Our last days with Daddy and Mama literally flew by. It seemed that we were running around like crazy trying to fit everything in. We still left a few people and things to see for next time;), right Daddy?
Saturday we took my parents to the Saturday market on America. This mercado caters more to foreigners and you are sure to see other Americans and LOTS of Brazilians! We picked up S. and A. from the baby home to go with us. It was fun to have them with us for the morning through lunch time. Mama was able to get a few fun touristy items also!
|Clara and the Grandparents at the Saturday market!!|
|Plants for all!|
|Myles and Clara picking out a new bird!|
|Happy Saturday Market Shoppers|
After market we had lunch at Pollos America... Yumm!
Mama took some super cute pictures of our adorable A. at lunch.
|Tea Anyone? and Dinner? and Dessert?|
|The whole crew out for tea.|
Sunday morning dawned beautiful and promised to be another busy day. Rudi, Myles, and Clara picked up S. and A. at the baby home and then drove to a church we go to sometimes, named "Florida." It is actually quite close by, so the rest of us walked over and joined them about an hour later. That extra hour allowed me time to cut Daddy's hair. I had been wanting to get my hands on it ever since he had arrived and had hinted a couple times about it. I was actually pretty surprised when Daddy came down and asked if I had time to cut his hair before church. He is very picky about who cuts his hair, so I cut it with a bit of trepidation! I think it turned out really nice. I was a little intimidated by his "wave" in the front and erred on the side of less off, than more! His hair was easy to cut and laid so nicely when it was done. It was a huge honor to have been able to cut his hair... He offered to fly me up once a month to cut it in Oregon, but I think that might be a bit much!!!:)
|Enjoying the moment, cutting Daddy's hair.|
|"And now for a little more off this side"|
We had a great time talking and laughing with them. Tom Gray, the dad is American and Sonya, his wife is Bolivian. Three of their four children were there. Since some of the folks only spoke English and some only spoke Spanish there was a real mix of Spanish and English, with English ruling the day! I was able to translate conversations between Mama, Sonya, and her two lovely sisters. It was a lot fun.
|Mama and Daddy and their Pique Machos!!|
(Please notice Daddy's great haircut)
We asked permission to take S. and A. with us for the day again on Sunday. We had such a good time having them along. All of our kids enjoyed watching "tele" in the afternoon. A rare treat! S. really knew how to kick back and watch.
|S. chilled watching tele!!|
We stayed so long visiting that we had tea and humintas, along with empanadas before we headed home! We went home stuffed with good food and good memories!
|All of us crowded around the table!|
|The family eating out at La Estancia.|
(It does seem that a lot of pictures were taken at tables. I need to be more creative with my photos. I promise we didn't eat ALL the time!)
On Tuesday our first stop was at Mario and Helen's. Helen knows a lady that was saved through her prison ministry that makes really nice tourist items. We had met this lady once before after the ladies' meeting at the church, but Mother wanted to get some more things from her. She left a large bag of things for us to look through and purchase from. After we had made our purchases, Helen invited us for a "wee tea"! It was a small one because only half the table was filled with goodies instead of the WHOLE table!! It was great for my parents to be able to have a bit more time with them.
|A wee tea with Mario and Helen!|
|Two of our favorite couples, |
Burnell and Paula & Helen and Mario
I know I wouldn't be hired to take pictures for catalogs or anything, but I wanted you to the beautiful blanket Mama bought us. It is SUPER soft and cozy too! If you visit us in Bolivia we can take you by this shop to buy one...
|Our beautiful blanket!|
For lunch we ate at Paprika's, one of our favorite restaurants in the city!
|Rudi, with Daddy and Mama eating lunch at Paprika's.|
|Stuff from Tote le Monde and our amazing blanket again!|
|The "Country Cousins" Crew!|
|The finished product!|
|Everyone in on the action!|
Since Emily didn't get to go to tea on Saturday with the others, Grampa and Grams took her on Wednesday afternoon! Once again everyone had a great time! Mama ended up going to this tea place three times during her visit and Daddy twice. It was a real hit!
|Grams modeling the sign to the tea house!|
|A lovely setting for tea!|
|The kids looking on!|
|At the airport saying goodbye!|
|All of the kids with Grandpa and Grams!|