Em and her family had to leave for California, so Talia got to be the first one to try out the bouncy house.
Andrea with a lot and lot of help from Diogo and his Mom made a ton of yummy Brazilian food. The dish above is called Farofa.
One time when he was about 5, he came home with a baby food jar full of sand. He proceeds to dump it out on my counter and tells me to look for the Ant Lion. I had never heard of an Ant Lion. "Just wait, Mom" he says. "It will come out looking for food." Sure enough a few minutes later the tiniest little insect does come out of a little volcano that it made in the sand. I was surprised and asked him how he knew about it. "Oh, I read about them in my insect encyclopedia." was his reply.
Another time he has me go to the backyard to look at his "pet spider". We walk into the backyard and he catches a fly out of the air with his hand. We walk up to a broken brick and he holds the fly above the crack in the brick. Sure enough a spider comes up and he lets go of the fly. The spider catches the fly and there you are, a pet spider.
Once when he was a teen-ager he shows me a jar full of (seems like hundreds of newly hatched spiders). Turns out they were baby black widow spiders. He had another "pet". I was horrified. I did not want baby black widows all over. I mercilessly froze them.