Saturday, August 25, 2007

Who Ya With?

La Festa Grande in Onore Di Sant'Anastasia

There’s another festival in our city this week in honor of the patron saint of Motta—Saint Anastasia. This festival is only held every four years and it's serious. They kicked off the celebration at o’dark thirty on Thursday morning by lighting off fireworks in order to wake the saint, as well as me, my parents and the dogs. The fireworks have not stopped since! On Thursday evening we went to a historical parade with people wearing period costumes, waving flags and carrying banners. I didn’t enjoy my first parade as much as my parents had envisioned. I wanted to get down and run around and it was way too crowded so they wouldn’t let me so I got pretty cranky and we had to leave early. I was much happier running around on the side streets clapping my hands to the beat of the marching bands.
Due to my dislike of parades, we decided it was best to miss the religious procession last night and another one again this evening featuring the statue of St. Anastasia. Instead, Mom and I strolled the uphill cobblestone streets early this morning before the madness begins and went to "Chiesa Madre", the main church in Motta...
To get a glimpse of Saint Anastasia and have a moment with her all to ourselves...

Close, But No Cigar

There's a coffee bar in Motta that serves special hazelnut coffee that is absolutely delicious. It's no Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, but it's pretty darn good.
"Omigod, caffè alla nocciola è delizioso!"

Annual Motta Medieval Festival

The city we live in hosted a medieval festival last week. We strolled up to the castle after dinner to listen to music, watch the re-enactors, eat gelato, and people watch. It reminded my parents of the festivals in Germany except there was no beer chugging and public drunkenness. Oh well, it was still a good time!

Trattoria Dal Buongustaio

Buongustaio is our favorite restaurant in Motta. Maybe it's because the owner is Italian and his wife is German so there is a blend of cultures on the menu that you don't find in other restaurants in Sicily.
Maybe it's because they serve tasty bruscetta, fresh insalata caprese, mouthwatering mussels marinara, and a savory salmon with creamy peppercorn sauce.
Or maybe its just because they serve children's pasta cut up into tiny little bite size pieces and serve it on a Tweety plate. We love Buongustaio!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Buon Compleanno Paolo!

Since we really don't know Paolo's actual birthday, we celebrate the day my parents found him. Yesterday we threw Paolo a little surprise party for his unofficial birthday. I really think he was genuinely surprised!
It was two years ago that my parents found Paolo all skin and bones with his mouth taped shut in a boat yard near Portopalo. Salvatore, the boat rental guy, said that Paolo had been hit by a truck and had a broken jaw, hence the mouth taped shut. Mom cried and cried until Dad agreed to take the puppy home. The vet warned my parents that Paolo might not make it through the week. Paolo had an advanced respiratory infection and his nose was so badly deformed that he could barely breathe, but with lots of love and special care (two operations, nebulizer treatments and countless medications—Dad calls Paolo the €1000 free dog!) here he is two years later! We couldn't imagine our family without this little guy. Happy birthday sweet Paolo!

Friday, August 17, 2007

My First Sleepover

Yesterday was my parents 10 year anniversary so I spent the whole day and night at Bina's house so my parents could relax and celebrate. Since moving back to America and buying a house are on their list of things to do this year, they opted to celebrate with an inexpensive picnic on the beach and a night alone at home. The plan was to sleep in the next morning but of course Mom was wide awake at 6AM and Dad shortly after—go figure!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ten Years!

Dear Trent,
Could it be that ten years have passed since we stood in the warm Plum Island sand and promised to always love and respect each other come rain or come shine? Is it possible that an entire decade slipped through our fingers? It seems like it was just yesterday and yet we have grown so much in these ten years that it seems like a lifetime ago. In a decade—we called Germany home, we lived the military life, we explored dozens of countries, we got in a lot of debt, we made friends, we lost touch with friends, we worked hard, we finished degrees, we adopted a dog, we missed our families, we lost loved ones, we called Italy home, we lived the civilian life, we worked hard, we got out of debt, we lost a dog, we adopted two more dogs, we missed our families, we traveled to exotic places, we made more friends, we lost some friends, we shared a dream—And now we have this beautiful baby boy who reminds us everyday how lucky we are to have found each other. Thank you for sharing a dream, making that dream come true and giving me ten wonderful years. I look forward to many more decades with you!
Love, Coleen

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


I haven't been feeling too good for the past couple of days and yesterday my temperature spiked to 103.1! Mom and Dad took me to the doctor and he couldn't find anything wrong with me. The doctor chalked it up to teething and sent me home with Tylenol to help keep my temperature down and Happy Heiny for my very red bottom.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Welcome Home Daddy!

My dad had to work in Bahrain for a couple of weeks and I missed him a lot. Mom wishes she got the camera out in time to capture my excited face when Dad came walking out of the gate at the airport—it was priceless! She did capture Dad's happy face. Dad claims I've grown and changed so much in just three weeks.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Teething—Big Time!

"Adam and Eve had many advantages, but principal one was, that they escaped teething." ~Mark Twain This smile is a rarity these days. My molars are coming in and I’ve been an absolute bear lately. The pediatrician told my mom to hold on tight because the molars make for a wild ride—Whee!