Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jim Thorpe

Long homeschool days, earaches, headaches and noreasters heading our way.  So here's my little escape hatch - think  about that getaway weekend Claudio and I went on about a month ago.

His dream was to take me camping to a gem of a town he discovered through a friend of ours in rural Pennsylvania called Jim Thorpe. In the end, as you may guess, we compromised.  Check out the final photo to see what I mean :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Please Pray for Colette

UPDATE (October 14) - Thank you so much for your prayers!  Colette is doing much better, went home yesterday and will have surgery once her insides are in better shape.  Apparently her appendix did rupture and so it was not prudent to operate when it first happened.  At any rate, she is happy to be sleeping in her own bed now, as are her parents!  I will let you know when she goes in for surgery, which they are hoping will only be laparoscopic.  xoxoxo

Hello friends and family,

Could you please pray for my sweet niece Colette?  She is in the hospital right now with appendicitis. It has been a tough hospital stay - they are controlling infection with antibiotics but she's still in pain, and getting iv's in and out is a traumatic experience for her.

Please pray that she get better today so that she can be taken off the pain medication and head home.

Also if you can pray for my sister, Irina, and her family, that they would get some rest, and peace, that would be wonderful.

xo Olivia

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Legend of Atlantis - by Eva

Origin of the Legend (from

The tale of Atlantis comes from the Greek philosopher Plato, who lived in the 300s B . C . In two of his works, the Timaeus and the Critias, he relates that the famous Athenian lawgiver Solon had heard the story of Atlantis when he visited Egypt. In the very distant past, a great island as large as North Africa and the Near East combined existed in the Atlantic Ocean. The island belonged to Poseidon (Neptune) *, who fell in love with a young woman of the island named Cleito and married her. Poseidon built a city on the island, and on a mountain in the center of the city, he built a palace for Cleito. The couple had ten children, and in time Poseidon divided the island among them, giving each a section to rule.

Atlantis was a paradise: no one had to work hard, every type of wonderful food grew there, and animals were plentiful. Poseidon had created a stream of hot water and a stream of cold water for the island. It had a glorious culture with wonderful palaces and temples. The kings were rich in gold, silver, and other precious metals. The people of Atlantis lived in a golden age of harmony and abundance.

Then things began to change. The gods started to intermarry with humans. The Atlanteans became greedy for more than they had. They decided to conquer the lands around the Mediterranean. Angered by the Atlanteans' behavior, Zeus * sent an earthquake, or perhaps a series of earthquakes, that made Atlantis sink into the sea in the course of one day and one night.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sweet 16

Here are some shots from Lucia's friend's sweet 16 party - since we seldom dress up anymore, I couldn't resist the photo op.  I hope to add photos of Lucia and the birthday girl once I get permission from her family.  Special note:  I'll bet you can't guess which outfits come from our local rummage store! Also note that my purse belonged to the mother of my mother's dear grade school friend, Peggy, aka "Pea". Apparently Jackie O favored the brand.  Thank you, Peggy!

My Mom (Nona) made Clara's shawl.  You can't see the sparkles, but they are there!

Monday, September 22, 2014


"Mom, you're such a bad actress.  You know, the questions that you're trying to make seem really casual?  She half smiles.

We're occupying the front seats in our cavernous mini-van, headed to the local mall we visit about once a year. Her glare has softened - when we first got in to the car, with arms firmly crossed, I considered aborting the mission.  This is what I get for offering my Sunday afternoon to the gods of consumption? Note to self: teenagers need prep time for transitions, just like grade school kids. Especially when interrupting a movie. With classes and crew practice six days a week, she has earned a little down time, that's for sure. 

I whip my head around and meet her gaze.  

"Ok, I'll give you, how often do you guys text?"  

"Oh, not that often, he's busy with school, like me. He hates school though.  It's all boys.  Says they spend half the time talking about following the rules."

"Sounds tell me, are the boys at school really immature?"

"Well, they kind of fall into four categories.  There's the cute ones that all the girls swoon over.  There's the nerds.  Then there's the decent looking ones with the squeaky voices, and then there's the not so good looking ones with the nice voices."

And that boy you were telling me about the other day, the one who has chickens?  What category does he fall into?

"Well, I'm not sure...he's a bit heavy."