Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Island of Malta - not to be confused with Malta, ID

We left after the kids' last day of school to go to the island of Malta. I didn't really know where it was, but it is located south of Sicily on the same latitude as Tunisia down towards Africa. It's a tiny windy island. There is another island even smaller called Gozo right next to it that is also part of it. It was "owned" by the British until 1979 when they finally pulled out. All the Maltese speak fluent English even though their main language is Maltese. It's a semetic language - more arabic-like than anything.

We spent most of our time swimming!!! The first night there we found a "Tex-Mex" restaurant that was fabulous. We were in absolute heaven. As we were looking out the restaurant window, we looked across the street and saw 'TGI Fridays"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, it may not sound like much to you, but if your only options for food were Italian food for the past 10 months, you would be excited too :) !!! Needless to say, we ate their a couple of times. We let the kids order desserts the last day we were there. We finally realized why "Americans are fat" as the Europeans tell us. We let the kids get a dessert. We couldn't believe the size of the TGIF desserts. We had forgotten how big US desserts are at restaurants!!!

Anyway, it was a wonderful relaxing time in Malta - not to be confused with Malta, ID where Blake grew up.

Sydney In All Her Glory

Sydney has had a great end to the school year! The last two weeks of school were spent pretending to be a "one room school house" from the 1800s. She was "Elizabeth Baker" for the 2 weeks and ended up the Valedictorian of the "one room school house".
She also had the "end of the year" dance recital. The pictures are of her class. The girls are so darling in her dance class. Sydney really can't communicate very well with them or them with her, but they're all good buddies and still play together. They will ask her questions such as "What is this called" or "You look pretty" and Sydney will speak in her limited Italian. It's darling!