Friday, June 29, 2012

Festa Junina

Before we leave the month of June, I'd better get a post up about Festa Junina!  This is a festival celebrated throughout the month of June celebrating St. John the Baptist, St. Peter, and St. Anthony.  But more predominately it celebrates the food and culture of the people that live in the interior of Brazil on farms and ranches. 

Here we were on our way to the Festa Junina at school.

Sam danced with his classmates - you can see him in the back. They did a great job.  And I may be bias, but I think Sam had the most spunk of all the Grade 2 boys!

Mom, Bill, and Otto waiting between dances. 

Andy and the Grade 5 classes did more typical square dancing, called quadrilha here.

There were many game to play and prizes to be won.  Andy was checking out one of his toys while Nana displayed another.

Sam waiting for a turn to play.

There was even a trampoline!

A couple of Sam's friends. Pretty girls! I love the dresses that the girls wear for this festival.  So colorful!

There was lots of yummy food to try!  Here was a table of sweets for sale.  

Sam and a couple buddies.

Andy and a friend.

A last shot before leaving - the boys with Andy's quadrilha partner.

Fun times.  And very full of people!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

First Family Visit

A quick note to anyone that may be connected with Blogger that might possibly be reading - I'm not a fan of the new blog editor!!  And now on to more important things....

Mom and Bill were here for a couple weeks!  Luckily we had lovely, sunny, warm weather while they were here. We've had many chilly, rainy days since their departure.

We took them to my favorite place to eat feijoada, the traditional Saturday meal, at Hotel Parque Balneário.  I love the two gentlemen that perform bossa nova music while you eat - should have taken a picture of them!

Here was the view through the window.  Such a pretty day.

A picture of the dessert table that Mom took.  She took the picture, not the dessert table.  But she might have been tempted.  I know I was.

Andy and Sam wore their new Santos jerseys.

Here were Mom and Bill at Praça Independencia on another beautiful day.

We relaxed a bit at Praia de Pernambuco on their last Sunday here.  (Mom and Bill took these shots.)

We had a great visit, but still have lots to do that we didn't get around to, so come back soon!