It feels like Spring outside today! It must be at least 65! I know there is snow at home in Seattle so we are enjoying the sun! Today Takeshi's parents are working all day. We enjoyed the morning moving slow and eating breakfast with Nao and Hanna (18 months). Have I told you how cute Hanna is? I will post her picture. She is getting used to her cousins and really loves the boys. Hanna and Emmi play well most of the time. They are still too young to play together but a few times they have emptying drawers together or had tea. Emmi likes to say "Hanna, no" makes me laugh! The girls are definitely cute together, even when they make each other cry.
After breakfast we went to the shopping area and got some origami paper for Kai to take to his school and share with friends. We ate lunch at what the boys call "Japanese McDonald's". We stopped in at a nice dish store and got my mom some tea cuts. We then picked up some donuts at "Mister Donut" for later and came home for naps. Around 3 we took a nice long walk in the sun. Lots of school age children were heading home from school and Kai got to imagine what going to school in Japan might be like. We then walked to a park and played! It was nice to take off our winter coats and run around in the sun. It's good for our health and attitude! :)
I forgot to say that yesterday we visited Takeshi's grandpa who is 88 now. He lives in a rest home. It was a very nice place and all the people we saw were happy and enjoying an exercise time and then lunch together. His grandpa can't talk very well anymore but he understands what we say. I know he recognized us and understood that we came to say "Hello" and so that he could meet Emmi for the first time. It was an emotional time, especially for Takeshi. Maybe that was the last time we will see him.
I have to say something about the cooking and laundry here in Japan. There will soon be 10 people in this 3 bedroom 1 bath home. It is a well oiled and managed machine here! Takeshi's sweet mother wakes up before everyone and prepares breakfast for everyone and starts the laundry. There is no dryer, only a washing machine (and no dish washer). His mom usually has the 2 or 3 loads or laundry hanging outside by 8:30am! I'm impressed!!!!!! Even on the cold windy days the laundry drys outside. If it's really raining or snowing she drys the clothes inside with a heater. Sometimes we prepare our own food or eat out but often Takeshi's mom or sister does the cooking. I try and help but I can't find my way around the kitchen here very well. I try and wash the dishes or get the laundry in the afternoon and fold it. I'm very aware of how blessed and waste full I am in America! I'm learning a lot!
Ok, Enjoy the pictures!