Saturday, August 15, 2015

Daddy son date to Venice

 Paolo has a 3 week vacation and has decided to spend one day with each person of our family.  Monday Paolo and Aaron went to see Venice.  Aaron has been asking to see a couple of cities in Italy, including Venice.  Aaron took a lot of pictures.  My favorite was the one of the candy store!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

10 year anniversary

10 years ago today I made an excellent choice! I'm so grateful for my husband Paolo. When I married Paolo I had no idea what marriage meant. I had dreamed about it, but had no idea of how very deep it would make me feel. One thing that I love about Paolo is his ability to communicate. He listens calmly and fairly every time I need to express my fears, concerns and frustrations. I also love what a loyal and faithful man he is to his family! I scored big time marrying this guy! I'm grateful also that celebrating my family means celebrating my 3 wonderful children. I am a blessed woman!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

my little stinker #3

Swiss Alps cheese factory

 My absolute favorite part of the Sustenpass was stopping at this cheese factory (ya know, where you milk the cows that you own, and then do the processing to turn it into hard cheese) in the middle of the Swiss Alps.  We bought a liter of fresh milk, fresh yogurt, and some cheese.  The perfect way to have breakfast!


 We just took a trip to the Bern, Switzerland temple.  On the way there we took several side roads (aka mountain passes) to get there.  If anyone is every thinking of driving through Switzerland to get to Bern, I highly recommend taking this route!
 And immagine the music from "The Sound of Music" playing...

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.