Mattie turned 10 on September 4th. As happens more often than not Mattie started off pretty grumpy and then as she opened presents she got happier. I would love to post us singing happy birthday, but she might hate me the rest of her life (maybe I'll post it on Facebook).
The kids are all playing soccer. It's very American and normal and keeps us pretty busy with practices and 3 games on Saturday. Mattie has especially blossomed as a goalie. She is a game changer when she's in.
This is how the little preschoolers go on afternoon walks
Kamakura Mask Festival
Went with some fellow medical spouses up to Kamakura (home of the first Shogun) to watch the mask festival. Even after reading the plaque and stuff, I'm still not sure exactly what it's for except to honor a guy who left to war when he was 16, was brave and later became a town leader.
This first picture is for my brother Mark who asked if the Japanese take as many pictures at home as they do abroad. If there is something out of the ordinary, then yes, they take pictures.
Tokyo and Sumo Wrestling
Shibuya, I think it's in Cars 2, and it was ok, don't think I would take kids any later than we were there.
We ate at Yakiniku. It was expensive, but good. Beef tongue and everything.
The kids got very bored.
Its hard to tell, but Emma is on the 1st floor, Sam on the 2nd, Mattie on the 3rd, and Hazel and Dad on the 4th floor.
And of course the cheese pie It was very very good!
These next pictures are from the Meiji Shrine. It was beautiful there and many good things to see. Weddings every 30 min., old shrines, open grass fields, and lots of trees that were planted
Here is Hazel in front of the Sumo wrestling statue.
Emma as a Sumo with a Sumo.
Some very out of focus pics and a view of how far back we were, but we really enjoyed it and saw big Sumo wrestlers push each other off the stand. We may have to do it again.
Tokyo sky tower.
So far we don't have much planned in the future, but I'm sure we have a lot more things on our to do list. I love our house, love being here with my family and for the growth we have already have. I do miss family though, but have skyped and Facetimed and emailed and texted--love the modern age.