My parents have started their journey back home to Texas.  Their time here in Chile with us was much needed and, in my opinion, much too short.  I would keep them with us for the rest of our trip if I could have!  Words cannot really describe how grateful I am for them and that’s mostly because as I think about it all I can do is cry.  My head is filled with wonderful memories of my dad’s arm around my shoulders giving me a hard squeeze as we walked along the coast, his silly jokes and his repetitive stories, my mom’s laugh, her encouraging words, her cooking, and watching them love Carter.  I honestly thought that no one could love Carter as much as Scott and I, but now I’m all sorts of confused, in a good way.  If there was one word that could describe the time we spent together this last week in Chile, it would be love—so much love filled our little apartment while they were here.  We are so grateful for the time that we were able to spend with them and we are so sad that it is over!

Arriving in Chile

20141204_230941My parents came to the airport to meet us.  It was the first time we’ve been greeted as we got off the plane (and through baggage claim, immigration, and customs) and it was so fun!!  My dad was so excited that Carter fell asleep on him during our bus ride to our apartment.  After 44+ hours on a plane and in airports, Scott and I were excited he was sleeping on someone else too!

 

DSC06435The night we got to the apartment my mom had it all decorated for Christmas!  It was after 1 a.m. but I was too excited to see them to waste time sleeping.

 

Completos

DSC06436 DSC06441We got completos for dinner one night.  And I repeat, one night.  Haha it was just a hot dog with fresh tomatoes, tons of guacamole, and TONS of mayo on it so it really wasn’t that bad, but it was definitely just a one time thing.  My dad would’ve eaten one a day if he had his way!

An Early Christmas

DSC06455On Christmas Eve Carter got to open his first present—jammies!  Carter loves lions, so it was so cute to see him in his little lion jammies!
IMG_7980This is his excited face!  He saw his presents from Santa 🙂
IMG_7979 IMG_7990Talking about the nativity story with grandma.

 

IMG_7999He was too impatient to wait for one of us to peel his orange, so he took matters into his own hands.  He would’ve eaten the whole thing like this if we hadn’t stopped him!

 

IMG_8008 IMG_8012 IMG_8020 DSC06456Our attempt at our traditional Christmas Breakfast!  We improvised on a few ingredients so it was a little off, but it was fun to keep the tradition!

 

Sand Dunes – Viña del Mar

Before we made it to the sand dunes, we stopped for some chow in Concón.

DSC06462We LOVE our empanadas!
DSC06464We tried chorrillana.  Scott was finished after he saw the fries swimming in water and grease, but my dad and I carried on like champs shaking the salt on almost every bite.  I’d eat it again.

DSC06477The view was absolutely incredible and the weather was perfect.  It took us a little while to figure out how to get here, but it was well worth it in the end.

 

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Sunday Walk Along the Coast

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Walking Around Valparaíso

My parents had been in the city about 4 days before we arrived, so they showed Carter and I all over!

20141206_104057 20141206_112023Carter got a nice big chocolate chip cookie, a treat from grandma and grandpa.  We had cheesecake, so we had the better deal 🙂
20141206_114247 20141206_132849From this experience we learned that Carter loves these things when they’re not moving.  Not when they are moving.
20141206_122724After riding an ascensor!  These things are so cool!
20141206_133243A cheeky grin while being pushed on the swing by grandma.

 

Again, we are so grateful for the time we got to spend with family!  We are even more excited to return home and be surrounded by family again!