It has been brought to my attention by a few people that I've been sucking at updating this blog lately. Here's the thing. I don't have anything to complain about right now. Okay, well, I do, but who wants to hear that it rained right after the gardener washed my car or that the maid got a bleach spot on my yoga pants? That's what I thought. And since my blog posts are generally a document of events gone horribly awry, you can take my absence as a sign that things are going well.
The truth is, we are all pretty happy here in Brazil. I'm finally busy and losing the 20 pounds of being in the dumps that I gained over the last year or so. I can order a meal in a restaurant in portuguese and the kids can help me with the rest. We're making friends. Mitch's job is cruising along well and the kids are enjoying school and all their extracurricular activities. See how boring this post has gotten? No one's been sick or accidentally ordered a bag of smashed a*sholes in broken portuguese. The mosquitos are letting up as the rains are disappearing and my hair is becoming more manageable as well. I'm totally putting myself to sleep now. Don't worry though, if there's one thing I'm sure of in life, it's that the Pulling Stakes family will embarrass ourselves in a spectacular way, and I'll be here to document it for you.
Meanwhile, enjoy this photo of my teenager, who may or may not be staying home from school today even though he isn't sick. We allow one sanity day per semester for each kid, as long as there aren't any tests. Shhhhh.
Edited to add: The extra dog belongs to some friends of ours who are visiting the states.