We hope you enjoy our journey through Japan.
~The Payne Family

Where has time gone??

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Can you believe it is February 15th already?? Wow.... time has flown by. We need to update you on everything that we have been doing. Where to start?
Brie's B-day was a BLAST!!! She had a really good turn out of kidos. We were hoping for more snow, but we had enough to still sled. The kids had such a good time. Thank goodness that we had no accidents. Brie was spoiled more than anything, but hey you only turn 10 once!!! We created a slide show for you to view the pictures. Brie was very excited and surprised that one of her presents was a brand new laptop. No more fighting between her and Jordan. lol.

Since Brie's Birthday we have been so busy with events and family activities. John and I recently went to the Base Annual Awards and John was awarded the Honor Guard Manager of the Year!!! We are so proud of him and his dedication to the Base Honor Guard. This is a well deserved award. Jordan is doing really well in school. His strengths are math and music. Brie made straight A's on her recent report card. YAHOO!!! While making good grades, she is involved in the Sollars Student Council. Just this past weekend we took part as a family and joined the Student Council in visiting a Japanese Orphanage for a day of friendship. We had many other parents of student council members and faculty of Sollars go out to the orphanage and have a fun day of games and treats with the children of the orphanage. We had a really fun time there and really looking forward to doing it again. Here are some pictures of our time there.

Now last week we decided to take a short road trip up to Armori and check out the AMERICAN restaurant that we heard just opened up. TONY ROMA'S. YUMMY. We were did some sight seeing as well. Then yesterday we went back up to Armori to check out the Hirosaki Lantern Festival. We took some friends of ours to come out with us. Tammy and her kids had a great time and it was fun to enjoy it with others. The Lantern Festival was amazing. They had ice sculptures and they were lite up in the inside with Japanese art on the outside. The kids and John were excited to see a slide, where they went down a few times. Even though it was freezing they were still not wanting to leave. Here are some pictures of our day out.



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