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School Routine


It is the 7th week of school and we are well into our routine. Four mornings a week, Federico and I leave for school at 7:30 a.m., facing the traffic jam in front of the school before the 7:45 bell for 1st period. Only an aggressive driver can make it through this!
My morning hug in the car is good incentive to keep us both safe from the lunatic drivers.

Wednesdays are late start days, and first period begins at 8:40, getting me to work at 9:00.

I pick Federico up at 2:45, every day except Tuesday (When I do a group in Palm Springs), and he either gets a ride home, or stays in the school library doing homework until I get there at 4:00. There are only 4 more weeks of my group.
He comes straight home and does 3-4 hours of homework.

Soccer practice has started. That means he goes back from 6:15-8:35. Brad picks him up, while I make our late dinner.

Last week, Brad and I attended "Back to School Night", and after a general assembly (complete with band, choir, flag team, dance team and cheerleaders) we followed Federico's schedule of 10 minute classes, meeting all of his teachers. They ALL had similar comments: "He is CHARMING!", "I LOVE that kid!" "He is AMAZING!" "I SO enjoy him!" Yes, We do too!

Federico usually goes out with friends on Friday or Saturday nights, and Saturday is Brad and my "date night" when we go out to dinner.

Saturday, Federico sleeps in, while I am up at the crack of dawn getting my tasks done. Sometimes he and I have some "Mom time" to go out for coffee, shopping, an errand, or to see something new in the desert. Yesterday we had a caffe latte, walked up and down our main street and browsed in an art gallery.

Sunday is "family day". Federico SKYPES his parents in Pescara, and then we usually go on some sort of day trip. Today we are off to Oak Glen to the many apple farms, and maybe a hint of fall leaves and temperatures!

Comments (5)


Perfect. Just perfect. I am so happy for you and Brad - well Federico too!

Palma, it all sounds wonderful. I think all 3 of you are amazing!

Barb Cabot:

Sounds wonderful and so comfortable.

Linda R:

Palma, I just returned from a week long culinary class in Abruzzo (Vasto and Termoli). The most wonderful people and some of the best food I've every had in Italy. He comes by his charming disposition naturally. Abruzzo is so undiscovered, especially in Sept. If you have the opportunity to visit, jump on it!

Cathy Butero:

My Cousin Joan and her family spent the day in Oak Glen! They bought the "Mile High Apple Pie"! What a coincidence! They travelled from Simi Valley!

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