I have been trying to get in sone study but it is hard with a two year old at home all day.
I feel like I am stuckin the same place. Sifgi says I am making progress but I dont feel it myself. This weekend I will be focusing on my studies, I just have to find time. It is practice weekend in handball for Siffi and Margret has decided to be too big for her noon nap and doesnt nap at all these days :)
Yesterday Siffi had the whole day off and we decided to go to a city one and a half hour away called Hamada.
Hamada is by the sea and there is a big aquarium there :)
After lunch we went to the baech for awhile, Margret loved playing in the sand.
Then we went into town and down to the harbor, there we took a little walk and watched the sunset.
Wonderful day in Hamada and we are thinking of a weekend trip someyime when its warmer :)
I continue my sewing mararhon. Today I finished another skirt for Margret and decided to make one for her doll as well. This doll is 20 something year old, I got her as a present from my parents, but I dont remember when. Margret has adopted her and takes her everywhere. Now they will match :)
Margret and I love Frozen and watch it often. Today at the supermarket we saw this winderful fabric and of course we had to have it. We decided to make a skirt.
This week has been good. I have gone for two walks alone, and managed to jog a little, and suprised myself at how much I could jog even though it wasnt much. I also did a set of pilates workout two mornings this week.
I have a desl with Siffi that I will get time two mornings a week to do my pilates and he will eat lunch at home twice a week so I can go for a walk alone. But of course Margret and I will continue to take our walks most days :)
On Saturday we drove to Okayama.
Here in Akitakata we have got so much help from Kaz, who we now count as one of our brst friends here. He works for the city and is always ready to help us, he for example told me about the japanese class I go to every week. His wife Susan works in Okayama and one of her co-workers is Magnus, who happens to be Icelandic! So on Saturday we drove there with Kaz, it takes just over 2 hours. We met up with Susan and went to meet Magnus and his family. His wife Naoko and their two daughters Soley and Salome who are 4 and 8. Margret was in heaven with two older girls to play with and loved every minute of it. We stayed for dinner, which was wonderful, I even got icelandic Liquorice.
After this lovely visit we stayed at Susan's place in Okayama for the night and the next morning we went to the zoo before driving home.
All in all a wonderful weekend and we will most likely be visiting Okayama again :)
Siffi will be so happy tomorrow when he gets to take gluten free banana bread to work :)
I am sure Margret will also be glad and give him competion when it comes to who eats the most.
I love making things myself. Lately we have had many gifts to give and I have made lot of gift bags and cards.
These last weeks I have made diffrent types of sheep cards since it is the year of the sheep.
Here are some samples.
Do you like them?
Today we were invited by our friends here in Akitakata to a kind of a neighborhood festival. It was so nice and good to feel so welcomed. Everybody were so nice and the food very good.
But this was just the beginning, tonight we had a dinnerparty with another teammate of Siffi's so the fun was just starting.
We went home to tidy up and rest and then I cooked. On the menu we had lasagne, made with the homemade pasta sauce and for desert we had homemade icecream, meringue and rasberry sauce. Our guests brought some cake and we had so much fun.
As I have already told you we went to Kochi in the beginning of December. Wakunaga was competing there and we decided to make a trip to watch them and look around Kochi :)
I drove there in the little green car and the way there was so beautiful. We crossed several small islands to get to the island where Kochi is and I think it must have reminded me of home or something because I loved it and I decided that we are going there for our summer holiday :)
I have already told you about our first day in Kochi so here is part 2, the next day.
When we woke up on Sunday, Margret had a bad cold so Afi volunteered to stay at the hotel with her while amma and I went on a tour of Kochi Castle. We took a TAXI and the driver laught at us since it was about 1,5 km away and a lovely Sunday morning, but still, we didn't have time to enjoy the walk we thought. The Castle in Kochi is so beautiful, it is not very big, but it has a cosy feeling to it. The weather was great and the view from the top was great. I give Kochi Castle 5 stars out of 5 :) A must see if you visit this part of Japan.
When we had finished our visit to the castle, we walked back to the hotel through the Sunday market and that was also great, so much to see. Finally we check out of the hotel and went to watch Siffi compete.
All in all, a wonderful trip to kochi, 5 stars :)