Benvenuti Tour

The first week we were here in Italy was spent house hunting and getting settled. The highlight for me (besides finding a house) was taking part in a welcome tour.  I went solo as someone had to be able to get the kids from school.

Not only was it a great opportunity to get out and see the local area it was also incredibly helpful as our guides pointed out local shopping areas, taught us how to ride the train, and took us to one of the local wineries.  Plus, we enjoyed a fabulous three-course lunch.


Italian prettiness

Pews in Pordenone

The altar

Waiting for the train

At the winery

A vineyard in Roveredo



One of my favorite places to visit in the blog world is Habit. It is full of both visual and written inspiration in a very simple format. Typically, there are several invited guests who post daily for a month. For November, however, everyone can play (at Flickr with a few posting to the blog each day) and these past few days I’ve joined in.

Since I’m so behind in everything else I thought I’d share my images from the week.

November 13
Sunday Morning

Baking birthday cupcakes for school and chugging emergen-c, this mama can’t get sick. I have an 8th birthday to celebrate tomorrow.

November 14
November 14

Some people seem to think we’re on a four-year Italian vacation. We’re living life. That means a boy (and his siblings) can get sick on his birthday. Still, thankful.

November 16
November 16

We’re such a great team. He’s really stepped up these past few days. Love.

November 17
November 17

I slept in. After a week (or more) in a funk, I no longer feel funky. In fact, I feel excited about the season ahead.

November 18
November 18

We had two great conferences with the kids’ teachers. Despite the craziness of the past months, they are excelling.

November 19
November 19

After having the kids home sick all week and him working this weekend spending Monday home alone is sounding mighty good.

I did discover a benefit of being behind with picture posting/sharing.  I found a family picture from our Disneyland trip that no one has seen.  Guess what’s on our Christmas card this year!  Yes, after two years of opting out, we’re back in.

Happy weekending, all.


Leaf on the window

Pulverized Spinach

Lost tooth

Connor and the girls

Sunny days

:: Assessing damages damages and cleaning up after a nasty storm.

:: Celebrating our sweet girl who lost her first tooth. It had been wiggly for quite some time but got a little extra help coming out when one of her brothers sat on her head.

:: Mama getting away for a day of shopping and hanging out with a friend.

:: Hanging out with and being entertained our girls.

:: Laughing, playing and grilling with friends.

:: Packing, planning and gearing up for a very unexpected move. To Italy.

This weekend was one of relaxation and fun for all five of us. Jeff has been working crazy hours and hadn’t had a day off in nearly two weeks so it was much needed.

Today, it feels good to start a new week summer style.

How Our Garden Grows, Late Spring 2011

How our garden grows: Annual

We’re a bit a lot behind on the garden this year.  Life has been so busy that things haven’t gotten planted when they should but we have gotten some seeds in the ground and thanks to the long weekend some seedlings too.

It seemed like a good time to take a walk through our garden and see how she grows.

We have herbs.

How our garden grows:  Rosemary


How Our Garden Grows: Spinach


How Our Garden Grows: Tomatoes

(See that white spot on the top right?  That’s a sock.  Don’t ask because I have no idea.)


How Our Garden Grows: Peas


How Our Garden Grows: Strawberries


How Our Garden Grows: Blueberries



How our garden grows: Apples

Maybe we aren’t so far behind after all.




The Simple Life

I’ve come to realize that May is likely more busy than December.  As summer approaches, the tempo of life picks up into a crescendo that brings the school year to an end.

Thankfully, we’ve had a few days of space.  Time to be and enjoy our days and moments without the rush and the craziness.

Yes to the mess

The kids painted without me worrying about time, mess, or hassle.

Little hands in the kitchen

We measured, stirred, licked spoons and enjoyed our creations.

Renew and taking time to enjoy the show

I sat, with tea, and enjoyed song after song. (Isn’t that cup perfect?)

He loves his chicks!!

We got to know the girls a bit better.

Morning light

I noticed the morning light.

Evening light

And the evening light.

In all of that, I realized how much more content we all are.  How smoothly our days went.  This, of course, brings the need for evaluation.

Sure, all of the extras (soccer, scouts, baseball, etc.) are great.


When do the kids get to ride their bikes, stare at the chickens and just be kids?    How many nights a week should we eat dinner together (without hurry) at the table?  What good things are we willing to set aside in order to gain this space?

Just because everyone else is crazy busy doesn’t mean we have to be.

So, we have discussions ahead of us and  decisions to make.  There will surely be sacrifices made and possibly tears shed but it will be for good.

I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.

Simply Ten Good Things

The wonderful SouleMama is at it again with her simple, wonderful kind of genius. In an effort to get some words back in this space, here are my Simply Ten Good Things.







Dinner with great friends
An afternoon nap on this dreary Monday
Pushing myself at the gym
Anthro loveliness
Our new family members, Eggnog and Goldie. (More are on the way very soon.)
Freshly painted toes
A much slower paced week ahead
Spring flowers filling the house
Fresh laundry
Opportunities to let go of expectations

Happy last week of April!!