Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blossom-less Festivities

Te last weekend with the Zhaos was spent enjoying the first of many festivities of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The weather had been crazy on our trip, with temperatures ranging from the high 60s down to the low 30s especially given the snow and the humidity that we knew there would be no blossoms for us to see, but we were so glad our last weekend together was so beautiful. We began our day back at the National Building Museum for the Cherry blossom festivities.

Kids enjoyed making tea houses, cherry blossom necklaces, crafts and all sorts of performances. Their last one was a group called Nen Daiko which showed the art of expression through drumming. Their performance was impressive and there was something about the thrumming rhythms that feed your own life pulse for a captivating performance.

Afterwards we went across the street to enjoy some snacks. The place turned out to be the national memorial for fallen law enforcement officers. Just a few weeks before we had attended a fundraiser for Officer Raetz unit to be able to come and see his name carved along the wall. It was neat to see it and be able to tell our friends back home. I loved the sculptures of lions, lionesses and their young placed on all four corners of the monument.

Afterwards Da and Kent took the kids to the park to play while Abbey (with very little assistance from me) cooked dinner.

Everyone was exhausted from the day! While there were a million and one pictures to sort through from 2DSLR cameras, you can tell the time was worth it - so much fun was captured!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, just read through your last five blog posts! Amazing the way you write and describe each post. I wish I can write with so much thought and process of each scenario. We are really glad you had fun especially with all the unseen circumstances. You guys definitely left an impression with us and the kids just bonded with your kids the first day! Keep up the good work and come back again! (Hopefully my 'da-ism' didn't steer Ken too far off course!)