After a week of being still and recovering...we are finally back to "normal". We visited Oba-chan and Oji-chan in LA and went to the farmer's market by the beach. The girls have been into fishing lately (pretend) so we went down to the pier to watch the fishermen. They were catching a TON of fish which is always fun to watch. The pelicans are always nearby watching too...hoping to catch some fish for themselves.
Littlest Sister and Big Sister wanted to pet these enormous birds...while Biggest Sister tried to stay as far away from them as possible.
We have been laying low for the last few days with our first really awful stomach bug/flu. Littlest Sister is the only one that is full of energy (and Bryant who is on a surfing/missions trip in Nicaragua this week)...but the rest of us with low energy and little appetite have just been resting and sleeping as much as we can. We've experienced worse... so it makes me grateful that we just have sensitive tummies..and we are saving on grocery bills because we haven't been eating much! It's been a very yucky experience...but trying to look on the bright side! ;)
We went over to our friend's community pool today. Three Mommies and six girlies...We were not prepared for the kiddie pool being closed.....but it turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise. The little girls played on the steps of the big pool..and the big girls got to play freely in their floaties. My girls had never used floaties and they were afraid of big pools.....but not anymore! They didn't want to get out of the water! In fact, they've been asking me all day when they can go back! ;)
Biggest Sister with her swimming buddy who was a huge encouragement!
This one took off on her own and didn't need Mommy by her side anymore.
So thankful that the girls can now swim in other pools beside the kiddie ones.
This Easter was very interesting.. in that, my girls are really getting the meaning of it... We have books that talks about the true meaning of Easter... And we go through the "Resurrection Eggs" (which I totally recommend for little ones) to help them understand and tell the story of Easter..but this year, my 5 year old was thinking profoundly about Jesus' death and His resurrection. When Good Friday came, she seemed sad/melancholy almost the entire day... I thought she was sick..but before the Good Friday service she told me that she "was thinking about Jesus and His death on the cross." It just made me think how pure their hearts and minds are... she was really grieving the loss of this man who was the Son of God... and come Sunday, she was ready to party and celebrate the risen King!! And what was also neat was how Big Sister (who accepted Jesus into her heart a few months ago) wanted to be baptized when she saw people getting baptized during the service!! All day today she said, "Mommy- I want Daddy to baptize me." :) I am sure next year, Easter will take on a whole new meaning to the girls.. but this year, it was so neat to see their little hearts, minds and souls being touched and moved by the Spirit of God!
The cross that our church asked me to paint for the Good Friday service...
Our "hearts" that were stapled onto a tree before the service..
Biggest Sister drew a heart with her and Jesus next to it..
The restaurant we went to after the Easter service to celebrate as a family! What a great restaurant with yummy food, excellent service and relaxing ambiance! I think we will make this a tradition! ;)
We live in a neat community that organizes fun events for the many children that live in our neighborhood. This past weekend, they had an Easter Egg Hunt...which I'm not a huge fan of, but Biggest Sister always remembers her first Easter Egg Hunt that she participated in and looks forward to it every year. We were not planning to go to one this year, but we ended up going with our wonderful neighbors and the girls really enjoyed it. They loved the hunt (even though it only lasted less than 5 minutes, and they had a limit of how many eggs they can put in their baskets) but they especially loved spending time with our neighbor/friend's kids.. Such sweet kids...I hope they will be friends for a long time.