A few odds and ends from the last weekend in February.
Saturday, we headed over to the Matsuri Festival (a Japanese cultural festival) in downtown Phoenix. I have never seen so many strangely dressed people in one place. Lots of cat-people and anime characters. There was even a trio of adults in full Pokemon costumes (my little brother would have loved that). I enjoyed the people watching until I realized, maybe those same fishnet, cat tailed, neon wig wearing people were thinking about how odd I was dressed. Hmm...
Hawaiian shaved ice (yes, that really didn't have anything to do with Japan, but it was good)
watching people play on giant drums
a samurai sword exhibition (those things are sharp)
watching a candy artist turn blobs of hot sugar and corn syrup into a dragon
smelling the awesome Japanese food
After the festival, we got food at Sonic (the Chicago dog there is awesome, by the way) and McD's for the little boys (they had Hot Wheels in the happy meals).
After putting the kiddos to bed and putting on pj's, we got a phone call just after 8pm. It was the stake executive secretary calling to ask us to come in and visit with the stake president. To make the story short, Mike was called to be the new first councilor in our bishopric. That was a complete shock to us. We were just worried that they wanted us to speak in stake conference! He will do a wonderful job and we have already had so many people offer to help with our young children during church since Mike will now be sitting on the stand. It's going to be a challenge and take a lot of time and energy, but I can already feel our family being blessed by this calling.
Well, that's our weekend wrap-up, a little late. Better late than never. I sure wish I would've brought my camera to the festival...