|Back to school for some|
|Dinner in the garden with cousins|
|Girls in New York|
|London baseball fans!|
|Christmas tree lighting at the Wharf|
Meanwhile Mati still lives in pajamas or swimming costumes. This week-end she's been swimming in a regional competition, four days on the trot and she's exhausted. Cue sick day today! A couple of weeks ago she was with her school down in Florida for a big sports meet and won three swimming medals. Unless there is swimming to get up for there's no way of getting Mati out of bed willingly before the sun is high in the sky.
Both girls have a new piano teacher this term who seems to have inspired them both to practice voluntarily on a daily basis, even to the point of fighting over whose turn it is to play! Sitting by the fire looking at the Christmas tree and listening to them play the other evening was lovely.
|Emma meets a camel|
|suppli al nero di seppia|
Cooking (and eating) continues to be a big family passion. Mati and Bella competing for master baker, while Gregorio continues to perfect his pasta making skills and other carbohydrate delights and Emma cooked the traditional roast turkey and trimmings for our annual Thanksgiving gathering, even if the numbers were rather depleted this year.
We are looking forward to escaping to the Colorado mountains over Christmas and just hoping that the snow does finally fall for our arrival. We had the first snow here this week-end and I know that much of England and Europe has also received a heavy dusting of the white stuff...it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Isabella continues to be off treatment and is blossoming. The last MRI in November showed that all was stable, long may it continue. There will be another MRI in February. In the meantime we wish our friends and family far and wide a magical Christmas and a brighter, happier and healthier 2018.
Lots of love,
Emma, Gregorio, Isabella & Mati xxx