Last night was our first night in our new home! We don't get our furniture until Tuesday, so we had to adapt a little. We spent most of our night at Ikea (pronounced ee-KAY-uh in Italy) with a familiar Swedish meatball dinner. No matter what country you're in, Ikea is constant!
We were there to buy linens for the only bed currently in the house. The landlord has a beautiful brass bed he gave us to use in the guest bedroom so last night the four of us piled into it! :)
Poor Emily had homework that we all had put on the backburner until last night, so Chris made her a little cushioned spot in our living room area with a little lamp we bought to sprawl out and do her math and Italian homework. She was so tired, she couldn't remember how to do long division. But Daddy worked with her while I put the bedding together and put Ivan Bear to bed.
The house was a bit chilly going to bed. The hotel had unlimited electricity so we could be a little frivolous with the heat and air conditioning, but now we have to be a bit more frugal. Our landlord installed a pellet stove for heat which will be great, but we had not yet bought pellets so rather than using the radiators we turned on the heat from the air conditioner on the floor we slept in and it helped a bit. Today we will get pellets and use that for heat. The kids are learning now that they should wear slippers everywhere in the house. Luckily we have mostly wood floors, and they seem to stay warmer, but when you go into a bathroom, the transition is chilly on the feet! :)
Even though poor Emily didn't finish homework until 11pm, everyone was so happy to spend the night in our new home. We got ready and had breakfast on the patio and it was lovely. Somehow I only had an 8 minute drive to school and I still managed to be 10 minutes late :( but I was so thankful that it wasn't an hour drive!
This morning Chris asked, "Was it worth the wait?" and I replied, "I'm sure it was, but ask me after Thanksgiving dinner when my furniture is here, we are unpacked and I can prepare a proper American feast!"
Today I am thankful for:
22. Ikea Swedish meatballs with Salsa (gravy) and marmalata (lingonberries)
23. A bed that fit all four of us
24. My beautiful macchiato with cinnamon on top :)