Guys- I apologize in advance. This one is L O N G. I started working on it yesterday and just finished it tonight. But I really wanted to share these stories and photos.
On Saturday we decided that we needed to get out of the hotel room.
We didn't plan well and ended up in the car, ready to go…at nap time. And no one had eaten. Oh…we also didn't know where we were going. Way to go Team Howell!
I grabbed this book (that I carry with me) and decided we were going to Verona.
It's amazing that we now live in a place that we can decide at the last moment to take a quick jaunt to a place like Verona.
Keeping it real moment: My children are having a tough time learning how to behave here. In America…I could take them ANYWHERE. And yes, there were meltdown moments, but not like we've had since we've been here.
We are still adjusting. And adjusting means not giving up. We talk to them regularly about what is appropriate. Yelling during riposo is NOT appropriate. Running around in restaurants is NOT appropriate. It never has been. Not sure why it's happening here. We are the type of parents that leave if our children are misbehaving. We don't think it's cute. Or funny. And it absolutely stinks to have to leave places in Italy. Sigh.
I'm sure they can feel my stress over their behavior. Also, this is a BIG change for everyone. But we are working through it, and it's getting better every single day. I am working on patience and just breathing. We did just move to another country, after all.
Side note over. Moving on.
Everyone behaved and had a really good time in Verona. 🙂
This is the door of a monastery that was built in the 8th century. Yes. EIGHTH. I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around this.
To start things off in Verona we got super touristy (why the heck not?) and visited Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's house).
Y'all I'm a sucker for Romeo and Juliet. Sigh. Each time I just HOPE the ending will be different, even though I know it won't.
And even though I know the account is fictional, I still got swept up in the romance of visiting "Juliet's house".
And as you enter the tunnel to the courtyard, the walls are covered in scrawled love letters and grafitti.
Next we wandered to Piazza delle Erbe where we walked through the market and (in a truly magical Italy moment) the girls ran into a fountain. It was pure joy, I tell you.
A "not so magical but inappropriately hilarious" moment? Sadie finding an apron in the market. It had an anatomically correct rendering of David on the front. Including larger than life um….male genitalia?
Those saucy Italians. You should have seen Harper and Sadie's faces. And Jimmy's face. I had to turn around because I was laughing so hard I was sobbing.
Another thing we saw was this whale bone. Legend has it that the bone will fall if anyone who has never told a lie walks under it.
I was not concerned.
Harper was terrified.
Sadie? Was downright excited and not at all nervous.
I said that I bet they've told some doozies in twinner talk. HA!
One thing we really enjoyed in Verona were the street performers.
Sidenote:Yes, I know Lucy is too old for a binkie. I'm totally defensive lady with her binkie. It drives me nuts. But I am proud to tell you that as of yesterday, it is in her bed all day and not in her mouth. BABY STEPS.
I kind of die when she says "NO YIKE IT" at the man baby at the end of the video. TEEHEE.
Y'all. I laugh so hard every time I watch that. I can't help it.
The last thing we saw before we headed home was the Arina di Verona.
It took my breath away.
The panoramic feature is pretty cool on my iPhone until it morphs people in the front of the photo and gets all freaky deaky.
As we drove away I snapped this photo.
Romeo and Juliet is being performed in the arena on my birthday at the end of this month.
I think a date night is in order, no?
I hope y'all are having a beautiful and blessed Monday.
Ciao Ciao (Bye Bye- the Howell girls favorite goodbye!)