It had been a while since we had taken the girls on an "adventure" in Portugal. Matt will be heading to Italy soon for nine days and, shortly thereafter, the girls and I will head to the U.S. to visit and where Olivia will be a flower girl in a wedding. So, we really wanted to take advantage of family time this weekend.
Lila and Mom take a break and enjoy the sea breeze
As we entered the beach area, we realized were were starving, therefore, quickly stopped at a restaurant. Octopus salad was quickly put in front of us, as an appetizer, and Lila, Matt and I gobbled it right up, while Liv dined on bread and complained that she didn't have butter.
Octopus salad and vinho verde
It was over a Euro for each pad of butter so we didn't allow it at our table. Our guidebook suggested that we not miss out on the local dish, caldeirada and it did not disappoint. Matt was hesitant to try it, however, noticing that I really wanted to try it, the foodie that I am, and noting that the dish served two people, he tested it and out and, of course, enjoyed it.
Matt hiked back up to our car, while the girls and I hung out on the beach. The girls made friends with a few locals.
Liv and Matt take a beach stroll
Lila finds a ditch to dig in
Who needs the radio when Lila sings all the way home!
I know that several of my friends' toddlers' no longer nap. I believe them when they tell me that they've outgrown them...yet, I don't quite grasp it because my two toddlers desperately require naps. Today, Lila fell asleep on my back for a good while. As we walked the mile or so to or car mid-afternoon, Olivia fell asleep on Matt's back. She was so sleepy, she was delirious. As we got her into the car, her head rocked side to side, her eyes rolled into the back of her head, and she mumbled sentences Matt and I could not understand. She continued to sleep all the way home. Later, we had little trouble getting her to bed...I guess we can say we all had a full, exhausting day...and tomorrow...the beach, park, dinner in Lisbon...who knows!