Sunday, August 31, 2008

Back to School Time

It's almost time to go back to school. I got a new backpack and new shoes. My feet are bigger than my gramma's. Here's a picture of me ready to go back to school.

I'm not sure who my teacher is going to be this year but it is probably going to be Mrs. Johnson. If you're not good in her class, she says she's going to hang you from the fan and spin you on high. I was in her class for math last year but she doesn't really hang people from the fan, she just says so. She wanted to hang someone but she couldn't or she wouldn't be a teacher anymore. This is my last year in elementary. Next year I'm going to middle school.

Since I've been home from Italy, I've played with my friends, been baptized and had a sleep over party. I didn't get any sleep that night because I was watching TV. I was the only one awake in the house and nobody else heard the TV. Then in the morning, Tyler woke up because Kurt was snoring and so Tyler woke Kurt up.

I also had another kid over the next morning to go swimming. His name is Ryan. The four of us had a lot of fun.

Here's all four of us in the spa.

I can't wait till school starts.

Well, gotta be going now. See you later, bye.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bye Italia—Hello San Diego

Today we’re leaving Italy and going back home. I can’t wait to get home although it is sort of sad leaving Camilla. Waa-waa-waa waa waa. I can’t wait to see Scratch and my Uncle Jeff and my friends.

I have a big day coming up when we get home. It’s my baptism. My friend Uncle Benny is going to baptize me at the beach or should I say in the bay. And also it’s going to a picnic/barbecue.

The last thing we did in Italy was a get-together with my good friends, Judith, Barb and Art, Mary, Rita and Lina and new friends Maurizio, Rhian and Michele. Rhian is from Wales but she lives in London. She’s a professional cellist and plays with Elton John and other rock stars. I had fun with Rhian. We went swimming and we played the Nintendo WII.

Rhian and Me

Barb, Art and Me

Judith and Me

Mary and Me

Oops—it’s now 4 days later. I’ve been sick and so I couldn’t finish this. Sorry for the wait, folks. I had the stomach flu and slept 20 hours out of 24 for three days. And today I’m better.

Today’s the party for the Benatti’s and I can’t wait for tomorrow because I have my baptism. Baptism means showing everybody that you love God and that He’s your Savior.

This is my Uncle Benny. He’s a missionary. This was taken several years ago when I was little.

By the way, I’m bald now. I don’t have my mohawk anymore.

Well, see you later folks.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Last Friday my first Italian tutor came to Fattoria Viticcio. Her name is Lara. She was my tutor in San Diego when I was first learning Italian before we went to Italy. She lives in Mantova now. And she came a long way to visit us. I really like her. I had fun with her because we went swimming and played soccer and frisbee. Camilla liked her, too.

Me and Lara.

When she was my tutor she was really good. She made it fun to learn and made it less scary to move to Italy.

She gave me a cool constellation thing that shows and tells the names of the constellation. I don't have batteries yet so I don't know what it does. I am really interested in scientific stuff like that.

That day Valentina came to meet her. Valentina came because they were both my tutors and both really good ones. Both made learning fun.

Lara and Valentina

Laura was really surprised about my Italian because when she taught me I didn't know one single word except ciao, spaghetti, pizza, lasagna and pasta. My mom thinks if you say pizza or any name of food they're speaking Italian.

We all went to the piazza together. For her it was interesting. But it's not as pretty because it's a parking lot now. I really appreciated that she came. Thank you, Lara

Gotta go. Bye

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Why I Don’t Want to Leave Italy

You know why I don’t want to leave Italy? Here’s a list.

Camilla, Camilla, Camilla

I don’t want to leave Camilla because she’s my sister. And she’s really fun to play with. She’s fun to play with because she doesn’t like a lot of girl things. She doesn’t even like Barbie. She likes to play with stuffed animals, go outside and play and go swimming, like any normal girl.

We built a little house outside and we play in there a lot. We built it out of wine barrels, wood pallets, tarps and thick wooden sticks on top. We watched my DVD in there and then we went back in the house. Then it rained and I remembered I left my DVD player out there. When I went to get it, I got shocked. Good thing I didn’t get hit by lightening!

This Is Our House

I also like her because we talk a lot and never stop. When I stay at their house, every night Alessandro has to come in and tell us to go to sleep and stop talking. He says “shhh. Sono le dieci. Dormiti.” That means: shh. It’s ten o’clock. Go to sleep.

I also like her because we never fight or argue or anything. And, she’s pretty.

The Scenes, The Scenes, The Scenes

I also don’t want to leave Italy because of the beautiful scenes. You don’t see anything like this in any other country. That’s why I really like Italy. When it’s turning dark, the clouds turn a pinkish, orangish, reddish color and it’s so pretty.

And from our house that we built we could see a big view but now we can’t because there’s a bunch of wooden sticks in the front but we can still get to it.

The vines are really pretty. One of the most beautiful places was Campastrello. It was pretty because there were vines and a big pretty sky and there were really tall mountains with green on them.

The Whole Landini Family

I am going to miss my whole Landini family plus Sara. They are all nice and fun. Alessandro makes mozzarella in carroza which is fantastico. He also makes hamburgers fantastico. He’s fun because he plays with me. Same with Nicoletta.

Signora Franca is a really good cook. I always like her food. She is really nice to me, too.

Sara’s not a Landini but she’s still really nice. She really likes chocolate especially chocolate chip cookies. My grandma makes her the cookies. They are the best chocolate chip cookies other than the ones Barbara gave me.

Finally, I Will Just Miss Everything About Italy

I really don’t want to leave but I’m coming back next year for 4 weeks. That’s the good thing.

Gotta Go, Bye

KZ in TOSCANA (or KC in So. Cal.)


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