Fake Ice & Snow But Real McDonalds!

Today we took the kids into Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. We went in search of the Largest Christmas Tree in Europe, but I think Lisbon won that bid this year, so we ended up ‘wax skating’, bouncy jumping, playing in snow bubbles and eating at the Imperial McDonald’s. Even though our van worked just fine, we stopped at a metro station (subway) so the kids could enjoy their first ever ride. We took the metro right into the middle of the city. As soon as we got on and it took off, all the kids went flying backwards about 5 feet and went crashing to the ground. I was laughing so hard I couldn’t help any of them up. Metros don’t mess around! It was obvious to everyone that we weren’t from around those parts!!

The girls skating on wax….when they fell they had bits of wax all over them…it even looked like ice shavings!

Some sort of fake snow. We’re still not sure what it was. The kids said it tasted like soap. Some sort of bubbly stuff…they loved it!


A huge Christmas Bell. The kids played inside of it. It’s where the ‘snow’ fell.

Looking straight up from inside the bell.

They love their coffee and their Clooney!

City sights

At least I was behind this statue….

Trinity did not want to stand next to the ‘weird green guys’. Faith’s just a little too friendly!

The Portuguese kids love to jump in those bouncy things too!!

Trinity says….”Merry Christmas to All”!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04436679535435682403 Anne

    My turn to say “no fair!” At least you get to wear boots and coats:).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18439689700601562619 Dani Joy

    What a fun outing! How great you got to “ice” skate! We have yet to do that with our boys. Hope to soon. How did the girls do? How funny about the metro. Hope no one was hurt. You sound like my mom. able to laugh at/with your children so easily. It´s a very good trait to have. 🙂

  • http://thedomesticfringe.wordpress.com/ thedomesticfringe

    Nina, what wonderful pictures! It sounds like you guys had a GREAT time. I’ve never heard of wax-skating…that’s just a litte odd, but hey if it works…

    So funny that all the kids fell on the train. I would have been hysterical too.

    Thanks for sharing your fun day with us! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04630288151385157311 Jill

    Love your pictures! Do you ever get snow in Portugal? I’m assuming it’s kind of cold because you’re all wearing coats. My boys are holding out hope for a white Christmas, but I keep telling them that’s not possible in Florida!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01358989235076877037 CONNIE’S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART

    That looked like so much fun. The children looked so happy. I hope your Christmas brings you all much joy. connie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04662751045378148853 TCKK

    What great pictures of your family. Looks like everyone had a great time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10436764764797493783 Pam

    Oh Nina, you and your hubby are dressed so cute! I lOVE that big bell! What was the temp when you took those photos? Everyone is bundled up and look cold!

    The photo of your tree and kids in the dim light is a real treat, almost story book like.

    Merry Christmas to you and your precious family!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00414728528701195817 Gayle

    That is so neat! Portugal looks like a very pretty place.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11685930880024437696 Starla

    Wax skating? Interesting! George Clooney’s family is from Kentucky close to where I live. The bell is so beautiful! Love the photos.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01539881148022345267 Pilar Stark

    Great photos, even greater memories 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03130290739135017036 Aliene

    Nina, Thanks for sharing the pictures. Looks like they really had fun. You are making memories that will be with you forever. Treasure these days. they grow up too fast.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04887884977787790642 Amrita

    Love those photos. Merry Christmas to you all


    Its so pretty over there for Christmas.
    Looks like you are in New York,,
    never been to New York but looks like picture’s I’ve saw.

    It looks like yall had a great time.
    love the bell.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03832264175106257366 Rob and Deanna

    What a Gorgeous Bell & Decorations! WOW!! I love the old buildings. I think you would enjoy seeing the decorations from Bogota. OUr missionaries, the Dickinsons, have blogged about them. So neat. http://dickinsonfam.blogspot.com/

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