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Last year on the last day of the year, it was around 5pm when I found out about the project/challenge to spend 150 hours in nature in the new year that a homeschooling mom had come up with.

I knew right away that’s what I wanted our challenge to be for the new year. I wanted to spend as much time as I could outside with Lorenzo.

To be honest we don’t go outside every day. I also prioritize; if there’s something I have to get done I don’t just leave it because we just have to go out. But I try to at least be out 15 minutes a day, and having hens and rabbits helps…you know we have to feed them and clean them and gather the eggs every day.

We spend a lot of time in our back yard and we prefer it to any other place so far. Last week we planted daffodil bulbs and made bird feeders.

There’s a whole lot of benefits from being out in nature, but for me I guess the most important one is to let Lorenzo grow up as slowly as he possibly can. Discovering himself in the seasons, in things that grow, in all sorts of weather, in wind and birds.

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Last year, around Lorenz0’s first birthday, a mom I’d met at the park and I set up a playroom area at the local library.

In winter or in bad weather it can be a bummer to have to stay inside the house the whole afternoon, or the whole day if you are an SAHM. It’s nice to invite other mom’s and kids over to your place but that means cleaning up before and after and it’s not always practical, particularly if you don’t know them very well.

We thought it would be nice to have a “neutral” place where the kids could play together and the moms could hang out. I’m sure moms out there in blogland agree on this one, having someone to talk to that you can relate to it’s very comforting.

The mom I met at the park is a teacher, but she didn’t know how to go about it. I told her I knew the Mayor and I could ask if he could give us a room. He sent me to talk to the librarian and she came up with the idea to have the playroom right above the library in a sort of loft.

At the beginning it was just a few moms, a couple times it was only me and Lorenzo, but little by little other moms with kids started joining and now we a have a big group that gets together every Monday afternoon to hang out, play together and have tea and snack.

It’s funny how things just kind of grow by themselves, it takes a small initial effort but once it’s rolling it just keeps going.

It’s the initial effort that makes the difference, I wonder how many moms in this town before us sat at the park and thought

“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place we could go to where the kids could play together and the moms could chill and talk…”

It was the right time and the right place of course, still I think that if we want some things to happen we have to make them happen.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” J.F.K

How are you making a difference in your community?

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I just remember something funny that happened when Loris and I started dating. At the time it made me laugh, so I’ll share it with you.

We would text each other a lot, a one-phrase-text just to say hi and to send each other little emoticons. Sometimes I would end my texts with xoxo. 

After a while Loris asked me shyly “What does xoxo mean? Sometimes you write it and I have no idea what you’re trying to say.”

I felt a little stupid. I didn’t even stop to think that in Italian it has no meaning whatsoever. The only thing Loris could think of was how the clothes that are extra large have a double x followed by an L (XXL) but he couldn’t figure out why I was talking about extra large anything and he sure didn’t get why the x’s were followed by 0’s.

I told him what xoxo means and now he sometimes will use it when he sends me a text but it’s funny to picture him trying to decipher the secret code.

It’s interesting how some expressions are not at all known in other languages; for instance OK  is used all over the world but now I know xoxo is definitely not!

 

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2015 was a fantastic year! Here are a few of the things that made it awesome:

Lorenzo: without a doubt becoming parents was the higlight of our year. He is our pride and joy and even when we are desperately tired because he keeps us awake at night we are so thankful for him. He is growing so fast! He is almost 8 months old!

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Night school is over: it lasted 3 long years and it was a great challenge but looking back now I’m so happy for the experience. Again I had the opportunity to perform with a group of students for the Christmas concert as a way to give back for the 3 years spent at school.

Minimalism: I started my journey towards minimalism, which at the moment means decluttering. I’m making baby steps and if you were to come over to my place you would never guess I embrace minimalism (we even got a new TV) but I do and it’s a work in progress.

Books I read: 

“The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Projects:

1)English lessons for children ages 3-8 every Fridady afternoon at my place. It started as an activity to do with my nephews and it grew from there, now there’s a group of 4 mothers who participate and take turns to bring the snack.

2)”The Little Library” is a personal project of mine to create an English library for anyone who like us is raising a bilingual family and needs English books. I think it will be a success! So far I’ve got a dozen books but little by little it’s growing. It’s a little project that makes me very happy.

3) I started teaching Italian to a group of foreign women and it turned out to be so much fun that I hope I can continue doing it for a long time.

Other Happy News: my friend Claire also became the mommy of a pretty little girl! It’s awesome that we are both moms at the time!

Goals for 2016: Enjoy the little things! Spend time with family and friends! Write a children’s book!

 

 

 

 

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Dear Baby Boy

Dear Baby Boy,

Today, a year ago, I discovered YOU. I discovered that I was going to become your mommy and that daddy and I would become a family.

I felt nervous when I saw the two little pink lines appear on the tiny screen. I didn’t feel ready, even though I had been preparing for your arrival for a long while. But now that you are here it feels very natural to be your mommy and for you to be my baby boy.

I still wonder sometimes if I will end up being a good mommy to you and make the right choices; I’m sure I will make mistakes along the way and there will be things you’ll wish I’ve had done differently. I’m the first one to admit that there’s so much I still have to learn about being a mother.

But I hope you will always feel you can talk to me, and tell me anything, everything, and although I might not always understand I will respect you and teach you to follow your dreams.

I can’t promise you that your life will be easy, and that people you’ll meet will always be wonderful. I know you will encounter difficulties and hardships. We all do!

Yet I hope you remember that everything works out in the end, that life is beautiful and that we can make a difference in the world just by letting our light shine.

I hope you will grow up loving life and making your part of the world a little better. I wish for you to have friends who understand and support you and that you willl never forget the importance of family.

I hope you feel our love for you and know how much you complete us. We love you! Thank you for coming into our lives.

Love, Mommy and Daddy

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Last May we got some egg-laying hens. Loris and I got 2, my brother Daniel got 6 and the rooster and my youngest brother Andy got the last 2. We share the eggs with the whole family; they lay so many we haven’t bought eggs ever since we got them. The joys of rural life!

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“I never forgot hens are a good thing to have, no matter what you don’t have.” Willa Cather My Antonia

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I’m reading for the second time the book Claire sent me “The Happiness Project”  by Gretchen Rubin. One quote by Jean Cocteau that resonated with me was

“There’s no such thing as love; only proof of love”

August is our anniversary month and this year is our 4th year together.

By now there’s very little we don’t know about each other. There are no surprises in our lives anymore. I know what Loris is like in the morning, when he is tired, or when he’s upset; what he considers fun, how he likes to spend his free time, the kind of people he likes to hang out with, his type of movies and music and how he will never ever, so help me God, open a book on his own initiative.

He knows that I cry when I’m tired, that when I’m upset I should be left alone, that sometimes I miss Hungary; that I don’t like the same movies he likes, that I think it’s fun to go to the mountain but “do we have to be out the whole day?” He knows I always carry a book in my handbag, that I’m not a fan of make-up but that I am enthusiastic about our tomatoes.

I know he loves me. He says it all the time. I don’t hear couples telling each other “I love you” as much as we do. Yet the words alone don’t mean anything if not followed by action.

I know he loves me, he shows it to me in the little things. I felt he loved me when Lorenzo was born and he didn’t leave me alone. I feel he loves me when he comes home tired and still makes dinner because Lorenzo is fussy and wants to be held. I feel he loves when he washes the dishes and takes out the trash without being asked. He shows me he loves me in the little proofs of love.

My sister Susana, posted on FB the link to artist Puuung Love is in the small things illustrations. They are adorable and capture the essence of love. This one is my favorite. How do you prove your love?

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My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18

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