The view from the back side of Casa Grande.
The hill here is surprisingly steep, and it was just too tempting to resist...so the Mini-Menace and I launched ourselves rolling down the hill. (Don't worry, Mom--I made sure the Ambassador wasn't anywhere in sight.) It was so steep that we actually picked up speed on the way down and were thisclose to going completely out of control. I considered it a total victory when (1) I didn't vomit afterwards and (2) other kids--and a mom--followed our lead.
The back side of Casa Grande
This morning, since the Embassy and MM's school are closed, I
dragged convinced the MM to go horseback riding. He was nervous, but did great---didn't complain at all and, even more shocking, admitted that our hour-long ride through the countryside near Diriomo was "maybe kind of fun". High praise from a 10 year old boy. He'd better watch out, though, because now that I know he "maybe kind of"enjoys it, his butt is getting back in the saddle. Hopefully, next time, he might actually LOOK like he's enjoying himself:
After the past week--which included an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, tsunami warnings, and the heartbreaking news from Libya, this was exactly what I needed.