Maria and I just returned to Kyiv after a wonderful 3 weeks at our home in Italy. Paolo, Gio, Enzo and Pepperoni will begin driving tomorrow. I am just now sitting down to look through our photographs. My eyes are drooping after a 3AM wakeup today to catch our plane, so excuse the short intro. Here are some glimpses of our holiday....
Happy New Year to all! xoxo. Clara
|Maria continues her love of foraging in the fridge. |
I quickly learned to move all eggs and wine bottles up to the top shelves.
|This is our top floor playroom. It is a loft so easy to look down on the living room and dining room below. |
Gio and Maria loved to hang out up here after dinner.
|I did not even keep track of how many times we visited our local gelato shop. |
It was a high number.
|Maria's post-nap bed head.|
|Santa came!!! Sorry- this is my only photo of Christmas morning. I have trouble now documenting our activities as the moment Maria sees my iPhone she wants it for herself.....|
|Christmas lunch at Nonna Luisa's. Maria spent an entire hour ejecting and inserting a VHS tape. |
This is a skill she may never get to practice again in her lifetime!
|Gio bonding with his beloved cousin Pippo.|
|One of MANY MANY fabulous Italian meals. This one was a a castle near our home. |
Enzo sat under the table and was very well fed!
|Salmon with spaghetti was a huge hit with both Gio and Maria.|
|We did enjoy one snowstorm. Maria spent every day on her swing.|
|Yogurt is always a favorite. Using a spoon is not always a top priority.|
|Feeding the pig (and, yes, she covered herself in post-its).|
|Gio and Maria received these terrific surfboard cars in the mail from Zio Tucker and Zia Molly.|
|Tucker is planning to teach them both to surf one day. Lucky kids!|
|One morning we drove to a nearby ski resort to go sledding. |
There was a small lift that would bring us up to the top of a hill.
Lazy sledding- Gio's favorite kind.
|Gio spent a lot of time this vacation snuggling with Pepperoni. |
They are really the best of friends.
|Sometimes it really is more fun to eat gelato straight from the container....|
|...with a fork.|