The last few years we have holidayed on the east coast of Italy in the Marche and Abruzzo regions. We tried both self-catering and full-board accommodation. Going away with family means that you want to travel to a place that meets everyone's needs. Somewhere that is great for kids but makes the adults happy too. Somewhere that caters for those that want to be active, but also for those that just want to totally relax and forget about their busy life back home for a short while. Matteo loves the beach and the sea air, whilst I am more than happy by the pool. The boys love both, as long as they are active they're content. This includes playing football on the sand and going in their boat on the sea as well as jumping in the pool and riding on Daddy's back.
February has finished. I normally feel relief at knowing that Spring is just around the corner but what with the freezing temperatures and snow of this week I'm wishing the time away a bit. Tonight the temperature is -6! February has gone quickly, half-term flew by. I've worked two weekend days and been to a conference on one of the other weekends.
With Valentines Day out of the way the next date for the diary in the UK is Mother's Day on March 11th. Whether you're looking for something to buy for your other half from your children or you're someone hoping to find something new for your Mum, I've got ten great ideas for you.
It is difficult to categorise an accurate profile for those who choose a partner from a foreign culture. Yet, they are usually people who are not very connected to their own culture or who give it less importance. They could be seen as more exploratory or romantic people who see differences in culture as an adventure that make the experience more interesting and exciting. Many of them are rebels, who consciously or not, marry in protest or to distance themselves from their own culture, values, or family - or those who grew up in an international environment and it is natural for them to choose someone from another culture.
January has been really tiring. We've been so busy and there has been so much going on I feel like we haven't had much proper family time. We've spent a lot of time at home but similarly it feels like we've spent a lot of time running around to work, school, after-school activities, parties and more. I can't wait for the weather to be better so that we can go to the park and I won't want to leave after about twenty minutes because I'm freezing and I can't feel my feet or nose anymore!
January has been so busy for us what with back to school routine, me teaching over two weekends and one evening, Matteo having his tonsils out and the boys having a great social life and going to two birthday parties. I've craved time at home in the warmth and comfort food.
What a busy month December was. It was packed with stuff and just went so fast. I am loving putting together these monthly posts and videos looking back at the past month. I hope the boys will look back on them in years to come especially this one when Christmas was so magical.
Goodbye 2017, you've been good to us. This year I set a goal to take more family photos. I'd bought a new camera in the January sales and wanted to capture more images of the four of us together and I'm so pleased to say I've done it; at least one photo a month for a whole year.
So when did my connection to Italy begin? Most people think it began when I met Matteo in 2003 but actually it was quite a bit before that. My first taste of Italy was as a teenager. We stayed in Sorrento and visited Pompei and Capri. Something about the people, the food and the language must have drawn me in as while I was doing my A levels I started teaching myself some language basics using an audio course.
I've loved putting this month's video together and I have to say it's my favourite video so far with some wonderful memories to look back on like going to Clip 'n Climb for the first time and singing Happy Birthday, plus I got some everyday moments documented like bedtime stories and getting ready for football. We finished off the month with some Christmas magic, twinkly lights and meeting Santa. Click below to watch: