Climbing Vesuvius

Today a friend wanted to cross off one thing of her Naples bucket list before moving back to Germany, so we went on the adventure of climbing Mt.Vesuvius with three little kids in tow (her two and Felicity). We left in the late morning, stopped for lunch on the mountain and continued on up.

Eventually, we made it the beginning of the path to the top of Vesuvius. It’s a very dusty, rocky, uneven path. It took us an hour or so to climb the path with the kids. It wasn’t the easiest, but the kids did really well considering it was hot in the sun. We bribed them with lollipops, ice cream and talks of a dragon cave at the top.

Coming down was a bit easier and the kids perked up once they got some cold drinks at the bottom and were in good spirits until we got back to the car. It was such a fun day and I am happy to have spent some time with a friend before she moves back to Germany.

Before heading out this morning the kids had fresh “graffe” (donuts) and played outside on the terrace. Raffi’s new trick is to “smile” when we say “cheese”.

Beginning of the Weekend

Does it really count as a weekend when you’re not working? We had a nap free day for both kids, but it was good day. The kitchen for our new house finally arrived (we ordered it way back in February) Saturday morning. The kids and I watched the guys set it up for awhile before getting ready and heading out for the morning.

We left later than normal and today was hotter than it’s been so our time at the playground was cut short. We stopped on the way home for some things at the grocery store. Anywhere we go with the double stroller creates such a frenzy. Everyone’s so interested in it.

After we got home, Felicity went to her grandma’s and Raffaello stayed with me while we made pizza for lunch. I tried to get him to nap multiple times but eventually it got too late so I gave up and packed up our bag for the pool. We picked up Felicity and spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool. After the pool, we read books and played at home.

The pizza I made for lunch was so good and simple to make. I used a premade pizza dough that I picked up the bread store (I know this would be impossible to find in the US). It’s made at the store and sold by the weight. It’s perfect for thick but light pizza. After beating down the dough, I put some olive oil on the dough, covered it in grated cheese (I used what we had in the fridge- Aurchietto, grated in the Thermomix) and topped it with fresh tomatoes and fresh rucola.

Dinner was rigatoni pasta with friggitelli  peppers and tomatoes made by Umberto and grilled zucchini and eggplant that I tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and dried mint.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday

A simple title, because that’s what it is. Friday. Today was Raffaello’s last day at daycare until September. Felicity and I spent the morning checking out the public library and I was surprised at how nice it was. We will be going back in the future. There was a children’s area, with games, coloring and books of course. We spent easily an hour there.

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Before going home we stopped for cappuccino and juice. It’s become our morning routine. I’ve tried cappuccino from many “bars” around town and so far, I prefer the bar closest to our house. They make a thick, foamy, hot cappuccino. Too bad the bar seems to be a “men’s bar”, there only seem to be men that go there, especially old men. This seems  the case for almost all the bars in town? Where are women supposed to go? I don’t care though and continue to go.  Southern Italy can be very stuck in the 1950’s.

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Once we got home we left again to go pick out the favors for Raffaello’s baptism. We tried to hurry it but it was late and Felicity was hungry. We finally made the order and went to my in-laws for lunch around 1:45. We hung out there for awhile and eventually decided to pick up Raffi early from daycare and go to the pool. 

We had such a great time at the pool. It was the first time I have taken both alone and it went fine. Felicity knows her limits in that pool, which makes me a little nervous for a different pool but I think she’ll learn quickly. There’s one end of the pool that is shallow and the deep end is over a barrier. She doesn’t go over and often finds friends in the shallow end to play with. I had to watch Raffaello like a hawk there. He has no fear and tries to leap into the too deep water. We brought buckets and shovels and both kids were entertained until the pool closed. 

Raffi really needs a different color life vest!

Happy Friday!

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