Spring Break

Steve's mom & dad and two younger siblings max & jo came out to Chile to see us over their Spring Break. We were so thrilled to have some visitors, especially family!  It was so fun taking them to see some of the cool places in Santiago as well as exploring a couple new places together. Steve's dad rented a big van so we could get everywhere all together. It was so fun to be in a car again... trying to see the city by bus or metro, while doable, is pretty tricky with the two little ones. So this was a lot more enjoyable. 

One of the first things we took them to was Los Dominicos Artisan market. We knew they would enjoy the unique atmosphere it has to offer and get a little shopping in with all the handmade goods they sell.  We even grabbed a small bite to eat in the center where they serve some yummy empanadas. It was a successful trip and we left with some good things.

Jayne picked out this little handmade purse. It is so cute and she loves to take it with her everywhere (and keep "her money" in it - some small coins given by "gwama"). 

We took a drive up the canyon one afternoon and couldn't believe how clear and pretty the river was. This picture really doesn't even do it justice. We stopped so we could walk down to the water. It was really beautiful. 


The next day we hit up the White house and Plaza de Armas, Santa Lucia Hill, and San Cristobal hill. Vinny did great in the backpack and Jayne was a good trooper walking or being pushed in the umbrella stroller. She was a happy camper with so many people to entertain her. 

Jayne loved the "horsies"

We stopped at an empanada shop for a quick lunch (it is sounding like empanadas are all we ever eat...). While I didn't get a picture of the grub, I did get a picture of Max and his straight teeth! (thanks to braces and a current retainer). 

Friendly music being played while loading up the trolly to take us to the top of the hill.

Pretty Jo

Jayne tuckered out

My camera was seriously messed up and wouldn't focus on anything unless it was extremely close up (which is why all my pictures of this day are just that). But this was a bunch of melted wax from burning candles in offering to the Virgin Mary at the top of the hill (wish I would have gotten some pictures of the view and the statue, but my camera was a no-go). 


One rainy day we took a drive up another canyon and stopped at this local restaurant to get some authentic Chilean food. The dish above is a Paste de Choclo (corn dish). It was good, a little different, but worth a try. 

The meat empanadas were tasty

Check out all that meat!!! 

That there would be intestines. Yummy. NOT. I refused to even try (so I guess I wouldn't know...). There was also blood sausage, which believe it or not I did try, and it wasn't all that bad!

The clan

Completed the day with our last gelato before going home. Steve and I made a mutual exception from our no sweets competition that we could have one small cup as a 'last hurrah' to our Chilean gelato. 

Vinny's first ride all by himself! He seemed a little unsure, but didn't complain. 

Happy girl

Lots of bedtime snuggles


We did a day trip to Vina Del Mar (the beach). This was the first time we had even been to the beach while in Chile. It was BEAUTIFUL! You get into the city by going down a big hill (wish I had taken a picture) and it's a neat site to behold as you're driving down. . Although the water was freeeezing, the day was gorgeous and it was fun to just chill on the beach, look for sea glass, and let the little ones play in the sand. 

There were a few little kid rides on the boardwalk that the little ones got to enjoy. Jayne was loving it!

Little man tuckered out by lunch time. 

I wish I had taken more pictures of the some of the things we did, but like I said, my camera was having some serious issues. I'll leave you with one last picture of Jayne at the airport totally passed out. 

I was hitting myself for not taking a picture at our little farewell party our friends in the ward threw for us. We had a big pot luck dinner and just visited all together for hours. It was so nice and the perfect way to end our stay here. I don't think Chile would have been nearly as fun without the friends we made in our church. They were so good to us, and I miss them already!


So, I know some of you might be wondering why we came back to the states so early. It was somewhat of a surprise to us too!  Well, Steve got a job here in Provo as Director of Coaching for a couple soccer clubs in the area. As a result, he wanted to get back at the end of April to begin working. Our 90 days in the country was up at the end of Steve's families visit so we decided last minute to come back with Steve's family at the end of their trip. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision, but we felt really good about it. It was great having the extra hands on the airplane and made traveling so much easier! And it was so funny surprising some people upon our arrival. I was able to surprise both of my sisters and even my parents who flew in last week for my sister's graduation. It was so fun!!!

We are so glad to be home. It is funny to see the differences and things I took for granted before living in Chile. There are also some things I miss from Chile. I am so glad we were able to live there for the time that we did, and be able to have that neat experience. Who knows where our next adventure will be, but I am happy to be settled in our little provo area for the time being. And you better believe Jayne is more than thrilled to be back home. I don't think I have ever seen her so happy. 

Whew!!! That was a lot of stuff for one post.


Kim & Clay said...

It seems like a dream that you lived in Chile only last week! I can't tell you how happy I am that you are back. And Ellie is in heaven having her buddy, Jayne. I want to hear more about Chile and the differences between here and there that you mentioned in your post.

Angie said...

So many fun pictures. Im glad you guys had such a great experience in Chile. What an amazing opportunity! I would love to be able to try living abroad in different places for a few months at a time! So cool. Glad you're back in the states!

Hannah said...

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award