30 Aug 2016

LAST WEEKEND OF SCHOOL BREAK





Yep, the time is here.

Last weekend before the busy school year begins came and went.

The weekend was spent purging accumulated junk from over the years and during the summer. We went to swim and have fun in a busy swimming pool. I did some sessions and had fun at the park with the children.

But most of all we went to purchase school supplies for AOI.

Back to school supply shopping took me by surprise this weekend. I didn't intend to disappear on people but driving up and down the city to find everything on the list was a great task but I felt a rush of joy running through my veins. That reminded me of my school days how the little cartolibreria on the corso near my house in Italy would be busy getting all our school supplies for us. My mum didn't take us shopping she just went and bought what she could afford and sometimes put the rest on credit at the shop. It is a small town and everyone knows most people, we were part of the town for we lived there most of our lives.

Friday (2nd Sep) little girl starts kindergarten. She is excited and so I'm. Then Wednesday (7th Sep) little boy is starting preschool. Today he was telling me how he loves to see his preschool friends (he doesn't have any yet, but I'm sure he's looking forward to make new friends. Me too). It's going to be adventurous because I have to be at school with him for the first three months, three times a week. I will have little time to do anything that relates to my craft but I know it's the home stretch before I get to dedicate more time to my work. I'll learn to combine school activities, after school activities and my career.

I'm hopeful I'll find the solution.

What is happening to you right now?

24 Aug 2016

AMATRICE EARTHQUAKE


"Hide under a table." That's was what my geography teacher used to tell us kids in our geography lesson when we were studying the provinces that are more prone to earthquakes.

But I always questioned "What if I'm sleeping." That's how it happened in Pompeii long ago. When the Vesuvio awoke, it was in the middle of the night. People were most vulnerable in their sleep and unable to escape. So it happened to Amatrice last night when the earth quaked.

The magnitude 6.2 quake struck at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.
Many of the dead were in Accumoli, close to the epicentre, and a short distance away in Amatrice, where three-quarters of houses were destroyed.
Many people are still believed buried under the rubble, and the death toll is expected to rise. {via bbc}

Amatrice is a city famous in Italy as a beauty spot and is a popular holiday destination for Romans seeking cool mountain air at the height of the summer. Now, just a ghost of a city. The image that no one would like to go spend the summer. 








I'm so sad for all those who didn't wake up this morning. My heart is so heavy of pain. Lord we pray to you, look down on your children, we're suffering. 


19 Aug 2016

WEEK IN PHOTOS: CAMPING AT ECHO LAKE












We didn't go anywhere this summer. I really was looking forward to enjoying exploring some part of Canada and USA. In fact at some point I was very annoyed with hubby because before the summer holidays we planned to do a road trip but his work, the weather and some house improvements delays made us cancel our plans. 

So in the end we decided to do a little trip around Saskatchewan and we opted for Echo Lake. We love camping so we did that. When we step away from our everyday life and immerse ourselves into nature we reconnect to our souls. We're together 24/7, that's what the children loves most.

Camping is like going to our natural self. We so close to Mother Earth that sometimes I feel like one. When I'm in my tent and all around are trees and just wind, I feel so close to Almighty. 

When camping we limit the use of technology. My favourite sport is watching my children play with the simple things they find in nature. 

The can become explores, artists creating art with wood for their gallery. The love getting dirty (even at home in our backyard) and enjoying the lake. 

Though this year we didn't go anyway fancy for the holidays, we sure enjoyed the simple things in life, and the most important thing is we spent more time together.

My daughter says it best "hotels are great when we're all together." Therefore home is wherever we're together.

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