Careful what you wish for!

When leaving Cortado in a Marathon boatyard for a new bathroom refit, we said goodbye to our sunny Florida coastal life and wished OUTLOUD, strong and hard for SNOW when we arrived in Newport the following day.  Oh, did we wish!  Tony flew to Antigua for a race and for me and the kids, we hoped that in going home for two weeks, we might get to experience some cold flurries, if not, at least enough to go sledding or build a snowman…. What did we get?  A lesson learned.  BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

In one day, we went from warm, flat calm at Keys Boatworks…
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to shoveling snow, fire in the fireplace, cold-cold-cold…
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Playing around in the snow – a dream come true!
It was fantastic! We could not believe our luck. We arrived in Providence with snow already starting to fall, and only a few hours to provision the house, pick up the mail and settle in for the first Blizzard of 2015.  We love our house, and to be snowed-in was a dream.  The kids played outside for days on end and we were not in the least bit bothered by the snow and cold… until.  Until days flowed into nights of cold, ice and the general inconvenience of winter. We had had enough!  Our thin-skins of warm weather beckoned us back to the south and our Cortado home. Once again we are reminded of how lucky and blessed we are – to have the circumstance we do and the means to fly south and sit out a little bit of this abnormally precipitous New England weather.
In the meantime, we sure had a great two weeks.  Sydney and Dan visited for a weekend, we spent solid, quality time with friends, we WON THE SUPERBOWL and most important of all, we met our sweetest new little “cousin” Paolina.  There was not a thing in the world more important than meeting and holding her, and hurricane-force winds would not have stopped us. We love little Paolina with all our hearts and we marveled at Mark and Marlena’s parenting. They are calm, cool and work together like they have been doing it for years. What a beautiful and lucky girl!  Welcome to the world, little Miss P!
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Dinner at the kids’ favorite RI restaurant, The Blue Plate Diner.
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A great weekend with Sydney and Dan! Included knitting, games, lots of cooking and attending church at Channing Unitarian together for a mass centered on “HOME”.  NE Patriots won the Superbowl in a great game against the Seattle Seahawks, whoop whoop!
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Sophia preparing a gift for the tooth-fairy after losing two primer teeth at the dentist.
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DSC_1196DSC_1188School these two weeks were focused on art, art history, science and math. The paintings above are Sophia and Oliver’s renditions of Claude Monet’s “Lady with a Parasol” and “The Old Fort at Antibes”.  Also, apparently I won a coveted award…! 🙂
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DSC_1145DSC_1138DSC_1137DSC_1141 We also re-created masters’ works  in Matisse and thoroughly enjoyed a private tour of the National Museum of  American Illustration. The museum is in Newport, and is the 2nd largest  collection of Norman Rockwell paintings. They also house the largest  collection of Maxfield Parrish originals in the world.
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Kitchen science!
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We had to cut our trip a little short in order to travel in-between snow storms. 
Next Stop… Coconut Grove, Miami.

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