This afternoon we drove an hour and 45 minutes east to Buffalo NY.
The kids were very excited to see the American flag flying and signs with miles instead of kilometers.
We visited Nick's uncle and aunt, two of their children (Nick's cousins) and their granddaughter who is Emma's age.
Nick's uncle is 71 years old and has lived in the same Italian neighborhood (two different houses) his entire life. This fall they are leaving the neighborhood to live in Florida.
(picture of a picture) Nick's Grandpa and Grandma Stincelli and Nick's cousin Tony. Do you see a little bit of Ethan here?
They were very welcoming, even though they had never met any of us. We ate spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs as big as tennis balls. So delicious. In true Italian style they kept wanting to feed us more. And more. And more. Then dessert. "You's guys need more? You's want somethin' else? Hey Ma, get out the junk food!"
I cannot believe that after salad, all that spaghetti, cake and brownies, the kids were still able to put away two bags of chips!
We had a very nice time talking and walking around the neighborhood. It was interesting to hear about the old days, and sad to see how much the area is declining as all the original families die out or move away.
And here we are, safely back in Canada :)