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Little Moments – creating more

by Lisa Chiodo

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‘Your life is made up of little moments, little efforts, little changes, big smiles, and all your hopes and dreams.’

Ritu Ghatourey

A fraction of a second caught on camera, smiles….always smiles, but of course it’s not always like this. In fact right now, a few moments ago, an argument over nothing….hurt feelings and nonsense. I could tell you all we’ve achieved up till now, all I hope we’ll achieve this year, but really all I want these days is more of these moments…..more smiles and less tears, more embrace and less attack, more co-operation and less head butting, longer moments like these that turn into years to come.

I can live with less….but I want more.

Am I the only one that struggles, the only one that smiles for the camera no matter what….hoping to expand all these fractions of a second, expand them into a life here we all love.

This year is already a week in, lots of love, laughter, friends, tears and yes arguments…..we’re just a normal family doing an extraordinary thing. How about you, what little moments would you like this year, what dreams to fulfill, …..what will you create??

I’d really love to know, I hope your little moments of joy increase daily, here are some of mine, little Italian moments from the past nine months since leaving Australia xxx

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Little Moments

with love

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1 Lisa Wood January 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

I think that is what makes families unique – the way they are! Even those less than great moments are a time in history where everyone is together creating memories! I think that life is all about good times, not so good times, laughter and tears….its the little bits that make a family who they are! So good to hear about your 2013, hope 2014 brings more little moments that bring a smile to your sweet self, and that you have more xxx

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2 Lisa Chiodo January 16, 2014 at 6:51 am

Oh i know you understand Lisa, more than most I bet x
Yes it’s all those little bits I just want to create more great bits together.
Hope all is well and wonderful with you and the boys xx
sending love
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3 Trisha Thomas January 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Lisa, those are fabulous photos revealing a life filled with beautiful, memorable moments. Yes, we all have those arguments, misunderstandings, little tiffs and battles. I think it helps sometimes though to clarify, to recognize that things are not always easy, to realize again what is important. If I think of this past year, I’ve also had so many beautiful, memorable moments — and also some difficult ones. Like you, I smile for the camera, and I also try to laugh. That is what helps me the most.
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4 Lisa Chiodo January 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

It’s all those little moments that I want to join together this year Trisha. Carina is approaching her teen years and I am approaching my menopause and I fear the two are going to collide. A friend of mine in Australia sent me a book this Christmas on this very topic, she’s already been through it lol x
It’s easy to get caught up in feeling righteous, hurt and angry, and that’s just me arghhh x
Keep laughing and hope to meet up this year when we get on the road xxx
xx hugs
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5 Caterina B January 9, 2014 at 2:48 am

Oh yeah, winter can get to be very loooooong, I think. We have two feet of snow on the ground and below zero temps.
We often say to each other, “This is a small moment,” and stop to savor it. At dinner we usually say to each other, “Don’t you love dinner?” Our small moments can be just a cup of coffee by the fire, or watching the winter birds on the bird feeders, or gathering the dozen eggs our chickens are now giving us daily. Actually the “small moment” thing is something we teach in school. Trying to get the children to concentrate on a small moment and describe their feelings and emotions instead of a long and sometimes rambling story without interesting details.
Here are several small moments from Colorado this morning. After both of us being ill with sinus infection or strep throat we are feeling so good today. Antibiotics sure help!
While I sit here with the woodstove going and reading my email, hubby fills the bird feeders. lets the chickens out, then throws the ball for our three dogs. I am feeling so optimistic after a week of sick that I could dance!
Thanks so much for sharing your small moments with us, Lisa.

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6 Lisa Chiodo January 11, 2014 at 12:52 am

What a wonderful thing to teach in school Caterina, and a way to slow down the thinking and use all the senses to describe and notice each moment in time. I love the idea of your bird feeders and would like to put one up here at the house. Your chickens are going well, ours are yet to lay eggs. I’m happy to think of you dancing and stay well and happy, sending love xxx
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7 jann January 9, 2014 at 1:52 am

Lisa, what a wonderful photo album of your amazing year 2013!!! Blame winter–cabin fever and too much togetherness leads to cranky. Warmest wishes for a wonderful 2014. xxxxoooo
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8 Lisa Chiodo January 11, 2014 at 12:17 am

Ha Ha that sums it all up perfectly…and lack of sunlight!! Hoping to catch up with you this year some time when we hit the road xxx
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9 Catherine January 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

I love your little moments. Don’t worry I’ve already had a fight with the daughter and I’m exhausted. Want to crawl back into my writing hole. It’s always up and down, isn’t it? Lots of hard work and not always gratification. But I know it’s worth. And I know this year will be big for both of us xxx
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10 Lisa Chiodo January 11, 2014 at 12:08 am

Ahhh can’t wait till she reaches the teen years, she is gifted at pushing all my buttons even those I didn’t know I had. Such ups and downs here but our life has played that way since forever maybe it’s me who is creating the drama…your post resonates so much with me, I just totally loose it even when moments before I told myself I wouldn’t. We all then just build up and up until we have a massive fall out….then I beat myself up for loosing it in the first place!!

My friend in Australia went through this with her daughter who is now in her 20′s and she sent me a book for Christmas called “I’m not mad, I just hate you!”…a new understanding of mother-daughter conflict ..surviving and thriving during your daughter’s teenage years. by Roni Cohen-Sandler.
I laughed when it arrived it’s like she read my mind..I’ll post this comment over at your post as well in case you miss it…I remember thinking my Mum evil cause she wouldn’t let me walk to the shopping center with my friends…now I think good on her for sticking to her guns xx
Hoping to catch up with you this year when we take Renovating Italy on the road lol

xxx
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11 Living in the Langhe January 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

What an awesome collection of photos… and you’re even in some of them!! Hope you guys have a really great 2014 with plenty more smiles, laughter and adventures (and maybe fewer arguments ;-) ). And, of course, we hope to see you some time soon!
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12 Lisa Chiodo January 10, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I know it’s a miracle right!!
I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings our way, hopefully less stress Lol x
You’ll have your hands full soon enough, and I was thinking we could all meet up maybe with yourselves and Pecora Nera and Mrs Sensible if you are up to it x
ciao ciao xxx
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13 Caren Di Brita January 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Lisa, loving your collection of snaps featuring your time back in Italy. You are all “living” that simplistic life you craved and the kids are truly glowing. Looking forward to “simplifying” things ourselves in the latter part of 2014 and fulfil our own Italian dreams, May your blog and New Years adventures continue with gusto and your 2 lovely children continue to thrive. Well done to you all!

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14 Lisa Chiodo January 10, 2014 at 11:55 pm

We are slowly giving up the bad habits and finding new ones. I am finding our simpler lifestyle refreshing and relaxing. What sort of things are you looking to simplify this year, how are your Italian dreams coming along?
ciao ciao lisa xx
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15 Pecora Nera January 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

A great selection of photos, you look like you are on a perpetual holiday.

Happy New Year from PN and the gang
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16 Lisa Chiodo January 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Ha Ha it still feels that way but we’ve done three major renovations back to back over the past few years, this one and two in Australia. Now we are working out how to create an income…..arghhhh xxx
Happy New Year to yourself and Mrs Sensible xx
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17 Val Smith January 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I am so proud of you all. What an amazing nine months you have had, and look at all you have achieved. there are so many of us who would love to be living this idyllic life, in a beautiful piece of the country. The photographs say it all. The kids not only look as though they are having a good time, it shines out of their eyes. How wonderful for them to have parents who can share all of their achievements and not leave them like many kids in Oz to get into trouble because they are not supervised, or listened to. Can’t wait for the next twelve months, and hope to spend time with you during the year. xxxx

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18 Lisa Chiodo January 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

It has been amazing Val, looking back we’ve done so much in such a short time. I often feel a need to be ‘upbeat’ as so many people have life in Italy as a dream. The thing that is the dream is a life that is fulfilled no matter where you are, simple, sharing and laughter.

Our kids won’t be able to get into much trouble here as everybody knows us and it’s like having a very large extended family. Just today at the bar I went to the loo and left my laptop, coat and scarf on the table with complete confidence that it would be in the same spot when I returned, everybody knows each other and as people walk into the bar (coffee) she is already making the coffee for them. It’s a tiny world here.

This year we are taking Renovating Italy on the road with a camper so I hope to visit with lots of people along the way… can’t wait to see you xxx
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19 Francesca Muir January 8, 2014 at 11:11 am

Keep smiling and keep hugging – it helps! Love from Sydney xx
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20 Lisa Chiodo January 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

I am just the cranky queen Francesca, time to reign it in a little lol xx
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21 Evelyn January 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

I remarried after 35 years of being single!! Yes, sometimes it has been difficult.
But overall it has been good.
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22 Lisa Chiodo January 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Evelyn how wonderful, and what a challenge to adjust to a relationship after single life. You are an inspiration xxx
love lisa xx
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23 Martha Smith January 8, 2014 at 8:46 am

So very glad to see that you are not perfect…..and simply human like all the rest of us!

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24 Lisa Chiodo January 8, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Certainly not perfect Martha and happy to be human, thanks for reminding me that it’s okay to admit it xx
ciao lisa
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