reveille - which I haven't heard in a long time ,
followed by the star spangled, and the flag clanging it's way up to the top (can't see it from here, though)
a papa-san working on the landscaping, happily snipping and clipping away,
the breeze fluttering on the vertical blinds, beach houses always seem to have those, the sound is a little comforting
jets and helicopters - been a long time since we have lived so close to an air station
songs I don't recognize from birds I have yet to learn the names of.
Notice I did not list the children among my 'sounds of morning'? They are sleeping, thank GOD. We got into our room around 11pm, they were lights out by 11:30, but Mia and Simon were delighted to be awake at 3am. They were having a party in there - Mia is on a roll-away cot, right up next to Simon's bed. I stumbled in there to get the benadryl, and Simon tried, several times, to tell me a knock-knock joke. I was so tired I could barely form the words to tell him that it was not the time for jokes. 20 minutes later they were still partying and they woke up Tim (a normally heavy sleeper) so he went in and set up a movie for them. So, yes, I drugged my children and set them in front of a tv, but in my defense, it was for their benefit, and the good news is that they probably won't need it again. We were soooo tired when we got in, I was in a cloud, and the poor kids were stumbling their way through the last two airports. But I think it will help in getting all of us adjusted to the time quicker.
Today's plan is to get the swelling in my feet to go down, then find the laundry room and the playground (on-site, yeah!). The sky is blue and it is cool but pleasant outside. Tim had to go into work all fancied up and meet the BIG guys, and then he'll be back to pick us up at 1:30 pm for an appointment at the housing office. Even if we decide to look out in town, they'll give us a list of approved rental agencies to go through, and shows all the proper steps for reimbursing the extra set-up costs that are involved.
I'll post the travel story soon. Meanwhile, check out the new link to okinawahai.com on my sidebar. There is a lot going on here on the island and this site keeps a close eye on just about everything.