Sunday, May 26, 2019

Enoshima Island

"Enoshima" Artist: Hokusai
This past weekend we ventured out to Enoshima, a little offshore island just under an hour and half from home. We explored the Iwaya caves which were a place that Buddhist monks train. The caves were lined with cool stone carvings and fun to walk through (the last couple times we have been here they were closed from Hurricane damage).  We also took a little boat ride and just enjoy the views and just being next to the ocean. We caught a little baby crab in a tide pool and Luke and Riley loved watching the waves crash against the rocks over and over. 

You can make out Mt. Fuji on the horizon

We passed an ice cream store with pretty crazy flavors: jelly fish, seaweed, white bait fish. .. 

Rainy Day

 Last Tuesday, it rained from sunrise to sunset. We had plans to meet a new friend but canceled because of the heavy downpour. However, Luke had no plans to stay indoors despite the rain. He got a pair of rain boots for his birthday and has been wearing them almost everyday since (rain or shine) and loves the fact he can put them on himself. So, he put them on and then got my shoes and took my hand insistently and we spent a few hours at the park among the puddles. It was so fun we ended up coming back after lunch for more. It was such an unexpected good day together I had to document it.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Poppys in Bloom

Last weekend, we went to Showa Kinen Park and rented bikes and rode around this pretty national park. It has turned into a tradition every season to go to this park. It is one of the biggest parks in Japan and has so much to do for kids and is beautiful. Last year when we were here biking we came across these hills and hills covered in poppys. It was SOO magical and I have been looking forward to coming back during spring again since then! Here is the post from last year HERE. Funny to see how much Luke has grown this past year. It was such a good day this year too playing at the parks and among the poppys. 
 Playing with these boys are my favorite, Luke was in Heaven. 

Ashley in Japan + Memories

My college roomate, Ashley, was headed to Thailand and made a 9 hour layover in Tokyo!! It was so fun catching up and running around Tokyo together. Riley watched Luke and we stuffed our faces with cotton candy, japanese food, and hit up a shrine and an onsen. A great afternoon with one of my favorites.
Ashley is the ultimate adventure buddy. We hiked soo many miles together and even took a trip to Kauai together. Lot of good pillow talks and memories with this girl. Although our friendship has had some ups and down she is the reason I met Riley and so grateful for that and her fun-loving, thoughtful soul! Here are just a few adventures wish Ash! 
 We were the same majors in college so lots of anatomy study and ankle tappin' memories.
 Quiet house balcony view on Laie Point (where we lived)

BYUH Days <3