Our Time In Italy Is Nearly Over

by Susan

A month has already passed and we will soon be flying home. Julia has absolutely loved her vacation here with her Italian family… so I’ll let her tell you about some of her favorite parts.

Julia says:

I’ve had so much fun here in Italy. I love having a huge yard with a swing and lots of room for my favorite thing — playing soccer with my Auntie Mary-Lynn. (Nobody is as fun at playing ball as Auntie Mary-Lynn.)

On the Swing Soccer with Auntie Mary-Lynn

Another thing I’ll miss is picking and eating fresh cherries and strawberries with my Nonno.

Picking Berries Eating Berries

NonnaAnd of course, I’ll miss my Nonna! She’s so much fun and makes us yummy food to eat.

All of my Italian family is tons of fun. My daddy has two sisters and a brother — Auntie Lisa, Auntie Mary-Lynn and Uncle Brian. And my Nonno and Nonna have tons of brothers and sisters and so there are too many Zia’s and Zio’s to even count. (Zia and Zio mean Aunt and Uncle.)

All of my relatives here play with me and always make me laugh — even though some of them speak funny — Mommy says they’re speaking Italian. (But luckily Nonno, Nonna, Auntie Lisa, Auntie Mary-Lynn and Uncle Brian all speak normally.)

Julia Laughing Julia Laughing More

But I think who I’ll miss the most is my baby cousin Emily. I call her Emmie. (She doesn’t talk at all… not even in Italian!) Here’s a picture of me teaching her about “piggies going to market”.

Julia and Emily

On Monday we’ll be getting back on the airplane to go home. I like airplanes, but I don’t like sitting still in my seat. Mommy tries to give me lots of toys to play with, but all I want to do is run up and down the aisles. I get to sometimes, but it’s hard because the flight attendants are always in the way serving other people drinks and stuff.

I also love looking out the window, but I tend to make a big fuss during take off and landing because I want to stand in my seat to see out the window, but mommy says it isn’t safe and I have to sit down.

So very soon the airplane will take us up, up, up and then down, down, down and then we’ll land with a boom, and we’ll be home.

Bye for now,

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 misslionheart May 20, 2007 at 6:24 am

Looks like you had a great time! You’ll be happy in your own bed!

Misslionheart x


2 Jana May 20, 2007 at 7:30 am

Adorable pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful visit.


3 Adventures In Babywearing May 20, 2007 at 7:56 am

Oh goodness- what a special time you’ve had in Italy! Amazing! The photos are DARLING!



4 Carey May 20, 2007 at 9:05 am

Sounds like your having a great time. Have a safe trip home. I bet Jackson can’t wait to see you.


5 emilyhope May 20, 2007 at 10:17 am

How cute. I know you’ve had a great time and are torn between returning home and staying with family. My DDs name is Emily and her cousin, Andrew, always called her Emmie when they were little. Cute!


6 My Quotidian Mysteries May 20, 2007 at 2:58 pm

What wonderful memories! I hope your trip back is safe and uneventful. :)


7 jen May 20, 2007 at 2:59 pm

praying for safe travels home
the month has gone fast
and Im pleased to see how much fun youve had Julia :)


8 Lauren May 21, 2007 at 12:46 am

What a blessing for you to be able to spend so much time there!


9 melody May 21, 2007 at 1:17 am

Wonderful memories, beautiful photos. Have a safe flight.


10 Barb May 21, 2007 at 12:15 pm

What an amazing vacation you’ve had, little Julia. You and your big Italian family are all just beautiful.


11 Toni (In The Midst Of This Season) May 21, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Absolutely precious. Thank you for sharing, Miss Julia.


12 tasra dawson May 21, 2007 at 8:19 pm

What gorgeous happy photos. Love that toothy grin! Safe travels back home!


13 Kim May 22, 2007 at 1:29 am

Sounds like she had a blast and what wonderful memories to take home with you! The pictures are absolutely amazing, I especially like the one of her laughing! :)

Oh how I wish I could go to Italy… now.

Hope you had a safe flght home!


14 Angie May 22, 2007 at 8:23 am

It sounds like you really had a wonderful time! What a blessing that you were able to do that!


15 allhisblessings May 25, 2007 at 9:49 pm

You look like you are having so much fun! What a wonderful opportunity to visit Italy and see your family!!! I am 1/2 Italian and always wondered what Italy is like. You are so blessed to have visited there. Enjoy the remainder of your time there and have a safe trip home. :)


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