Many of you know that I started a play group with a friend here shortly after arriving. Play groups aren't a common Ecuadorian concept but my friends have really gotten into it and it's been a great opportunity for me to interact with other moms and Canaan to make some fun friends.
This past week was full of play group activities. Instead of doing our traditional play group, we had a birthday party for my friend as her husband was out of town. The kids loves noisemakers, masks, balloons and a pinata. Canaan hasn't stopped talking about "Happy Birthday Cake" since.
Then over the weekend we had an all-family baby shower for the same friend, celebrating the arrival of her next baby girl ... who will be just about a full year younger than Eden. I'm glad for another baby because Eden is far outnumbered! There are 5 two-year-olds, all born within a month of each other, and poor, sweet, trampled over Eden.
For the shower we went out to a Hosteria about 45 minutes away ... well 45 minutes if we hadn't made about 4 stops along the way for people to run various errands. Definitely some cultural differences there around start time (we were supposed to meet at 9:30 to drive together and the last couple showed up at 10:15) and around caravan etiquette (4 stops to do things like pick up a prescription, pay a bill, etc!)
It was a fun time. The kids loved running together outdoors. There was barely anyone around so I felt like we could give them a wide berth without worrying. They checked out the goats, sheep, chickens and bunnies, but mostly just ran and played. We ate lunch at the Hosteria, which consisted of two plates of salchipapas (fries with a cut up hot dog over top) for the kids (not ordered by me since we are not a hot dog and fries family but when in Rome ...) and steaks with an egg on top for the adult. As always, in the cultural exchange I miss something but my friends are most gracious. Originally the plan had been to picnic at a park. When it changes to a Hosteria I didn't realized that changed lunch plans. So yes, I showed up with a pasta salad, cantaloupe and cookies.
Celebrating F's birthday!
Glad to see his friend M after 4 days apart!
Canaan and T LOVE each other. T asked about Canaan daily. And many times at play group they can be found playing quietly while the other kids wail over fought over toys.
Tough little girl. My friends are often appalled that I set her down on the ground like this.
Classic Uruguayan who wouldn't leave home without his mate. A is one of the most laid-back guys I've ever met, as you can see her, which complements his wife well. She's one of the most high energy, high strung people I've ever met! Even though she insists on ironing all of their underwear she still knows how to have a great time!