And we’re off

I forgot to publish this! I meant to publish it July 18th!

Tomorrow the kids and I are leaving for the States for a month. This is the first time I am flying alone with both of them. I’m nervous and praying all goes well. I have no idea what to expect. I bought them both a new toy, packed crayons, coloring books, favorite snacks, changes of clothes and lots of wipes.

We’ve been staying at home these past couple days since our visitors have left. I haven’t been motivated to go far after the business of the past couple of weeks. Yesterday evening after the kids ate dinner I decided we needed to get out if only for a little while. We went for a quick walk around town and stopped at the playground. The kids came back tired and ready for bed.

Wish us luck for tomorrow!

Raffaello, 18 months update

My baby boy is 18 months old, it doesn’t seem possible that he’s already a year and a half. The time has flown by with him.

He’s talking so much and seems to have new words every day. He’s still speaking more Italian than English but he’s adding more English words into his vocabulary and is also saying the word in both languages:

  • Wawa (aqua) and water
  • “tity” for Felicity
  • Pool
  • Pasta
  • Basta (Italian for “stop” or “enough”)
  • Gelato (why is this always a first word of my kids? 😛 )
  • Gatto (Italian for cat but he says it for all animals)
  • Meow
  • Bow-bow (Woof in Italian)
  • Toast
  • Si
  • No
  • Momma
  • Papa
  • Grandma
  • Go
  • “Dai!” (Italian expression for “really” “just do it” “stop”…its hard to translate!)

He’s not quite the adventurous eater he once was. He’s gone into a picky toddler phase, the same as Felicity has. Favorite foods at the moment are goldfish, ice cream, popsicles, cheese, hot dogs, sausages, pasta, french fries, yogurt, and grilled cheese sandwiches. I try to sneak in veggies as best as I can. He loves fruit so that’s not a problem. For the moment, I usually have to make him and Felicity a separate meal from us, which works out for us in the end. Maybe it’ll change as they get older.

Sleeping has been going well. Raffi has always been a good sleeper. He takes one 1.5-2 hour nap in the afternoon and sleeps around 12 hours a night. He goes to bed around 9 at night and wakes up around 9 am. He usually takes his nap around 2pm until 3:30 or 4 in the afternoon.

He is very busy, always playing, climbing on things, running, playing on his cars. He’s much more physical than a child that sits and plays with an object. He likes to construct with legos or building blocks too. He doesn’t like TV or tablets and has very little interest in watching them or playing with the tablet. He loves books and it is always a good way to calm them down before dinner or bed.

He’s still a momma’s boy. He’s very attached to me and wants to be with me all day. He likes to play with his sister and other children too but still searches for me after a short time. He’s very different than his sister in this way, she was never a momma’s girl and always waned to play with other children for long periods of time (she is still this way).

Raffaello’s Baptism

We have been so busy these past couple of weeks with visitors in town, I’ve barely had a chance to sit down and write this blog!

The big reason we’ve had visitors is because last Sunday we had Raffaello’s baptism. It was beautiful, surprisingly not too hot day (still probably 85, but that’s easier to deal with than 95). His baptism was after the 10 am mass. He cried, of course, but actually didn’t cry as much as I expected.

After the baptism we had lunch at an “agriturisimo” in our town. It was the typical Italian all afternoon affair. The food was excellent! Starters were fried zucchini flowers, cheeses with honey and jam, prosciutto, and grilled vegetables. The “primo” was fresh pasta with yellow tomatoes, “secondo” was grilled steak with rucola, tomatoes and Parmesan. Dessert was fresh fruit and lemon cream cake.

There were animals (horses, chickens, donkeys, and turtles) outside of the agriturisimo and a large area with slides, swings, and other toys for the kids so everyone was entertained even with the long lunch (4.5 hours).

Tomato Season

My in-laws have an overwhelming amount of tomatoes in their fields right now, so we are knee deep in tomatoes at home. We also have an unlimited supply of zucchini and eggplants from the garden right now. I’m always interested in new things to make with our ingredients from the garden. I also want to use up what we already have, to avoid food waste.

For dinner on Wednesday night, I defrosted some turkey sausages and roasted them with eggplants, tomatoes and fresh corn (leftover from Tuesday’s dinner). I also made a type of tomato tart using pre-made puff pastry, dijon mustard, bufala mozzarella that I needed to use and tomatoes. The tart turned out good, but I don’t think the dijon is necessary, especially with the mozzarella.

Yes, that’s goldfish on his dinner plate. #toddlerlife

Calabria, two

Our second day in Calabria didn’t start as early as the first, the kids slept in until nearly 9. After breakfast, we packed up and headed to the beach. The waves were a lot tougher and the kids didn’t want to go anywhere near the water. We stayed out until around 1 then when back to the apartment for lunch and naps.

When the kids woke up nobody was really feeling like going back to the beach with the rough water so we hung out at the apartment and then went for cocktails at the restaurant.

After cocktails, we tried a restaurant recommended by some locals in a nearby town. Sadly to say though it wasn’t very good. The only thing without fish was pasta with tomatoes. Umberto’s seafood wasn’t fresh and my mom wasn’t very pleased with her dish (shrimp with gnocchi). The kids loved their pasta though.

The next morning both kids were up early so we took advantage of it and packed up and left early. We were home in time for lunch and a busy afternoon of baptism prep.

Just because I love this Instagram pic of Raffi when we on our way back