Monday, April 19, 2010

Eric's Parents Arrive
Eric's parents have come and gone. They were here for a week and a half and the time flew by. We were a little worried about the weather since it had been rainy for quite some time before they arrived. But, we lucked out and had good weather almost every day. One of the first things we wanted to do was to show them Mt Fuji and the cherry blossom trees since the blossoms were already coming off the tress. We all climbed into the van, dropped Etta off at school, then headed to one of our favorite parks (Nihondira Undo Kouen). On a clear day you can see Fuji. Unfortunately, it wasn't exactly clear so this is all we got to see that day. Luckily we don't live far from Fuji so Eric's parents got to see it in passing throughout their trip.

Since we were at a park, of course Chloe needed to have some playtime (yes, she is also becoming Japanese...see the peace sign in the picture?)
the girls never tire of this
Chloe doesn't smile much, but this day was an exception
Funakoshi Kouen was recommended to us by friends as a good place to see cherry blossoms. They weren't kidding! We didn't take as many pictures as we should have but we were busy chasing a happy Chloe around. This was the last day of the cherry blossom festival since they had already peaked and blossoms were dropping.
more tire zip lines, this time Eric couldn't say no

a gentleman offered to take our picture, how nice!
If you've never seen a cherry blossom tree, you are missing out. Both years I kind of wonder why the Japanese make such a big deal about the cherry blossom season. Then I'm reminded of the beauty when they are in full bloom. This may be my last cherry blossom season in Japan (at least for awhile). It's kind of sad.
Etta school is still only half days (until next week, yippee) so we picked her up and headed out for lunch. Here is Chloe showing some of Etta's classmates a cool little rabbit that has multiple faces (push a button and face changes). She had their complete attention.
We took Eric's parents to one of our favorite local restaurants, Candy Pocket. It's a buffet with tasty food and great desserts, but the best thing is the play room right next to the tables. The girls keep themselves entertained for the majority of the time. It's so relaxing.
More pictures of adventures with Eric's parents to come!


Jen said...

I love cherry blossums! Great pictures.

Jill said...

Those look so beautiful and serene. A nice way to start off a Monday moring in the US. At least you are back blogging.