Home sweet Home at Vale Benedetta, Andrea’s garden, Livorno, Italy
We had left for Italy on Gael’s Birthday this time, so auntie Suzy and uncle Andrea were throwing a birthday party for Gael where Andrea lives. Vale Benedettta. A small village where there’s much history of Casarosa’s family as a few generations have lived there and now Emi has a small country home and Emi’s big brother Andrea actually resides right below Emi’s country home daily. Emi and I had married at this small church in Vale Benedetta 12 years ago and I definitely feel like this is a home at heart for the family even though we only get to come up to Vale Benedetta only a few times a year. But I feel the root of the family history here somehow. As usual it would be either Emi’s or Andrea’s. We rotate 2 homes and we get together time to time with all family and it would be usually lots of home cooked food and enjoying typical Italian style family conversation sitting out in al fresco by peach trees if it was at Emi’s or by a small fish pond if it was at Andrea’s.
It’s so good to be back home with Emi’s family!! Especially to celebrate Gael’s big 8th birthday together!!!
Andrea’s festive entrance. The man who worked his entire life in the ocean sure chose the right decor. The world’s flags. The typical ones for the yacht clubs and ports. I always enjoy seeing Andrea’s particular love for the ocean in his life.
Denny So grown up now!
Suzy’s fresh pesto: rucola, cherry tomato, black olives, almond, basil, garlic…. Delicious!
Uncle Giorgio and me!
Andrea and Giorgio working on a grill.
The familiar running around of Gael in and out of Andrea’s home. The lush pines, the dark green door, warm yellow washed wall of Emi’s home behind. Aaaaahhhh!
Merlino, Denny’s dog but really Giorgio’s I believe. Right, Suzy..? Haha!
As it get’s darker, Andrea’s garden starts get really shinning. So pretty…
Suzy holding one of her cake she made for Gael. Delicious. Suzy also had made a Cheese cake with runny chocolate icing on top. Yum!!
Now watch the family singing!!
Suzy’s gift, The Soccer shoes!!!
Grandpa the director!
Emi, Chiara and Andrea Jr.
Ahhh Happy Gael!
Grazie a tutti per una belissima festa per Gael!!!!!!!!
Ti vogliamo sempre sempre bene!!