There is no way that I will be able to do this post justice--but Ted is up to his eyeballs getting us all prepared to move and at the same time do his job that by the time he is done for the evening, he does not want to also pen creative thoughts. BUT, we did celebrate his birthday a week ago with a trip to Manarello--the town famous for its Ferraris. And it's worth sharing the fun we had.
The kids and I arranged with another family to go together for the Dads to drive Ferraris. As I was researching online the different companies to use (big business in Manarello), I discovered that a couple also had a Lamborghini you could drive (the Lamborghini town is nearby). I've known Ted a long, long, long time. When we were in high school he had a few things decorating his room--miniature Air Force planes and Lamborghini posters.
Well, my decision just got easier. I no longer needed to pick which Ferrari, I just needed to decide how long a test drive in the Lambroghini. They offered rides anywhere from 10 minutes around the city to an hour into the mountains. These all started out very pricey and got exponentially more expensive. 20 minutes...that would have to do.
All along, while we were planning this, Ted was planning a day trip for the family that day in the opposite direction. It was fun for us to go along with this plan, and the kids did a remarkable job keeping the secret.
So that's the background. Now let's get to the FUN!
|Check out the shot Cory got--you can see the reflection of Ted and the "instructor/chaperone" shaking hands across the top of the car.|
|In the car, belted in, ready to drive away|
|Big smile before driving off|
|Big smile afterwards, too!|
|I think it was a good birthday present!|
|We're all of a sudden very much in love with Lamborghini Green!|
|Love the "no pictures from the papparazi" look.|
|Another great ride!|
And Cory wished with every fiber of his being that the cars had a backseat, but he had to settle for watching like the rest of us...
|Lucy and her best friend, Lizzie|
After all that fun, we drove around for nearly an hour and eventually found a little agriturismo that was open for lunch. It had a playground area for the kids where I took a couple of pictures of them, because the grandparents like pictures of them the most!
|Mary rockin' the silly face!|
|Ted thinks the long hair on Cory is specifically meant to drive him crazy.|