Monday, 27 October 2014

Last Minute Indoor Halloween Fair

Yesterday we were supposed to go to the Horniman Museum and Gardens for an Halloween Fair. We love that place and when I saw that they had organized an Halloween Fair, I didn't hesitate a minute to tell Rob and Emilia. We were all very excited to go. Sadly, on Saturday evening Emilia got sick, with a very bad sore throat and a bit of temperature too. We had been talking for weeks about the Halloween Fair and now we couldn't go, how disappointing! In order to keep everyone sane spending an entire day at home with a sick and grumpy toddler, I brought the Halloween Fair home! We decorated pumpkins, made woodland inspired artworks and baked a delicious cinnamon bread with a super yummy chantilly cream. All in all it was a sweet Sunday full of family activities and fun! 

Saturday, 25 October 2014


This morning we went to the Unicorn Theatre to see Seesaw, a play designed for 2+ years old children all about the ups and downs of friendship. Emilia was captivated by what was going on on stage, a big sandpit with a wooden seesaw, and from the very first moment to the last one she was very focussed and with her eyes glued to the actors. It was interesting to see all the different reactions from the other kids, some were scared, some cried and had to leave, while others were very chatty and happy. At the end of the show kids were allowed to go and play in the sandpit, Emilia was a bit hesitant at first but then she took a little trip with Rob. When we got back home she talked and talked about all the kids she saw at the teatro (tanti bambini), the sand she played with, which is like the sabbia she played with at the mare in Italy with nonna Patty, and the rabbit, one of the characters on stage. Rob and I found the plot a bit too simple and were not really impressed but Emilia loved it and this is really what counts! 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

And more guests!

Then, Gaia, Massimo and Matilde left and Ilaria, Cristian and Tommaso arrived! It is so nice to be surrounded by friends and I feel incredibly lucky to have such amazing people in my life. I left Italy eleven years ago but I still have a wonderful relationship with all my good friends. True friendship has no boundaries! Every time I go home it's like I never left and I am very fortunate to have friends who can visit me on a regular basis. I love you all. 

Ilaria and family usually visit us twice a year. As we are in the process of relocating to Washington DC, this was their last trip to London (for now, at least!). This made their visit even more special. We planned it carefully several months in advance with something new to do every day. The highlights of their stay were definitely the boat ride to Greenwich, the full day at the London zoo with a lovely walk at Regent's Park on a crisp, Autumn day, and the celebration of Tommaso's first birthday! Here are some of the best moments captured in pictures. We miss you guys already...

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

More guests!

So, Lorenzo and Federica left and Massimo, Gaia and Matilde arrived! We were all so excited for their arrival and Emilia was super happy to have a little friend to play with. They stayed five days and it was lovely to have them with us. The girls enjoyed each other's company and behaved very well and of course it was nice to have Gaia and Massimo around. We mostly stayed local, walked around the area, even went to a local art gallery for an exhibition - needless to say, the artists and the art curator gave us worried looks when they saw us entering with two little rascals...but a part from a little chaos, we managed not to destroy the place! And when we were not out, we played hard in the flat! Below, a selection of my favorite moments...