G’s new school is awesome. Not only does she come back every day exhausted and covered in dirt head to toe but she’s also getting a first hand cultural experience like non other since most of her fellow students are Japanese.
This kid is going to be SO worldly. It’s one thing I’m really proud of when it comes to how we’re parenting. Between her family in Canada, US, and now Portugal and India she’ll grow to see the world beyond her immediate environment. She’s already had influences of English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Japanese language in her normal day to day life.
Our goal is for her to grow up with an open mind and heart to all new and foreign experiences as small as trying new food as big as adventuring the world fearlessly.
Last weekend we had the pleasure of attending one of G’s classmate’s birthday parties. The host and most of the other guests were Japanese. The language barriers were a bit eye opening, helping us get a clearer prospective on G’s everyday challenges at school. It was like a peak into this little girls world we don’t get to be part of often.
The traditional home/garden where the party was held were breathtaking. The front of the building was very modest but when you came through the back gate you found a magical garden including a traditional Japanese fish pond.
They rented a huge blow up bouncy castle, even us adults got up in the action for some jumping!
The food was an interesting asian american mix up oh so yummy.
(W enjoying the escape from DTLA and the sun. We’re still getting use to the fact that this is “winter”….)
The biggest surprise of all for the girls at the party was when the Queen from the film Frozen walked into the party. Shrieks all around. G was a little confused being she had never seen frozen (we don’t have a TV in our home) so later that evening we downloaded and let her watch the film.
I’ve never seen a group of children this age behave so well as they did for the queen haha! Hearing 10 four year old little girls sing the song from the film together may have been the cutest thing my ears have ever heard. The cute factor basically went through the roof.
While we’re taking this time to really settle into our new home and life in California, plans are to hit the road again traveling sooner rather than later. We just first have a few thing to take care of at the home base. Obviously if you’ve read our blog for any duration of time you know how we have the travel bug, as for W he’s a natural traveler having been to many many foreign lands over the past ten years. Basically, little can be done to keep this crew in one place for too long so we plan and take in everything in this new environment thankful each new day.