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Mangiamo...or....I hope my clothes still fit when I get home.

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I'm not sure I am going to be able to put into words how wonderful it is to spend time in Saint Helena.  It is a quaint little town outside Napa that oozes charm.  My uncle and aunt live here and the kids and I are having a great time staying with them.  They do not have children so their once quiet home is now filled with non-stop excitement, late night diaper changes and a little person rolling around their home exploring!

Yesterday the kids and I took a walk to downtown Saint Helena.  With the cooler weather, we are able to have Joey outside much more than we could in Alabama this time of year.  Joey loved touching the flowers as we walked by the various gardens - gardening is very big here and I'm getting all sorts of fabulous ideas for my garden back home.  Once downtown, the kids and I stopped at a little cafe for lunch and then walked around.  We stopped at our favorite drugstore, Vasconi's - it's been around forever and a visit to Saint Helena would not be complete without visiting there.

We returned home and learned that we completed a walk that was over two miles long!  Joey really enjoyed being outside and I was sure he would take a nap after all that fresh air....I laid down with him and guess who fell asleep, ME!  I can't even remember the last time I took a nap in the middle of the day.  A very big thank you to Gia for taking care of her brother while I took my mid-day siesta!

I am going to title today's events....."Tour of Italy".  We met many of our family members for lunch at a wonderful restaurant called Il Fornaio.  I had ravioli stuffed with salmon and garlic....delicioso!  We even had Tiramisu for desert!  After returning to Saint Helena, the kids and I barely had time to change clothes, feed Joey and then head out again, this time to Vallejo to meet my dad for dinner....and once again, it was Italian.  I hadn't seen my dad in four years so spending time with him was priceless.  This time it was chicken parmigana for dinner....I'm pretty sure I've met my calorie intake for the WEEK!  After dinner he gave me my great-grandmother's biscotti jar from Sicily along was her casserole set - I don't have anything from my great-grandmother so I will treasure these gifts.

We're back in Saint Helena once again - tired from a day of driving and eating - rough life, I know.  Tomorrow promises to be another exciting day....this time just for the girls. Gia and I are heading out to the big city....yes, San Francisco may never be the same after tomorrow.  Nonna, Papa and others will be taking care of Joey while Gia and I play tourist in my favorite town.  Tomorrow's adventures will certainly give me lots to write about when we return. 

Cue Tony Bennett.....

I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me.
To be where little cable cars
Climb halfway to the stars!
The morning fog may chill the air
I don't care!



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