Two adults, three spawnlings of 10, 4 and 2 (and I'm sure eventually they'll find this thread 'cuz I totally told them to come to okinawaunderground-hi sponsorees). They get in crazily late. I was eyeballing the other thread from a year ago and got a few ideas from it, but being as I have 0 kids.. I got no idea what to do for the kids. List of stuff to help them out reads as thus so far:
food small bottle of clothes detergent paper plates plastic spoons/forks/knives school lists toys for 10,4,2 CDC information toothbrushes and toothpaste baby shampoo ('cuz everyone can use it) soap
...Is there anything else I should really grab? Or any specific foods? I imagine bottled water and juice would be good, along with like.. maybe poptarts or granola bars, cereal, the little take away oatmeal cups, pb&j and bread.. er..
See, I can't think of anything else. Does Shogunn TLF have fridges and microwaves in every room? I don't even know that anyone here'd know that and I'll give them a call shortly. I just figured I'd tack it on to this bit.
If you do even half of that, I guarantee you'll be the best sponsor they've ever had and they'll talk about you for years! ;)
Just ask them what they would like. Our sponsor picked us up some milk and cereal (per our request). It was great. Get stuff that's super easy to eat (no real prep), so that way if their kids wake up hungry at 2am, it's easy to feed them.
The TLF rooms at the Shogunn have a fridge/freezer, oven, microwave, plates, silverware and pots/pans. At least the ones that we stayed in...I would assume ones for bigger families would have them too. I would maybe ask them if they prefer any specific food items before you can take them to the commissary or something. Our sponsor basically picked us up and then took us to our hotel (we didn't even know he'd be there since he didn't keep in touch). He did volunteer to drive us places and took us to the car lots to car shop and give pointers and I think he took us to the commissary once. I'm sure they'll appreciate anything you do.
So it's been decided that we're not grabbing food (they won't be in 'til like midnight anyway) but offering a trip to the shoppette then immediately taking them to breakfast the next morning and then straight off to the commissary/px/bx to get whatever they need.
So far I've got them venture, okinawa living, I'm grabbing a current edition of stripes for them on sunday morning, getting CDC information for them later on and a toy for each kid tomorrow.
=/ F*ck you guys that got to go to TLF. We ended up at the freaking Royal when we got here with absolutely nothing. I lived on subway for 10 days.
This. We got in late. Our sponsor screwed up the res. for TLF to stay on base and had my husband a single room instead of a family room then he dropped us off at a hotel out in BFE without taking us to the shopette or anything like that. SO we had no food at the hotel. We had to eat at the hotel which was outrageous and nasty. We never could get ahold of our sponsor so we ended up taking a taxi to base and finding another hotel and ended up getting another sponsor.
We had to stay off base for our first three days because he waited to schedule our TLF until too late. But luckily he got us in the nicest hotel that we could be reimbursed for and it had a buffet for breakfast/lunch/dinner and we got massages :) LOL. And then we got to move into awesome TLF for 3 weeks.
They are not going to want to stop at the Shopette after getting in. Trust me. I wanted nothing other than getting my kid to bed and getting to bed myself. They're likely to be too tired to even think straight.
Just ask them what they would like-they'll tell you.
I also would not plan on breakfast buffet the next day, unless they are up to it. I was so not up to anything-I was so jetlagged. And having a kid wake up hungry at like 4ish am didn't help either.
If nothing else, just get some granola bars and juice boxes. They'll want something to give their kids.
They are not going to want to stop at the Shopette after getting in.
That's what -I- said.
Husband says no.
This is all his plans, basically. He doesn't seem to be able to compute that they're going to be exhausted and not want to move, not to mention the crazy hours and the fact that they'll probably be wide awake at midnight.
Get'em, take them down to the shoppette around midnight, let them get whatever, drop them off at TLF, vanish until morning, drag them out to breakfast sunday.
Get'em, have a couple bags of food (juice, peanut butter, jelly, bread, bottled water, crackers, jerky, poptarts), toys for the kids, pamphlets/magazines and a welcome to okinawa card in the back, take them straight to TLF, give them our phone numbers and let them call us when they're ready to be up-then take them out.
Your plans are much better. I wouldn't worry about toys for the kids. They'll bring their own.
Definitely on the give them your phone number. And make sure you let them know they are welcome to call. Our sponsor made us feel like if we had no one else to call, fine, call him.
Remind your hubby that since they're traveling here with kids, it's going to be totally different than when you came. Their older ones won't be as much of a hassle, but the 2 year old will be more difficult to travel with. They likely won't get a lot of sleep on the plane, and won't be able to fall into bed immediately. It really sucked, having to get my son all taken care of first, before I could collapse-I was so dead on my feet.
Lylu - your plan sounds much better than your husband's. When I got here, I didn't want to do anything and I didn't even have kids then. I can't imagine travelling with 3 kids and then wanting to go shopping.
Make sure you bring them some water when you pick them up from the airport. There was no water on the flight from Tokyo to here and it was horrible. The kids were cranky and thirsty. The flights were set up so close together that we never had time to stop and get anythig from a vending machine before the flight. Those were the worst two hours ever. I drank the cold green tea and I wanted to vomit. Im glad the kids didnt drink it.
There was no water on the flight from Tokyo to here and it was horrible.
Yea. They only had cold green tea and some other option. I cant rem...but def not something the kids or I wanted. We tried the cold green tea....but it was quite nasty and I almost vomited. The little one just wanted some water. He was not having it. They did have a couple options to buy with yen, but we only had a few coins that someone gave us before we left. Nothing was open so we couldnt get any money at the airport, and we rushed so fast from flight to flight we almost missed them. No time to get anything. After being on the long flight our throats were so dry it felt like we had a terrible cold or something, so water was NEEDED so bad.
About the toys....it might be nice to bring some big legos or something for the 2 year old. I know the older kids we had plenty for, but toys for a smaller child are not very compact. So everything we had for him on the plane he was pretty bored with. They can only color and stamp etc for so long. Blocks would have been great for the hotel.
What about movies Lylu? We stayed out in town so Im not sure if they are on base or not...but our sponser let us borrow their movie player and brought some movies. It was great bc we really had nothing to watch out in town, and it helped the kids be calm and sit down so we could rest.
I was thinking blocks or something like that, a little furreal hamster for the 4 year old (something interactive that can take the abuse) and...well I'm not sure what for the 10 year old. Maybe legos for him, actually. or k'nex? or.. something along those lines?
oh god what do 10 year old boys like.
WHY AM I LEARNING ABOUT CHILDREN.
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