Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Another Day of "Vacation"

I think we are all about ready for vacation to be over.  Today was especially difficult for Mariacarla to get any work done.  The living room also functions as her law office, so unless she's out teaching a lesson she's at home all day, subject to all the screams of joy or anguish that may emanate from the play rooms (even though we try to keep the doors shut).  We were sent out of the house two or three times.  First, Emmanuelle went out with Manu to get ingredients for crêpes.  Then, we all went to the children's museum for a couple of hours.  Finally, there were the normal Tuesday swimming lessons in the afternoon.  Even so, patience was running thin.  Manu was having an especially rebellious 4-year-old kind of day.  I think he did what we asked him exactly one time today.  The rest of the time he smiled and said no.  Ooooooh.  He didn't eat breakfast, he didn't eat lunch, he didn't eat dinner.  He drank his milk.  He ate his afternoon snack and part of his brother's.  And he ate a lot of his Kinder chocolate egg when we weren't looking.  Oh, he was trying my patience.  It was difficult for me to stay calm at times.  But there was nothing I could do except put on my most somber face, repeat my instructions over and over, and try to ignore the biggest bits of silliness.

On the plus side, this was the penultimate day.  Only tomorrow remains, then it's back to school for the boys.  Also, we ate homemade crêpes with Nutella.  Merci beaucoups, Emmanuelle!!!

P.S. Two great things about my new au pair friend.  1) She speaks only a little English so we get to practice our Italian a lot.  2) She loves to cook.

2 comments:

Johanna said...

Oooh man, the 'chocolate' (Nutella) crepes in Paris were amaaaazing! The one with banana was my favorite I think. And then there were the rows of monster Nutella jars that lined every little crepe stand...

Katie Becker said...

Oh, thanks for the idea! There is still Nutella left over, and I think there are bananas in the kitchen, too...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Another Day of "Vacation"

I think we are all about ready for vacation to be over.  Today was especially difficult for Mariacarla to get any work done.  The living room also functions as her law office, so unless she's out teaching a lesson she's at home all day, subject to all the screams of joy or anguish that may emanate from the play rooms (even though we try to keep the doors shut).  We were sent out of the house two or three times.  First, Emmanuelle went out with Manu to get ingredients for crêpes.  Then, we all went to the children's museum for a couple of hours.  Finally, there were the normal Tuesday swimming lessons in the afternoon.  Even so, patience was running thin.  Manu was having an especially rebellious 4-year-old kind of day.  I think he did what we asked him exactly one time today.  The rest of the time he smiled and said no.  Ooooooh.  He didn't eat breakfast, he didn't eat lunch, he didn't eat dinner.  He drank his milk.  He ate his afternoon snack and part of his brother's.  And he ate a lot of his Kinder chocolate egg when we weren't looking.  Oh, he was trying my patience.  It was difficult for me to stay calm at times.  But there was nothing I could do except put on my most somber face, repeat my instructions over and over, and try to ignore the biggest bits of silliness.

On the plus side, this was the penultimate day.  Only tomorrow remains, then it's back to school for the boys.  Also, we ate homemade crêpes with Nutella.  Merci beaucoups, Emmanuelle!!!

P.S. Two great things about my new au pair friend.  1) She speaks only a little English so we get to practice our Italian a lot.  2) She loves to cook.

2 comments:

Johanna said...

Oooh man, the 'chocolate' (Nutella) crepes in Paris were amaaaazing! The one with banana was my favorite I think. And then there were the rows of monster Nutella jars that lined every little crepe stand...

Katie Becker said...

Oh, thanks for the idea! There is still Nutella left over, and I think there are bananas in the kitchen, too...