We spent a bit of time in the States this summer visiting family in both Virginia and Louisiana, and we even found time for a road trip to Arkansas, of all places.
And how does a seven-year-old girl fill her days will visiting family in Virginia?
She eats as many donuts as possible because "they don't make these in Italy, you know."
She brings joy to her Grandma with seven year old antics.
She creates a wish list while visiting the newly opened American Girl store at Tyson's Corner.
She explores Civil War canons, while trying not to complain about the heat, at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
She rides in the "way back" of the biggest car she have ever seen on the way to see the sunrise at the ocean.
She tries her hand at fishing in Sandbridge, Virginia with her very patient Uncle John. They catch nothing, but it really doesn't matter, does it?
She bravely leads a (short-lived) ocean kayak expedition into Back Bay in search of wildlife.
She plays cards with much, much, much older cousins and their friends. She learns some choice words. But that doesn't really matter either, does it?
And she takes flight in Aunt Karen's pool, courtesy of her strong and buff father.