Isaiah 40: 11

"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to
his heart; he gently leads those that have young."
Isaiah 40:11

Friday, February 26, 2010

Downpour!

We took a little recess yesterday to check out the deluge outside. It is hard to take a picture of rain. I realize now that a video might have been better. Anyhow it was really coming down. The sides of the buildings and the exterior stairs had waterfalls pouring down them. We sure had fun.
Gideon exiting the back porch
Getting soaked on the side porch

"We're not in Kansas anymore"

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A little afternoon treat



So.....this is our cute little coffee pot. "Little" being the operative word. It provides Kent and I each 1 cup in the morning and it takes so long to drip out of there that I never have the energy to make a second pot in the afternoon when I "need" a little pick-me up.
Thankfully I tracked these cute little Blendy's down at the Japanese Supermarket.

Start your teapot up. Rip open the package and pull out the little filter already filled with coffee.

Then open up the little tabs and pull them over the edge of your mug.
Rip off the perforated top.
Then add your hot water

The finished product is delicious. Much like the flavor of a french press. I am looking forward to a cup in a few hours as the windy and rainy weather has returned!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunshine!!!

We have been having some glorious weather around here. Sadly it was quite chilly for a good part of Veronica's trip. It actually snowed the day she left.
Anyhow we have tried to take advantage of the lovely weather over the last few days and hit up as many parks and walks around town as possible.

Kurihama Flower World




@ the park near our house

Posing in front of a palm tree on base

Main Gate
Verny Boardwalk


These two chased pigeons for a good 30 minutes. Cute.
Oh and knowing that I will probably miss my own cherry tree blossoming I couldn't pass these up @ the Supermarket. Spring. Spring. Spring.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Quintessential Japan

So.....we decided to take advantage of the Presidents day weekend and see some more of the sights with Kent around to help. Saturday was by far the most ambitious trip we have ever tried but in the end it was well worth it. Here we are on the train heading to Yunnessan Hot Springs.


Odwara station
Cool Samurai statue @ the station
After nearly 3 hours of travel we made it to Hakone. Just another bus ride away from the Hot Springs.


What we had forgotten was that it was the weekend for Chinese New Year. The place was packed with people. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it was snowing! Brrr! Very cold but we were highly motivated to get to the springs.
Cold but the scenery was spectacular. The prettiest part of Japan that I have seen.
I am afraid that I didn't get pics inside the springs. I was afraid of dropping my camera in the water. Here we are though heading in with the "happenin'" robes they provide. We had a lovely time. Dozens of pools and hot tubs and Saunas. Well worth the trip!
Monday, after a Sunday respite of worship, a nice walk and a fun Valentines date with Kent(thanks to Aunt Vee) we decided to go see a Bronze Buddha. Here are a few of us waiting for the Enoshima Electric Train in Kamakura.
This cute little train is celebrating 100 years of operation!
Here is a fun store along the 12 block walk to the Buddha.
Entrance


Oh..... and once again it was very cold and very wet!
This Buddha was constructed sometime in the 1250's A.D. It is VERY large and impressive.


Despite it's size and stature it is still something created by man. People worship this statue. Seeing it provided good opportunity for discussion with the children.
After viewing it we raced home(as quickly as possible) and had a nice cozy, relaxing afternoon indoors!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Big Day Trip

Veronica and I decided to take advantage of the glorious sunshine and head out on a little sightseeing excursion .
Here we are heading to the bus stop.
Here we are waiting at the bus stop.
Here we are at the train station.
Here we are on the train.
Destination: Kamakura