Monday, November 5, 2012

Halloween 2012 Happenings

We had a long-lived Halloween this year, complete with school activities and carnivals, and Consulate-hosted parties.  By the time Halloween Day rolled around, we were Halloweened out!
 The Friday before Halloween, we celebrated at school with "Spirit Day."  We wore our costumes to school, and pretty much had fun all day!  This year, I dressed up as the pink Power Ranger.   Mommy brought cupcakes to our classroom, and we all had fun decorating.
Isla didn't have school, so she had a chance to check out my classroom.  She was definitely impressed.
The next day, there was a Halloween Carnival at school.  I played games, and won silly prizes.  Good Stuff.
The next day, the US Consulate here in Rio hosted its first-ever Trick or Treat party at one of the apartment buildings. There were tables with crafts and games, and then we Trick or Treated from table to table. 
It was a family affair.

Hmmmm...scary skeletal hands protecting protecting the goodies.  Not. Good.
 Isla (in Bumble Bee Ballerina costume) reaping the Trick or Treating rewards
In the end, no tricks, ALL treats!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cousin Time in Rio!

Earlier this month, we had very special visitors: our family from Del Rio!  I can't even tell you how excited Isla and I were to see our cousins, Isabela and Sofia - here in Rio de Janeiro!
We packed a lot of fun into two weeks, but also had a great time just hanging out at home.
Isla sure does love her Uncle Monroe (who she sometimes just calls, "Daddy." Guess it's easier!
Here, in Rio, we walked along the beach, and saw some of the popular sites, like the Corcovado.
  The Big People did a lot of this...
Then, we took a flight down to the southern-most point of Brazil, to see the famous IguaƧu FallsWe took a little tour train through the jungle to get to the trails over the Falls.
At that point, Isla wasn't too sure she was going to cooperate!
But, she got "on board."

Daddy giving me a boost for a better view
It's hard to describe the majesty of the Falls!
To be fair, we also went to the Argentinian side of the Falls.  There were tons of bridges and walkways over the river and Falls, but I was probably most excited about all the butterflies!
 By the end of that day, we had lost half our crew...

The next day, we headed to my favorite kind of place: a bird park!
 Imagine any kind of exotic, feathered friend - it was there!

Careful, those macaws have sharp talons!
 We wrapped up our tour with a visit to the beautiful city of Curitiba, also known as the "Green Capital" of Brazil, because of all the lovely parks. 
 We headed back to Rio, and before we knew it, our time together was over. We had a wonderful time with our cousins, and can't wait to see them again - probably in Texas!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Isla's 1st Haircut

We've been putting it off for some time.  Mommy and Daddy hated to take the scissors to my hair, something about not wanting to cut my "curls."  But as my wiley locks could attest - it was time...

Mommy caught me in a distracted moment - I didn't even know she had those pointy things near my neck!  Overall, about two fingers worth trimmed...

...and now, much fewer tangles, and just prettier all around...

There's even still a hint at....well, we'll just call it a wave.
Don't worry, the clippings made it to the baby book under 1st Haircut!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

1st Day of Kindergarten (i.e. "real school)

Another cool thing about turning five years old is....School!  Kindergarten, that is.  Real school.  The Big Show.  Where bells ring, and classes proceed, and lunch happens with a line, and a tray.  This week, I started Kindergarten at Escola Americana.  It's a great, big place where kids K-High School attend.  The neatest thing, too, is that the school campus sits amid the Tijuca Forest, so our campus feels like it's in the middle of the jungle!

My first day started off bright and early.  In fact, I don't think I was completely awake when Mommy snapped this pic of me about to head out the door!
 One more before reporting to the meeting area.
 Here's my new teacher, Miss Roberta.  She's really nice, and I know I'll have a great year being in her class.
 My class sat as a group as we waited for all the kids to arrive.  I even met a new friend!
 Mommy went a little overboard with the picture-taking.
 Finally, Miss Roberta said it was time to go to class!
 Heading in.
 Before I knew it, it was time to head home on the school bus. I must admit, one of the things I was most excited about with the start of school was being able to ride the school bus.  I wasn't disappointed!
In Isla news: My Little Sister started up at a new school, too.  Mommy and Daddy walk her to school, where she plays, sings, and learns her colors and ABCs.  Doesn't she look cute in her little sailor's uniform?