Monday, January 25, 2010

Evan had a birthday!

On saturday, Evan had his birthday party! He turned 6 on monday or tuesday last week, but he had his party at the church on Saturday so all his church friends could come. And not being ones to turn down a good party, me and Rusty headed on over.

Just about all the church kids came and it was a good bunch of faces. Everyone was so excited for Evan. Even the littlest ones.

They played lots of balloon games and never seemed to run out of energy.

We also played Musical chairs. After the kids, we had the adults play too.

I guess it got a little rough...

(just kidding its face-paint)

So we took a breather and played the famous, Pin-the-Tail on the Donkey. I think we had 2 winners.

Just waiting for that chocolate goodness (or maybe for what comes after cake; presents?)

This kid is set on sugar for a few months.

And to wrap things up, their was a massive game of balloon volley ball. Hosted and sustained by the kids.
I think he had a very, very happy birthday.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Something other than monopoly...

I forgot to throw these up, so here you go.
Most saturdays at the Koinonia Klub, we play monopoly with whatever kids show up.
We only have one girl who comes, her name is Haruna.
We both went bankrupt pretty early, so we spent the rest of the night doodling. Here are some of our compilation creations.

^ note the Balloon. Rusty made it into the masterpiece. Oh and there you go, get an eyeful of my japanese handwriting and spelling hahah. Haruna said it was legible and the spelling at least somewhat comprehensive. *phew* My kanji on the other hand....well, lets just say i made the attempt that it woudnt make it into the pictures to well.

This one is all Haruna. She drew a picture of me

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ice Skating Adventure!

On Monday, Jiai and I took the girls group out ice skating in Higashi Fushimi! We got our ice legs and before we knew it we where skating like the pros (minus all the jumping and fastness...)

It took us a few minutes and some international shoe sizing, but we got our skates on.

I had black ones and so did Jiai, but Angel and Sayaka had red ones.

Off they went! This was Sayaka and Angels first time ice skating, but they picked up on it quickly!!

We stayed at the rink for a few hours, so when our feet started to hurt, we played a game. We had to guess what we had on our forehead by asking yes or no questions! We had a pretty good time, and just for the record; Team Amber won by 5 points!!

I had Tinker-Bell

Angel had Bell

Brittney had Arel (do i see a theme?)

And Jiai had Jasmine. She really got into the part.

Unfortunately i wasn't quick enough to get Hitomi or Sayaka with the paper on their heads!

It was a long day, and to be honest, I was a little sore the day after, but it was well worth it. We had a good time, and no one broke any bones.

Praise the Lord!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Warm Welcome

"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"

-Psalm 34:8

The Lord just loves to bless us, and here is just another testimony.
Be encouraged and know that the Lord desires only good for us. We where blessed with a Heater/AC unit!!!

We don't know who provided for us to have this, but the Lord does and we are making sure to praise Him for it! We've had some chilly nights here in Japan, but God knows our needs.
Praise the Lord for his provision!
We got everything installed on Saturday (within an hour! those guys are fast!!) and had a nice and warm nights rest.

-The Spearmans

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mid January Blessings

Well guys, looking back its just short of a month, so here's whats been going on with the Spearmans.

(get ready for lots of pictures)

We're back in full swing at the Preschool in Fuchu. We thought you might like to take a peek at some of the faces.

Runa and Kana, what a pair!

Also, the morning class is much different than these older kids (not older by much) so i would like to introduce you to just a few of our morning crew. We see most of these kids 2-3 times a week (some every weekday) from 9am untill 2:30. We have a blast!

Masafumi!! Our manliest man.

Karina, sporting the newest Burton outerwear.

Yuichi, our little thinker.

Anghous. This little guy has a language all to his own.

Haruki. One of our most fluent kids. And not to mention, one of our biggest Pink supporters.

Shortly after the New Year one of the families from the church invited some people over for lunch. Their house is beautiful and was designed by the father. Wow!!
We had Sukiyaki. My first time eating raw eggs!

(the cooking process)

Checking in on the foods. And yep, a whole egg gets cracked into your bowl. (but, i suppose its optional xD)

After Lunch Rusty and Travis gave us some live entertainment. It looks like Travis is a little grown out of his Violin. lol (it's belongs to the families two youngest)

After church on sundays, all the kids run over to the small park by the church and play soccer, and a bunch of other outdoor games. Even in the bitter coldness, they still go faithfully.

Saturday Koinonia club is going pretty good. We're still goin' strong on Monopoly, even if we did loose all the game pieces. The clue figures seem to be working well.

God blessed us with a couch!!! One of the ladies from our church moved back to her parents home town and she asked us if we could take her couch! Well, we have been waiting on getting a couch and the Lord decided to pick one out for us, for free!! What a blessing it is, really to be taken care of by the Lord. We had looked at a lot of shops for a sofa, but nothing seemed to fit right with money or size. But this one is perfect. Its a sofabed also, which is exactly what we wanted.

Looks like its already getting put to use!!

This picture is a bit harder to explain. Japan is kind of like disney land...just kidding. At the Local park, a club visits about once a month on sunday afternoons. They are mostly university students all enrolled in clubs (a BIG deal in japan). These guys are cosplayers. They all make costumes of their favorite fictional characters and meet up and take pictures (sometimes with professional photographers)
This group is from the video game Final Fantasy 10.

This may look like cosplay, but believe it or not; this one isnt!! Last monday was a national holiday, so me and rusty went down to Ikebukuro (part of the more city side of tokyo) and popped into Sunshine City. Before that we went to Patisserie Swallowtail. (click the link if your interested in more info) and got a sweet. The clerk is wearing their standard company uniform. Japan is a country filled with all kinds of attractions and specialties. This is just one of them. Click here to see the guys uniforms. (as seen pictures on dolls)

We also stopped by NamjaTown, but we didnt go in. This an amusement park developed by Namco, the video game company. We just didnt have enough time to do an amusement park today.