Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Exploring the south. Again

We went back to the Gushikawa Castle, then we went down the hill and exploring. We came across a lot of cool stuff.

We turned off on some road near there and came across a little garden deal and an old guy. We went to see if we could get to the water from there and when we came back to the car he had dragon fruit for all of us.

He stayed clean while eating...

THIS. His sisters did not.

We then went back to the Peace Memorial park. We haven't actually seen any of the memorial but we have played on the playground there twice!

We always have a great time on our adventures. Come visit and you can explore with us.

Channel Crevices

One of our favorite spots when it is warm here is down south at the Channel Crevices.
It is an awesome dive spot but I just love to take the kids to snorkel. It is such a cool area, there aren't many Americans and the kids have a blast.
Here are the pictures in no particular order and on two different trips. One without swimsuits and one with.

This Japanese family had this whole set up right on the edge of the water. It was a great idea they were having a lovely picnic.
The next time we went though it was high tide and that part was completely submerged. We may have to try that this spring.

If you are here let me know and we will take a trip down there when it warms up.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Okinawa Zoo Light show

Hello Kitty seems to think she can stop Christmas. Well not for us because we are winners! I know you all already think that, but officially we are winners. I called into the radio station and won tickets to the zoo's light show. They also boast about having snow. Ahh nothing like snow on a sub tropical island!!
We went on the 26th. It rained all day on Christmas so it was very muddy, but surprisingly festive. Lots and lots of people, and lots of different things to keep you busy.
The Plaza of snow. It was more of a walk way of ice but loads of fun!

They had igloo's.

Snow/ice ball fights.

Giant snow balls!

Interesting laser light shows.

Then the performances.
This is a dance group that we have seen pretty often they are at all the major festivals. That night it was a Michael Jackson tribute. HILARIOUS!

Next up
There were Eisa dancers. They are my absolute favorites and then the giant Lion/Shisa's came out. They dance and act crazy then come to the people and "eat" them. I found out today it is lucky. This shot is horrible due to my laughing and the girls in my lap trying to get away from them but that one has my sons head in his mouth. He just sat there enjoying it all, while my youngest girl was screaming like crazy. I could not stop laughing.

What is so great about awesome traditional dancers and a giant lion/shisa eating my child for luck when I can see a bunch of dancing girls grab their crotches to MJ's songs. The funniest part about that was every time they grabbed, my son would look at me and snicker. He thought it was hilarious those girls were doing that.

Before we left we checked out the path with all the lights and food.
There was Flannel cake (funnel cake) and Blead Ball (bread Ball)I wanted to take a picture but I couldn't do it. I felt bad. So I just took pictures of this.
Nothing says Christmas spirit like a horror house.

We had a pretty fun time. I appreciate my kids being older, it makes life easier at places like this. Oh but then again we lost E for a bit. Then we found him, guess that Shisa was lucky after all.

Christmas 2009

We had a great Christmas. I hope you all did too.
I would take the time to write a long sappy post about missing the family but I am so far behind in blogging I must get right to the pics.
I did not want a long post of present pictures, so here is a collage (loving those lately)
Then a few extras.
Notice if you can, the kids playing band hero. There is an extra guitar so they can rock out together.

A new Golf bag for the big kid to match his taylor made clubs he got.

They all stopped for a min for a pic. Christmas eve.

All she wanted for Christmas was fondant. She whipped up a four layer cake and decorated it. After she said "it looks like a babyshower cake" She now wants to master her icing flowers and other such baking things that I can not teach her. Thank goodness for TLC and all the cake shows.

He received lots o bakugan toys. They are super cool and he is having lots of fun playing with those.

The big girls are scarce lately when I pull out the camera. I will do better hunting them down.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
You all were in our thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My kids a poser

Not the kind you are thinking of. The strike a pose kind.
Our big girls were at youth group Sunday evening so we took the little ones fishing for an hour. I took the camera because I love to get pictures of my kids and if I am holding the camera I don't have to bait the hook.
She was the only one who caught anything, notice the cool aquarium looking fish she is posing with. That is no catfish, which we were used to catching before coming here. Almost every picture was her with this smile. Which is not real I might add. The real smile is oh so lovely. It can be found second row first picture. She was thrilled to catch the only fish that day.

She is a sweeetie. Next up, the rest of the kids.