Susana and I have a ritual with Stephen. We like to take him out for two hours a day and run the streets teaching him about socially acceptable behavior. Sometimes Noah tags along, but often it's just us. She and Stella were supposed to spend the evening with Paddy and I, but something important came up. Maybe next time... You guys would really love her, she is smart and very funny. She is also working very hard on her second Master's degree. I love picking her brain and sharing foodie paradise spots (especially while having girl talk). I also love to hear her speak Russian. Oh my word, what a voice... but I digress. We're planning a few more road trips to take the boys on and have some delicious eye candy planned for the next two days.
The moment we drove down that long driveway and parked next to a vintage car belonging to the Pizappi family, Noah couldn't wait to burst out of my little Hyundai and make a bee line for the pasture gate and well. He was in yard Heaven. We are talking 11 wonderful acres, people! Pizappiville is a gorgeous home surrounded by manicured eye candy! The icing on the cake? A friendly family filled with generosity and love. My kids clicked right into the program with big, stupid cool aid grins. They could not get enough of exploring everything in sight. Very cool!
It would take me two years to photograph her place. Everywhere you look, there's eye candy! Absolutely gorgeous! I am in painter's and photographer's heaven! So mush to see, so little time... (LOL)
My kids were totally into exploring and climbing the fence lines. Noah kept trying to open the various gates.
You have no idea how bad I want to paint this place... I could easily produce fifty paintings without blinking.
This was better than having a turtle run and I absolutely love my turtle runs! I am looking forward to capturing more eye candy on our next visit. Michael may be along for the ride. Won't that be interesting...
My boys didn't know which way to run, so they ran everywhere! Noah was rolling in the grass while Stephen was giggling, wiggling, dancing and prancing. I actually enjoyed watching them both rushing to and fro in a frenzy. BTW, hands down, the miniature barn gazebo was my favorite yard spot. B-B-Q eye candy, people! Notice the grill? It's functional and lovely. Later, we enjoyed our dinner there under the stars and a harvest moon...
I selected the exposure settings then asked Paddy's daughters to each take a picture with me and their mom with my Nikon (after all, I did promise Kathy P). Trying to round up the minions to participate was not easy. They were too busy playing. By photo number two I was rewarded with a love smack (in the eye) from Stephen the Destroyer, who wanted to get down.
Needless to say, I put him down...
Minion Alert: Did you notice the little wiggly butt sticking out of the chair? Stephen couldn't resist trying to reach a window. Did I mention Stephen was a climber (among other things)? Thank God the pool was locked off, although Noah did roam over there to investigate gaining access at least twice during our visit.
Stephen decided he always needed to be where the girls are. It eventually lead to his discovery of the frog pond. Before we could blink, dude was down in it. Froggy didn't blink or move, just chilled with Step in the water (LOL). We still have no idea if he fell or dived in! Knowing Stephen, I'm leaning towards the latter. ;-)
While Stephen was in the front "soaking" himself, Noah was in the back crawling through the grass with his miniature animals playing "The Lion King." It's his favorite movie, and he spent most of the night obsessing about it while we enjoyed B-B-Q, moonlight, each other and some great conversations. BTW, the Pizappi family is very adept at bestowing really warm bear hugs and making their guests feel right at home! We shared a very beautiful evening, indeed... looking forward to many more with Sister P and other members of my Club Chaos family. Hmm... a new angle on a tour of homes? Oops, The Gail Rule is still in effect! ;-)
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