Our 10 year anniversary.
Happy Anniversary to us!
I have been (half) joking that I wanted to spend this day on the beach on a tropical island somewhere in the Pacific.
Somewhere with a kids club to boot.
But we have plans to go to Canada in the summer so the tropical island anniversary plan got downsized.
But a holiday is what you make it hey?
And we had a ball on our one night in Shizuoka holiday.
We were all ready to just travel light and get something to eat on the way but Amy was channeling her Japanese Grandma and decided a road trip needs adequate provisions and so she got to it:
She made them all herself and then added some mandarins and some flasks of tea and water and then she deemed it ok for us to leave!
We went to a hotel connected to K's company and it was beautiful. We were warned it was really really busy with tour busses and went for a no-meals plan.
When we arrived I thought we'd made a mistake as it really didn't seem very busy at all.
Sunset over Hamanako (through the window as K was checking in)
The next morning though it was CRAZY! There were EIGHT large tour busses worth of people trying to checkout at the same time. They had set up a separate checkout counter for busses but just that volume of people in the foyer at the same time was crazy and made me happy about our decision to skip the breakfast buffet after all.
Amy is a great packer.
I am sure I gave birth to her but I do wonder sometimes if she's my daughter....
I reckon next overseas trip she can be in charge of my suitcase, too!
We went to the local aquarium which was much better than I expected. It was a really education oriented and the girls did a stamp rally and interactive quizzes and fed some fish and we watched a video about the fish most commonly eaten in Japan and where they live and what they look like alive etc etc and it was really interesting.
Of course they also had the usual kitzchy stuff too:
From there we went on to Nakatajima sand dunes which are one of Japan's 3 greatest sand dunes.
The girls had a great time making their own humpy just in case we got stranded and decided to live on the beach a la Swiss Family Robinson. Meg was making the roof and Amy the walls which, for some odd reason, were not actually connected.... guess we'll cross carpenter off the future occupation list for now....
Deciding that that wasn't working they swapped roles. And still we're not connecting somehow....
When I was a kid we did lots of camping/ walking/ tramping holidays and for us kids every walk had to start with choosing the perfect walking stick. Not too long, not too short, not too heavy, not too thick, just perfect, you know?
And Meg and Amy are continuing the tradition:
And a walk like that you need a stick, huh?
And then we headed back home.
The temperature in Shizuoka was 12 degrees. Not tropical but really nice to be walking around in.
The temperature when we got home was a far less balmy -8.
Nothing says holiday's over like coming home to that, huh?