love thursday:
happy birthday mia!

Yes my niece and nephew were born just a week (and three years) apart, so that meant combined birthday parties in their younger days. I’ve been in the reminiscing mood lately, thinking about those fun family times, and I remembered that I actually had some photos stored on the computer.

I thought it was about time to get them up on Flickr, and since I know my niece takes after her Aunt Shell in loving to look at family photos, I’ll share them here too for her birthday today.

This is the three of us at their 2002 birthday party:

And here is Mia with my mom, her Nana, around the same time:

Definitely one of my favorite photos of all time.

And these are all from the last time I was home between February and June 2004, during which we played around with the webcam quite a bit:

Happy Birthday Mia!

I hope to be there for more eskimo kisses and fishy faces very soon.

Happy Love Thursday everyone!

17 Beans of Wisdom to “love thursday:
happy birthday mia!”
  1. Gil

    Kids are just so lovable around that age! They look like two hams.

    Remember this was several years ago…Mia turns nine today! Gah!

  2. 08.28.2008

    oh, how lovely! now i miss my niece too, she’s only 10 months old.

    happy bday mia!

    Ah, 10 months…she’s just starting to do all the fun stuff! I hope you get to see her soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the bday wishes!

  3. 08.28.2008

    such sweet photos — the love just shines through! hope you get to skype with them today!

    Kim B.’s last blog post..Italian Family Drama

    We’ll be chatting later for sure Kim, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 08.28.2008

    Great photos. You have to have those two over to Italy for a month next summer!

    running42k’s last blog post..Product reviews

    I completely agree! Three months is even better! Can I give your name to their parents so you can convince them?!

  5. 08.28.2008

    Too cute!!! And of course, happy birthday. You must miss them.

    My Mรฉlange’s last blog post..Tour del Gelato: GROM

    Miss them terribly ๐Ÿ™ Thanks for the wishes!

  6. She is soooo cute, Michelle. Why did I think she was brunette??

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Love Thursday: How to Say โ€œI Love Youโ€ with Chicken and a Pepper

    It would be logical since both my brother and SIL have dark hair (and my SIL has brown eyes too), but both she and my nephew came out blond with blue eyes…go figure!

  7. Diana

    What beautiful photos!! Just darling.

    Thanks Diana ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. audra


    Aren’t they though?!

  9. 08.28.2008

    Awwwweeeee…. they’re absolutely adorable, especially Miss Fishy Face Mia.

    Happy, happy Birthday, Mia!!!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: All The World’s a Cake…

    I sure miss that Fishy Face!!

  10. 08.28.2008

    Oh, how cute! I especially love the first one with the sunlight streaming in. Makes you all look rather angelic. ๐Ÿ™‚ Being favorite “Auntie” is the best, isn’t it?

    Christina Arbini’s last blog post..Lessons Learned From Scooby Doo

    Isn’t that sunlight great?! And yes, being a favorite Auntie sure is a great gig ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. 08.28.2008

    Such lovely pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    City Girl’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday — Onion-Smothered Cheese-Studded Turkey Burgers

    Grazie ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Kristin

    What beautiful pictures! The b&w ones are just stunning – and I can’t believe that little girl is older than my Matt. I hope they know how much you love and miss them – cause I do.

    Happy Birthday Mia!

    Crazy how fast they grow…as you well know! Thanks for the birthday wishes–Mia will appreciate them. She was all pouty on the phone today b/c she had to go to school on her bday ๐Ÿ™

  13. adorable photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    erin :: the olive notes’s last blog post..where, oh where…

    Thanks Erin ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Carole D.

    Just darling! I love how you’re showing more pictures of yourself. Of the present and the past.
    And don’t you love it how everyone assumes that Italians don’t have blond hair, although these kids are not 100% full blooded Italian.
    Buon compleanno Mia!

    In fact, P’s mom, a couple sisters, and a few nipotini are blond (some with blue eyes too) as well…all 100% Calabrese ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. a.

    I can’t wait until I become the coolest zia around (someday). You get all the cuteness of kids without any of the work.

    It’s a great deal indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. So great to see your niece and nephew that we all know you adore. They are absolute cuities indeed! It’s hard not to miss those precious moments with them. Love the photos – they exude happiness.

    collette~all over the map’s last blog post..It Pays To Be Nice

    The photos make me happy just seeing them…so happy they made it here with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 08.28.2009

    Happy Birthday Mia………………….

    Thanks Susan!

    .-= Susanยดs last blog ..OUR SAD GARDEN UPDATE =-.

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

Calabria Guidebook

Calabria travel guide by Michelle Fabio



Homemade apple butter
Green beans, potatoes, and pancetta
Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Muffins
Pasta with snails alla calabrese
Onion, Oregano, and Thyme Focaccia
Oatmeal Banana Craisin Muffins
Prosciutto wrapped watermelon with bel paese cheese
Fried eggs with red onion and cheese
Calabrian sausage and fava beans
Ricotta Pound Cake