Greetings! I’d like to start off by thanking everyone from back in the states and here in Iwakuni who sent presents for the kiddos. We’re still building legos and railroad tracks, coloring in books and discovering toys we haven’t even got to yet. The kids had a great time and it was fun to watch them enjoy Christmas morning.
So with Mo still working on her second Masters Degree, she had to go back to Auburn for a week starting on New Year’s Day. What a bummer to travel on the holiday. We didn’t do much celebrating anywho. The best part of New Years was Rudy falling asleep in my arms and me passing out at 10 PM. My old ass. Ha! But I did take the kids to Kuga Park for a little distraction.
When Mo came home, Rudy insisted on meeting her at the airport, so we decided to surprise her.
After Mo got home, she was due for a rest so while EB was at school, I took Rudy up into the hills for some hiking. We were looking for wild animals, but didn’t come across any. No biggie, we had a mini picnic n glanced over Iwakuni from a birds eye view and watched the ships in the Seto Inland Sea.
Mo took the kids to our neighborhood Tondo Matsuri. Held on the lunar new year, the Tondo Matsuri is centered around a huge bonfire where everyone offers up their good luck charms, New Years decorations and any other offerings to be burned in the ceremonial fire. This is a symbolic “Out with the old, and in with the new.”
Anywho… this is a short post but as always thank you for following our adventures here in Japan. And here’s some cute pics of the kids: