|Puttering around with Grandpa|
|Playing Catan Jr. with Grandma and Papa|
|Theo, doing typical Theo things that only he really understands|
And why Oita Prefecture, you may ask? None of us take any kind of pleasure strolling around in a large city, so immediately Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe were off our list of places to visit. Really what we wanted was a chance to get out into the country and show Dustin's parents a taste of raw and natural Japan, not the heavily populated, neon lit, metropolitan Japan that many tourists experience. There is a family that we have always wanted to get to know better that live in rural Oita, so we took the opportunity to visit them and enjoy the gorgeous weather and countryside. We had a great time visiting and got to stay in their amazingly beautiful cottage:
Spring came early on this side of the globe (sorry to all of my family back in Canada that still have snow in late April!), and even earlier in Oita compared with Hiroshima, so we were able to see beautiful blossoms everywhere.
The children were ecstatic to find out there was a chicken coop full of friendly, inquisitive chickens. Theo especially took an interest in the chickens and spent hours every day feeding, watching, and talking to them.
He even went so far as to insist on having a chicken costume made so that he could "trick them into thinking he was a chicken too". I drew the line though when he asked if he could sleep in the chicken coop at night.
Theo is still talking about his friends and I have been consoling him with the promise that one day we too will have enough space for a chicken coop of our own.
...to be continued!