Akylis fell in love, met Madonna, and learned a new game this Easter.Good Morning! For some reason in Ipatinga, he just bounces out of bed an hour earlier without going to bed early. At least grandma was there to help mommy and daddy catch up on their sleep. He is still waking up at least once a night to eat.
The biggest change in Ipatinga is that my mother-in-law is closing in her patio to create another bathroom and room. Of course, since it was my husband’s family, he pitched in to help and so did the cousins, uncles and brothers.
Akylis wanted to help too, so he was assigned the role of managing supervisor. Here he is making sure his uncle Douglas is properly mixing the cement. Most days it was M and a guy from the church, but on Saturday, everyone joined in to finish the roof. I don’t know about you, but my family has never taken a Saturday/vacation day to all gather together and build a roof. These guys have helped each other build their various family homes. It is really amazing.
We spent the few rain free days at the park, where he met Madonna, the police horse. Fun fact: these units are called Cavaleiros or Knights rather than Mounted Units. Besides park duty in Ipatinga, the Police Knights patrol areas of the favellas here in Rio where the streets are impassible by car.
We went to an evening wedding of a cousin, but Akylis didn’t want to sit still; so, even though it was damp, Daddy took him to the playground across the street. I picked this outfit for Akylis, and M said that it looked like a uniform. I thought he was joking, but it turns out he was serious. The largest company in Ipatinga, which employs about 50% of the town, has uniforms in almost this same shade of blue/light navy. Ahh, good times.
He has learned to ham it up for photos too. This rabbit tricycle was his favorite part of the trip. He loved it. He rolled all around the house on it. He still hasn’t figured out pedals so its Flintstone style. I want to pick up one of these for his birthday, a mere 2 months away. How crazy is that?
He’s also picked up the idea of shopping. Grandma’s produce basket was constantly assaulted. He did this with his toys, daddy’s tools, and anything else he could fit behind his rear. I think its just adorable.
Our trip, originally planned for five days, stretched into 3 weeks. I filled the memory card in our camera so look forward to several more posts as I play blog catch-up!