One more, but you couldn't see the "6 months" as well in this one!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Also known as: Suzy Q and Susannah Banana and Susanna (said the Italian way). Not so much Princess Poo Poo because since I have started solid foods en force, I have had issues in that department.
Skills: I can grab toys pretty well with my right hand. My left hand is not so good, but it's catching up. I can sit up unassisted for a while but mommy always puts a Boppy behind me for when I give up.
I like: Taking baths, eating fruits and veggies, watching my big brother and sister play, and being held by anyone.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The kitchen is all-new and a good size (there is a table out of view) for Italy. We are very happy with the way they renovated this apartment! When we first saw it, there were holes in the walls and no cupboards, stove, or anything! There is a small balcony off of this room where we put all our recycling, etc.
Here's our room. We (Chiara) chose the room on the street side because those windows open up and there is a wire rail and then 3 stories down there is the sidewalk. I sleep better at night knowing that the kids aren't in this room unsupervised, but that is cancelled out by the very LOUD street sounds in the morning. There is a school right across the street and every morning, the noise starts at about 7:30 am.
I kept telling Luca that when we got to our new house, he would have his own big boy bed. He was very excited. The first night he came out of bed 2 times, but we redirected him back to bed. Now, he comes out usually once a night to say "I want you to tuck me in" even though we tucked him in the first time. All in all, though, he has adjusted to his new-found freedom very well!
After about 12 days in Varazze, our house was ready for us, and Zio Marco came to get us on a Sunday morning. Chiara's relatives had been in the apartment on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday setting it all up, so when we got there, our beds were made, linens washed, dishes were in the cupboards, and the home was ready to go! Here is Norah on our first night in her brand new bed.
On November 5, we boarded a plane with our 10 suitcases, a double stroller, 2 carry-ons, 2 computer bags, 3 kids, a diaper bag, and our coats and flew to Italy! We made it! We were exhausted after the flight. We had an older plane that on our first visit, and the in-flight entertainment was lacking at best.
Chiara's Uncle Marco and Aunt Raffaella and a swiss driver with a big van for all our stuff met us at the airport. Since our house wasn't ready for us yet, we had the chance to spend some time at Varazze in the family's vacation home. Here's Luke checking out the cool floor (which was all tiled by hand) when we got there.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Susannah looks surprised that someone caught her while she was dressed like a flower!
We left Reno on Halloween, and I had actually planned ahead enough to have the kids' costumes ready for us (and not packed away in the storage unit!) when we got there. Do you remember Norah in this costume? They look almost the same!
We took 2 days to go to Sacramento, CA to visit James' grandma (Ahpah) and his Aunt Judy and Uncle Art and cousins Morgan and Andrew. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of Ahpah and the kids (but I think Aunt Judy did!). I did get one of Chance the dog and Norah, though!
Here are Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma Hemsley, Grandpa and Grandma Hemsley, and their three sons, spouses, and grandchildren all together!
We had a small dedication service for Susannah at James' parents' church. It was nice to have a lot of family there!
a.k.a. Susannah banana, Suzy Q, and still Princess poo poo.
Skillz: I can sit up (assisted), reach out for things and get them most of the time, and I just started eating solid food!
I like: to watch my brother and sister play, be held, and go for walks.
We had some great visitors while in Reno. James' cousin Luke (a.k.a. "Big Luke" now that there is a "Little Luke") and his parents came to visit us, along with James' Aunt Janey, and his grandparents. It was great to see everyone. Big Luke was very patient with our kids, and almost seemed to enjoy himself while playing in the yard with Norah...
While we were in Italy, Luca and Norah got to stay at Grandma and Grandpa H's house in Reno, NV. We flew back from Italy to get them and to say hi/see you later to all the relatives out West. The weather was really nice for late October. Here are the kids and their Uncle Adam doing some 'hard work' in the yard, as Luca would say.
James and Susannah taking a rest on the seashore. Varazze has a really neat walkway that used to be a train track. It runs along the ocean and is closed to automobiles. It's a really nice place to walk, and you can go down to the beach at several locations.