We have had an amazing Christmas holiday in Rome, even though Brad and I have had a horrible cold and cough during most of our time here. We seem to both be a little better today.
I have been dressed like Nanuck of the North in layers of sweaters, tights, socks, UGGs, gloves, scarves, a hat and a parka, but it is still WAY too cold for me!
I have spoken with Federico almost every day, and he has been on my mind constantly. I miss him fiercely! On Christmas Eve, his family was supposed to fly into Palm Springs at 8:30 p.m.. He had a good week with my housesitter, Karla, and Luigi. Then he spent the weekend at the Exchange Program's coordinator's house in Palm Springs, ready to go with her to pick his family up at the airport.
My neighbor came over at 9:00 on Christmas Eve to fill the stockings, light all the trees and fireplace, and take out Italian wedding soup and rolls for a late dinner. I spoke to a sad and forlorn Federico that evening who told me his parents were held up in NYC for the night, and would be arriving on Christmas Day to LAX (while their luggage went to PSP) My poor baby was not with family on Christmas Eve! It broke my heart that he had to wait another day! By then it was well after midnight California time, so I called another neighbor, who is up late, to go to my house and turn everything OFF!
They arrived safely on Christmas Day, rented a car, drove to the desert, his mom followed in Brad's car to return the rental and get their bags. FINALLY! Federico had everything ready for their 20 hour-late-arrival, and they enjoyed the lasagna I left for their Christmas dinner. He sounded very happy, and so I was thrilled! I finally slept peacefully, knowing Federico was enjoying his family, and their long journey was over! Here they are in my dining room! From left to right: 19 y.o. Luca, Lea, Federico and 6 y.o. Lelio!
We look forward to seeing them all on December 30 at LAX!