Sunday, April 12, 2015

NeNe, PaPa and Aunt Linda come for a visit!!

For spring break Nene, PaPa and Aunt Linda came for a visit.  We were so excited to have them come for the week and planned a lot of activities, part of this was an Easter event for Jon's unit.  As soon as they landed the girls and I took them on adventure number 1 - trying a restaurant that happened to be closed so we headed onto another down the street that I had not tested out yet.  This restaurant did not have a picture menu and the owners didn't know much English and I know less Japanese so we got some Taco Rice and French toast oh and a little ice cream which was what I thought I ordered when they brought out the French toast for the girls.  That night we took them to the Ferris Wheel to see the sunset and play at the beach.
Bios on the Hill was another adventure for us where we saw water buffalo, beautiful flowers, a fun playground and just some fun walking through nature. 
I also found a story about a local store that has bee hives, ice cream, honey and even honeycomb to eat honey out of. We loaded up the car and headed out for the adventure that brought us all I hoped for and more.  You could see the hives with bees flying around, taste 6 different types of honey, eat ice cream that was sweetened with honey and actually eat honey straight out of the honeycomb.  It was so fun to let the girls experience this with Nene and Papa since we talk about their bees a lot. 
Another fun activity - cooking 67 cups of rice in 8 rice cookers and in 3 pots on the stove for an Easter event I was in charge of for Jon's unit.  It was nice to have some help getting things prepped and ready.  Once we made it to the event having 3 extra pairs of eyes was nice as the girls hung out with grandparents and aunt while Jon and I ran around.  We had a successful event with twice as many families as expected but the food multiplied and didn't run out.  The kids loved getting to pugil stick fight the bunny.
Okinawa World was our next adventure which including dressing up, the snake museum and walking round experiencing a few local things.
Family Game nights and CoCoK pedicures for the girls were also on the schedule.
All in all we kept everyone busy and tried to make the most of every minute family was in the country - we also tried to be home for naps at least an hour every afternoon b/c some people started to melt towards the end.
Last minute shopping for our visitors

Nothing says glad to see you like smashing your face on the corner of a table

They arrived!!!

You can not escape our touch

Ferris Wheel

One of many beach sunsets

Hi over there

Bios on the Hill

Molly and the waterbuffalo

Every kid found an adult and stayed by them the entire trip


The walk of faith

Jump rope

The honey store with the bee master

teaching them how to eat honey right of the comb

Easter Cake

Easter Bunny pugil stick fighting

Jon praying for lunch and everyone's Easter

The post event food fight!!!

Deep in thought during movie night


Sunrise Service

Peace Park Memorial

Aunt Linda, Papa and Nene

Family shot in traditional Oki wear

Game night


Our toe shot

Watching Papa on the Ipad

Pineapple Park

The aquarium

Kelly did not like the silly string fight for daddy's birthday - Lucky for her Nene to the resuce

You got me

Birthday lunch at Blue Seal Ice Cream

Birthday fun at Round 1

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