I love Halloween! And this year, Giuseppe really got in the spirit, eating yummy Halloween treats and candy; he even carved a spoooooky pumpkin for our front door.
This year we had a Greek Halloween. We took Paolo trick-or-treating on Greek row. At Iowa State, all the fraternities and sororities decorate their houses, dress up, and pass out candy to the local the children. It was actually pretty fun. Here are few photos from our trick-or-treating this year. Note Paolo’s ‘stroller sleeping bag,’ which was a definite must in the chilly autumn weather.
Happy Halloween from la famiglia Dell’Anna!
I adore this season. The crisp air, sunny days, and beautiful landscape are so refreshing. When we left for Italy, it was hot and muggy. When we arrived back home to Iowa last week, we were greeted with this lovely fall weather and scenery.
Last Thursday I took Paolo to a park downtown. Everything was so gorgeous and autumny. I loved this tree.
Today Paolo turned one year old. It is really impossible to believe that my tiny baby is nearing toddlerhood.
We celebrated his birthday with a big festa italiana on Saturday. I rented a pavilion in a local park, adorned it with Italian-style garb, and served up Italian fare to our 50 or so guests It was a warm, gorgeous autumn day. Here are a few action shots:
And here we are helping Paolo blow out his birthday candle tonight at our little family celebration:
Yesterday afternoon we returned home from our glorious month in Italia.
Italia was filled with amazing meals, breathtaking panoramas, great friends, spectacular parties, and was so incredible that it felt like we there for about two whole days. I can’t believe the trip is already over. I’m still working on a travel journal; I’ve not yet decided if I will publish it here, but I will certainly be posting some photos in the near future.
When we walked out of the Des Moines airport yesterday, I was greeted by the most beautiful day I have ever experience in Iowa. The sky was crystal-clear blue, the air crisp and cool. Autumn arrived to Iowa while we were in Italy. The past two days have been just absolutely beautiful. Paolo and I have been busy trying to unpack our loads of luggage, getting the house back in order, and making some real meals for the hubs. (Giuseppe actually did a fantastic job of keeping the house clean; but the refrigerator was barren, with only two beers and no food.) But we have been taking breaks to for walks outside. After such a scorchingly hot summer, any time outside at a comfortable temperature is absolutely heaven! The gorgeousness of the weather is a definite plus.
We are still fighting jet-lag, which is a pain, but a small price for such a fabulous trip. This week will be busy with party preparation: Paolo’s First Birthday Party “La Festa Italiana” is Saturday! I’ll have to try to squeeze some time in for my blogging addiction, which I wholly neglected while I was traveling!