I recently had the privilege of visiting my grandparents at their gorgeous new home in Vero Beach. While there, my grandfather asked, “When are you going to start writing the Squicciarini blog again? I’m tired of reading about Edward Norton!”
It shocked me to realize that we hadn’t written anything about our lives since August – unforgivable! So, once again, it’s time for another of those “update” posts, and hopefully, in the future, I’ll be able to maintain this blog a little better.
So much has happened!
- First and foremost, my sister and Greg Bartos tied the knot at the Charlotte Museum of History on March 6, 2011. They now reside in a cute apartment about 10 miles away from us. This past week, Morgan somehow managed to get all of her siblings over for a visit one-on-one, thus spending quality time with each, and dispelling any potential loneliness when Greg is at work. Very savvy of her, I have to say. She is continuing to post on her blog (torahgirl.wordpress.com), and I’d encourage you to check that out.
- I have been to Israel and back! I was there for about 4 1/2 months, from the end of September to the very first few days of February. I had the time of my life, posted about it almost every day, and now get teary-eyed in the International aisle of our grocery store. If you’d like all the details, check out my travel blog (eshetkayil.wordpress.com). I’m no longer posting to it, since I’m home, and my life in Charlotte does not compare to my life in Israel. 🙂
- My mother celebrated a birthday in a big way this year, with a trip for two for our dad and herself to the Grove Park Inn – something she’s been wanting to do for a while now. My father planned and executed the spa weekend for her, if I have my facts straight (I was gone when the planning was taking place), and they had a spectacular time in the hushed, relaxing atmosphere of the Inn, beneath the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Since this trip occurred after the wedding, I was in charge at the Residence while they were away, for the first time. (!) Of course, in our family, we work together like a well-oiled machine, and no one is lonely at the top.
- During that same weekend, my sisters and I painted Morgan’s old room with a delicate, robin’s egg blue, and I moved in. This is the first time I’ve ever had my own room, and it’s *amazing*. I miss Christine and Mary, though – it feels like they’re a lot further away than the other side of our house…
- With Morgan gone now, we revamped our cooking schedule and started something new and potentially challenging. Up until this point, we all had a cooking night during the week. With the updated schedule, we all now have charge of a cooking week, which should give us a much clearer picture of future reality. I haven’t actually had my week yet (it starts this Sunday), but so far, we’ve had excellent meals. Christine and Mary passed with flying colors, and we are all on the edges of our seats to experience a full week of our mom’s cooking (she’s an Iron Chef). Mary is chronicling all her cooking on her own blog, blindfryer.wordpress.com.
- Rumor has it that our brother will be experiencing the rigors of the American military sometime this year, although he keeps things to himself, so details are hard to come by. We’ll have to keep you posted on that.
- Finally, as I type this, we are counting down the minutes to the start of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Our guests should be arriving shortly, and we are excited about this kick-off to a week of crackers and coconut macaroons.