A happy New Year to you all! We have made it safely back to Horizontina from our visit to Florianapolis in the state of Santa Catarina. We spent 9 days being beach bums...we have had our fill of sand, and salt water and are ready to tackle a new school year, and Andrew is ready to move forward at work--we are on the downward trend now--only 6 months till we move back home! We did not take many pictures of our vacation as it is not safe to walk around with a camera. I did manage to take some shots from the car of some of the scenery! The girls' favorite part of the trip was sledding and boarding down the sand dunes. I have to admit this was my absolute most favorite part too!!! I don't have any pics of the gorgeous steep hills, but Makaela and I braved a very fun, very steep one together--so steep, that right before we went down she said, "We're not going to die are we?" The ride down was crazy fast and fun, but it's not the ride down that killed us-it was the long walk up!