Hi there. This is our new website and place to blog. We are in Santiago, Chile at Joffre's Aunt's House. It is a really lovely house and includes all of us Swaits, Joffre's Aunt and Grandfather, the maid Rosita and two dogs. Joffre's grandfather is a geologist here and his aunt, a former translator, manages his company. His aunt is super fun and cheerful and crazy about her dogs.
Great-grandpa has a very exciting job, exploring for gold mostly. I think the kids make up sort of legends about him in their minds about his work, and he really does have a lot of interesting stories and experiences from his past. He showed me a picture of himself on a donkey the other day and said "That is how we used to get up the mountains. Now we mostly take helicopters." (Either option seemed pretty exciting to the kids and I.) He then placed the picture down next to the whale tooth from his time on a whaling ship. Yeah. A whaling ship. Joffre, his Aunt and Grandfather go to the office most days all day working hard for the company.
So that leaves the kids and I alone with the maid most days. We are in one of the nicer districts in Santiago, Las Condes. We are mostly surrounded by pretty walled homes and nice apartments. There are a few parks nearby and one really nice big one we have been frequenting. We have been doing a small portion of our homeschooling but I want them to experience the place as part of there education right now and I don't want to unpack all the homeschool books for one month. The maid does all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry leaving me a lot of free time. It is really weird but I will write a whole post about that. I have been trying to take the time to sketch and paint and learn some Portuguese. Well that is our set up and next I will post a video tour of the house and garden where we are. Ciao.