well, the rest of the family arrived back in town a few days ago. it sure is a heck of a lot louder around here now but it is super fun. we're slowly getting back into the swing of things with a house full of people crammed in a little apartment. the next few months may be slightly out of control but i'm sure they will be oh so enjoyable. trae took us into downtown Recife yesterday to show us around a little. there is so much to see in this big city.