Today was a slower day, we decided this would be the plan so that the kids could all have time to get to know one another. Right now, we’re in the phase where we’re all in disbelief that we are now 14 strong. It feels odd. Making yourselves into a family doesn’t happen overnight. We are giving ourselves permission to feel like strangers, because, we are.
We decided that our only activity would be visiting the local market and trying to find familiar foods for Isabel that would comfort her. We have committed to eating like Colombians while we are here. So, mid-day, my motley crew headed to the market.
The streets of Pasto aren’t easy to navigate. They’re like the busy streets of many large cities around the world. So, the tiniest of our crew ride on various backs. Tess, Gigi, Cate and Isabel all ride in a carrier. When a brother or sister gets tired, piggybacks are the solution.
The kids commented that, for the first time, it really felt like we were in Colombia. No one around us spoke english. I had to really stretch myself to speak to people. The accent here is a little different.
We bought all kinds of beautiful fruits and vegetables.
The people were so kind. We managed to avoid an international incident when Gigi tried to sample the goods.
She’s too cute to go to jail.
–FullPlateMom, who loves her some Gigi.