Thursday, October 23, 2008

Belated August: Our Trip to Sant'Irene, In Calabria...

Antonio took this picture of me while Anthony got us registered at the "villagio".

Pictures while Anthony getting us registered into the "villagio"...

Miranda found a jumping buddy in another little girl her age who also had super curly hair.

There goes Luca! No posing for him... He is having too much fun in motion! :-)

There was another little girl there about Miranda's age who had the same curly hair. Cute!

Bananas growing in the tree...

Dario LOVED the sand...

Uncle and Nephew, and brothers-in-law, too...

The pool was NOT a hit! They wanted the BEACH!! And, why not?

One of my most favorite photos of the trip!!

Oops, caught me!


Another of one of my most favorite photos of the trip...

I will only say this... Both Anthony and I returned from our trip to the beach feeling like we had actually had a vacation! THAT is big news. With five kids with us we, each of us, had a blast.The kids participated in Baby Dance in the evening, where they called all the kids down to participate in some choreographed songs just for them. After that there was a time for all to laugh to some skits put on by those working there. I don't get all the jokes, but Anthony laughed a lot, and he even participated one night. There were also activities during the day. We often just went to the beach, but when the kids wanted to there was craft time, bocce ball time, volleyball, and some other things. There was even a mini soccer tournament for them. Anthony was volunteered often to participate in the adult contests. The workers figured out pretty quickly that he was a willing participant. :-) So he did a few different things, volleyball, ping-pong, soccer, tennis. He almost won the ping-pong contest, and he was disappointed that the man who beat him was old. :-) But we were told that one of the participants used to play professional ping-pong, so we tend to think it was him. Anyhow, He DID win the competition for tennis. The last full day we were there, there was an award cerimony where he received a funny little "gold" medallion and the boys received a certificate as well for their participation.

We were constantly approached by the retirees on vacation, complimenting us on our well-behaved youngsters. Who Ate! (And five of them!!!) Now THAT was quite a treat (Thank you, Jesus! For helping us raise them as best we can...), and we made quick friends with a few of the older couples who missed their grandkids, or just wanted to enjoy our kids for a bit. It was just so nice. We did not hang out with the younger couples. Although they had "blue-collar" jobs like Anthony, boy were they a snooty group. (Hoity-toity, MOM and CARLY!!! :-) ) And, besides, they complained the entire week, while we were having so much fun. I don't know what that tells you... that we were weird for having fun or that they were just full of discontentment... Doesn't matter. So, moving on...

I got to go out on the ocean in a kayak and just have some much needed devotional time. It was amazing. I learned quite a few lessons, things that God impressed on my soft heart during those days. Things about "be still", "seek and you shall find", hearing and knowing His voice, etc... Sigh. Beautiful quiet times with Jesus. I got to shell hunt amidst all the rocks, and found a few different little treasures (mom, you would have appreciated that.) I even got to do some papercuts of our trip. Keepsakes, if you will. And, did anyone ever have urchins in your pasta? How was it? A man near our umbrella went out in the water and bagged a bunch of urchin so they could EAT them. Who knew? Cause I didn't. Luca and Miranda were amazed. See, even educational moments there. :-)

My only regret is that the last two days I missed a lot since Dario had a fever due to two teeth coming in... As soon as they came through the fever disappeared. There goes the theory that you don't get a fever from teething. Poor kid. Oh, and on our way home, our transmision almost completely went. We barely made it home. Thank God we arrived safely and it completely went after we arrived. Phew!

The place used to be a convent many years ago. There is still a religious feel to the place as it is very simple, a statue of Mary is there with candles all around, and some other various things, but it was right on the water, had air conditioning, a buffet, and was fun. Great for large families with little interest in over spending on their vacation. The price was perfect for this all-inclusive trip.

Here are some fun pictures of our trip... We went with two other couples and their families. Carmine and Roxana have two girls, MarieSophie and Ester. Augusto and Claudia have two boys, Augusto and Ascanio, and a third boy on the way.

Sigh... we have all wished to be back there at one time or another since we have been back home. That is a good sign, and we would welcome another 4 hour trip just to go back again sometime. :-) THAT also says alot.


  1. I'm so glad you had a wonderful, beautiful vacation. I wanted to thank you for your prayer. It really meant a lot to me:) Have a wonderful day! Talk to you soon...

  2. What a beautiful place! How did you ever leave?

  3. Looks like you all had such a wonderful wonder you want to go back! i love the one of the four of your kids standing, holding hands and their back is towards you. And I LOVE the one of the boys peeing on the side of the truck...such a boy thing!!! Can't wait to see ya!

  4. Wow! What a gorgeous get away. You look so cute with freckles. Thanks for sharing all the photos. It's fun getting a glimpse into your life with family and friends.

  5. Celita,
    That looks like such a fun family get away! I am so glad a good time was had by all and it was above all relaxing for you! THAT in and of itself is amazing with 5 little ones! ;-)
    We love and miss you!

  6. I'm so glad you guys had a nice time! I can't wait to see those cuties when Billy, Samantha and I come up to Penn.!!! They are getting so big!! That's awesome that you got to go kayaking. I love it!!! Beautiful pictures!!