In 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 I blogged about going to the Christmas illuminations at Alps Azumino National Park.
And we went again this year.
A lot earlier than usual and it was snowing but hadn't settled yet which takes away form the pictures a bit but there was a good reason for sacrificing photographic fabulousness:
Did you spot the reason?
Yup. Obaachan is here for the night and the girls are thrilled. Ojiichan is here too but not here at the park. He bumped his toe yesterday and couldn't face the walk. I deadpan mentioned they have free wheelchair hire but he decided to mind the house for us. Sigh... what a guy!
Amy was in a silly seven year old mood which is to be expected I suppose and I couldn't get the settings right on my camera and I was trying to operate my camera with gloves on so the pictures aren't exactly calendar-worthy but I was so happy to share our Christmas tradition with Obaachan- right down to hot chocolate and muesli bikkies for a snack at the half-way point of the walk around the park. Only of course, this being a multi-cultural family, we couldn't just have hot chocolate, oh nooooo. Amy had milk tea, Meg had shiruko which is a warm thick puree of sweetened red beans, Obaachan had amazake, a sweetened fermented rice drink, I determinedly upheld my tradition and drank hot chocolate and K said he didn't want anything and then ended up sharing everyone's drinks. Poor K's stomach!
Too dark picture:
Too light and out of focus...:
Crazy Amy and Meg has her eyes closed:
Miraculous shot of almost blurfree lights:
Meg wanted a picture of just her and the lights:
So of course the silly 7-year old did too...:
And yes, for the eagle eyed link-clickers- somehow Amy has managed to wear the same snowsuit for three years... I don't know how as she has grown like a weed! I even had her do the 'zip it up and touch your toes' wedgie-coz-your-snowsuits-too-tight test and she said it was fine.