Sunday, March 20, 2016

Campos do Jordão

There is a little town, in the mountains, about 2.5 hours away from Sao Paulo. Several of our friends have been and had nothing but great things to say about it! For a last minute trip, we took the boys. It features many German and Swiss restaurants and architecture. Lots of chocolate shops! And one really amazing Argentinian steak house. 

We stayed at a hotel a little outside of the town. It had wonderful views and of course a pool for the boys.

Literally, right next to the hotel was a fantastic activities park. SO much to do, and for kids of all ages.

Cayden had been talking NON STOP about zip lining. Thankfully, there was a small zip line for Beckham.

He did great! And finally, it was Cayden's turn. Since I was wearing tennis shoes, I got called up to go with him. Let me just say - in my older years, I'm a lot less brave. But for Cayden, I had to.  We started the long walk up the tower. The pictures do not do them justice. It was HIGH.

We made it, and Cayden was off. No fear!

And it was over quickly. Whew. On to a more easy paced, activity. Pony rides for the kids.

The views on the drive up to the town, were amazing. In a lot of ways it reminded me of Arkansas. Again, the photos don't do it justice.

We are here!

We are still here. The blog, however, hasn't seen the light of day in a while. I don't know what we've been doing, but updating the blog isn't one of them. Hold on to your butts - There will be a few new posts!

Toward the end of January, I took some old school "chair" photos of the boys. There is nothing that can make me teary and more than a little sentimental than comparing photos. Sniff. 

Beckham was close to one here, maybe 10-11 months old.  

And then BAM! Practically teenagers.

This photo on the bottom makes me smile. Here they are, together looking at a photo book that happens to be flipped to a photo of them in the same chair.  When did they get so big?

They are both doing great! Cayden and Beckham are both picking up more Portuguese. Beckham likes to yell out the window as we drive through the gate, "Oi! Tudo Bem! (Hi, How are you?)" Cayden can pronounce Páscoa (Easter) like a Brasilian. They both love school - Beckham shares toys, is nice to other kids, has trouble focusing for longer periods of time (he's 2.5), loves art, can count to 15, knows most colors and shapes. Cayden is reading really well, doing some simple math, gets along with everyone, but has some really good friends, he likes to make up stories and recently illustrated his first book.

Cayden continues speech therapy once a week, as well as swim lessons. We are working on getting Beckham to swim without floaties, but it's a hard battle. Summer will be coming to a close here in Brasil, and while the weather is generally lovely - fall and winter bring cooler temperatures. We are definitely looking forward to summer in Arkansas!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Christmas in a Nutshell

There is a really good reason I should update this blog more frequently... I'm getting old and I can't remember things from two months ago. Sigh. 

We spent a few days over the actual Christmas holiday with my mom and family. The kids made cookies, chased cats and dogs, fed goats, road in the farm truck, and got a ride on the four wheelers from my grandma and grandpa. 

I try and get pictures of the kids together. We were so good at it when Beckham was less than a year; taking monthly shots of the boys. I just love seeing how much they've changed individually, but also how they changed together.

This shot is from Christmas last year (2014)!

And now, THIS!! Beckham (aka Repeat) trying to copy his brother!

And of course, not wanting to sit still.

I'm really trying to get better about getting in some of the shots with the kids. No matter what I look like, or what I'm wearing!

Here's a few bloopers from the family photo session. This one of Heath cracks me up.

Now that's a good one!

 My little boy is not so little anymore. He's a little less willing to take a "nice" picture, and more often than not - you get silly Cayden - which is fine, because it is a true representation of him!

Opening presents Christmas morning! They were VERY into Santa Claus this year. Cayden had made a lot of requests, but I think he was excited by everything! 

Aunt Sarah made the boys some super hero costumes! They put them through the ringer first thing!

And my baby boy. Who is a little less like a baby these days, and more like a little boy.

The Polar Express

I'm a little behind, sorry. The kids were really into The Polar Express this year. I would even venture to say that it was one of Beckham's favorite movies. We started talking to the kids about riding the Polar Express when we got to Arkansas, and they were pumped! We talked about seeing Santa Claus and having hot cocoa and cookies. 

We bought special pajamas to wear (Paw Patrol and Blaze), and donned our new coats to brace ourselves against the 30 degree temperatures! 

Cayden was really excited about his ticket wit the C on it.

Once the train started moving and the cocoa was served, they really enjoyed themselves. The train was kind of old, but the kids didn't mind. They read The Polar Express out loud to the guests. We saw some Christmas lights and there were some elves dancing along with way!

Santa Claus was pretty great. He was great at talking with the kids and joking with them. I have to say my favorite part was getting the bell!

Cayden has already requested to ride again next year! We chose the 4:45 time thinking that it would be better to eat after, but I think the 6 o'clock ride would be good next year - it seemed much less crowded!