Our last week in Mattinata has been quiet and uneventful.  The weather has been ideal.  Warm with low humidity and cool evenings.  Valentina (Luca’s sister) and I, along with the kids, have fallen into our daily routine.  Beach around 9:00 am, return between 1:00 and 2:00 pm, lunch, siesta and regroup in the late afternoon.  Then it’s playtime outside or off to the centro for shopping.   It has been restful and a good schedule for the kids.  The boys have needed something regular after the total upheaval in their life.     The boys and I are ready for our next move to Luca’s parents for the weekend and then the Grand Hotel Salerno for the week. 

Last Sunday we celebrated Russell’s 4th birthday party with a family barbeque Italian style.   Skewers of lamb, chicken and pork marinated in olive oil and rosemary were roasted over fragrant olive wood.   

Luca at the grill

 It was accompanied by bruschetta pomodoro.  Tomatoes here are out of this world.   Russell was pleased with his birthday party.  He said, “A lot of people came to my birthday, Mommy.”  I was so happy that he didn’t miss having a party with his little friends.   He was thrilled to receive the box of presents from Grandma and Grandpa Nubile.  Of course, Duilio asked permission to “help” him open his presents. 

Russell blowing out his candles