In keeping with the current tradition of waiting to blog about a vacation until the next vacation...
First of all, The Little Lady made an awesome beeswax little dude, which ended up being popular with a local housefly.
(Note: I didn't misspell Carnival as Carnaval in the title. It's the correct Spainish spelling. I swear!)
(Note part 2: I did misspell Spanish as Spainish in the previous Note. Did you catch it?)
Secondly, the twinnies had a birthday (sort of...) which we celebrated Schnack-style. A few years back for The Eldest's 11th birthday we invited his class to make cardboard creations, and his younger siblings thought it was time they followed in his footsteps, though this time it was more explicitly violent from the start ("it'll be a cardboard war!").
And finally, you get to learn a bit about all the learning here in Panama. I ran a "Carnival Day" (or Carnaval Day as the official blurb says) for my 9th graders as part of a probability unit. Upon reflection, Carnival (or Carnaval) means something different here, so I need a new name. (Suggestions are welcome via the contact form in the upper right!) It was fun and hopefully they learned that gambling doesn't actually pay. Unless you're the casino.
Sarah and I made it to Donde Jose (a shmancy restaurante here in town) and enjoyed the graffiti in Casco.
And the kiddos waged a Nerf battle to end all Nerf battles.
Living in a catholic country, we get the week of Carnaval (Mardi Gras) off. After our fun debacle of a Popecation, we decided to just stick around for a staycation. The issue was that we of course were hosting someone for a home exchange and so couldn't stay in our house. Luckily, people like us enough to offer their place (thanks Dani and Shawn!) so we stayed in two high rise towers in the thick of the city. I took advantage of the opportunity and took some artsy modern architecture shots.
We managed to make it over to a friend's place to watch a bit of the Carnaval parade from above.
And...skyscrapers are cool.
Meanwhile the family is spending quality time...
Happy mid-April! We'll write greetings from my sister's place soon!