At last we were able to make time to host a "wetting down" event for Josh's promotion to Lieutenant Commander. (just 8 months late!) We decided to do a family friendly version and planned the meal at Emilio and Mariska's country house in the lovely Sicilian countryside. There is some uncertainty about the tradition of "wetting down" a newly commissioned Naval Officer, but it's been a part of Naval history for many years and seems to include good food, good drink, and a gathering of co-workers and friends to celebrate your newest increase in rank. The "wet" part may have involved tossing the officer into the sea and/or the hosting of the event at the bar/pub frequently by the attendants - it is not a "formal" Navy event so made up our own rules and enjoyed a lovely day and some delicious food with friends from Josh's command.
For the adults: A delicious 4 course meal including anti-pasti, wood-fired lasagna, grilled meats, salad, and dessert. Emilio and Mariska were fantastic hosts!
For the kids: Animal and outdoor adventures galore! There were turtles, rabbits, cats, dogs, and sheep. The kids even got to bottle feed some baby lambs!