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Dove siamo (Where we are)

I know I was absent from Filterless Fridays last week.  The days get away from us pretty quickly here.  Now for a nice little family update…

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He: Swamped with work.  Literally, the poor guy works all the freaking time.  And his computer crashed the other day, meaning he lost 12 precious hours of work.  Yet he still doesn’t complain and he definitely pulls his weight around here with the kids.  I know he is looking forward to our vacation next week more than anyone!

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She: Finally getting back into the Italian groove language wise.  I am working hard to be more deeply conversational, and I think I am getting better.  The other day I was at the grocery and started thinking to myself in Italian.  That means something, amiright?  Also, we went to dinner last night with friends and the wife and children speak no English, yet I was able to converse with her quite a bit.  On another note, I am so excited to spend a week in Croatia with my family, on the beach, in the woods, experiencing a new country and breathtaking vistas (but still within driving distance of home).

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Little He: Learning how to swim and loving it so.  He still uses floaties in the pool, but I can’t believe the confidence he has gained this summer in going under water.  He has also been much more mellow lately.  I don’t know if it is the magic of being 4 or that he has finally had so much physical activity that he is worn out.  Either way, he is being a great big brother and helps me with Caroline and around the house.  Currently we are still loving legos and learning how to play Go Fish and War in preparation for our family vacation.

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Little She:  Won’t wear two of the same shoes, wants to dress herself, won’t sit in her high chair to eat (prefers the bottom step of our stairs), won’t sit in the stroller for more than 10 minutes, always wants to wear Bubba’s (Vance’s) t-shirts to bed…I believe we have a toddler on our hands.  She loves books and her language is exploding.  She is saying two and three word sentences and sometimes mixes Italian into them which is super cute. Her favorite toys are still baby dolls and whenever she sees a baby anywhere she says “bimba” (the Italian word for a baby girl) and wants to touch their little hand or foot.  Her other favorite Italian words are “Ato: (Gelato, still), “Ciao Ciao” (which she yells to people on the street all of the time), and “Nini” (short for uccellini, which means a small bird).

Well that is our short and sweet update just in case you were wondering how we are faring overseas.  We had a great, relaxing weekend full of swimming pool fun, dinner with friends, and relaxing as a family in the beautiful weather here.  I hope that you are faring equally well on the other side of the pond.

Ciao Ciao!

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