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Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New Year!)

Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New Year!)

Here is a rare posting from Japan. This was taken yesterday at our New Years day luncheon at Chiaki's uncle's house. Her grandma lives there, and we took the opportunity to have our picture with her. She is 97! Chiaki's dad is 73 and is in the picture with us.
We ate lots of traditional Japanese food, including raw snapper that her uncle caught. Chiaki's aunt and cousin spent almost 3 days preparing all the food, there was about 30 different types!!


Through rain, or shine, or 6 feet of snow..

Through rain, or shine, or 6 feet of snow..

The far side of Japan, where one of our factories is, got lots of snow this year. Around the city there was about 6 ft when I visited a little while back.
In the middle of it all I saw a mailman motorbike (mom and dad will recognize it) with chains. I took the chance to snap a shot while he ran into the building to deliver mail.
If you ever hear anyone complain about getting around, tell them the mailmen in Japan make do with 50cc (or about 4 HP) in the snow with chains!


The Prize

The Prize

Wow, does Buff have intution or what?
Following the theme of the great chocolate debate, I snagged some super high quality chocolate, imported from France. One each of Dark (76% cocoa) and Milk.
The winner will get to compare them both. These ain't no Hershey bars!


kent and dad

kent and dad

Kent was able to prepare his own testimony without help. Look at that proud smile on dads face! Kent made all of us proud!


The Two Wet Witnesses

The Two Wet Witnesses

The witnesses had to go into the water. They got soaked!


The hungry eel

The hungry eel

I found this eel on our walk down the side of the beach. We thought it had died by being washed up on to the shore, But we found a dead fish poking out of his mouth. It looks like it choked on the fish.


Kent's Baptism

Kent's Baptism

Kent was baptized in the ocean on October 8th.
This is the same beach that we took pics of before, but the wind was blowing and the ocean was quite a bit more rough. It rained all night the night before, and started raining as we left, but during the baptism itself the clouds parted and we were able to have a great service.
After he was baptized, Kent bore a great testimony, about how he believes the church is true, was thankful for all of the branch members coming so far for him, and he wants to grow up to be like Jesus.
He is growing up to be a great kid in spite of his parents!
Anna has a lot more pics she wants to post, and lots of comments, so I will just post this one and let her post more later. She even has a surprise she found on the beach! stay tuned..
(she had signed on hoping to post, but wasn't able to before bed time)


The MANLY bird

The MANLY bird

I have big News! This morning when we were getting ready to go to school, when I saw this white thing lined up against the wall of the cage with all of his marbles that kent had put in for him to play with. I thought that it was a chocolate covered almond at first, but when I picked it up I found out that it was an egg. I couldn't believe it at first but it so happens to be true. So the MANLY bird happens to be the GIRLY bird.


The MANLY bird 2

The MANLY bird 2

The teeny tiny egg that Peeckaboo layed. She wasn't with a male so there isn't a baby inside.


The MANLY bird 3

The MANLY bird 3

Look at the tiny yolk! I've compared it with my finger.


Japanese Lamp

Japanese Lamp

this is a giant lamp that they have in a japanese temple. we walked around and took a few pictures. this is one of them.


Japanese Lamp 2

Japanese Lamp 2

This is the picture of the bottom of a big lamp in japan.


Skinniest building in the world!

Skinniest building in the world!

This is a building we found across the street from one of our favorite cheap restaurants. I had the kids line up in front so you could see how skinny it really is. People actually live there! You can see the satelite dish on one of the balconies. This buildling is only 3 kids wide.
I couldnt fit it all in one shot, so I had to combine 2 shots in photo shop. Astute viewers will be able to find the line where I combined them, you can tell because the perspective changes.


Brutus the Beetle 2

Brutus the Beetle 2

This is Brutus eating.


Brutus the Beetle

Brutus the Beetle

This is kents beetle brutus. He loves to eat a lot. my bird and erika's fish also love to eat. It seems like the animals got the contagious eating disease from our family. Unlike my bird kent's beetle is very shy and is always hiding under the leaves. he only comes out to eat of course. His favorite food is bug jelly. well, it's all that he has ever ate in his whole life. he also killed scar. Scar is the other beetle. Sadly brutus killed him before we could take any pictures of him. his name was scar because his top horn was broken.