Thursday, July 2, 2015

little Abbey

 On the way back from the cliffs of Moher we saw this fun little Abbey

The cliffs of Moher

 The best part of our trip was an all day semi-private tour that my mom booked.  We drove from Dublin (east coast) to the cliffs of Moher (west coast).  Dublin itself is not what dreamers with shamrocks glowing in their eyes dream of.  It's a great European, Irish city.  But it's the drive into the country that I saw what I had imagined that Ireland looked like.
 This was by far my favorite part of the trip.  Let me tell you why.  Because we had 12 straight hours of talking.  And I made a discovery.  I re-discovered what an angel my mother is!  I always knew it, but I feel like my eyes were opened and I had this ah-ha! moment where I could see her gifts and talents on display before me. I was awed!  What a great woman she is!  What a great mother she was and still is.  The best thing I discovered in Ireland is how great my mom is.  So embarassing that I'm saying that at age 36!  I wish I had said it sooner (even though I've felt it to different degrees over the years).
 So now I'm looking forward to all of the years ahead where I get to deepen this understanding (and love) of her!

 By the way, Ireland just might be more rainy than Washington state.  We hit the jackpot- the gold under the rainbow, and had a beautifully sunny day.  Our tour guide told us that the last 3 groups he took couldn't even see the cliffs because of the fog and rain.  We lucked for our whole 2.5 days.  No rain!

On the side of the cliff there was grass that was wind blown and looked so soft!  It reminded me of Jordan.  He has a very soft cuddly blanket that he affectionately calls "la coperta che ha la coda" or the "the blanket that has a tail".  Jordan is sensitive, soft and flowing just like his blanket and this grass.

King John's castle

 Apparently Pres. Obama's white side comes back to a small town in Ireland, and the big man himself has come to have drinks at a cousin's pub.  They are VERY proud of this!  They've even made a huge stop on the freeway with a shopping center named after him.
 On our way to the cliff's of Moher, we stopped to see King John's castle.  You know, the guy who sucked his thumb and cried to mum, right? Here I learned a lot about Irish history (and have since forgotten 90% because my brain just doesn't retain that kind of info).  King John never lived here, but he did have the castle built.  And he was just as greedy and sucked the people bone dry as the cartoon portrays.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sleeping in a castle in...Ireland!!!

I think I'm about one of the luckiest girls alive!  I just went on a trip with my MOTHER, just the two of us... NO KIDS! It was a dream come true, and to make it even better our hotel was in a CASTLE!!
 This is the beautiful Clontarf Castle Hotel, just in case anyone is going to Dublin sometime soon and want to stay in an amazing place!

 My first morning there we had my favorite fruit ever... raspberries!  Yummy!
 More pictures soon to come.  I was so grateful to my husband for taking care of the kids, and for my friend Ana Carina, taking 24 hours with my kids, especially considering I have kids that still don't sleep through the night!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Aaron's baptism

Tonight Aaron got baptized.  There are certain moments when time goes still, and you can feel your heart beat, like when a child is born, when someone passes on, and in this case when someone makes a sacred promise to God to try and follow Him, and in return He promises to change you (and forgive you when you repent), give you a companion to keep you safe and lead you back home (the Holy Ghost), and to return to live with Him.  Amazing and sweet.

One of Aaron's great qualities is that he is "serio" or serious.  Also meaning that he takes things seriously, with great care.  This was his choice, and one that he took with great care, even though he's only 8.  I think that it's amazing that we can be changed for the better so often and so much.  I'm grateful for what Jesus Christ has done for me, for Aaron, and for each one of us

Friday, June 12, 2015


Ho un figlio Bolognese.  Sta mattina si è svegliato guarito dalla febbre e vomito.  Voleva dipingere.  Mescolando i colori esclamò "sorbola!"  Gli ho detto Jordan, si dice "sorbole".  Mi fa "si lo so, ma sorbola è solo una."  Gli ho risposto che non si dice al singolare.  E da allora (10 minuti fa) ho sentito "sorbole" almeno 25 volte.  Direi che gli piacciano gli esperimenti di colori.  Direi anche che sta diventando Bolognese grazie alla scuola.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ugo's wedding

 Recentemente si sono sposati Ugo e Silvia.  Ugo lo conosco da quando mi sono sposata con Paolo.  Veniva in chiesa con noi e andavamo in macchina insieme.  E' davvero un bravo ragazzo e direi che ha sposato una veramente molto brava!
 The wedding was beautiful!  I haven't been to a latter-day-saint wedding ceremony like this before.  It was absolutely beautiful.  I was reminded of how much God has created man for the woman, and the woman for man.  When we give the best of ourselves to each other we can be whole- be ONE.  What a gift a good marriage is!  It also made me feel very sappy, and also very grateful for the wonderful companion that I have.  I sure love Paolo to death!

 The Mormon world is a small one.  We ran into someone who went to the same church building that we did and we would see each other in the hallway (in Taylorsville, UT).  Fernando served an LDS mission in Italy too and I think that's why we talked to each other.  It turns out that they know the bride and came from Utah just for the event!  It also turns out that Sharon sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with one of my favorite mission companions of all time!

And I knew Nelly on my mission 15 years ago.  I seriously loved her back then, and still do now!