Friday, January 25, 2013

My Boys of Summer

Today we went on a walk.

It was a pretty day. Sunny. Hot, in fact!

Why don't you put your suits on?
Because you might want to get wet!

So along the way Andy and Sam decided they should stop at every rinse off spot along the beach. (We usually avoid the sea water because, unfortunately, the salty water stings Andy's dry skin.)

The water was cold, but refreshing!

You don't realize just how many rinse off spots there are until your children make it a goal to stop at ALL of them.  They started calling them checkpoints

"Time to stop at another checkpoint!"

This past year they've been renovating the kiosks along the beach at each canal.  They've turned out very nice!

The landscaping along the beach is so pretty.  I love these red plants in the background.

One of the main tasks was to visit our friend Valda who makes pasteis.  She and her husband have two carts.  One is closer to our apartment, and then they have this one on the beach. 


Container ship coming in.

Valda and her helper hard at work.

She was telling us that she had a group of gringos come by a couple weeks ago that didn't speak any Portuguese, and they had a hard time communicating and figuring out what they wanted to order.  So she said they are going to have signs made up with English translations.  We volunteered to do the translating for her! So I took some pictures of the menu so we can write it up.  :o)

On our walk back, we visited the lion statue...

and ended our outing with the swings.


  1. Amazing Jess! What a mother you are, always making it worth the ride!

    1. Thank you, whoever this is! I think it's Jen, but....

  2. Looks like a fun day! How great you could help with the translation signs. I'm looking forward to the boys' hair growing back in a bit!
    Love, Nana

    1. They went for a trim at the barber, and I think he trimmed off a little more than they had in mind. I don't mind at all!

  3. Dear Jessica,

    You made miss Brazil and the time I was a kid, and we loved walking around Santos, they do have nice gardens and my brothers and I did the same "pit stop game" at the salt rinsing stations... :)
    So thoughtful of your pastel lady to put up signs in English! A really cool initiative if you ask me. I like how clean and organized their food preparation area looks.
    Great pictures, enjoying your post!!



  4. Hi Ray,

    Glad I could remind you of some good memories! :o)