Birthday

AUGURI SERGIO

In yet another amazing turn of events on this trip we met an absolutely lovely family at the Molfetta riding stable. Corrado and Ninfa have an eight year old son Sergio who was riding at the same time as Lili, both doing pony games. 

So there we were, two sets of parents at the gate to the field so of course we started chatting, and at the end of the thirty minute lesson we were not only being offered a ride home, but also invited to dinner. Talk about Southern Italian hospitality!

Enjoying a dinner at Corrado's Molfetta house. It has been in their family for several generations and sits in the middle of a large olive grove. 

Enjoying a dinner at Corrado's Molfetta house. It has been in their family for several generations and sits in the middle of a large olive grove. 

And here some true twenty-first century stuff: the kids (Lili, Viola and Sergio) playing with a drone.    

And here some true twenty-first century stuff: the kids (Lili, Viola and Sergio) playing with a drone. 

 

Two days later it was Sergio's birthday and we were so happy to attend his party! 

Two days later it was Sergio's birthday and we were so happy to attend his party! 

This is Peppina, a personal chef from Bari. She is making panzerotte, deep fried Apulian pastries. My favorite were the radicchio and gorgonzola ones, and I am absolutely not disclosing how many I ate.

This is Peppina, a personal chef from Bari. She is making panzerotte, deep fried Apulian pastries. My favorite were the radicchio and gorgonzola ones, and I am absolutely not disclosing how many I ate.

The handsome birthday boy. 

The handsome birthday boy. 

Lili also made a friend in Anila, a neighbor.   

Lili also made a friend in Anila, a neighbor.

 

Sergio had the coolest birthday cake. It had Minions on it!    

Sergio had the coolest birthday cake. It had Minions on it! 

 

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A mountain of cream puffs with Minions.

At the end of the evening there was an absolutely wonderful moment when we released eight paper lanterns to the sky from the roof patio of the house.  

At the end of the evening there was an absolutely wonderful moment when we released eight paper lanterns to the sky from the roof patio of the house.  

Thank you for a wonderful evening! Tanti auguri Sergio. 

Thank you for a wonderful evening! Tanti auguri Sergio. 

BIRTHDAY GAMES

This post documents some of the fun games we played at Pappa Anssi's cottage on Lili's birthday. We had made some of the games ourselves! It was a little rainy so we played some of them on the porch.

 

Lili throwing balls into a basket on the chair. Lauri brought his friend Miko to visit and he joined in as well.

Lili throwing balls into a basket on the chair. Lauri brought his friend Miko to visit and he joined in as well.

Pappa Anssi tossing beads into a cat's eye. This was the game that decided the finals, first with an amazing score from Kirsti and then followed by Pappa Anssi in the bonus round.

Pappa Anssi tossing beads into a cat's eye. This was the game that decided the finals, first with an amazing score from Kirsti and then followed by Pappa Anssi in the bonus round.

This: almost!

This: almost!

Lauri in action with ring toss.  This was not at all as easy as it looks...

Lauri in action with ring toss.  This was not at all as easy as it looks...

The stake was a poker stuck through the floorboards. It was quite low, so bouncing forfeited some hits...

The stake was a poker stuck through the floorboards. It was quite low, so bouncing forfeited some hits...

After the rain shower passed, we were also able to play darts and Mölkky! Dante has promised to make us a Mölkky set in Canada.

After the rain shower passed, we were also able to play darts and Mölkky! Dante has promised to make us a Mölkky set in Canada.

The grand prize was a hug with Hali, and everyone got a turn... 

The grand prize was a hug with Hali, and everyone got a turn... 

Happy Birthday!!! 

Happy Birthday!!! 

Thank you for a wonderful day Pappa Anssi and Kirsti! 

Thank you for a wonderful day Pappa Anssi and Kirsti!