He was an exchange student from Spain and we had so much fun with him.
Xabi plays numerous instruments VERY well! He actually doesn't play the accordion at home but an instrument that is similar, called the trikitixa. He was able to play some tunes by ear though, even though the fingering was different.
Though a little later in the week, here is Micaiah accompanying Xabi's piano playing on the drums.
Sorry the lighting is so bad.
Practicing music to play at the homeless shelter. I think Jack is going to be a drummer like his grandpa. He watches so intently when they are played.
...and went to the waterfire in Providence. It was a beautiful warm night for it with music floating over the water, gondoliers rowing by, and people lining both sides of the water enjoying the fire and the beauty of the evening.
While we waited to tour the USS Constitution we saw this family behind us with each member on a different electronic devise.
Enough of the formal pictures... let's pretend we work on the ship! (Yeah... it probably took five guys to steer it. It IS a big ship you know!)
We started heading to the Bunker Hill Monument and everyone we talked to on the way in asking for direction to get there by foot from thee USS Constitution said it was closed for repairs. Pa kept saying we'd see it anyway. When we got there it was open! Mom and us kids walked up the 294 steps to a beautiful view out all four sides at the top.
I've heard it said copying is the greatest form of flattery
Micaiah and the white wall art
The moms and their temporary "sons"
Trying to beat Inigo at connect four... after playing repeated games I realized it probably wouldn't be happening anytime soon.We shared how we ran through these before Jordan and Melissa's wedding and Inigo wanted to do it, so Mom and Matthew joined him
Someday I'd love a library that looks like this... reminds me of the one in Beauty and the Beast.
That picture of Washington is an original Gilbert Stuart
Where Senate meetings take place
We really wanted to go to the dome and as we passed this guy Mom asked him if it was possible to get a tour there. He said no (especially for a non RI resident), but he could show us a few other non-toured places. He brought us into the basement of the statehouse and showed us this room with this ramp going to a lower level that has a ramp to an even lower level. He said it was where the horses were kept when the senators would meet years ago. Hay was kept at the top and was thrown down the ramps. The second place he took us was on a terrace which is only opened to those who attend meetings
The third place was to do with his specific job. The media side of things. He showed us how they film the meetings and one of the tapes of him on tv. Quite an unexpected blessing!
Lots of important decisions are made in those chairs.
And thus ends your history lesson of the RI state house :-)
Xabi taught us this really fun card game called Mus, which originates from where he lives. Most of our free time the rest of the week was playing mus (accompanied by a refreshing glass of kombucha, as you can see)
As we played scrabble one night we got on the topic of figures of speech in the English language. Above are a few of the ones that came up. As we explained the meanings it became pretty funny. Have you ever stopped and thought about the way some common American phrases are worded? We didn't realize we used so many and had many laughs throughout the night.
In between placing a word for scrabble we played mus
When the water gets too cold to jump waves mus is a great alternative (We would even play it as we drove places)
A super ninja
Xabi's first non-backyard baseball game... that turned out to be the most slow, boring games we've seen. No great loss when you have a fun family to be entertained by at the slow parts
The last night we stayed up looking through pictures of the week... and playing more mus
Before going to the airport we spent the day in Boston where we met one of the best sales people I've ever seen. This guy was super smooth and convincing. After Micaiah made his purchase he asked to get a picture with him
You can't really tell from this picture, but it was pouring out and we were thoroughly drenched. You'd think after all these years of living in New England we would use umbrellas, but they always seem to be forgotten on the days it rains.... and getting wet makes it more memorable
Our final picture before departure.
We are so glad you could come, Xabi!