Susannah has grown so much this year! We are so blessed to have this sweet little girl in our lives. She has quite the sense of humor and is quickly learning the way to survive in the harsh world of being the littlest kid! Luca better watch out!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Chiara's family should recognize this place! This is the "Piani di Artavaggio" which is a mountain plateau high above the town of Moggio, Italy, where Chiara's grandparents used to have a summer cottage. We recently took a trip here to relive some of Chiara's past. Chiara had vague memories of a meadow with scattered boulders, and sure enough, there they were!
James read in the Italy guidebook about a little lake called Lago di Iseo, on which there is a town called Iseo (+ a lot of other small towns). The lake also has a huge island in it, which you can take a boat to and explore. We decided to go here one morning, and had a great day exploring the town and seeing the lake. It was like Como, but smaller, more pleasant, and less-crowded! A new favorite place!
Norah celebrated her birthday with her friends on June 22. She was one of 5 kids all celebrating their birthdays together. We held the party at the Parco di Monza, at an old mill that has been turned into an educational center. Turns out that the old mill is where my Aunt Raffaella's aunt was BORN and lived her entire life! Small world!
Here's Norah and her birthday cake. We had all the birthday kids lined up with their own cake. There were at least 42 kids there, and lots of parents, so we needed all the cakes!
Friday, July 12, 2013
We went to a farm with Norah's school. It was a HOT day and the farm itself had little shade. The kids had a blast, but the adults thought it was a little bit, well, hot! Luca spent about an hour playing in this manger after he and the other boys beat the dried corn from their cobs. Boys are easily entertained, people.