There are some vacations that are fun, but not relaxing. You go here and there and do this and that and in the end you had fun, but you are tired.
Then there are those that are totally relaxing. There is no pressure to rush around and do anything. And you end up having a lot of fun anyway, and you are refreshed.
This past week has been like that for us. And we really really needed it.
We are staying with our good friends, Ramilo, Flaviana and Paola. We met them in the hotel that we were staying in when we arrived in Brazil almost 9 years ago. They live in a little town in Sao Paulo called Tatui. Their house isn't big, but they have a pool, and behind the pool is a sort-of guest house. It has an open air kitchen downstairs that leads out to the pool, and upstairs is a bedroom, bathroom and big living room area. We are staying in the guest house.
Here is what we have done almost every day: eat breakfast, goof off, swim, read, watch TV (they have cable which is a huge treat for our kids), eat lunch, rest, goof off, swim, goof off, read, talk, visit, laugh, goof off, swim, play pool games, eat again, talk, goof off, sleep.
No fancy tourist outings or pressure to go anywhere. We have enjoyed it so much.
We did go to one place yesterday that was kind of like an amusement park for the kids. I'll tell more about that later. It was cool.
So, I don't have a lot of interesting talk, just wanted to let everyone know what we've been up to.
Tomorrow we are leaving to return to the beach where we will stay until the 20th. It will be fun, but we will be sad to leave our friends! It has been really special to spend time with them and we are so thankful that God brought our families together almost 9 years ago.