Monday, October 20, 2014

more toothless

 Lost his third upper tooth!  Happier than before, if possible.
 I totally cheated and copied an idea from my friend Kati's blog.  I cut out some triangles from my Halloween fabric and our whole front room is decorated in this!

 Having fun at the park this weekend!
Lila and George


Thursday, October 9, 2014

toothless

 Aaron was thrilled to lose his second front top tooth.  And I have to admit that I lo-ove his toothless smile!  They nice little pixie the tooth fairy left a lot of change that added up to just over a euro!  Rich in Aaron's eyes.  She also left him a note telling him that this time around he was getting money for his tooth, but if he wanted money next time that he needed to start brushing his teeth with TOOTHPASTE!  He does NOT like the taste of tooth paste and won't let me use it when we brush.  The last dentist trip (not too long ago, and way too many times in a row) I was counseled to use it to help him have some fluoride to help protect his teeth.  For money this kid will do about anything!
coconut!
 Our lives have been pretty uneventful lately.  We're into the swing of school, and it's such a relief.  We really enjoyed watching general conference this last weekend, and I feel charged up and ready to go.
Isabel the first day of school
I've also decided to start a quilt guild here in Bologna.  We're going to start Oct. 22nd and then meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month.  y bishop has been nice enough to let me use our church building to host the event.  I've got to take flyers around to some cloth shops, and cross my fingers that someone will come.  I do know that one other person is coming.  There might be 2 of us, or if I'm lucky even more.  I'm grateful for a husband who is supportive of my hobbies and endeavors to get out once in a while!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

the "dang it!" prayer... la preghiera di accidenti!


Sunday Aaron had a rather sad evening.  During the day he had snuck into the fridge and eaten all of our parmesan cheese.  You have to know that we use that stuff for pasta EVERY DINNER and it's an essential item in our house.  When we went to grab it from the fridge, it was gone.  We figured out what had happened.

I'm a big believer in learning from natural consequences, and it seemed very logical to me that if your eat your cheese that goes on your pasta before the meal, then you don't have it when it's time to eat your meal.  I was able to find a small crust of hard cheese that we could grate onto our pasta for the rest of the family, but since Aaron had already eaten his cheese, he was done for the night.

He was NOT happy with not having cheese to eat, and he let us know with lots of crying and yelling "accidenti!" which is Italian for "dang it!"

I let him know that I too was very sad about his choice and he could choose to cry but we were only going to eat during dinner time and if he chose not to eat while we were eating, then he was choosing not to eat his dinner.  Well, he cried and yelled a lot.  And despite several warnings, did not eat his dinner.

He was SO UPSET and inside I felt very badly for him.  Sometimes it's hard for me to pull out the tough love, but loving isn't taking away our problems, it's supporting and helping during them.

So as Aaron was going to bed, I did my best to cuddle him and help him understand how much I love him.  I pray individually with each of my kids when I put them to bed, and this was Aaron's prayer:

"Accidenti, accidenti, accidenti! (Caro Padre Celeste)

Accidenti, accidenti!  Accidenti, accidenti, accidenti!  Accidenti!  Accidenti, accidenti, accidenti, accidenti!  Accidenti, accidenti!  Accidenti!  Accidenti, accidenti!

Nel nome di Gesù Cristo, Amen."

Translation:

"Dang it, dang it, dang it! (Dear Heavenly Father)

Dang it, dang it!  Dang it, dang it, dang it!  Dang it!!  Dang it, dang it, dang it, dang it!  Dang it, dang it!  Dang it!  Dang it, dang it!

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

I felt bad for Aaron, but I also smiled within myself.  Haven't you ever wanted to say a prayer like that at least once in your life?

I was also grateful that he could find what I considered a healthy way to express himself since one of Aaron's challenges in life so far has been to express how he feels.  I was grateful that he could do so.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunrise at the beach

 I've discovered that the beach is one of those places that gives me peace and fills me.  So are sunsets!  So now imagine that with our little camping trip I got two for one!  So AWE.SOME!  It was beautiful, it was peaceful, and it filled me up.

 It was so fun to be on the beach at sunrise with these little ones.  I remember when Aaron was a newborn, perhaps 3 months old, and one early morning (very early!) he woke up and we drove to the beach to see the sunrise.  I still love those pictures.  So it was fun to do it again with all 3 of my kids.

The only thing we were missing (and sorely missed!) was daddy.  I wished that I could hold has hand and share one of the best moments ever!


sand angels

 We were at the beach around 7 a.m.  About half an hour later I found Aaron in the water- in his clothes.  It only took Isabel a few minutes to realize how awesome this is and she quickly took off her clothes and jumped in.  Jordan, after a bit longer jumped in too!



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

the faces of Jordan











The faces of Aaron








I think that this one was one of my favorite faces. :)

camping at the beach

 We had an adventure the last two days:  CAMPING!... in a tent, with lots of misquitos
... at the beach!!!!  Did I mention that it was just me with the kids?  Paolo had to work...
 Aaron has been begging me for a long time time to go camping in a tent.  We even let him sleep in a tent in the living room last week.  It only fueled his desire to go for real.  So we went.  I really liked the camp site that we were at, and the beach was perfect where we were at.  The water was relatively clean (you could see your feet, not something that happens often in the Adriatic Sea where we're at.  Hey, we could even see schools of fish!)


 My kids should have been born fish.  They loooooooove to stay in the water, and I've never been able to convince them to make a fun sand castle, that is until this time around!  We had so much fun.  They found the perfect sea shells to decorate them and Aaron was our expert at finding dead crabs to fill the inner court. :)