This was my face exactly a year ago when I got the news that my amazing and incredible goddaughter Ylva had finally arrived into this crazy world.

Fast forward a year and here we are walking to her first birthday. Just like the avengers, the full squad (almost) was assembled to celebrate this little wolf’s first year on planet earth.

It’s crazy to think that when I started this blog in 2005, I had known the majority of these people for 3-4 years, and now we are travelling to Sweden from all over the world to celebrate the birthday of the first generation of…us!

It fills my heart with so much love and joy. I can’t wait for all the other birthdays of our mini-me’s in the future :)

Needless to say that it was a lovely affair and I truly wish we’d have more time than just a mere 24 hours to spend in Malmö with my favourite people.

Big happy first birthday Ylva! I love you to the moon and back for infinity. Nobody gives cuddles and kisses like you, just like nobody makes my heart grow quite like you <3

After some minor delays, we finally managed to get to Turin to celebrate Alberto’s nonno Riccardo that turned 90 years old – and what a celebration it was! The whole family was gathered and we went out to a lovely little village on the countryside to eat lunch at a trattoria that only serves Piedmontese specialities.

Having been a Torino FC fan for over 85 (!!) years, they all got him a full Torino kit and football shirt with his name and age on the back :)

They somehow also managed to get hold of the captain and main striker of Torino FC, Andrea Belotti, who recorded a lovely birthday video message and invited him to join the team at one of their training sessions.

All in all a fantastic long weekend, I am so lucky to have the best extended family ever <3