Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Monday

Easter Monday or Pasquetta as we, Italians, refer to it, is the day in Italy where people take day trips with friends and family. Whether you are headed to the mountains, the sea, or the countryside, one thing is for sure, you are going to have fun and usually you eat a lot too! 

I had originally planned to go to the local park, have a picnic day, eat and play with bubbles and the pinata I bought a couple of days ago; however, Emilia is still not feeling completely well so we opted for a quick visit to Potters Fields instead. Emilia loved getting out of the flat for a bit and was very chatty with all the people she met at the park. Perhaps it wasn't the best Pasquetta I have ever had in my life but it was fun nonetheless and I treasure every minute I can spend with my lovely family. Now that the Easter break is over, I am counting the days till our next holiday!


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Weekend

Sadly, Emilia hasn't been feeling great lately, she has a very bad cold, which means we have been forced to stay inside the flat most of the time, entertaining ourselves with lots of Easter activities. And yes, we have also been eating quite a bit!

Good Friday
Friday was all about eating! In the morning we had breakfast with a giant hot cross bun and then Rob and I went to Borough Market to get some fresh fish for both lunch and dinner. I cooked lunch and my mum took care of dinner; both meals were delicious! 

Saturday was all about baking! I have often posted on this blog about our family Sunday baking projects, so you know how much we all love baking. Emilia is always so interested and concentrated and loved baking Easter cookies with her grandparents. 

Rob and I also escaped a little in the afternoon and walked to the Tate Modern to enjoy a lovely Matisse exhibition. Exhibitions at the Tate are usually very good and we both loved the bold colours and the big canvases. In general, it was good to get out and spend some time just the two of us.


Easter Sunday
Sunday was all about crafting! Not only was Emilia not feeling good enough to go out, also the weather was absolutely crappy on Easter Sunday. So, lots of crafting for us! Thankfully, I had bought several things to do and my mum had also brought a few things from Italy, so we were set. We decorated eggs, we made masks, we painted, we played with Easter stickers, broke and ate chocolate eggs, and did some finger printing! It was fun. 


All in all we had a great day. Let's hope Emilia feels better soon and the weather is good tomorrow so that we can go to the part and have a nice pic-nic! I even bought a pinata!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter gifts from Italy

My parents are in town! Mum and dad are in London, hurray! Can you feel the excitement?! Rob and I have been counting the days for a few weeks and finally Tuesday night my parents arrived to London and are going to be with us for two fat weeks! We are all so happy and of course they themselves couldn't wait to be here to play with their beloved grand-daughter. They landed very late at night on Tuesday and got to our flat around 1.30 am. Emilia was of course sleeping so they quietly sneaked into the bed in her room and fell asleep straight away. We were all wondering what reaction Emilia would have had in the morning when she would see them sleeping next to her but no one could expect what happened: apparently, she woke up around 7.00, stood up, checked what was going on in the bed, and without saying a word went down again in her crib and slept until 8.40! Rob and I had forgotten how peaceful it is to have breakfast without Emilia around! :) 

Anyway, once up, she had her breakfast and then we moved to her little craft area in the living room where my parents literally showered her with gifts. They brought so many things that it took quite some time for Emilia to open everything. You can get a glimpse of the joy in the video below. I only filmed the first five minutes, therefore the first half of the gifts! So, thank you ever so much to all of you who sent gifts to Emilia, you are special and we love you very much. Thank you to my mum's colleagues, each one of you, you are so sweet, nonna Nilde, Ilaria, Cristian and baby Aso, zia Patty, Ilenia, Alessandro, Simone and especially Giulia (Emilia thought your drawing was a masterpiece!), zio Leonardo and zia Maria for the yummy Limoncello biscuits from Ischia (these are for us, not Emilia!) and if I am forgetting someone, thank you-thank you-thank you! We love you all.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Ishash (?!)

Ishash is the name that Emilia has given to her little friend (boyfriend?!?) Elias. I love that she assigns names to the people she likes. Emilia loves spending time with Elias and today we had a double date: in the morning we took a long stroll to the Southbank and while Katharina and I enjoyed some chats, the view,  and the gorgeous weather, the kids adoringly looked at each other and communicated in their own, super sweet, way. On the way back home we then stopped to play a bit on the grass at Potters Fields to let them loose.


And after a long, energetic nap, we were out again. This time we went to the playground and had so much fun! The two kids clearly like each other, they talked, smiled, and even kissed each other, twice! Shhhh, don't tell Rob :) 


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Festival and Marathon

Not only is today the day for the London Marathon where hundreds and hundreds of runners will enjoy wandering around the capital, it is also the More London festival, right in our little area. Street food, market stalls, music, Pimm's...everything is right here. And, on top of that, the weather is gorgeous. What a great way to celebrate Palm Sunday!

We all woke up quite early and got ready quickly as we were excited to get out of the flat to enjoy the sun! The atmosphere at Potters Fields was beautiful and we loved strolling around. Again, we feel very VERY lucky to live in such a beautiful city. 


Back home we had a quick bite and took a power nap. And now, we are ready to go out again!