I am writing this as snow is falling outside, but I hope it is just a hiccup as we are very ready for Spring. Since it has been quite a while since I last posted, the photos below begin with one of only the two real snow storms we had this winter. As this was our final winter here in Ukraine, we were happy that it was a mild one. Well, all of us but Enzo, that is....
For those of you curious about where the Bellis will land next, I promise to fill you in as soon as we know. We should be certain of our plans by the end of April. So meanwhile, some scenes from the last month (or so).....
Gio did a group presentation at school on the muscular system!
We are off to Italy April 4-13 and then Paolo will be in the USA April 16-24th. Hopefully after that trip we will know where our next home will be. Tune in next time to hear our news! Meanwhile, Happy Spring to all!
|Sledding in Shevchenko Park. Enzo was in heaven. Maria was also quite pleased with it all.|
|A new indoor play area opened at Gulliver Center.|
|This became a popular early evening outing for us.|
|After a nasty flu hit our family Maria's appetite finally returned....|
|...with a vengeance!|
|Maria began an obsession with EOS lip balms.|
|She is rarely seen without one when we are home. Most of them are now covered with dog/cat hair. |
This does NOT deter her from rubbing them all over her face.
|Favorite activity of all.|
|A new expression was born....|
|At the end of February Gio and Paolo headed to the Alps for a week of skiing. |
Maria and I stayed back to take care of the animals.
|"Where is Gio?"|
|An outing to search for pigeons.|
|Maria discovered the joys of a roll of toilet paper...|
|Pepper joined in the fun.|
|Our trips to MegaMarket now take a lot longer as Maria insists on shutting all of the locker doors...|
|There is a lot of work to be done here....|
|Yep. She does this A LOT.|
|A walk in a park across the river to celebrate Enzo's 4th birthday.|
|With all of the snow and ice melted I was able to bring Gio's old tricycle out of storage.|
|Enzo gets a lot of attention from little dogs. He is very patient.|
|Maria lets me know when she wants to go to the pool!|
|The list of obsessions has grown from lip balms to nail polish to reading glasses.|
|Most mornings Maria insists on having her crib filled with books. |
She spends quite a bit of time searching through them for pictures of the moon.
|The bidet continues to be a favorite play area. Sigh.|
|Pepper gets miffed as it is also his favorite napping spot!|
|The slides here in Ukraine are not for the faint of heart (very steep, fast and without a gentle, gradual finish!). "|
Maria is quite determined to master them. Quite a daredevil!
|Maria loves this old helmet of Gio's. I suppose I need to find a scooter for her now!|
|She also loves to do selfies with me!|
|Time to walk Enzo!|