What a great little girl she is turning out to be! And, beautiful, too!
Thanks Lorenzo for this photo, too.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wow! Susannah is already 11 months old!
This month: I got my 2 top teeth (they coincided with the massive cold!)
New skills: I am eating biscuits and puffs all by myself now, too (before, I would gag anytime anything dry went in my mouth!)
I can scoot around and I love to go to the entertainment center and pull on wires and open drawers.
I love: playing with my big brother and big sister! I like to sit outside and touch the grass, and, most of all, I love taking baths!
Susannah got a very bad cold after Barcelona...which turned into a sinus infection which turned into conjunctivitis (pink eye). She looked...well...terrible. Every time James saw her he would cringe! We finally took her to the doctor and she got some medicine, and now she is all better!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Well, our time in Barcelona eventually had to end. We definitely want to go back to see some of the other famous sites in good weather. It's a gorgeous, child-friendly city!
Barcelona airport is hands-down my favorite airport in the world (this is from the limited sampling of airports I have been in!). It is spotlessly clean, eerily quiet (no announcements every minute over the loudspeaker), bright, spacious, and convenient. They had a special area for families to go through security, complete with a play area for the kids while the parents disrobe (practically) and put everything through the scanner! Plus, we didn't have angry single people or childless couples behind us sighing for us to hurry up! It was the most pleasant (or should I say the least unpleasant?) security screen ever!
Barcelona is known for the strange and beautiful architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Here is one of the houses (Casa Batllo') he designed, which was inspired by the sea, or some say a dragon. The shingles on top look like scales, and there are mosaics (difficult to see in this pic) all over the facade that are reminiscent of being underwater.
Chiara's Aunt Claire, cousin Martin, and Uncle Luisma live in Madrid. Aunt Claire and Martin took a fast train to Barcelona and were able to spend Saturday and Sunday with all of us! Martin was really good with all of the kids--it was fun to see!
Unfortunately, it rained pretty much the whole time they were here. Aunt Claire, ever positive, said, "Well, we'll just have to make our own sunshine!" We tried really hard to do so, but in the end, the rain and the cold sapped all of our energy. We still had a good time with Claire and Martin, though!
The next day was also rainy in the morning, so we decided to go to the Chocolate Museum. The kids liked seeing all the sculptures made of chocolate. We also learned a lot about chocolate's introduction to Europe. Here's Norah standing by a display of lots of different chocolate molds.
Do you see the Luca fish in this picture? It's the one that can often be found sticking out its tongue!
This day threatened rain so we hiked to the Barcelona Aquarium for some indoor fun. The kids liked it, but I think that the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium in California are leagues and leagues ahead! One cool thing was that they had this really long moving walkway that was a tunnel...and the fish and sharks and turtles swam all around us.
We found this little play park near the coold fountain. The kids could just roam around in here and dig in the sand/dust/dirt to their hearts' content! They had a blast, but when we left, they were FILTHY! We had to have a bath after this excursion!
Barcelona had GREAT parks and play structures for kids all over the place. What a change from Italy, where play parks seem to be an afterthought much of the time.
Barcelona is home to this beautiful fountain. It has a chariot drawn by 4 golden horses at the top, and then below are some golden birds, and below those are some granite horses and birds. The best things about the fountain are that it is on many levels, and there is lots of greenery incorporated in the fountain itself. It is really really beautiful. Here are me and the 3 kiddos...this is the best we could do!
We spent a long time watching the hippos at the zoo. In most every other zoo I have visited, the hippos were usually wallowing in a muddy hole, sleeping the day away. Not these two hippos. They were swimming everywhere, and then this one struggled its way up onto the bank so we could all see how big it was! Those things are HUGE! Their heads alone seemed bigger than my kids. Did you know that hippos don't actually swim, but they walk on the bottom of whatever body of water they are in? They are good at holding their breath, too.
The Family Band recently accompanied James to Barcelona for 6 days of fun in the sun! Well, we had 2 days of fun in the sun and 4 days of massive downpours and cold temperatures! :-(
Anyway, we took advantage of one of our sunny days by visiting the Barcelona Zoo, which was a lot of fun!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A.K.A. Suzy Q, Zoozy Coo Coo Coo, Susannah Banana
I can: scoot pretty well on my bottom, hold things with both hands (not just my right hand!)
This month: I got my second tooth on the bottom!
I like: Bathtime (a LOT!), playing, being outside
I don't like: having things taken away from me!