Our Sunday routine has become pretty complete...church at Our Mother of Sorrows...Tonio is so happy to be in his friend, Monsi's class, thanks to Lupe...the kids played with Breanna after church for a bit - poor Lexy has had the flu all week, Autumn misses her so much...then, off to Viro's - big crowd today, and, as usual, I ate too much (veggie omelet w/ hot peppers, thanks Kristina!, two deviled eggs, two bowls of seasoned home fries, chicken and potatoes, mashed potatoes and a Pope's pillow for dessert (flaky pastry with strawberry filling and cream topping - Rosa makes these soooo good!) plus, a cappuccino - Erika makes a great cappuccino! Kim always wanted to get into the bakery on a slower day (like they have any of those) just to work along side of Rosa, to learn some of her baking technique and secrets. She loved all of the incredible pastries that Rosa is so good at making. Her, Vito and Rosa actually talked about it several times, but, as you know, time has a way of slipping through our fingers...
After this incredible meal, we went out into the desert into Fantasy Island again...our 4th week in a row. We had a smaller crew, as Brian had to work and Mario has a chest cold, so it was Tom, Alex, Cody and I...I knew I was in trouble - they all have one gear - fast and Tom and Alex just got new bikes, so I knew they'd want to test them and Cody was hell bent on getting back to the Fire Trail, where I renamed the Elbow Jammer two weeks ago - time to get back on that horse!
Sure enough, the boys took off at their usual break neck pace - by the time we hit the Fire Trail I was hurting...I picked the wrong day to forget my iron lung.
To end our day, Jaimelyn and Scott came over, bringing homemade pesto (I'll have to get the recipe to post) that we put over some penne - it was incredible! Jaimelyn also makes her own bread and brought a fresh loaf that was still warm! Cody went to dinner with Amy, Tom and Alex to Daglio's, where, as I mentioned yesterday, they have the finest cheesesteaks on the eastside of Tucson!
Here's another entry from Kimmy's journal:
October 23, 2003
Autumn went on the potty today!! We tried everything to get her to try and she was simply not interested. Today, I was talking to my mom on the phone, when I heard Autumn scream 'I pooped!'. I ran to see what happened and sure enough, she had gone on her little potty all by herself! She was so proud. I was so proud I cried! And Grammy even shouted over the phone! As a treat, we went to Kohl's to tell Daddy and Autumn picked out a Dora the Explorer gift set. Three cheers for Autumn!
Again, the proud Mama - she delighted in every accomplishment of her bambini's and encouraged them to do their best at everything that they tried or had to do. She taught them well!