2011年6月26日日曜日

family day out

We headed down to see K's oldest younger sister (elder younger sister?) and her family. They live between Nagoya and the sea. It was a beautiful area and their housing development is surrounded by grape farms (are they still called vineyards if they're for eating not wine?) and rice paddies, so lots of green and I'm sure Meg and Amy's little cousin will have plenty of fun finding critters in the paddies!

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.

How often?

Well, when we arrived and they came out to meet us Amy did a double take.

Where's Kazu?

?? 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!

2 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

I'm glad the girls could visit with their cousin. Branden and Noah get to visit with their cousins, maybe once a year tops. :(

The beach day sounded fun. : )

thefukases さんのコメント...

Yeah, it is great when they can meet up isn't it? I grew up seeing a lot more of my cousins but I just have to focus on all the great friends and neighbours they have in their lives- and of course skype!