Cousin Kazu is just gorgeous. The girls were really excited to meet their cousin again as due to distance and lifestyles we don't meet up with the cousins very often.
Well, when we arrived and they came out to meet us Amy did a double take.
?? That's Kazu, honey. (Who else would it be???)
But Kazu is a baby!
Oh honey, he grew up!
Poor Amy. Last time we saw Kazu he was three weeks old. He is going to be two in August..... Note to self, make more of an effort to see cousins! The kids got used to each other pretty quickly and while Meg was more interested in playing tomicars and playrail Amy was enamoured with being the big girl to Kazu's little boy. She held his hand and played really gently and helped him wash his hands and just had a ball. Kazu is going through a "no" stage and a "by myself" stage at the same time but had a ball copying Amy and Meg and expanded his vocabulary to include "yummy" and "my turn!" BIL was quite chuffed that he picked up not one but two English words in just a weekend.
On the way home they showed us their local beach. Living in landlocked Nagano the beach is pretty special for us. But at the same time when we visit my parents the beach is literally over the road. So the idea of getting in the car to go to the beach was confusing for the girls. And they moaned all the way (a whole 10 minute drive) "You said the beach was close. This isn't close. Granny's house is close to the beach. This is far!"
It was a really nice beach (despite being between the airport and a factory laden port) and I commented on the clean yellow sand.
"Oh, that's not natural- they truck it in."
Wow. I didn't know they did that- must cost a bomb and their must be a big hole in a beach somewhere but it sure made for a nice beach experience!
I hope we can see each other again before Kazu starts school!