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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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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