Our friend Billy Holmes emailed us a few months ago to say he and his family would be in France for a wedding and would love to come to Barcelona for a few days and see us. Yes, absolutely!! We haven't seen Billy in ages since he lives in NYC (and now that we are such "seasoned" travelers I've realized that we really do need to get out of MA more often) and we hadn't met Jen or Isabelle. So on Friday they arrived in Barcelona and came by our place for dinner which while intending to be a cook out, ended up being cheese, bread and pizza. Ah well, I tried.
Their daughter Isabelle is the same age as Liam and they hit it off. She wasn't super thrilled with Jake, whom she called a bear, but by the end of the weekend they were fast friends. Saturday night Josh and I went out with Billy and Jen to our favorite, Specchio Magico while all three kids stayed with Maria. It was a great night with an opportunity to do a little catching up and also have a night where we could have a complete conversation without the interruption of kids.
We had the most fun though, on Sunday, when we all went to Sitges. The kids had a blast playing in the sand and the water (brrrrr). Liam and Iz built sand castles while Josh, Billy and Aidan spent some time in the water. Jen did some shopping and I did what I do best, lounge :) We had bocadillos on the beach and Billy and Josh enjoyed some cervezas delivered to our chairs.
As we walk towards the beach Aidan HAD to have his picture taken with Mario and Yoshi
There are always cool sandcastles here
Aidan with his squirt gun
Josh and Aidan looking for crabs
Ok this is a better shot of it :)
When the weather looked ominous we packed up and walked around Sitges, stopping for some much needed ice cream for all (and sorry to the kids who had to wait so long since I was soooo sure there was a good ice cream place, you know, just over that way....).
Getting a shoulder ride and making funny faces
As the day was coming to an end, Izzy seemed to be a little taken with Aidan, a much older man for her 3 1/2 years of age and kept trying to hold his hand...he wanted nothing to do with that! I kept trying to encourage her to hold Liam's hand (who was more than willing) and she said, no I want Aidan... ah young love. Finally it was time to say goodbye. It was such a quick visit but we're all really glad they came and we all had such a great time.