Today was another beautiful sunny day, slowly making up for the terrible weather from the last week. The team was able to check off a few more boxes of work, before we head home in a couple of days.
The railing areas were scraped, scrubbed, and cleaned of the paint drippings finishing off the front side of the home, but since the girls had some extra time and paint before moving to the swing set, they sanded and primed a small balcony in order to finish off all the railings.
The playground is still coming along nicely, but the kids are growing more and more anxious of its completion everyday. Many of the older boys and caregivers have come to share the load of work, and have been excellent extra hands; they even are making a line to be the next to drill and are very excited about the new skills they have been learning from the team. In result of being fueled by another delicious Brazilian lunch made by a few of the caregivers, once the end of the day rolled by, they completed the chain bridge, cemented and placed the slide, secured all the beams, and fixed one of the swings for the third time.
The girls later in the afternoon, gathered all the younger kids to ice and decorate cupcakes with surprisingly easy and delicious icing using some of the leftover whipped cream from Sunday’s breakfast. Each child made their own tasty treat, topped with layers upon layers of sprinkles that fell off all over themselves and the floor once they went to eat them. After they were done with the cupcakes, it did not stop them from eating more sugar, so they took to their bowls of icing and dumped not just sprinkles, but GRAPE SODA into their bowls and each began eating them with spoons……After eating more than the daily recommended intake of sugar, even to Brazilian standards, Mikayla spent the next hour watching all 7 kids run in circles after the ridiculous amounts of sugar running through their bloodstreams, making sure none of them lost a finger. Rachel on the other hand had equally difficult role of scraping the fat filled, buttery icing off all the dishes, first dragging them up two flights of stairs and back down again, getting both clean dishes and a convenient workout. Apparently she too had lot’s of sugar to burn, since near the end of the day she raced with one of the kids, but due to a faulty start one her part, the final winner is still unknown.
Overall, it was a day well spent whether it was hard at work, or spending time with all the wonderful kids, the team is still enjoying the precious memories being made after each day.