This is what I get when I ask Luca to smile for me....he's a little jokester!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
It was very foggy this morning and Luke and Susannah and I walked to the library, which happens to be in this villa, Villa Tittoni. On the way out, I caught this photo of the villa with all the statues on the roof. It was eery, and quiet, and Luke pointed at the sun and said, "Look Mama, the moon is out!"
James kept luring Norah along on our winding walk through Venice by saying, "Don't you want to see where pigeons come from?" Yes, she did! So, she kept trudging along...
Here she is chasing some pigeons on Saint Mark's square. I don't know what it is about this place, but it's always crawling with flying rats...I mean, pigeons. Otherwise, it's a beautiful square!
James' colleagues Brian and Kai came to visit last weekend, and we all took the train to Venice for the day. It was so nice to have other adults with us to help with the stroller and the kids. We couldn't have done it without them!
We had a fun day traveling around Venice's side streets and then taking a water bus to Murano. Here we are on the Rialto Bridge--a famous bridge in Venice.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I walked out of the room for 30 seconds one day while Luke and Norah were coloring, and I heard Norah say, "Luca, NO!" in her disappointed voice. I ran in the room, and this is what I found.
Thank goodness for washable (and hopefully non-toxic) crayons and markers!
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
(Actually, 7 and a half months old--Mommy forgot to take my picture earlier!)
Skills: I can finally roll over on my own--I just don't like to!
Favorite things: playing with my sister and brother, playing peek-a-boo, holding non-toy, electronic items like remotes and phones, and, as always, being held by mommy or daddy.
Favorite food: Sweet potatoes! Mommy finally found them here in Italy, and I LOVE them!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
THIS is the inside of the cathedral! Do you hear angels singing? Can you imagine our surprise when we entered the cathedral and saw this? Virtually every surface that wasn't marble was painted beautifully with stories from the old and new testament. It was truly magnificent! James and I were both speechless, and even Norah was impressed. Her reaction: "Wow! It's so pretty in here!"
Friday, January 11, 2013
We meant to go to the nearby town of Bergamo one day, but we missed the train we wanted to take, and decided on a quick trip to the nearby town of Monza instead. It was a happy mistake! Monza is a charming little city with nice pedestrian streets and a nice Duomo, too, in striped marble on the facade. We had lunch and then walked around during rest time (about 1 to 3:30 p.m.--it seemed like a ghost town!)
After the kids had finished eating their Christmas dinner, we let them go play while we continued to eat the next courses of our 6 course feast! At some point, I thought that maybe I should just SEE what they were up to, and this is it: Norah had tied the "seatbelt" around Luca's neck and was pushing him wildly around the house--good thing he didn't fall out! We had to have the "nothing-gets wrapped-around-anyone's-neck-EVER" talk (again).
I am a firm believer that when babies are around too much stimulation (noise), they fall asleep to escape. Case in point: Susannah fell asleep about 10 minutes after eating while we were at Chiara's Aunt and Uncle's House for Christmas dinner. We just reclined the high chair and she took a nice long nap there, in the middle of everything!
Norah LOVES her some "Fancy Nancy" books--these are from Aunt Alessia and Uncle Jim--thanks!
I actually enjoy Fancy Nancy books, too. They are sweet, they encourage good use of language, and the illustrations are fantastic. If you have a 4-6 year old girl, you might want to check them out!
Norah was shocked and amazed (and impressed) when who should knock on the door but Babbo Natale (Santa) and some helpers! And, when Babbo Natale asked if this was the place where he could find Norah, Luca, Susannah, Asia, and Emma because he had some special toys for them, her jaw dropped to the floor!
Luca was terrified (and a little sick)--that is why he looks half-dead. Afterward, Norah commented on how neat it was that Babbo Natale knew we were in Italy, and not in Chicago anymore!
For those of you who have no idea who these people are, they are Chiara's extended family:
Uncle Marco and Aunt Raffaella, plus
Andrea (+ Mary and their daughter Asia, and Mary's mom)
Arianna (+ Lorenzo and their daughter Emma)
Alice (+ Danilo)
We were invited to Andrea and Mary's house for Christmas Eve. It was a lot of fun, and we had Chiara's cousin Arianna's husband Lorenzo there (who, from this point forward, shall be called simply: Lorenzo) who set up his tripod and took family photos of everyone.
The Family Band went to Milano before Christmas, and, while it was cold and gray, we still saw some beautiful things, like the Duomo inside and out. We also had a chance to see Amore and Psiche, a beautiful sculpture by Antonio Canova, which was being housed at the Milano City Hall for the winter. It was a fantastic sculpture!