Our flat for our month in Rome is just up the street from St. Peters so I have walked there everyday this week except today. We went more into Central Rome tonight since Brian had the night off. He had last night off too and since Brian had yet to go to the Vatican on this trip, we headed over last night.
And below, one more time to talk about my stroller (I'll try and save some of it for a phil&teds blog in the future). This is a shot if the street we live on. A side by side stroller would not even fit on the sidewalk to get to our flat, and it can be a busy road. Take that any side by side stroller! The fat air tires are great for jumping curbs, cobblestone, and getting out of cars' way. Drivers do not seem to like to stop for pedestrians, we will try to stay safe.
So hello from Italy, but first, Christmas.
Also below (can I keep the kids from seeing this? If I try hard, yes but they love to look at the blog.) Brian has been building a stage for the vintage Little People I have been obsessively collecting. Our kids play with them everyday and we thought they would have fun with a stage. I got the idea from a craft book Kristy Roser Nuttall gave me (who just had her 4th baby in India, yay for Nuttall boys!!!)
Anyway, we have printed a few photos from our travels to serve as backdrops and the Little People will have a system of magnets to control them without touching them. There will also be bright red velvet curtains! Yes, we feel most crafty.
Now just to deal with Brian leaving again for 6 days tomorrow, getting home about 3 days before Christmas and leaving for a month the day after Christmas. I have the capacity to get myself very worked up over the current situation but it will all be good.
For the phil&teds blog recently, Brian and I did a little fireball explanation. Here is a link to the video. I still need to have Amberly explain the science, I am mainly just in for the party/circus tricks. I am nervous about kids playing with matches but seems Colin is scared enough to not try for now. (I will keep a close eye on that).
AND we found out on Monday we are heading to Rome, Italy for a month starting December 26th. Kind of crazy but kind of fun. Brian is gone a lot this month and I am not too worried about getting ready but am a little overwhelmed with Christmas/lack of being home. But a month in Rome? Sort of great! We found an apartment about a 5 minute walk from St. Peter's. Guess what two little kids are soon going to be running around St. Peter's
It was chilly (represented by the icicle), but we headed out to see the lights downtown the other night. We kind of go and take similar photos each year, but it is part of Christmas. We have some very intense travel things coming up that had me in tears on the way over and I hope things are resolved soon. It is exciting and fun possibilities but very stressful too!
Temple Square is worth it.
We loved these pink lights.
The Holy Family needed a little snow removal.
We liked how whoever cleaned off the sheppard and sheep did it carefully so it looks like they were walking in the snow.
I was showing Colin how this nativity came from Japan but that was too much for him to think about. He said that was not possible because Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Checking out some lights.