Tuesday, August 17, 2010

We survived

Today marks the end of Paul's "staycation" and his triumphant return to work.  I know it's been a bit quiet here on the blog but I've been hiding in strange places hoping Paul won't notice I'm doing nothing.  Just kidding, sort of.  I'm happy to say we all survived and I avoided participating in any painful "projects".  He was a busy, busy man during his two weeks off but luckily he decided that my part in all of the excitement was to keep the boys at bay during the hard work (which I sort of took seriously but they LOVE being with their Dad so I may have sent them to the garage once or twice just so I could have some peace and quiet).  He also did quite a bit of relaxing and hanging out with his little guys which they all really needed (and so did I).  We spent many afternoons in the pool and playing in our back yard and made a few trips to the big pool at Carney Park.  We also took advantage of the lovely weather and had the boys ride their bikes in the park which is something they don't get to do often enough for fear a crazy Italian driver will run them over.  Just kidding, sort of.

The highlight of the staycation was a girls only trip to the Island of Ischia for a day of relaxing!  My friend Jennifer and I left behind all our men (she too has two little boys) and grabbed a ferry over to the lovely island.  We made our way to Negombo Spa and spent the day testing the waters in the natural thermal pools, relaxing by the beach and enjoying a delicious lunch seaside.  OK, it was the highlight for me, I'm not sure Paul would agree but since he's not here we'll go with it.

We took a week off of school in order to allow the boys extra time with Dad but got back to work last week. OK, that's not exactly true.  I hadn't planned on taking the week off but apparently having Daddy around was a bit of a distraction and keeping them focused became impossible.  SO,  we're back to school and currently enjoying "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" as our book, a family favorite.  We kicked our school morning off with some fun-

You can't do that in public school!  The boys have been very interested in pretend play lately so why deny them their fun?  Buzz and Mr. Pirate are working on the letter "C" and handwriting.  

As for my B90 challenge I'm right on schedule, yea!  We're currently reading in Psalms which is positively refreshing after the previous 3 or 4 books.  After I finish tomorrow's chapters I'll be half-way finished, day 45, yippeee! 

Did I mention we're having the best weather ever?  This is my third summer in Naples, Italy and this is by far the best August I've experienced.  It's so nice we may just decide to stay another few years.  Just kidding.

Buona Notte!  Good Night!   

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