We had the best weekend. I say that every Sunday but this one was extra special. Friends from Saitama came up and we had two 7 year olds and two 5 year olds in the house:
Here are the same four 3 years ago:
Well by the look of their attire make that three years and a couple of months! I love that they have a history together. And I love it even more that I have history with their mum as she is just all round fabulous and even though we can't meet up so often when we do it's just like we never were apart and we fit as much fun and talking and laughing and listening and playing and talking as we can possibly fit into the hours we have together. This weekend was no exception. It was terrible weather, the typhoon missed us completely but gave us the fabulously varied weather pattern of rain, drizzle, heavy rain, rain, threatening to rain. Oh and it was cold and overcast to boot. Lucky we didn't need the weather to lift our spirits then, huh?
The kids of course were not perturbed by the less than amicable conditions and had a ball:
The big girls spent almost the entire weekend sitting at the table writing long stories about their stuffed animals, illustrating them, reading them to each other and then writing another one. They had a ball but it left the little kids at a bit of a loose end. Never mind, the little kids made chocolate crackle spiders- thankfully for their teeth they enjoyed the making way more than the eating and we gave some away to the neighbours, made and played with playdough and ran around and did their own thing.
In the odd few moments when it was only misting outside and not actually dripping we headed out for walks and to go pick apples. It's too early for the main apple haul but there were Shinano sweet to be picked and pick we did.
It being Halloween and all I remembered that we had some pumpkins decorating the school at work and rang my boss to see if I could help him clear up. I mean it wouldn't be very good to have them up there after Halloween now would it? And I would be doing them a favour clearing up right? This was just a bonus:
And when we finished the pumpkins and there was still carving to do? Why we made the most of the resources we had on hand and:
One very un-sweet looking Shinano sweet. Was it's carver disappointed at not getting a pumpkin? Nope. Thrilled in fact- no gloopy seeds to deal with and 'when we're done with them you all have to throw yours out and I can just eat mine!'
Ahhh what a fabulous weekend. A very Happy Halloween, indeed. To good friends and fun times.