On Saturday there was a falconry exhibition in the piazza as part of the Pallio.
Monday, June 3, 2013
By Norah's birthday, we were a little bit "caked out!" James had the great idea to get some gelato from the local gelateria and stick some candles in it. Norah was happy because she got to choose the flavors: Bacio (chocolate hazelnut), Strawberry, and Stracciatella (chocolate chip).
Luca's birthday was next in line, and he wanted "strawberry cake." We tried strawberry cake once with Norah and it was gross, so I made a yellow cake and we put strawberries on top. He was pleased! Mostly, though, he wanted to blow out his birthday candles!
We had the entire Italian family over to our house for a Hemsley Birthday Celebration on Susannah's actual birthday! It was great to have everyone over, and the kids had fun wearing birthday hats and kicking balloons around. "Where's Susannah?" you may ask...she is in her highchair--couldn't fit her in this shot of all the kids!
Norah with Stefania, her teacher. Stefania has been so patient with Norah over these past months. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher for her. We also found out that she will be Luca's teacher next year! We are so happy, because he will at least be familiar with her...hopefully that will make the transition to all Italian all day easier for him.
Norah graduated from Asilo last week...though they don't stop school until the end of June! That really confused a lot of the kids who thought that they would never go back to school after the graduation. Anyway, it was amazing to see how far Norah has come since January. In January, she was shy and didn't speak a lick of Italian. Now, she is starting to speak in sentences and talks with her friends and teacher at school! Our friend Amanda had told us about the "silent period" in language learning, where the child seems not to be making any progress, and then all of a sudden busts out with words and phrases seemingly out of nowhere. This has definitely been our experience with Norah! And, when Luca starts school in September, I know he will do the same thing!
Luca loves to "swim" in the bathtub, which basically means he dunks his head under the water and drinks half the tub before he's through. He also insists on staying in the tub until the last drop of water has gone down the drain, all the while trying to "swim" in it. At the end, this is the result: a face full of bubbles!
Norah and Luke made this sign for Daddy to welcome him back from his recent trip to London. They missed him when he was gone, and were so glad to see him!
In addition to bringing himself home, James brought home some books for the kids, including the classic "Where's Wally?" books. Don't ask me why it's Waldo in the States and Wally in England...I don't see how anyone would object to either name in either place...