Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CR: ONE year old!

Dear Carlotta,

Last week, you turned ONE YEAR OLD!! I can't believe it. It seems like yesterday that you were born. How did this year fly by so quickly. I can't believe I didn't even get to document your monthly progress on the blog. I am so sorry. I'll make it up to you someday.

For now, let me just say how much we love you. You are such a joy. I can't believe how much happiness you've brought to us. I didn't even know that we needed your spirit.. but we do. You complete our family.

You are a perfect blend of both your sisters. Sweet like both of them. A good eater like Betta. Quiet like Valentina.

At 12 months, you have 6 teeth and have just started to stand. You're very wobbly and can't do so on your own yet but boy... do you want to walk. You want to be like your sisters and walk, play, and get into everything. You will soon and I'm very excited. I'm still waiting for you to say 'Mamma' and I am not at all sad that you've been saying 'Dadada' for months. You even say 'Again' and I swear, the other day you said 'good'.

My dear baby girl, I am looking forward to this next year and all of the changes you'll be going through.

I love you.. my little chunky monkey.


Monday, February 24, 2014

EK: 2yrs old

Dear Betta,

Happy Birthday baby girl! I can't believe you're already 2 years old. It seems like just yesterday that you were born. I remember that day very well and I don't think I'll ever forget it. You have been keeping us entertained in ways we could never thought of.

You are still a dare-devil. You love to go on the big kid swings and get pushed higher and higher. You love the slides. The bigger the better. You jump, constantly bump your head and keep going.

You are also very sweet. You're very affectionate and I can always count on you to give me lots of kisses when I asked for them. Your hugs are the best and I love to hear you laugh. You have such a sweet spirit and one of my favourite things is to look at you when we're playing. I can see you. Looking deep into your eyes, I see you. Your spark, the burning curiosity, your spiritual self. I see it. It's during our alone time together that I enjoy the most.

You're also way too clingy! As much as I love you, you really need to start playing without me. I know I'm totally awesome, but it's ok to be in different rooms. You don't always have to be next to me. You can play in your room while I make the bed. It's ok to keep eating your food while I do the laundry. It's also time you go to Nursery (at Church) without me! You've been there 6-7 months. It's time to play without me!

I love that you're FINALLY talking! Our little parrot. You're repeating what you hear, you're singing ABC's, counting to 10 in both English and Italian.

I am so very proud of you and I can't wait to see how much you'll be changing in the next year.

I love you Betty White!!


Friday, February 21, 2014

I can't get DEPORTED...

This gentle reminder from my mom. She's so funny. I sometimes forget how hilarious she can be.

5 years ago, I arrived in Italy. Carlo and I went through the necessary channels and a few months after my arrival I received my Resident Permit. (read about it here)

Fast forward to 2012, a mother to 2 girls, I applied for citizenship. It wasn't that difficult of a process but it was a bit time consuming. I am extremely lucky for my situation.  A lot of expats go through a tedious process and longer wait time. Each case is different and every city/region has their own rules. In the end, all applications are sent to Rome and the wait time feels like an eternity. In reality, your situation determines how long it will take to process.

Last month, my wait was over. I received a call from the Anagrafe Centrale (office of vital statistics). My application was approved and ready to be finalized.  Carlo and I went in the following week and after waiting for hours, we were finally able to make the most important and last appointment needed.

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, I recited my oath and was granted citizenship effective on the 20th.

after reciting the oath I was given a copy of the constitution
So, blog readers (is there anyone left?) I am now a citizen of the Republic of Italy. I have dual citizenship like my daughters and I now have rights and privileges. I can work without fear of being turned down because of my status. I can't get deported! I can stay here forever!

I would like to share with you the National Anthem of my new country... and of course it's only appropriate that I share this particular version.

The National Anthem of Italy- sung during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Describe your Relationship..

Nothing like taking half a year to think about this topic huh?! After this past year, I can honestly say that our relationship and grown stronger because of the needs of our growing family. Carlo has really made some progress regarding his confidence with the kids. He's never been around kids/babies, doesn't have any nieces/nephews or young cousins so, this is still new to him.

He's finally found his niche and he's an amazing father and husband. I used to tell him that he was perfect... for ME.... and he still is. He helps, makes me laugh, comforts me, loves me, feeds me and encourages me to do the things I want and like. Yes, he teases me for staying up late to do my nails and asks questions about my photo a day pictures but I know he loves that I have something that it mine! He helps me become a better person and I love him for that.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

I know it's been a long time since I've written. I wish I could have had the chance to sit and write but I am a mother of 3 kids... ages 3 and under. I no longer have time to do anything. I do my dishes at midnight. I do my nails at 1am. I shower every 2-3 days. Sitting in front of a computer is the last thing on my mind.

But here I am on January 1st, 2014, working on a plan. Getting back to basics. Getting back to me. Getting back to being on top of things. I've just finished working on my Master Shopping list and next I'll figure out my menu for the month and a cleaning schedule. (please.. don't be too jealous!)

Until next time, I'll leave you with our wishes for you for a Happy 2014!

ps... I have successfully completed my photo a day challenge! Follow me on Instagram to see!