When we finished our McDonald's meal, Pat took us to his favorite Gelateria. (He was recently hired by the company that makes the machines that freeze the gelato.)
Not very familiar with what it was like, I ordered a, well, what I thought was a reasonable portion of the chocolate fudge flavored gelato. After all, I can put down a love-it size Cold Stone treat in one sitting and that's nearly a pint of ice cream. Pat looked at me leeringly after I got my order and said, "You just got one flavor?" Upon completing my first spoonful, I knew I was in trouble. It was like frozen jell-o pudding, rich and creamy. Ellie had the same thing and within a few minutes, was nearly covered in it as it melts pretty darn quick. We kept grabbing napkins, but it was dripping everywhere and each time she tried to clean up, more of it smeared. I would say that after eating maybe a third of it, I was completely stuffed, and had learned to ALWAYS incorporate two or three flavors. But it was amazing!
After resting for a bit, we gathered with Pat's family--Alfonsina, Ethan and Jonathan--for dinner. (It was the first time we got to meet Pat's boys.)
Ethan, Robby Clawson (son of Michael and Pri), Jonathan, and Griffin
We gathered at an amazing restaurant for a family dinner, courtesy of my sister Kim Griesemer who was unable to attend due to her LDS church mission in Quito, Ecuador (see sidebar for a link to her blog).
Ellie, Jonathan (hidden), Ethan, Griffin, John, Ian and Maggie, Pat and Alfonsina
Michael and Gabriel Clawson; Seth, Megan and Joshua Clawson;
Jackie and Isaac Clawson (holding Robby)
It was at this moment that Griffin was introduced to Tagliatelle Bolognese, we had fried zucchini blossoms, and Jessie and I tried vanilla ice cream with balsamic vinegar. (It was interesting to say the least.) Afterwards, we retired to the hotel for our first night's rest in Bologna.
On Sunday, we met to travel to the local church for Sacrament Meeting (my kids were relieved to know they didn't have to attend all the meetings since they wouldn't understand any of it).
Since we arrived during the sacrament, we gathered in the overflow room--which is also the Relief Society room and is air conditioned--so put could translate for us. We filled the room to capacity and watched the air conditioner struggle to keep all the warm bodies cool. When the meeting finished, we all went downstairs to gather for a family meeting.
Mom did a slide show of our family accomplishments since the last time we were together, we visited, and then ate a ton of pizza! When the others left to go back to the hotel, my family went to hang out with Pat and his family at their apartment. It gave us an opportunity to download our pictures and videos, as well as let Griffin and Ethan play Lego Indiana Jones on the Xbox.
Rex Kwon Do of Napoleon Dynamite fame
and then second, we introduce
John Kwon Do!