more like 'oni wa uchi, fuku wa soto' (ogres inside, good fortune out)
But that is me on no sleep. In a few years I will be counting my lucky stars (and I am now too really, honestly) but right now. The no sleep, the three small ones, the overtime working with hub aaaaaaaaaaand to top it off - I have to make his bloody lunch everyday for an entire month starting next week. Why thank you mayor of our fair town. Could you not actually think about the person when you put them in a position.
Who in their right mind would think about going on a diet in such times? - I am you know. Thinking about it. Quite seriously infact.
Watch this space.