One of Caleb's many spares!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
This is Caleb's latest ABC song. He went from saying "E-L-P" for the L-M-N-O-P part to saying it kind of fast and together like "L-M-N'll-P" or something close to it. He was playing with a puzzle train that had Mickey and friends on it so he decided to sing his ABC's once the puzzle train was completed. He was so cute and now sings it all the time. He's went through this stage before which started the first ABC video but here's the latest one.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
One of the road signs along the way to Okuma.
More views on our way.
The entrance to Okuma, obviously.
One of the views from the boat ride
Some of the coral. Ignore the orange in the picture. It's a reflection of another kid's life vest.
Another view from the boat.
Caleb really enjoyed himself and liked calling the coral "wrinkles". Of course he got that from the other kid on the boat that was screaming it constantly.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The second spot we visited was the Niya-thiya Cave. The cave was used for shelter for roughly 1,000 people during the Battle of Okinawa. The cave is also famous because it is home to a large rock which is known as the "fertility rock" to the locals. Yes, you read that correctly, a fertility rock. The Japanese superstition is this: if you are having problems conceiving or "making baby" as they put it, you pick up this rock, kiss it, and sit it back down. If it's heavier than you initially thought, you're having a boy. If the rock is lighter than you thought, you're having a girl. This is a place where many barren couples go because nothing else seems to work for them. There are also various praying spots around the island where infertile women go and pray to be blessed with a baby.
A view from inside the cave.
The famous "fertility rock".
A view from the top
I know the video isn't great. It's windy and kind of fast.
This is the footprint I had referred to of the giant. If you look past the stone Caleb's pretending to write on you can see the little dip along with the silver coins. I also read that this is a place that the farmers will come to pray for good crops for the upcoming year.
At the end of 630 steps - we were up to the top in 10 minutes and back down about the same. We had a 30 min. time window and couldn't be late. My legs were no longer functioning at this point, they could only manage to shake.
Another view from the entrance of the mtn.
Finally, the Ie Lily Festival that is held at the end of April and the first of May. There's well over 100,000 lilies planted so it was pretty cool to see the different types of lilies and enjoy the different colors all around. Towards the end of our time there, there was a lady singing, in Japanese of course, and Caleb was so drawn to her. He's never been so content or persistent in staying and watching something like that. Daniel and I could care less, but he was loving her. He went up to shake her hand, but he "needed" to sit down in the front so he could see her and watch her while she preformed. He was so funny with it all. We had a great time and Caleb was amazing throughout the entire day. Hope you enjoy the pictures.