Everyday life in a small Italian town

After almost two weeks in the hustle and bustle of some of Europe’s most visited cities, we enjoyed our last week in Italy with some downtime in Maniago, the town my sister Pam currently calls home. Maniago, located in northeastern…

A long-awaited gift

On this day, eleven years ago, my sweet and wonderful Ella Grace was born. A long-awaited gift that I didn’t know if I would ever have. She was a beautiful and longed-for, ten pounds of perfection. She didn’t cry at…

The vibrant island of Burano, Italy

Burano, Italy is a tiny little island just a short ferry ride from Venice. The adorable colorful houses combined with gorgeous weather, made the perfect destination for a ladies day out. (Matt joined us for the first half of our recent…

The captivating allure of Venice

Nothing captures the romantic imagination quite like Venice, which was the fourth stop on our recent European adventure. I guess with several kids in tow, the romance would have to wait, but we savored every moment of our time, regardless. After…

Florence, and a date with David

After a whirlwind few days in Rome, the next stop on our European adventure was Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence was also home to some of the worlds greatest prodigies, including; Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci…. the list…

When in Rome…

Ahhhh, Rome…the Eternal City, the Sacred City, the Capital of the World.  It’s difficult to sum up a city like Rome, which was the second stop on our recent European adventure. Prior to the trip, Ella wanted to do some reading…

Prague, Czech Republic; delightfully charming

Prague, a delightfully charming European city, was the first stop on a recent trip to Europe. My sister is currently living in Italy, so we knew a trip across the pond was in order before she moves on. To kick…

Blueberry picking, in the Alaskan wild

Late August means berry season in Alaska. We decided to try our hand at blueberry picking, at Alyeska Resort‘s annual Blueberry Festival. The festival was set to have entertainment, food stalls and a beer garden, but first things first, the…

The Pink Salmon Festival- Valdez, Alaska

Valdez, Alaska, (pronounced Val-deez by the locals…don’t ask me why) is a tiny fishing town on the south central edge of Alaska.  Roads are tricky around here. Though Anchorage and Valdez appear close on the map, the only road available…