Nearly half one on a public holiday, when everyone is at home, and the house is silent. Amazing. Ryu and Marina and most probably hub are definitely asleep and Shou is pottering upstairs in our room I think. He very rarely has afternoon naps on days he is at home but today he got the hard word - must have an hour of down time upstairs or no yakiniku (BBQ) tonight with guests.
We all went to the beach yesterday. I was quite excited driving there. Tis only five minutes away but I managed to let my hair out and sing a few day at the beach type songs before we got there. We hadn't planed a whole day, just a couple of hours before lunch and more of a hunt for crabs and play on the slide type thing.
He was fine of course. But he is still only four, is completely naked, and has gone sprinting off over a ridge with rocks and water on the other side. I think Hub prefers to take the kids to these kinds of places without me!! I think I prefer hub take the kids to these kinds of places without me too. There was a takoyaki and ice-cream stop before heading home. A lazy afternoon with the paddling pool out and the new hose that Shou and I went to purchase cause the old one is completely fucked and Granny K just keeps twisting more bits of wire around the hose and using masking tape. There were several obscenities as i spent ten minutes untwisting ten year old bits of wire. We put the paddling pool at the bottom of the slide and let the fun begins. Had my fat ass fit on the adventure playground slide I may have been tempted to cool off in similar fashion. Hub and I had to be content for a beer on the deck with the baby.
We have people coming for dinner tonight - right at that shit time of night so fingers crossed it isn't complete chaos. The plan is that Marina and Ryu will go to bed just after they arrive - which means I will need to wake both of them up in half an hour or so, and Shou will last as long as he can - which could be a complete disaster seeing as he is now downstairs making a very long dump car out of four milk containers, twelve straws and three sets of disposable chopsticks and half a roll of sellotape.
Perhaps the kids can just all go in the paddling pool later and then I can flag the bath thing and just sort dinner and pjs and teeth - so much more manageable. At least it's only yakiniku so there is minimal preparation, not including the hour each way I spent driving to the supermarket with the nice meat earlier! Hub wanted me to get sazae (those big gross sea snail things), and hotate (um, um, english not coming - shellfish of some sort) and the likes but He has had to settle for beef, lots of beef, pork, chicken wings, sausages, cow horumon (insides - barf) and shrimps. I think that is well fancy enough for guests. There will of course be vegetables to BBQ, beer to drink and shouchu to be poured.
Fuck it - neighbor has just come and rung our doorbell and now Ryu is awake. Ah well, best start sorting out the deck and bringing the washing in.
Has been hot hot hot the past couple of days. Hope everyone is sweating flummy off. I am. But counteracting that by having cold beers in the fridge.