2017, Already

January, already. And well into it, no less. 

Once again, I’ve been remiss about blogging. 

I’d say that we’ve been busy…and I suppose we have. The kids were home for their Christmas break, and as always, it seemed to go much too fast. We tried to squeeze in all the doctor and dentist appointments we’d been putting off, along with a trip to North Carolina to visit my mom for Christmas. Which was nice and relaxing, and we did a lot of this….

Unfortunately, the time passed much too quickly and before we knew it we were saying goodbye to Paige and both kids were back in school. 

But… I’M taking some classes at Flagler this semester too! Flagler offers some “lifetime learning” classes for the community, which I’ve wanted to take in the past but never managed to sign up for in time. This time  I did, and I’m taking a French class (from a darling French lady 🇫🇷) and a very intriguing (and timely! 🤔) class on Putin and Post Communist Russia taught by an ex-CIA operative. I’m quite excited about trying something new!

A bientôt ~

Back To School

Linda started school at her new American high school last week. She’s mastered the bus schedule, made a few friends, and attended her first high school football game. She’s figuring out how to get around a much larger school and the concept of changing classes (in Italy, the students stay in one classroom and the teachers switch from class to class), and using a locker. 

My birthday was last week and Linda’s gift was a day for me to relax and read all day while she (and sous chef Paige) cooked a delicious dinner of homemade tortellini and tiramisu. 

Clay had a fun day of fishing before his classes started back up, and caught a barracuda (😬) and a 10 foot bull shark. Yikes!

He and his buddies (they call themselves Team Rubbish) also caught a little Black Tip shark…and got photo bombed…

The Team Rubbish families all got together for a family dinner, which was a lot of fun and it was nice to finally meet the other parents since the boys have been friends since their freshman year. 

And finally, on Wednesday Tim and I drove to Tallahassee with Paige to get her all set up in her new apartment. She’s excited about the year ahead, and loves having her own room, but we were a bit sad about leaving her. We are going to miss her. A lot. 

Ciao a tutti

Linda arrived last week. It has been so nice to get to know her – she is a wonderful girl; kind, outgoing, funny…and very, very sweet. We all love her already. The first few days after she arrived were spent visiting the health department to get a couple of shots so that she could get the all clear to register for classes. We did that on Friday and she started school today. 

Linda’s first dinner in the U. S. 

The second day, Linda cooked an Italian meal for us and started giving Paige cooking lessons. I not sure what the dish was called but it was delicious! We went looking for the ingredients and had a bit of difficulty…she needed something called spek, which, well…I had no idea what that was. So I googled it and found out it’s a type of Italian pancetta. So, we improvised with regular pancetta. The lettuce was another challenge, but eventually we found something that would work. And the Parmagiano Reggiano? We had a huge hunk of that because she brought us some from Italy! 😍

Linda likes the beach. And we’ve taught her to look for shark’s teeth…

Have I mentioned how good her English is? It’s amazing. She found some books that looked interesting and has been reading them – in English! So, she clearly fits in quite well with our bookworm family. 

Clay and Paige have had friends over, so we’ve had a full house – which I love. 

It’s been a busy week, but a week filled with laughter and good food and friends. Linda started her new school today and Clay and Paige both start their fall semester at college soon. Until then, I’m savoring this time with the kids.