Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Surprises and Sunshine

The week started with Mike trying to recover from jet lag (much worse returning home than going out) and with the kids starting new gymnastics and dance classes. Diamond surprised us with a visit home from college, and we traveled around enjoying the sights and tastes of the Southland. 

Eliza is taking both hip hop and ballet. 

The dwarf orange tree we inherited from Grandma and Grandpa B. has borne sweet fruit, and Hallie has helped the hanging plants recover and even bloom some.

While Landon was excited to have his new bokken, he wanted nunchuks to go with it. So, with a little help from Dad, he made some.
The inscription reads "Asakusa Thunder Gate." 

It's amazing what you can do with a cardboard tube and some carabiners. 

Diamond flew in for a surprise visit on Wednesday night. We were thrilled to have her back home, even if it is only for a few days.

We all went down to Little Tokyo on the way to the dentist on Thursday, indulging in some Hello Kitty and Daikokuya Ramen. Little Tokyo is not big Tokyo, but it does offer a small flavor of the larger place.

Made in Japangeles. Clever! 日本 LA

On Friday, we went to Westward beach with Grandma M. and cousins Cru and Sawyer. We spent quite a bit of time in the water and basking in the sun. Too much for some of us, apparently, as Mike and Hallie got more than they bargained for.

Great day to fly a kite! Some kids besides our own even got to join in on the fun.  

In return, their mom offered us a treat. Cupcakes? Yes, please! 
No, his leg is not red. The book is red. His leg is merely pink. Very pink.

While Diamond and Hallie shopped, Mike and the kids attended their friend Jack’s birthday party.

After the party, we went to the movies. Inside Out dealt with some pretty intense subject matter relating to the complex world of emotions. Lots of food for thought.  

We had a random dinner of macaroni and cheese, pita and tzatziki sauce, and fruit. Yum!  

After church on Sunday, we had family over for dinner of barbecue ribs and corn on the cob. Yum again! 

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