The gang decided to welcome spring by chasing down fully bloomed cherry blossoms in Miurakaigan. It was the only place we knew that had bloomed cherry blossoms. Also, it was nearest to us, it was only a 33 minute train ride so it was very convenient.
The weather is still chilly, mostly because of the wind. It’s actually colder than when it was winter, the only difference is that now on good days you can feel the warmth of the sun.
This is the first trip we took as a family where we didn’t drive. I was having all kinds of anxiety the night before. I was fussing about whether or not to bring the stroller or just the carrier. We have an American stroller which is in Japanese standard too big. There are elevators in the train stations but they’re usually small and I was afraid that we’d have to fold the stroller just to make it fit. I didn’t want to not bring either cause I never really Liam use his carrier longer than an hour. I was worried whether he’ll be comfortable enough to sleep in it. Also, I was dreading having to carry all of his things around. I was with the husband so it’s more having him carry everything around and them having him complain to me about it. At the end, we ended up bring both. It was a good call cause not only did the stroller (barely) fit in the elevators but Liam behaved the whole trip. The cold didn’t bother him and neither did being in his carrier. It looks like we’ll be doing a lot of traveling by train from now.
Spring usually marks a new beginning but for me it’s an anniversary. It’s been almost a year since I gambled everything and moved to a foreign country to be with my husband. It was the first time I was gonna be that far away from family. It all paid off though because of that decision I made, I know have a beautiful family.
I think I did pretty well for my first year as a wife. I’ve learned to be independent when the husband was away on deployment. I managed to get over myself and actually do chores around the house and learn to cook. The thing I’m most proud of though is getting through the nine months of pregnancy on my own and learning to become a mother.
I also think I’ve adjusted to living here. I still can’t speak the language but I gotten better at commuting and understanding the culture. I still got a lot to learn about this country but I’m confident that I know enough to survive another year.
I may not had have the adventures I first wanted when I came here but I’m glad it turned out the way it did. I’m ready for new adventures with my little family.