back to school

Today was Isabella's first day at kindergarten and also her first day of walking to school without the stroller. She also decided she didn't want to hold my hand anymore except for the first minute out of the door. She is all grown up and I can't get used to that.

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cooking with dad

As parents we try ang get Isabella involved in the daily house chores. She is very curious, and she loves to learn new things. Once she tries than she gets bored easily and she won’t do it a second time, but we are working on that. This Saturday morning Alex convinced her to help him prepare lunch. This is how it went…

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2019 on top of the world

Happy New Year! Our 2019 started with a trip on the Bernina Train from Tirano to St. Moritz. We wanted to take Isabella on a train ride since she loves trains so much and we wanted to see the snow and spend a day on top of the Alps and of course take pictures of this adventure.

We don't ski so we usually don't go to the mountains very often, but we spent New Year’s at our friends’ house in Teglio so we figured it was an easy trip. Unfortunately, we didn't consider that we stayed up late celebrating 2019 the night before and we had to wake up Isabella very early on the 1st of January. She was not very happy. The two and a half hours on the train both ways were not easy. She was tired all day and the trip was too long for her. She also didn't like the snow and kept asking to go to the sea. Maybe she will change her mind later in life. I personally prefer the sea as well but I have to admit the scenery from the train was pretty stunning.

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santa claus is coming to town

Merry Christmas! I think Isabella is still too little to really understand what Christmas is, however, she does understand that Santa brings her presents but she probably doesn't understand why. Anyway, this morning we woke up and we had to explain to her that it was finally Christmas and that maybe Santa brought her some presents. I don't think she is so conscious yet of being good or bad, but I do think she was honestly surprised. She is also at the stage in which she doesn't really have any expectations, she is happy getting anything.  We didn't go crazy searching for any fancy toys, just simple books, playdoh and Legos seemed to have made her happy. Of course, the real gift was having both grandmas and grandpas over for Xmas dinner and also Uncle Marco gets a special mention for playing with her all day :).

One last thing: I bought Isabella her first camera (toy camera), but I think I was more exited than she was.

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under water

Spending the day at the Genova Aquarium last Friday was the best idea, Alice and I could come up with! No crowds and our kids were highly entertained and super exited all day. We took the train from Milano to Genova and then two subway stops from there. This way we didn't have to deal with traffic and the kids got to see the trains as well. By the way it was Isabella's first time on the train, and she was the beyond thrilled.

It took about 3 hours to see all attractions in the aquarium, but it was worth it. The dolphins were a super hit for everyone. My favorite will always be the piranhas: deadly but beautiful (6th picture from the top)!

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xmas spirit

Let the Holiday Season begin! December has just started and Milano is already full of great Xmas activities to do with the kids or without but the important thing is to get into the Christmas spirit and try to survive the crowds.

This weekend we went to the Villaggio delle Meraviglie (Christmas Wonderland Village) at the Giardini Idro Montanelli close to the Duomo in the center of the city. It was already madness.

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here comes the sun

Last Sunday was the first real sunny day in weeks. It was a bit chili as well, but I still prefer sunny and cold over warm but cloudy.

We decided to spend Sunday morning at the "Biblioteca degli alberi" which is the new park in the Porta Nuova district of Milano, really close to the famous skyscrapers like “Bosco Verticale” and the Unicredit tower. The park is huge, more than 85000 square meters and it also has a playground with all kind of swings for kids. Overall super beautiful and relaxing place. Next to the park there are some nice stores and the Feltrinelli book store with a great coffee shop in the Piazza Gae Aulenti.

If you ever come visit Milan come check it out.

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between reality and imagination magritte style

Today was another cloudy rainy day in Milan. We decided to take Isabella to the Magritte exhibit at the “La Fabbrica del Vapore”. After stopping by the café for cappuccino and doughnuts we were ready to walk in.

The poster of the exhibit said, “emotion exhibition” and I can confirm this was no ordinary art show but more of a multimedia experience of how his work came together. The contents were innovative and fun especially for kids.

Isabella was a little hesitant at the beginning but once inside the big room with the mirrors and the projections of Magritte’s art all over the walls and with music playing in the background, she was super amazed and exited. As usual I couldn’t resist documenting this experience. By the way check our new family portrait about half way through the page if you can find it.

If you are in Milan and have kids are even if you don’t, I totally recommend it.

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summer vibes part 2 - the beach house

For our summer vacation we rented this beach house on the seaside near Pula. We figured that with three kids under 4 it would be easier and more flexible to be so close to the beach and enjoy our stay away without the stress of searching for a beach everyday and find parking especially during August which is the high season and beaches tend to be super crowded.

The house was super nice, fully equipped with umbrellas and beach toys and it allowed us to accommodate everybody’s needs and schedule. It had a private entrance to the beach so that it was safe for the kids and it was walking distance.

Things we loved the most about this location were: the outdoor shower with hot water, the huge garden so the kids could play and run outside, the BBQ. Things we didn’t like so much were the mosquitos and the wasps.

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baby's night out

Friday night Isabella’s dad had a gig playing with his band. I couldn’t find a babysitter, so we brought her with us. We had been thinking for a while to bring her to one of his concerts except that the sound is usually too loud, and I was concerned about her not being comfortable. I figured this was the perfect occasion since this venue was close to home and big enough for her to run around and we could stay far away from the speakers.

We got there at 6.30 pm and she got to attend the sound check and the backstage preparation. She got super exited of being on stage and seeing all the lights and meeting the band.

Unfortunately, we had to leave before the concert started because it got too late. I was really bummed, but by 11 pm Isabella was too tired for loud music.

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sticky fingers

This week Isabella got sick with an ear infection so she had to stay home from school for a couple of days. Entertaining her while working from home was not easy. One afternoon she decided to practice her guitar skills. She gets her act from her dad who plays guitar most of the time when he is at home. In order to keep her away from the real Fender Stratocasters, her dad bought her this acoustic guitar from Amazon. We are not pressuring her in any way to play but she imitates of course, so she tries. We’ll just have to wait and see if she will follow her dad’s footsteps.

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