a few moments from our Friday morning


Happy Friday, everyone!  Here are a few snapshots from around our home, beginning with a shot of Mt. Etna out our kitchen window.  She erupted again last night (see an acquaintance’s video of the activity here) and was still blowing off steam all morning!




^^^ I call this the smooch smash.

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^^^ On the right… yay for IKEA Italy, who may have forgotten to include the two handles for Lena’s toy kitchen in the box but were quick to fix the problem and send the replacements to my door.  I’m also proud because I did the whole request/complaint in Italian and it actually worked!


^^^ When it comes to craft projects, our motto is, “Everything’s cuter with stickers.”


^^^ We’re raising tadpoles! becca-garber-sigonella-playground-etna

We had a picnic lunch with Daddy on base.  The plume of smoke above Elliott is from Mt. Etna… still erupting into the afternoon.  (Also, that same picture shows why all kids love my husband!)

What have you been up to this Friday so far?  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  xoxo

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15 Responses to a few moments from our Friday morning

  1. Meg April 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    How very lovely. We know not all moments are perfect or frustration free, but it’s good to be grateful for the small graces, like tadpoles, in our lives…and the large ones, like children :).

  2. Carrie April 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    It looks like a beautiful morning!

  3. Shelly April 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    It looks like you are quickly becoming a seasoned veteran of staying at home with two. I laughed when I saw the little piles of puzzles, books, etc. set up in careful corners. Strategic, my friend. And bonus points on the Redskin swag….

    • Becca April 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Shelly, piles are the only way to make everything seem manageable! There are so many piles in my house these days: piles of mail waiting to be filed, piles of clean clothes waiting to be returned to drawers, piles of dishes waiting to be washed or put away… and the piles keep growing as the kids do!

  4. Abi April 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    What have I been up to this Friday…? I’ve been at work, teaching French to elementary students (which means I’ve been playing lots of fun games!) So far we’ve played “tic-tac-toe” as a review game for a quiz on time in 4th grade, “simon says” as a review of transportation vocab in 5th grade, and “two truths and a lie” to review family vocab in 3rd grade. One more class to go- we’re watching a video about two different families in France and then creating a Venn diagram to compare them with our own families. Not a bad way to spend a rainy Friday! Happy weekend, friend!

  5. OM April 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Tadpoles! What an amazing idea to do with kids! (now I’ll be looking for tadpoles in every puddle, all your fault ;) ) I love the smooches, so cute.

    Fridays are day-without-Dad around here, so it’s been just Oath and me, playing and crawling all over the apartment. This little guy has gotten so fast in no time! Now he sleeps and I get my much needed weekly alone time.
    Nothing as fun as your Friday, for sure!

    • Becca April 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      I’ve been watching a friend of mine who has a boy just about Oath’s age. She is constantly in motion as she tries to keep up with him! I know those days are coming again for me…

  6. GrandMa Margaret April 12, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Dear Becca @ Elliott, familey,
    I just love all your post and enjoy keeping up with the familey. Lena an Gil, are so adorable with two children that is a lot of work plus taking care 0f a husband and home.
    I am just glad you take the time so we can share your adventures. I did wonder if you plan on coming back to the states anytime soon. With love GrandMa Margaret
    P.S Cherish all the special monent which I know you will. Love You.

    • Becca April 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Dear Grandma Margaret, thank you so much for this kind note! We should be back in the States for a month or so this summer and will be staying part of the time at my parents’ house. We would love to see you!

  7. Eden April 13, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Yeah Redskins!

    Today I had 16 sick call patients t the jail and just 1 intake. Had time to finish my progress notes from Wednesday before I left- yay. Met Meriwether for a little catch up, biked to get some green fingernails near E. Market. Now winding down!

    • Becca April 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Green fingernails? Is green nail polish in this year?

  8. Joy @ Caspara April 13, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    Wow! I am really impressed by your Ikea accomplishment! I think when you can do that kind of thing in a foreign language, you really are doing well! And, such cute pictures!! Love the smooch smash! :-)

    • Becca April 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks, Joy! The trick was doing it over live chat, because then I could combine my own Italian with the help of Google Translate. I honestly don’t know if the IKEA employee knew I was foreign or not. Either way… it worked!

  9. Rebekka April 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I really can’t imagine living close enough to a volcano to see it erupt. That just seems like the epitome of “exotic” to me! So fabulous!!!

    • Becca April 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Haha, yes, it DOES sound exotic! You just can’t get used to an erupting volcano no matter how many times it happens in your backyard.

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