I know, two trip posts in a row-how obnoxious and boring. But, at least I'm blogging, right?
We had a five day weekend (only in Brazil) last week and so we traveled with Ballerina Girl's and one other family to a sleepy little beach town an hour and a half out of the city. We rented a large 6 bedroom house where we could spread out and play. The house came with a cook, two maids and a "house boy", so we weren't exactly roughing it.
One of the things that I least like about where we live is the almost-suffocating-at-times apartment living. There's no, "GO PLAY IN THE BACKYARD RIGHT NOW BEFORE I LOSE IT!" when I'm feeling frustrated with the kids. Every place the kids spend time has walls and gates and locks so they have zero freedom to do much of anything on their own.
So, when we can get out of the city and let the kids run wild, it's a real treat for parents and kids alike.
And run they did; between the 3 families we have 9 kids who got along superbly well all weekend and NEVER even turned on a TV or a computer. Pretty amazing, I think.
We kept ourselves busy riding in our little boat:
looking for ocean wildlife (Guapo's favorite):
playing on our (mostly) private beach (we had to scare one other family off the beach on Saturday, but other than that we were alone the entire time):
chitchating in whatever shade we could find (moms' favorite):
playing in the pool (pushing was outlawed about 30 seconds later when the first injury occured):
blowing bubbles for the bubble blowing contest (Julio was the winner):
playing game after game after game (bananagrams, backgammon, mancala, war, scum and several kid invented card games):
brushing up on our archery skills with dad:
and...enjoying the magnificent view from the deck:
Sometimes our families aren't even willing to travel with us. :)