Today Spencer did not want to get out of bed at all. So we let him sleep in a bit. He was also acting a bit shy so we hugged him and let him watch what was going on from a distance. He warmed up when we decided to go outside. That is his favorite thing to do. We went for a walk in a different direction. The kids love to look around and see everything but today we could tell they were getting a bit bored with it.
We tried to find Elliana some shoes and gloves, her mittens are a bit too big. We were not successful. The kids however got to ride their first escalator! They wanted to go on it. Hunter stepped on and Daddy could not get him to not stand on the split between two steps. So he found out what happens when you do that really quick. None of them understood that you need to pick up your feet to get off. So they all were lifted up to get off. It is fun to see these kids experience all these new things. They were not successful on the second time either but maybe we will go back just to ride the escalator.
We took the kids to the park in the afternoon. We were very proud of Elliana today. She normally will only go on the swing or the see saw. Well there were a lot of people at the park today and both were taken. So we picked her up to go on the slide. She kept pointing to the swings but we told her we will have to do something else. Well we kept picking her up and I was getting tired so Jeff took over. I watched the boys but since Elliana is not quite comfortable with Daddy, she tried some things new. Jeff called me over and with some encouragement from both of us we got her to cross the wooden bridge. This was huge. She does not like to walk on anything that is not solid. She did great. Then she walked on the criss-cross rope bridge. We gave her high fives and told her she did great! She also was willing to climb up the cargo net rope ladder all by herself. She got big hugs and kisses for that. She was proud of herself too. We are going to go back to get videos of all of it.
Jeff saw a doughnut shop on the way up and said the kids deserve a treat on the way back. I think Jeff just misses Dunkin' Donuts. The kids loved it. We tried a local Latvian cafeteria style restaurant tonight called Lidos. This was the first day we have eaten out. Food here is not cheap. Even when you shop at the grocery store. The kids did really well at the restaurant. Jeff got some weird looks from people since our kids were speaking Latvian and Jeff and I were speaking English. Jeff told them our kids were adopted and we received some praise from them. They were from Finland. I tried some food I liked and some food I could do without. The kids were able to pick their own since it was cafeteria style. They pointed and we got it. I had this pumpkin with coconut milk soup. I really liked that. Jeff liked his chicken coated with scrambled eggs with tomato slices on top. Elliana picked out her own drink and choose tomato juice....yea Jeff ended up trading his cherry juice with her after she realized her mistake...
Tomorrow we are going to the science museum. Can't wait to see what new things we can show these kids.