S: Valeria Mia from 4 to 5
FC: Valeria from 4 to 5
1: Your first tea party with friends 2-18-12
2: In summer 2011 we went to Sesame Place. You loved getting soaked under the huge water bucket at the Count's castle and riding on the roller coaster. Valeria, grazie per la bella giornata insieme! Mamma
4: Time for baseball | Opa and me | ready and swing | running the bases
5: a quick lesson | looks good | clean up a little | good game!
7: Mamma packed a delicious picnic and we went to Fairmount Park. You showed us how well you ride your pretty pink birthday bike.
9: Opa and I visited in August. Swimming, playing in the park. So nice!
10: New Jersey
11: Gabriella turned 1 on Oct. 13. | Happy Birthday little sister.
13: Trick or Treat! | Mamma and you painted zebra costumes for you and Gabriella. Looking good.
14: You like to ride your scooter. Here you are going for an early morning walk with Penny. You like it when Gabi and you are dressed the same. Gabi always has a smile for you. You are very helpful in the kitchen. Mamma and you made delicious pesto for sandwiches. We took a picnic to Longwood Gardens.
15: In these photos we are at your school book fair. It was great. The Cat's Pajamas sang. You were very happy to see your friend Nestor.
16: November 13 Longwood Gardens What a beautiful day! We saw the Mum Festival and then went outside for a picnic and a nice walk through the gardens. We had fun playing in the tree houses, down by the water, and in the autumn leaves. | PEEK A BOO
20: Christmas | 2011
24: Dear Valeria, What a wonderful Christmas. We had such a good time. I put up a Christmas tree, but waited for you to arrive and help decorate. You, Mamma, Zia Missy and I decorated ornaments with glitter and you put them on the tree. Great fun. You put out a cookie and latte for Santa and sure enough, he made a stop at Grandma and Opa's house. We saw the dolphins and tigers at the Mirage and went to Circus Circus where we all won stuffed toys for you and Gabriella. That was super fun. We also took a hike in the desert and you, Mamma, Daddy and Gabriella went for a walk out at Hoover Dam. We went to the playground each day. Lots of running and climbing. Zia Missy taught you how to make flowers out of tissue paper. You and Gabi enjoyed playing on the sled Opa's father made. It was the first thing you wanted to play with when you arrived. I love the pictures that we took in our olive tree. We need to do that each time you visit. Opa and I love it when you, Gabriella, Mamma and Daddy visit. It was a very Merry Christmas. Love always, Grandma and Opa
30: Above is a picture of Daddy in the very stormy Gran Fondo in August 2011. Go Daddy! A fianco eccoti con le Grasshoppers davanti all'Art Museum. Da sinistra in basso: Henry, Ada, Nestor, Valeria, Aviel, Teo, Dede, Eddie, Sylvia, Marcela, Ben Wagner, Hannah and Jack, in alto Brooks.
31: In alto a destra tu e Gabriella con i vestiti da festa regalati da Eleanor e Charles, a sinistra Gabriella che coccola Penny.
33: You are pictured above with the spaceship your class built. You also are wearing your new helmet with your name and an Italian flag sticker. And, look at little Gabi. She likes to wear her socks on her hands. Cute.
35: Abbiamo festeggiato Pasqua nei giardini di Fairmount. Eccoti qua a raccogliere le uova nascoste dall'"Easter Bunny" insieme ad Anna e Ian.
37: Lisa please write here. Thanks | Eccoci di nuovo nei giardini di Fairmount e poi al Science Festival dove hai preparato slime ed ascoltato un concerto dei Cat's Pajamas
38: Dear Valeria, I visited in April and we had a great time together. We are pictured above taking a horse and carriage ride through the historic area of Philadelphia. Our horse's name was Bill and he was 17 1/2 hands tall and weighed 1700 lbs. A beautiful horse.
39: In the photo below, you are in the carriage in front of Independence Hall. Afterward we went to Franklin Square where you rode the carousel, we ate hot dogs and ice cream cones and then played mini golf. You like your home days and said to me, "We have so much fun together. We smile a lot." I couldn't agree more. Thank you for all the fun and smiles. Love, Grandma
41: HAPPY DAY
42: A beautiful day at The Smith House. Lots of running, climbing, sliding and swinging for Gabriella, Anna, Lukas and you.
45: Back at the Jersey shore (Longport) in July 2012. You loved playing in the tidal pool with Anna, Martin and Lukas.
47: Valeria, eccoti con la tua amica Anna Shashaty. Siamo andate insieme allo Zoo e vi siete arrampicate su un albero come veri piccoli orangutanghi!
48: Cara Valeria, abbiamo passato un bellisimo mese di giugno con Nonna Sheila e la famiglia romana. Giulia, Silvia, Livia e Francesco amano giocare con te e tu con loro. Siamo andate al parco Nemorense quasi tutti i giorni, e hai giocato tanto a nascondino e a rincorrersi per casa con i cugini. Siamo andate anche al mare a Santa Severa con Zia Caterina, Livia, Francesco e Nonna, ed hai imparato a nuotare con un corso di nuoto all'Aquaniene. Spero che ti divertirai sempre a sguazzare! Ti sei anche molto divertita con Philomena e Maisie, che sono state a Roma per qualche giorno con i loro genitori: Amy e Noah. Insieme a Papa' abbiamo fatto i turisti e visitato i fori imperiali e il Colosseo e scalato la cupola di San Pietro! Abbiamo provato diversi gelati: crema e cioccolato sono i tuoi gusti preferiti, mentre Gabriella predilige yogurt e lampone. Nonna Sheila ci ha portato in vacanza al mare a San Marco di Castellabate per una settimana. Li' hai veramente imparato a nuotare da sola. Che forte che sei Valeria! Un bacio, Mamma
49: Nonna's | house
50: A Santa Severa con Livia, Francesco, Zia Caterina e Nonna Sheila. Hai provato la tavoletta da surf di Francesco: che divertimento!
51: A lezione di nuoto all'Aquaniene con zia Maria e nonna Sheila (Gabriella pisola in passeggino..)
52: Snacking on pizza bianca with Philomena and Maisie at the Forum in Rome, you had so much fun playing together! Gabriella was a good sport, she got sick the first week but came on all of our outings and enjoyed pizzette rosse.
55: al Bioparco di Roma, dal gelataio e a parco Nemorense, dove ti sei divertita a giocare con Gabriella, a riempire i palloncini d'acqua e a scalare lo scivolo tubulare...dall'esterno!
56: A Piazza di Spagna con Livia, Francesco e Gabriella, davanti al gelataio di viale Regina Margherita e.. | all'Ara Coeli dove hai lasciato una lettera da parte di Catherine per il suo bambino. Nella pagina accanto: in gita turistica con Maisie e Philomena
61: While Amy, Noah, Philomena and Maisie visited, we saw many great sites in Roma. We spent one day at the Vatican and saw St. Peter's Basilica. We even climbed the 300 plus steps to the Cupola, where we had a great view of the city. You enjoyed playing with the girls and particularly enjoyed Philomena's company. Daddy had to go back to Philadelphia after two weeks of vacation and missed you guys so much while you stayed in Roma for another month. Love, Daddy
62: Your first 5th birthday celebration was at Nonna Sheila's. Zia Attilia, Francesco, Livia, Giulia and all your aunts came to wish you well. Nonna Sheila baked you a "Rombauer special": buonissima!
63: Dear Valeria, This year you celebrated your 5th birthday with cousins and other relatives and chocolate cake in Rome. Later in Philadelphia, I know you, Mom and Dad had a real children's party for you. When you were still four, among other things, you climbed to the top of St. Peters, visited the zoo and began your first swimming lessons. You enjoyed and feared them at the same time. Then, when we went to Castellabate - San Marco at l'Approdo you decided you were going to swim! Try, try again at the end of your stay, you were going 14 meters by yourself. Wow! Your determination to succeed was so strong you made it. It was fun to accompany you to the "Baby Dances" that began at 9:30 PM and ended after 10:00 PM. (Don't tell anyone about our late Italian hours.) The dances often took place on a real stage and your group of ten had a ball. I wish you a wonderful 5 year old year. You will do so many new | things these coming months. Valeria, continue to grow strong, friendly, smart, happy and helpful. Much love, Nonna Sheila
64: Cara Valeria, Your second 5th Birthday celebration was in Philly. We had a party at PIC. You asked if you could have "a chocolate cake with white frosting and a raspberry/blueberry border" and a baseball pinata. We also had a treasure hunt which was a lot of fun for mamma to organize. Tanti auguri Valeria!! Happy Birthday!! Mamma & Daddy
65: Everyone had fun taking a swing or two at your pinata filled with candy. I arrived the night before your party and was so happy to join you. Wow, you're 5! Happy Birthday Valeria. Love, Grandma | Thank you Mamma and Daddy
66: Christmas 2008 - Valeria 18 months Christmas 2011 - Gabriella 14 months | March 2009 - Valeria 21 months July 2012 - Gabriella 21 months