Saturday, July 26, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here is the infamous circle of death. Imagine two grown women running on this piece of playground equipment (it spins), and falling on top of one another in a heap in the middle when they lost their balance. Karen was pretty seriously injured. Her back is still bothering her. I took this photo for her so she can show her coworkers and family that the circle of death really does exist!
The company does not really state the dangers associated with this piece of equipment. Here is their description (they don't call it the Circle of Death, but rather the "Supernova"):
"Use your strength and hold your balance! This seems to be the best way to describe the kind of play that takes place on the Supernova. A single child can engage in exploring its possibilities, but together with a whole group of children, this play item expresses its real potential. The large, slanting ring is set in motion by the children. Turning, spinning, balancing or just enjoying the ride are among the countless play options of the Supernova."
Needless to say, it doesn't mention 30-something adults in its target audience....
Here's our version of a swimming pool! Norah had fun in this little pool. I also tried the sprinkler, but she was having none of that! We did our best to look hot and our neighbors invited us over to swim in their REAL pool which was very nice. We had a great time!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
On the 4th of July, Nicholas planned a big surprise proposal for his girlfriend Sunny--with balloons, daisies, a fancy dinner, and fireworks! Alessia, Francesca and I were in charge of set up. We got balloons and flowers and set them up for Nick. Then, he did the rest of the work. There were so many balloons that we were packed in the car with them. Here's Alessia, buried in balloons. We could hear Cecca talking but couldn't see her!
They don't make play pens anymore, but Nonna managed to find one at a second-hand kids' stuff store. Norah had fun in there playing with her toys. She would last about 20 minutes before realizing she was a prisoner in there, and then she wouldn't be so content!
Norah and Chiara went to Michigan to stay with Nonna recently. Norah had a great time playing with "the baby", or Ethan! Ethan was enthralled by Norah and Norah amused herself by taking Ethan's pacifier away regularly.
Chiara also had a chance to see Krista and Anna from Chicago. More photos of that soon.