I love to be the first one up in the mornings, even on Saturdays. That first 30 minutes or so to drink my coffee in peace is priceless. This Saturday I drank my coffee and started searching for something to do that didn't involve the outdoors (it was raining) or the indoor playground (I'm tired of it). Thanks to okinawahai.com, which is like the island's own Google, I found the Gala Salt Factory. And off we went.
It's free to walk around and "tour the facilities." The facilities portion was kind of a letdown. There was this museum, which constituted one room, and there was a room you could look into where salt was being made.
The highlight of our trip was probably spotting this picture on the wall...
...and realizing Tom was in it!
Just kidding. The highlight of the day was getting to make our own salt.
He lost interest before it was done, so I packaged it up myself.
The boys did come back to try a cracker with our freshly made salt.
We ate lunch and then opted to visit the coral farm that is next to the salt factory and to take a walk along the water.
We had a blast on Sunday as well, but I forgot to put the battery back in my camera so there are no photos. Oops.
Side note: I went to a jewelry party last week and left the boys on their own. I walked in the front door to find this waiting for me.
This pretty rainy weekend meant lots of inside play.
He was such a good boy this weekend that I bought him a new toy at the BX. He hasn't gotten anything in a while. It's not like the Easter Bunny came recently or anything.
Actually, he is fascinated by "choo choos" lately, mainly Thomas, and he only has one Thomas toy. I figured he deserved another one.
Tom and I went on a date Sunday afternoon to see the Hunger Games. Brendan was supposed to take a nap, but he didn't. When we got home he was outside with his sitter, trying to convince her to pull him down the big hill in his wagon. She didn't go for it. We headed over to the slightly damp playground to play before dinner.
Our Easter weekend started with an Easter egg hunt.
I'm not even going to pretend I was excited about this because it was planned right in the middle of the day, which meant Brendan skipped his nap. But sometimes I just need to let go of routine and let him have some fun.
Fun was definitely had by all of us.
Those kids are eyeing their competition.
We weren't entirely sure what to expect where the Easter Bunny was concerned.
He loved him.
He followed him around for the rest of the party. I'm sure the treat bag the Easter Bunny was carrying had nothing to do with it.
Taking a break for a "pip" of juice.
He slept a little late Easter morning and I had to wake him up if we were going to make it to church.
Each time we pulled something out he said, "Open it!"
The boys played outside while I cooked dinner, and then Brendan and I went out to play while Dad did the dishes.
The red wagon reappeared.
Thomas movies play on our DVD player pretty much continuously. Brendan won't sit down to watch it for more than a few minutes, but he to know that it's on. We don't own any so I keep renting them from the shoppette, and Lord help me if I forget. The other day I asked him who this is.
He said, "Daddy!" And I laughed so hard my stomach hurt.
Monday we had the day off of work. We originally intended to take a day trip, but Tom wasn't feeling great so we decided to stick close to home. Brendan and I took him to see the big roller slide we found while he was in Guam.
We looked up and he was halfway up this wall. He scaled the entire thing on his own.
Roller slides are faster if you sit on cardboard.
Brendan wanted a turn on this slide, but I wouldn't let him.
They disappeared at the top of the hill and when I saw them again they had a big can of apple tea.