It's so rare to see Tommy smiling, that when he does it, your heart beat speeds up, your stomach gets sized by cramps, your knees shake, the palm of your hands sweat, you feel breathless - in short, you feel in love...
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
We must have been really good in 2013! After having found plenty of presents under the Paris and Milan’s Christmas trees, we found another plenitude of packages waiting for us under our Christmas tree in Rome at our return home.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
We already described high and low, far and wide, Leo’s passion for big, noisy engines (and it doesn’t matter if two- or four-wheel).
You should have seen how his eyes were shining when he saw Nonno’s quad parked in the garage…
But… and the helmet??
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Le carrube (or carobs) are the fruits of the carob tree, a flowering evergreen shrub in the pea family.
Carobs are rich of sugars, carbs, calcium and iron, and virtually fat-, cholesterol-, and caffeine-free. They are considered to have anti-oxidant and hypo-cholesterolemiant properties.
Apparently, they taste like cacao.
Donkeys love them!
And as for Leo’s two years ago, this has been the occasion for Tommy to meet Giustino.
I don't know why, but it seems there is a natural attraction, an innate affinity between babies and donkeys, and we hope this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship…
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
As a yearlong ‘Groundhog Day’ (Giorno della Marmotta, Jour de la Marmotte), after France and Milan, we went to Liguria, where we spent a few days with Nonno…
The good thing of our now recurrent leg in Liguria is that no matter how cold, grey, rainy or snowy France and Milan are in December, in Liguria it’s always sunny and warm(er) (below you can see the Corsica on the horizon…)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
History is full of Saint Thomases: Saint Thomas the Apostle, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles, best known for questioning Jesus’ resurrection when he was first told of it; Saint Thomas Aquinas, the most important Catholic medieval philosopher and theologian; Saint Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, murdered by the followers of the king Henry II in the Canterbury Cathedral, and many others.
From December we have another aspiring Saint Thomas: San Tommaso Marchisio!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
December is time of Christmas trees and letters to Santa Claus. These were ours…
Leo (this letter has been written from Leo's dictation):
Tommy (this letter has been dictated by Leo on behalf of Tommy, interpreting Tommy's wishes):
This year I have been a good boy:
- I did drawings
- I helped Mum
- I have been good with Tommy
- I gave kisses to Claudia
- I have obeyed Peppa [Leo’s teacher at the childcare]
Therefore, I would like:
- a taxi
- the BIP-BIP car
- and then feel free to choose yourself
Leo [if you pay attention you can see Leo’ signature]
In my almost nine months I have been:
- Very good
- Fairly good
- Almost good
Therefore, I would like:
- another brother
- a little bird
- a bear that speaks
- some small cars
- a pyramid
[Signed by Tommy]
And this is Mathilde's:
This year I have been very
very good, and thus I deserve
a trip to Thailand for two weeks, a GPS not to lose myself by car, a camera,
and a few full nights. And a husband that tells me his days.