It’s been a week of ups and downs.
YaYu is back at school full force, full time including daily cross country practice. WenYu has had just one day off since Wednesday last week, but has been earning some amazing money. Brett has stayed very busy getting the girls to and from wherever they needed to be.
I got sick.
The heat and humidity were awful once again at the beginning of the week as yet another tropical storm got near enough to block the tradewinds for a couple of days. Everyone else seemed to manage the hot, sticky weather just fine, but it knocked me flat. I woke up Tuesday with an upset stomach, pounding headache and sore throat and got nothing done. Wednesday I felt just as bad, but there was lots to do to get ready for our friends’ arrival yesterday so I paced myself and with help from Brett and the girls got everything done.
I woke up yesterday morning feeling great. It was cooler, the house was clean, and we had a great day planned for our friends’ visit. However, it was also pouring rain. Sigh.
We still had a fabulous day. Brett and I met Eriko, Jun and Joe at the airport, then headed straight to the Kountry Kitchen for breakfast (their son was still suffering from jet lag and slept through the entire meal). By the time we finished the sky was clearing so we came back to the house, changed into our swimsuits and headed for Poipu Beach Park on the south shore, a good choice because when we got there the sun was shining brightly. We made a quick stop to check out the Spouting Horn geyser, and then settled ourselves on the beach for a couple of hours. Jun and Joe spent almost the entire time in the water, Eriko and I sat in our beach chairs and chatted, and Brett visited with the volunteers who were guarding a napping monk seal. The seals are an endangered species, so if they come up on the beach to rest the area surrounding them is roped off and monitored to keep people a safe distance away. After our time at the beach we came home for hamburgers (we decided to cook at home versus going out to eat), and then got Eriko and family to the airport on time for their flight back to Oahu.
The surprise of the day was when Jun learned he qualifies for U.S. citizenship! Eriko mentioned when were chatting that he had been born on Guam, a U.S. territory, and lived there for the first six months of his life before his father’s job took them back to Japan. I told her I was pretty sure that meant he qualified for citizenship so I contacted our son, who worked for three years in the passport and visa section at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and he confirmed that I was correct, cited the regulations, and let Jun know what documents he needs for proof. Jun had no idea, but plans to go to the embassy after they return to Japan, and will get his U.S. passport!
Anyway, a week that didn’t start out so well is ending on a high note. Nothing has to be done today, there’s no where I need to be and I am going to r-e-l-a-x, read and stay cool!