November 17, 2009

il dolce far niente

Hello, my sweet children.

dolce is sweet in Italian. Can you figure out what this phrase means? While you think on it, I will share with you some sweet pictures of our little Gabriel.

Now, I know you will remember that this green outfit is very special since all you boys wore it for you first photos. Do you remember who gave it to us when Nathaniel was born? Well, today we took Gabriel for his first photographs. And guess what he wore?

No that is not Gabby. It is Nathaniel when he was two weeks old.

And Aedan at two weeks old.

And Samuel.

And here you have it, Gabriel, who is three weeks old today.

il dolce far niente means the sweetness of doing nothing. And that is what I am doing today. Just enjoying the beautiful weather. Helping Aunt Diann and thinking of the family I love. Babies and family are very important to the Italians. You will know that from your Nanny. The contrast between America and the slow life they live here is shocking. While Americans are running everywhere in a hurry to do something, the Italians are happier to stop and say hello and admire the baby. They are content to have good conversation and good food. To enjoy... il dolce far niente.

I love you my darlings,



  1. Ciao Kat!!!!
    Come stai? These photos are so cute!
    It's so true, family is the most important thing!
    In the south part of Italy they have a lovely way of living, it's true, they have a slow life. Here in the north is terrible, we run and run without going nowhere! I have a lot of friends and relatives in the south, and when I go there to visit them, i feel so good! They always tell me...manu, slow, slow, just relax!
    I have to learn from them, they can work a lot, they can do a lot of thing, but they have a particular way of doing things, they don't get stressed. My grandfather lived the biggest part of his live in the north, but he was from Sicily (Caltanissetta). He was in in the italian army, he belonged to Carabinieri Army. He told me a lot about the fact he lived and fought the World Word II, he always loved life, but after this event he "adored" life! He always told me: " manuela, you have to work, you have to do this or that, but slow down, just breathe sometimes, just see how beautiful is the sun, enjoy every moment, Thank God for every breathe you take". When he retired from his job, he came back home in Sicily. When he went there, he told us:" now i can breathe again!".
    I love him and I miss his sweet advises for me!
    I wish you a wonderful day!

  2. Kat,

    What a great attitude they have there in Italy. I think there is so much truth in it and yet we do go from one thing to the other in a feverish pace at times. Moving from NJ to Michigan slowed things down for us a little, but not as much as it could have.

    I'm happy that you get to just relax and enjoy your sister, Ben the olive pitcher and sweet, precious Gabriel. Enjoy your time.

    Ciao Bella!

  3. Gabrielle is absolutely adorable.

    We could learn much from the Italians. Each of us need to slow down and enjoy the babies and all other of GOD's blessings in our lives.

    Kat, have a blessed and beautiful day with Dianne. Enjoy each and every moment of your time together.

    Blessings, hugs, and prayers, andrea

  4. Oh, what adorable little cutie pies! LOVE teeny tiny babies.

    Have a blessed week, Kat! And hey, feel free to stop in at Heavenly Humor one of these days...I'm feelin' sort a left out in the dark,lol...

  5. Kat,

    We could all benefit from the same attitude towards life that the Italians seem to possess. Not sure what our hurry is here, but if we don't pick up the pace, we are sure to be run over in the process.

    Beautiful pictures from a proud TIA!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  6. Mi Bella Madre (Zia to Gabby),
    What beautiful pictures of Gabby! We all love and miss you. We had a lot of fun completing the leaf garland for the kitchen. We all love your notes and even the pandemonium that follows the phrase "go look...".;)
    Molto Amore,

  7. Manuela,

    Thank you for your beautiful note about your grandfather. He sounds like a wonderful man and I am so grateful for your willingness to share him with us. My dear Grandmother, Carmella, was much like him. She was the best person I ever knew and I miss her so terribly even today. She has been gone for 6 years and suffered alzheimers so really she was gone to me even 8 years before that, but the loss never dulls. Those are truly great people who touch our lives like that.



  8. Dear Mama,
    Nana says:
    You are so poetic, even in Italiano. Gabriel is so adorable!

    Emma says:
    Gabriel looks so sweet: just like the boys in the same outfit.

    Aedan says:
    Gabriel sounds so nice. And he is a nice little cousin.

    Than says:
    Button looks funny with his brothers and sister! (pig and bears)I like him wearing my outfit.

    Sam says:
    I Love Mama!
    The 7 little peppers