This month Katie turned 9 years old! In the past we have invited a big group of friends to celebrate with us, but this time Katie decided just to have a small group over. The theme she chose for her party was Adventure in Odyssey (an American kids’ radio show of which she is an avid fan). Since Adventures in Odyssey would be hard to explain to Japanese friends who have never heard of it, Katie just invited two American families to join the party this year. She worked hard with the friends she invited to create a “pin the mustache on Mr. Whittaker” game and a cute table cloth with Adventures in Odyssey designs on it. She also prepared weeks ahead by printing out and building mini 3D models of various characters from the show and used them for decorations. Katie had strong opinions about the party menu as well. She only wanted items that made appearances in episodes of the radio show so we ended up eating chili with corn chips, brownies with walnuts, and “Wod Fam Choc Sod” (an abbreviation for World Famous Chocolate Soda that appears on the menu at Whit’s End, the ice cream shop that is central to many of the Adventures in Odyssey episodes).
The party took place at dinner time, so during the day we went with two other moms and their kids to Igashira Park in Moka city, about 45 minutes away from our house. The kids had a ball tackling a huge obstacle course with thirty different stations. Some of the stations were quite challenging, but everyone persevered to the end and had a lot of fun.
We are so thankful for the wonderful friends God has blessed us with in Japan and are thankful that we could celebrate Katie’s day with some of our best buddies.
Here are some photos from our obstacle course adventures:
And here are some highlights from Katie’s party. (Click on the thumbnails to see them more closely).