For the second year in a row, we attended the joint brotherly birthday party for our Portuguese friends. We met Luis and Tania through our American friends Nick and Kristy. They have two boys who are 4 and 6, and we got to celebrate with them at the local Porto Martins "Casa do Povo" which is the local community recreational center. (Each town has a "Casa do Povo where the community congregates for special events.)
It is always so interesting to participate in an event in a completely different culture. While Luis and Tania speak English, their boys don't and no one else there did. The food is different, the Happy Birthday song is different ... but the event is the same. Kids being silly and having fun with face painting, balloons, and jumpy castles.
Even more exciting was that my kiddos, for the first time EVER got their faces painted. They always say no. Never once has one of them wanted to do it. But today, I asked Sidge if he would consider. I said to him, "Sidge, if you do it, your brother and sister might try it. What do you think?" He put his finger under his chin and said, "I'll think about it. Okay, I thought, and I'll do it. I want to be Batman."
Even funnier was when he told the face painter that he wanted to be "Batman." Hearing his non-Portuguese accent, she wrinkled her nose and called over a friend to translate. The friend translated, "Batman."It's the same word in both languages! Abigail opted for Batgirl (the painter added a bow), and Isaac decided to be Robin.
Here are some photos after we got home. (Sidge just cannot open his eyes if he thinks there is ANY sun out -- which there wasn't.)