Archive for January, 2010


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Happy Birthday Nati!

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Hey Peti, Happy 29th Birthday!! So sorry we could not be there in person to help you celebrate. But here are some pics of you and I being “nerdas” together, and one normal one. Love you!!!

Requiescat in Pace

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Francisco "Paco" Bonvehi, Requisciat in pace   September 20, 1921- January 5, 2010

Francisco "Paco" Bonvehi, Requiescat in pace September 20, 1921- January 5, 2010

My great-uncle (my grandma’s brother) passed away today in Ushuaia after a fall that put him in the hospital.  My grandma doesn’t know yet because his illness has put her into a deep depression and my mom is waiting for the antidepressants the doctor had prescribed to take effect. She is 12 years his senior and she practically raised him. Paco spent Christmas and New Years in the hospital, and I don’t have any details as to whether he was even conscious or not. I am assuming not. I am really sad today. I am going miss him very much.

Here is a traditional Catholic chant that is sung in Masses for the Dead: In Paradisum

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

“May angels lead you into paradise; upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May the ranks of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, the poor man, may you have eternal rest.”

Here is Paco with my Grandma at her 99th birthday as he gave her an engraved pendant with a sentimental message.

Happy New Year!

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We spent New Years Eve in bed asleep, where we belong! But New Years Day was spent out and about at our friend Naomi and Gio’s house. We got there around noon, and had wild boar salami and chunks of Parmesan to tide us over until the pizzettas came out of the oven on freshly baked bread that Gio had made. And those pizzettas kept us until the rosemary-wrapped roast came along… and I thought that was it, but by around 4pm when I thought things must be winding down I found out that they had put ribs and another roast on the grill… because its almost dinner time. In the meantime, while we waited for that to be done Gio, Phillip, and another friend of theirs Josh worked on making some fresh mozzarella cheese for our after-dinner cheese course!

Here is Giovanni straining the mozzarella

The evening ended with a homemade orange chocolate chip custard based ice cream that Josh made. We finally rolled out at 9PM…. it was 9 hours of stimulating conversation, laughter, and delicious food. In case you are feeling like an inadequate host or hostess, don’t think you need to measure up to this…. Gio has the experience and resources of owning Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria on his side. Well, I say don’t feel bad but to be honest I am kinda glad they have not been over to ours for dinner yet because I cannot offer them much more than our usual carne asada and spanish rice LOL.

Ivy and Amelia are making a cranberry juice toast to the New Year

Ivy and Amelia are making a cranberry juice toast to the New Year

Bottoms up! Ah, its good to be three!

Bottoms up! Ah, hello 2010!

Anyway, apart from our fun New Years Day, we are starting to get back into the groove of things, and regain a bit of the routine that tends to make my life easier. The girls and I are getting over our illnesses although I have this lingering sore throat that just will not go away despite the recovery of my voice.

Here is Ivy at Fresh & Easy helping me shop using the little grocery cart Tia Nati gave her

Here is Ivy at Fresh & Easy helping me shop using the little grocery cart Tia Nati gave her

Looking for food samples

Looking for food samples

The girls are enjoying all the new toys they got for Christmas and for Ivy’s birthday… Ivy has decided that her ballerina doll’s name is Ivy, and she thinks its a doll in imitation of her, which is pretty cute. And Violet is into absolutely everything and is still trying to climb anything she can reach.  And as for me, I have now officially sported my FancyThat hat when I wore it out on New Years Day.

Ta daaaa!!!

Ta daaaa!!!

So I know this is kind of a long post, but I also wanted to put up these videos of Violet.

This one is for everyone to see and enjoy Violet’s “old chinese man” walk. I finally captured it on video. All she needs now is someone to walk 10 paces behind her.

And this video is of Violet dancing while Phillip plays our permanently out-of-tune and broken down piano (Christmas is just a year away, people! Now you don’t have to wonder what to get us. You’re welcome.) I had not seen her dance before, so I thought it was pretty fabulous and funny. Ivy is the bonus in the video as she dances around Violet.