We have had an interesting last week and a half, full of ups and downs! We'll start with some of the ups.
This is Clara at the park right by our house, Parque de Povo. Mostly I had to put this in because she looks so dang cute! I'm glad I mostly brought dresses for the girls because it is all they want to wear.
We go to the park almost daily to get out of the apartment so the maid can clean. (Since it is basically a hotel room, the maid comes and cleans every day too. I haven't done many dishes since we've gotten here!!)
After we get home and have lunch and naps, we usually go down to the pool. One of the days this week though our friends in the room below us invited us over to swim in their hot tub! (And by hot tub I mean lukewarm water tub.) They are a Brazilian couple that went to BYU and has two cute kiddos close to our kids age. It is pretty awesome that they have this on their balcony for now and we are lucky to be friends with them.
On rainy days we like to get our nails done. It is only 10 reis (about $4) for the kids to get their nails painted, and since we are stuck in a hotel with very little to do I don't mind spoiling them a little. It was funny, I don't understand much portuguese, but I did understand the nail girl telling her coworker that I let the girls get them done every week, silly American. Haha!
Charlotte had some rough nights, but seems to be feeling so much better. On Monday we went to an orthopedic specialist (that we had to pay up front before even seeing the doctor) who gave us the good news that Charlotte will most likely not need surgery. Yay! She is adapting well at her one-armed-ness. We are hoping it will only be 4 weeks.
Even with Charlotte's arm the kids and I still go to the park almost daily mostly to get out of the house. Sometimes they don't even get out of the stroller but it is nice to take the walk. And on days when it is hotter than heck they know they might even get a juice at the end!
More good news this week--our air container has finally arrived! It is so funny to me to think of the amount of care and effort I put into packing some things in the air container and some in the sea when in reality, we will probably get both at about the same time. I feel like a big lesson I am supposed to learn in my life is patience :). We've got another big week ahead of us with Charlotte starting school so you know I will have to post some pictures of her in her uniform!!
And lastly, I drove--without Peter, with traffic--to a friends house. I can't lie, I was pretty proud of myself.