Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Venzone Zucca Festival

One of the things I love the most about living in Italy is getting to see so many different places. Even if it is an hour away or just down the road. Each little town we visit is so unique and different. Although they each have their town center and churches they all have their own style and flare. This past weekend we got togethe with the Scott family and ventured to the medieval town of Venzone for their annual Zucca (pumpkin) festival. We got there kind of early (3 in the afternoon) before things really got going. However it was just Liz and I (her husband was still deployed and mine was on vacation...I mean training in Washington) trying to keep track of 6 boys in a pretty good size crowd so we were glad we went before things got really crazy.
Venzone is the only medieval walled town left in this region and it centered in some really BEAUTIFUL mountains. It was everything Zucca so they had a plethora of pumpkin goodies. We tried the pumpkin beer (Liz and I not the kids) and some yummy pumpkin pasteries. There was even pumpkin pizza that my husband missed out on! :(

People of the town reenact the medieval times and dressed in all the gear. They put on shows, there is music and it is one big party.

Liz and I were not going to be able to leave the festival without first spending a small fortune on wooden swords for all the boys. Come on where were we kidding it was 6 boys to 2 moms.....there was no way we were winning that battle (pun intended). Great day and many good memories were made.

I really wish I would have taken a picture of the parking lot I parked in. It was already pretty full when we got in there, but dozens of cars continued to filtered in right after us. I was just sure we were going to be stuck in the parking field and not be able to get out. Italians like to park any and everywhere. I snapped a picture outside the walls just to show you. ENJOY!

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." ~ Miriam Beard

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What's Been Happening With the Gilleo's in Italia

My Mom's visit came and went way to fast. It was sad to have to say good-bye, as I knew it was going to be at least another year before we would be able to see each other again. With there still being another month and a half still left of summer break we tried to keep busy. USO come to town with the Elmo Live show, so I figured since Kaleb and Mason had each been to an Elmo Live show that I would take Luke. Yea, his reaction was YAWN! He was not at all amused and quite bored with the whole thing. I guess my baby isn't a baby any more.

While being stationed here in Italia the last 15 months, we have had the opportunity to make some wonderful friends. I have always said that God places certain people in your lives at exactly the time you need them. Moving around often makes huge challenges for me and making friends, so when I am able to see the people that have been placed in my path, I am ever so greatful for His providence. We have been blessed to have the friendship of the Scott family. Liz and her husband Kenny also are parents of three boys! Their oldest is 11 the same age as Kaleb and they were in the same class last year. Their middle son is 8 the same age as Mason, and their youngest is 5 just 7 months older than Luke. This summer they invited us to their special spot at Lake Barcis....the boys had a blast playing in the COLD water, and we were quite entertaining for the Italians who were also enjoying the "Scott Spot" that day.

Right before the start of the new school year we made a trip to Ramstein Germany. This base has been dubbed "Little America!" We figured we could get in out American food fix and knock out school shopping.

We had a great week full of eating, shopping, and playing. The boys did some rock climbing in the outdoor rec, and got in some swim time at their awsome indoor pool.

On our last day there we drove the hour drive to Spangdahlem AB and met up with the recruiter and his family there. Such a wonderful and gracious family. They took us into town to experiance our first German Pig Fest! The boys enjoyed the carnival part and we enjoyed the yummy German food.

So concludes our first full summer in Italia. It was time for the kids to get back to school. Kaleb started 6th grade and is now a big middle schooler. Mason started 3rd grade but looks like he should be a middle schooler, and little Lukers started back in the PDE program.

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." ~ Martin Buber