Sunday, March 1, 2009

Road trips

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 3/01/2009
Road trips always bring back memories of college and the many times my friends and I all jumped into a car and just took off with no special destination in mind.

Ping, the Pinglet and I did just that today to meet up with Rachel, illahee, and gaijinwife in Oita for some foreign wife contingent R&R. I always get a bit apprehensive when we have to take the Pinglet anywhere in the car because she has been brought up to enjoy the benefits of public transportation, i.e. the freedom of being able to get up and down whenever she feels like it. The car seat, on the other hand, doesn't afford her the same amount of movement. Thankfully, she slept pretty much the entire way there so I was able to take a short catnap in between trying to tell Ping where to go. The return trip consisted of feeding time (=keeping her mouth stuffed so she couldn't complain) and tickling time (=keeping her laughing so she couldn't complain). Forty-five minutes (I kid you not) of tickle torture was done at her request every time she said her newest word, "agay" ("again").

Although the Pinglet is quite the spirited child, she requires a bit of time to warm up when she's put in a new situation with people she doesn't know. She tends to hide her face and refuses to be put down, with her legs wrapped around me in a death-like grip. Once she gets over that first couple of minutes, she does a quick scan of the room to see what toys she wants to play with, figures out what strategies she can employ to remove said toy(s) from the hands of other children, and then jumps into the action.

She adores illahee's kids and Rachel's youngest daughter. And today, she fell in love with Rachel's two older daughters who danced with her in their pink and blue tutus. The Kyushu version of American Idol will premier this week so don't change that channel!

I'm supposed to be working right now, but it's almost 2AM and I haven't even got a good start on things. I think I'll just go to bed. I'll think about it tomorrow.

2 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Anonymous said...

Working out at 2am.. can save it for tomorrow = ) lol

Glad to hear you had a fab time with the gals!

Anonymous said...

the videos you posted were great! Can't wait to see her in person.
Love MOm


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