On Sunday we went to a bull fight in Biscoitos. It was the biggest fight of the year and everyone on the island had to have been there. It was so crowded! We had a great time. Well, Grady got cranky into the second bull, so we gave him a Three Musketeers bar to buy us a little bit of time. He, of course, loved it and it worked like a charm.
A few weeks ago we went over to Porto Martines. This is the village with the most Americans. So far it is our second favorite place on the island next to Biscoitos. There is a board walk, lots of swimming wholes, several restaurants, and a coffee shop. Buzius is popular little Italian food restaurant that is really good.
A few weekends ago we walked down to the cliffs by our house. We had been told that there were some stairs that would take us down to the water, but we couldn't find them. Oh well, maybe we'll find them next time. It was really creepy standing out there by those cliffs without a rail or anything to keep you from falling. We got a few pictures near the edge, but for the most part kept our distance. Grady's poor little feet hardly touched the ground because I was so scared.
On Saturday we went on a picnic to Duck Lake. It was one of the many stops on our island tour. The only problem was that we didn't remember how to get there. So, we figured that the island isn't that big and that we would eventually find it. Well, we did! We had a great time and thank goodness Grady was worn out and ready for bed when we got home.
So, for those of you who know and love the Sansie, you know she is extremely technologically challenged. There has been a small learning curve for everyone in the family to become more computer savvy since we have moved away. This has been a huge hurdle for the Sansie. Here is a preview...enjoy(shanna ruth) p.s. T is making me put that she had nothing to do with it Sansie-and that's true.
Grady has discovered hide-n-seek and "BOO". He for the most part gets Boo, but not really hide-n-seek. When he hides, and I am looking for him calling his name, he answers, "What?". His favorite hiding spot is under the kitchen counter. I guess he'll eventually catch on one day.
Grady's newest obsession is bikes. Every time we go outside it seems like there are kids riding bikes everywhere. He cries every single time because I won't let him steal that kid's bike. All I hear is BI, BI, BIII!!! So we decided for our own sanity to order him his own little bike. He absolutely loves it and we go to the park to ride it everyday. He's a little dare devil and likes to go down all the hills.
We finally made it to a bull fight and it was awesome. They basically wall off the sides of the streets in town and let a bull go. A rope is tied around its neck to keep it in a certain area and then idiots jump in the streets and try to make it MORE mad. At each fight they do four different bulls and each lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. It's pretty intense. As you will see in the videos below, when that bull comes at the wall you are behind...you need to get the heck out of there. One bull broke through a wall a few yards down from us!! Yeah, we had an escape route all figured out. We had a blast and Grady loved it even though he wasn't anywhere near the wall when that bull would come by. Scott held him most of the time back away from the wall near our escape route. The local people here live for these fights. There is a bull fight almost everyday of the week somewhere on the island. Oh and sorry about the first video...I wasn't sticking around to see if that bull could jump the wall! When the locals run, you run!!
We went to the wine festival in Biscoitos on Saturday. They were going to have a parade from the winery down to the vineyards to pick the grapes. Well of course we were running late, so when we got there they were just leaving the winery. So we had to quickly find a parking spot and catch up with the parade. Little did we know that it was about a mile down to the vineyards. Saturday was probably the hottest and least windy day since we've been here. We were so hot and sweaty and Grady wanted to be carried. We finally made it to the vineyards picked some grapes and then we had to go back to the winery...uphill almost the whole way!! When we got back everyone took a much needed break while they unloaded the grapes. Then the part I had been waiting for...we got to stomp on the grapes. I was so excited! Grady did more standing in the grapes then stomping, but he had a good time. They then fed us dinner and we got to taste some wine, yum-yum. By the time we left we were exhausted, but not too exhausted for some sightseeing. We stopped at a lookout/hiking park and got to see some more amazing views. It was a great day and we still can't believe we are getting to do these things. We are so thankful for this opportunity we have been given.
Grady loves to clean! I can give him a wipe and it will keep him entertained for at least 30 minutes. He will clean anything in sight including: TVs, lamps, floors, phones, anything. It's so weird, yet really cute.
As all of you know we still haven't gotten our shipment of stuff, so its been a bit of an adjustment for Mr. Grady. In the lodge he had a crib to sleep in, but here at the house we tried letting him sleep with us. Well he is a wild sleeper and that only lasted one night before he got kicked out. So we put a twin mattress on the floor in his room. He has done pretty good sleeping in a 'big boy' bed, but has problems staying on the mattress. He has rolled out of the bed 2 nights in a row so far. It's weird because he cries for about 15 seconds and goes right back to sleep...on the floor. For those of y'all who don't understand the title - a few months back Scott rolled out of bed! Yeah, I know...how dumb for a grown man to roll out of the bed! It was hilarious though!!
Well, we took our tour and got to see a whole lot of the island. I found out where to shop, saw all of the best scenic points, found some great restaurants, and learned some history on our great island. Scott and I really enjoyed our time alone on this tour. That's not to say that we didn't call and check on Grady to an annoying level though. Grady had a great time playing with his new friend Layton and I think he really liked the nanny, Connie. Connie is a local lady that is a nanny for some people we know and she said she would keep Grady anytime. Scott and I both really liked her and we were very happy with this whole experience. Once again if you click on the picture above it will take you to an album. Make sure to read the captions at the bottom because some pictures you might not know what you are looking at. Enjoy!
I'm so excited because tomorrow we are going on an island tour. Grady is not allowed to go though:( So one of Scott's co-workers has a nanny that comes to their house and Grady will be going there tomorrow. I'm not really sure how he is going to do, but I know that I'm not too excited about leaving him with strangers. They have a 10 month old and a 2 year old, so he will have someone his age to play with. Wish us all luck that tomorrow goes well.