First Casualty

And the winner is…


A few weeks into our family gap year she has managed to break:

  • A shelf climbing on it
  • A toilet seat by jumping off it
  • An iPad by dropping it off the bed – luckily just a small crack on the edge of the screen and still usable

Dad managed to fix everything apart from the iPad with a spoon and swiss army knife.

Lara swinging on lamp post

Metal Tree Climbing

She has also had a few scrapes:

  • Splatting off the monkey bars in the playground at our apartment, scratching her face on the ‘safety’ astroturf and getting a black eye.
  • Ben knocked her over in the Jardim Botanico and she scraped her elbow
  • In our second apartment she fell down the bunk bed steps and hurt her knee

Luckily social services haven’t followed us to Rio but there is some photo evidence:

Lara Monkey Bar Face Scrape

Monkey Bars – Ouch!

Lara with bloody elbow

Running Race – Ouch!

The good news is that she heals fast and hasn’t lost her nerve on the monkey bars! As you can see from this video:

UPDATE – I am finishing this holding an icepack to her head after she fell over while playing chase with Ben and hit her head on the wall!

UPDATE 2 – I had better post this quick as Zoe is catching up fast. She fell over and got a hole in her knee on a jungle trek and got a big scrape on her toe.

Zoe on swing

Zoe trying to catch up

UPDATE 3 – Ben is also in competition after falling off the top bunk at 3AM. He has a lovely bruise on his hip, really black and blue and the surprise awakening induced some spectacular sound effects! He is also trying hard to keep up with Lara:

Ben jumping off bridge

I can fly!

And then Dad kicked a rock while swimming in the sea and cut his heel, only Mo is unscathed. Pleased to say all are healing well, staying active and still jumping at the chance of any adventures.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill Cook
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 15:37:09

    I know that you don’t like them drinking lemonade but is G+T really the best option?


    • Martin Clark
      Aug 07, 2012 @ 20:48:02

      They actually have a bit of a taste for tonic, Ben would drink it over Lemonade anyday! Luckily they don’t like the lethal Brazilian cocktail of choice the Caiprinhia.


  2. Michael Somers
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 21:39:25

    Martin – what you lot are doing makes astonishing reading! Keep it up.
    Michael Somers


  3. Mo
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 02:46:51

    How could you forget the spectacular scraped shin from falling through the random hole in the wooden zen platform that was supposed to be for silent contemplation – resulting in a fairly noisy and non contemplative moment – not to mention that bejewelled pottery elephant that fell off the platform in the drama but miraculously escaped unscathed – phew!


  4. Martin Clark
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 02:31:11

    Thanks Michael, I am sure the most interesting parts are still to come, we are only easing ourselves gently into our travels!


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