I can say without a doubt that Scandiano is much quieter and smaller than Evanston and Chicago. Add in the fact that we don’t have a car and you have to wonder “what in the heck do you do all day?”
We also walk to the water park/pool a few times a week and find other little things to get into here and there. We have daily trips to the fruit and vegetable stands to gather things for lunch and dinner, which takes up some time as well.
So it is much more quiet, much slower. But in a way that is how I want summer to be. Lounging, taking our time, enjoying the warm sunshine, getting into mischief (which Vance and Caroline just happen to excel at).
Now, I don’t want you to think that it is always relaxing. Actually, about 15% of my day could be called “relaxing”, while the other 85% is on-the-edge parenting because I am alone with two little ones ALL DAY. No school, no summer camps, no friends for them to play with…life can be hard. But, we are trying to take it in stride, thankful that eventually we will return to our little corner of the world in which our loved ones reside. A week from tomorrow to be exact :).