Rome, Italy Part II

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calligraphy-by-sam:

I’ve been practicing copperplate the last couple of days so I made this, done with a Brause 361 nib.

calligraphy-by-sam:

I’ve been practicing copperplate the last couple of days so I made this, done with a Brause 361 nib.

"forever sun"

Look at Filippo shine :) Photo credit: Marco Cavalieri

"forever sun"

Look at Filippo shine :) Photo credit: Marco Cavalieri

Christmas in July! The inevitable has come. The day I leave Rome. Devastating. This morning, everyone woke up really early to read my thank you card before Fabrizio had to go to work, he came home too late last night otherwise we would’ve done it then. I was surprised with a whole bunch of gifts! I got a mug with a picture of the kids and I, a tshirt with a picture of Francesca and I when they were filming on a TV set, a red swatch watch that’s just like Francesca’s, AND a super cute teal bag that’s also like Francesca’s. I gave them the apron, shirt, book, and collage after. I am really going to miss this place and this family so much! Hopefully, I’ll be back and hopefully they come visit me in the states! For lunch, we will go to EATALY before they take me to Fiumicino airport. My heart is heavy but I have so many wonderful memories here. I really could not have asked for a better experience

The crew. Filippo came over yesterday for lunch and to play! For snack, the kids made pancakes. They were fantastic.

Surprise project for Francesca and Fabrizio in the works!

Surprise project for Francesca and Fabrizio in the works!

To the sea we go!

If you haven’t noticed, I have pretty much thrown blogging out the window. I am sorry to those who actually read this, *cough* Briana, but I have been spending as much time as I can with the family before I fly out NEXT WEEK. I cannot believe it! Now that I have some downtime and the kids are busy watching a circus show on television, I’ll recap the wonderfully rosy day that I had:

Today, Francesca, Maria Oliva, Luigi, Catia and her mom Alessia and Filippo went to the beach by Fiumincino Airport. We spent the entire afternoon there. It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon for the beach. The water was clear and warm. There were rocks surrounding the area where we were and there weren’t too many people, granted it was a Tuesday afternoon. The kids all got along fabulously, which really just makes my heart SO happy. We had a small lunch consisting of tuna sandwiches and salami panini with peaches for dessert. Around 6, we all got out of the sea, showered, and relaxed with ice cream. The kids taught me to play a card game called “tappo” (sp??), which basically entailed trying to get 3 of the same number cards and calling out “tappo” and putting your hand on top of the remaining deck. Problem was, I could not recognize the cards and their pictures for the life of me! Boy, did I take for granted card decks with the actual number printed on them! We drove Filippo home around 8 and luckily both his parents, my other host parents, were both home from work so I was able to see them! I was so happy! Lots of hugs, kisses, laughter, and an exchange of stories took place. The kids were so happy with the day that they begged their parents for another play date, which will happen tomorrow! Then on Friday, Filippo’s parents invited me, Maria Oliva, and Luigi over for their big dinner party then a sleepover. I was just so happy to see everyone at the same time. I could not stop smiling. I am very excited for the upcoming play dates we will all have together. It’s weird to think I’ll be leaving so soon and may not be able to see these wonderful people for a long time… Anyway, dinner tonight was penne with salmon and cream sauce. It was a lovely, rosy day all in all. Minus the fact that by the time I got home I realized that despite wearing 50 SPF, I have officially been sunburned. Rough life. As my wise big, Briana, “that Mediterranean sun is NO joke!” I really can’t complain, LIFE IS GOOD.

Luigi - a true romantic.

Shooting cans - YouTube

At the festival in Montecampano, there was a single booth for games we tried shooting cans. I hit one!