The boy…

No pictures this week. Andrew pushed out his first molar (and had a fever for almost three days). We were busy with the house renovations too. But the boy, oh the boy is so beautiful! Every day he does something new and to us it is all amazing. It is such a delight to see him figuring out things. This week we caught him filling up his bottle by himself, by holding tight the open bottle (he opened it) and pressing, with the other hand, the little level on the water dispenser; I just waited and watched; apparently he decided on his own that it was still a bit challenging for him and called mama for some help (decided to hold the bottle with both hands while mama can open the water). He also successfully climbs up and down the stairs, with supervision, but do not dare to touch him because he has to do it on his own. The other night he sang himself to sleep. He is playing more and more creative games with his toys. He loves getting in some sort of trouble so he can run away while giggling. He has being practicing tossing the ball to Jamal who is very happy that the boy can now play with him and feeds him, besides pulling his tail; oh the boy is also very determined to learn how to toss the ball to Jamal by using the tosser, which is very funny. To us it is also amazing to see how well he interacts with his grandparents over skype. He totally loves a computer, he likes to press keys and see what happens, and sings with delight if he is able to open some picture or do something cool. One more thing I like to tell that I find hilarious is the boy walking all over the kitchen putting on and off his hat while singing something. Oh so much cuteness, so many hugs and kisses, so much determination, such a happy boy. 🙂

Saturday Night’s Jazz Extravaganza with Keelan Dimick

Sabato sera a teatro per una serata jazz: Un’altra serata memorabile organizzata da KRUU (e cioe’ Roland, James, Tom e Caleb), www.kruufm.com, la serata del concerto di beneficenza con il pianista prodigio Keelan Dimick e l’Acustic Trio, una serata di Jazz, al Centro Civico di Fairfield, www.fairfieldacc.com. E’ stato un successo! Il teatro era pieno e Keelan e’ stato maglifico. Andrew si e’ divertito ed e’ stato veramente bravo, ascoltava interessato il concerto, si e’ divertito a ballare, ad un certo punto ci e’ scappato via ed e’ quasi arrivato al palco scenico, e un paio di volte si e’ messo a cantare, quindi anche se parte della serata l’abbiamo passata nelle sala d’ingresso a correre dietro al pupo, ci siamo divertiti molto.

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mmh buono il gelato! E’ veramente buono! Gelato artigianale fatto con ingredienti naturali!
mmh delicious ice-cream! Home made, natural and truly delicious!

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Another memorable night organized by KRUU (that means, Roland, Caleb, James and Tom), www.kruufm.com, the second concert of KRUU Benefit Concert Series which was initiated by Elle, Charles and Catherine with their Classical Gala performance this past May 10th. This Saturday we enjoyed a fantastic jazz performance at the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, by pianist Keelan Dimick. He is truly a prodigy; amazing kid! With him, the Acustic Trio, also spectacular. We had lots of fun and Andrew was amazing. He enjoyed the concert, did a little dancing, tried to get on stage, and when he started the singing, we had to occasionally let him run free in the entry hall. What a great weekend thanks to KRUU! The weather was pretty awesome too and we enjoyed a nice Sunday morning swimming at the reservoir with Lizzy and Kirsi; and a picnic dinner at Round Prairie.

First friday art walk fun.

Listen to Luca Donini Quartet playing at Fairfield Art Walk:
Ascolta Luca Donini Quartet in concerto a Fairfield: Clicca sotto:
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Today, August first, was also first Friday art walk, this month organized by Kruu, www.kruufm.com, the theme “Imagine Community”; and well, it was absolutely fun! Everybody at Kruu did an amazing job (Roland worked many long hours for the success of this event) organizing a very exciting and fun evening of music, which included first art walk appearance by the Fairfield Municipal Band, amazing Keelan Dimick at the piano, and a great sax jazz combo performed by Luca Donini Quartet from Verona, Italy, www.lucadoniniquartet.it,who were remarkably good! So much fun for everybody! Here are just a few pictures of the evening (we were too busy having fun and talking to people) and below a few pictures of Andrew with a little puppy that looks very similar to Jamal and is from the same family… too cute… I want him! Andrew immediately loved the puppy and gave him lots of kisses 🙂

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Oggi, primo Agosto, era la serata della First Friday Art Walk, un evento che si traduce in “Passeggiata d’Arte del Primo Venerdì”, www.fairfieldartwalk.com, infatti a Fairfield, ogni primo venerdì del mese i negozi, ristoranti e gallerie d’arte sono aperti fino a tardi ed espongono arte sia di artisti locali che di artisti che in qualche modo hanno qualche connessione con il paese e i suoi abitanti; nel giro degli anni questo evento ha avuto una grande evoluzione attirando aritisti di tutti i generi, da musicisti, a scultori, artigiani, etc. E cosi’ la Passeggiata del Primo venerdì e’ diventato un evento ricco, con concerti, bancarelle, cibi buonissimi preparati sul momento, gelati artigianali, esposizioni d’arte e artisti di tutti i tipi. Questo venerdì l’evento e’ stato organizzato e sponsarizzato da KRUU, www.kruufm.com, la stazione radio comunitaria fondata da Roland, ed e’ stata una serata memorabile. Tra i diversi musicisti ospiti c’era un quartetto di Verona che erano in tour in Iowa, il quartetto di Luca Donini, www.lucadoniniquartet.it, che hanno suonato un mix di sax e jazz e sono stati favolosi! Ci siamo divertiti molto, Andrew e Jamal in particolare, c’erano infatti molti bambini che ballavano e si rincorrevano sull’erba. Non abbiamo fatto tante foto, troppo presi dalla serata, ma eccone un paio. A fine serata abbiamo incontrato il cugino di Jamal, un cucciolo figlio di uno dei fratelli di Jamal, davvero bello e quasi uguale a Jamal. Andrew si e’ subito innamorato del cucciolo ed era felicissimo mentre lo teneva in braccio, lo abbracciava e baciava guardando con gioia la mamma ogni tanto… che tentazione! Lo vorrei veramente tenere il cucciolo 🙂

Play date fun

Three weeks without seeing Una and Eliot must have felt like forever for a little baby. Oooh they were so happy to see each other this past Wednesday! They had a fun play date at Una’s house… a dip in the baby pool, lots of snacks, new toys to play with, and Una is really a polite host letting the boys play with all her toys. They all are quite generous towards each other, lending and giving toys to one another. Now that they all are walking it seems the fun has escalated and the laughs are louder too, even when they knock each other down to the floor; so some of the fun this play date included chasing after each other, chasing after Jedi the dog, playing hide and seek, pushing Una around on her car, walking away on a solitary adventure, jumping on Una’s bed and getting crazy. I have to say that us moms are having as much fun as our little darlings!

Tre settimane senza vedere gli amici Una e Elio dovra’ sembrare un’eternitĂ  per un piccolo di appena un anno. Erano tutti e tre felicissimi di rivdersi questo mercoledi’. L’appuntamento di gioco era a casa di Una e quanto si sono diverititi i piccoli! Il bagno in piscina, tanti dolcetti da mangiucchiare, tanti nuovi giocattoli, e Una era davvero brava a lasciar i maschietti giocare con tutti i suoi giocattoli. Devo dire che in questo senso sono bravi tutti e tre e molto generosi tra di loro. Adesso che camminano tutti sembra che il divertimento sia raddoppiato e anche le risate, anche quando si scontrano e cadono per terra.. che buffi! E cosi’ si sono divertiti a rincorrersi, a giocare a nascondino, a correre dietro il cane, a spingere Una sulla sua macchinetta, a saltare sul letto di Una a fare i matti, o a sparire per un’avventura solitaria. Devo dire che noi mamme ci divertiano quanto i nostri piccoli, se non di piu’!

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