Closed for Travels

Posted by on Dec 27, 2009 in globe-trotting | 2 Comments

We’re heading to Mexico today, and we’ll be spending a week in El Paso visiting our friends there, and then a week in Acapulco, tanking up with sun and delicious food. In all we’ll be taking 8 flights, with 2 children, 2 children’s car seats, 2 huge suitcases (for all the shopping and all), and […]

oh yeah…

Posted by on Dec 25, 2009 in prattle | No Comments

Merry Christmas everyone!

early christmas

Posted by on Dec 22, 2009 in craftulence, friends | 3 Comments

Look what I got in the mail yesterday! Alexis sent me this wonderful package from NY! I’m loving the magazines, although a teething miserable baby is preventing me from devouring them. Thank you very much A. you made my day!

Our (slightly macabre) gingerbread house. Part 3.

It all started off quite well. Pizza and beer. Lots of candy and icing, too. On your marks…. The whole task proved a bit overwhelming, especially for my perfectionist tendencies. The competition was clearly in the lead… The gingerbread men got nervous… and it all went downhill from there. Gunshots were involved. Some succumbed to […]

this year’s tree

Posted by on Dec 17, 2009 in I wanted to be an architect, I'm not proud | 2 Comments

pretty much like last year’s, but oh well.

Gingerbread house part 2. Assembly

Posted by on Dec 17, 2009 in craftulence, food, I wanted to be an architect | 7 Comments

UPDATE: (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FINISHED HOUSE! TOO COOL!!!!) UPDATE 2: (CLICK HERE TO SEE A WHOLE GINGERBREAD TOWN!!!!) I went with caramel, eyeballed caramel: around one cup of sugar, the juice of half a lemon, a little bit of water I’d say less than 1/4 cup. It worked great, but it was a […]

lucky tots

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009 in my sons are smarter than me | 2 Comments

The ones on the left are for Santiago, the rest are for Damiano. Santiago is getting a plush donkey with music box, a tractor which is a gift from my mom, and a Muji puzzle. The chocolate santa and coins will be in his stocking but he will not be seeing any of it. Damiano […]

Gingerbread house part 1.

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009 in craftulence, food, I wanted to be an architect | No Comments

Today I finally baked the gingerbread house! Long are the days when I could tackle a project peacefully, taking my time. I prepared the dough in the morning while Santiago napped and Damiano was in preschool, baked it when Damiano napped and Michele could play with Santiago. The project will come in three posts: the […]


Posted by on Dec 14, 2009 in images, life, my sons are smarter than me | One Comment

My two sons have graced me with the two most dissimilar motherhood experiences. (I loved this essay from Cristin, because it echoes my own feelings towards D. and S. and her writing is excellent.) The most evident difference between my boys is of course, their size. And with that, their attitude towards eating. Damiano made […]

a good sunday

Posted by on Dec 13, 2009 in food, life | 3 Comments

Today was a fine day. After 6 weeks of stay with us, our au-pair Alejandra left us and we said goodbye with a Pantagruelian lunch of fondue bourguignonne, amazing roast potatoes*, a myriad of sauces and salads. We also had tarte tatin for dessert, and then I had to drive Alejandra to the train station. […]