Thursday, July 11, 2013

Back again... for now!

The 49 days of "mourning" are over and my father-in-law's house is finally getting tidy.  Life is slowly getting into a routine without Bachan so I hope I will be able to do a huge catch up over the next few weeks.  Firstly... a plea to everyone reading this... clean out your clothing drawers etc. at least every second year or so and throw anything out you don't need so that your poor daughter-in-law doesn't have to spend hours cleaning everything out in 35 degree heat if you are unfortunate enough to not live quite as long as you had planned.  Plea over!

This post is really for my family, but of course anyone else who is interested is more than welcome to click on the following videos.  My son has been doing really well at athletics recently.  He has been selected in a regional training squad and as a result we have been making the hour and a bit drive to Oita twice a week so he can do some extra training.  It causes lots of logistical problems, but somehow we are managing it.  I would have to say that he is absolutely loving it... training with children who really want to do well rather than children who have been dropped off and are using the training session as a baby-sitting session. 

On Sunday there was an athletics meet where the representatives for the prefecture at the All Japan Athletics competition were decided.  He had to get first in the 5th grade race to go and... he managed it no problem!  In fact if he had produced the same time in the final of the All Japan Athletics competition last year he would have been third.... not too bad for a country boy!  His time was a meet record - 13.4 seconds for 100m.  He now has until August 23rd to get even a little faster to ensure a place in the finals..  Yokohama here we come!  

Enough bragging.... enjoy the wobbly videos and I promise I will be back soon with more updates of other happenings around here.  I hope you haven't all given up on me......


  1. You said he had won - but not how spectacular the win was. Wow!!!
    Well done again, Masaki the Champion

  2. Well, I for one, would never give up on you. : ) I am so glad you are back to blogging. : )

    And OMG! Masaki was so awesome! He’s so fast Jo! As fast as lightning and runs like the wind! : ) Good luck in Yokohama, he’s going to do great! : )

  3. Becca7:14 AM

    Go, Go Masaki! Wow! he's fast! Congratulations!

  4. Nate Dogg2:35 PM

    Captain M! You little ripper! Usain Blot watch out...

  5. Go Masaki! What a speedy gonzalez. Welcome back, I'm trying to catch up and clean out things myself! (yes, my drawers were done as recently at six months ago!)

  6. Oh my goodness! He is so ridiculously fast....that was so amazing to watch. I love how pro he his too - shaking it out there at the start!! CONGRATULATIONS MASAKI! Terry says he now needs to get training for ninja warrior!

  7. Congratulations Masaki - outstanding!
    And been thinking of you, Jo...
    Lots of love, G & T

  8. Sorry, I had to laugh. He wasted them! You just said yeah, he won but that is awesomeness. I love how they all have the pro leg shaking and hand flapping down too. Yokohama will be great. Go Masai. Hopefully get out to see you soon. Xxx

  9. Wow the Kyushu Flash!! You must be so proud of your kids. Congratulations to your son on both his races (Yokohama too) he must be over the moon