Friday, October 2, 2015

Buon Compleanno Mama!

Wishing a very happy and special birthday to my mama. A wonderful mother, nonna and person inside and out. Thankful everyday to call her mom...and I do call her EVERYDAY. Sometimes multiple times.
I love you mom and thank you for all you do for our family and your grandchildren! Have a special day and year ahead!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

little man

We snuggle in bed together most days reading books together. Sometimes he lets me finish them and other times he's taking them out of my hands and handing me a different one. Particular already about what is being read to him. I love it.

I also love that smile. And he knows I love it too because he uses it often on me. Especially when he's gotten into something he shouldn't have or done something wrong. 

But can he really do any wrong? My sweet, smiling and snuggly little man. I love him. 

Polignano a Mare, Puglia

Places do not get more spectacular than the coastal town of Polignano a Mare in the Province of Bari. One minute we're driving along the Adriatic, going through bustling towns and then all of a sudden our view turns to pure magic. From the road we knew it was going to be amazing but once you get right on top of it all, you're just rewarded hundredfold.

It honestly took everything to not just jump right in. I mean, wouldn't you want to?

And then the old city looks like this around every turn. I think I may have found another favorite city to add to my list of places that make my heart happy.

And my girls just loved it too. It was a hot morning the day we visited and they were amazing through each little alley and alcove we found that we had to explore. Of course, promise of gelato always ensures those winning smiles too!

And this...this is truly incredible. There's a whole alley devoted to beautiful graffiti. I loved it!

I may have to return one day to add a favorite line or poem too.

My girl was excited to find a Shakespeare quote. She did a project in 2nd grade and chose William Shakespeare. This also made my heart very happy.

I'd like one of each please. The pottery in Italy is incredible. Not only can you get lucky sometimes and witness the artisans at work firsthand, but it's just beautifully crafted and decorated. I wanted to buy it all up!

Ciao Polignano a Mare per adesso! We'll be back for sure!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Feast of Madonna del Carmine

A very favorite tradition of ours during the festival in Mesagne is lunch on the 16th. The 16th of July is the feast of the Madonna del Carmine and for a long time now we've gathered at our house with our cousins to celebrate this day together. Lots of food, some wine and laughter and then even more food.

Mario loved the extra attention this year from cousins. And Zio Antonio

Hugs from his big sister always help too. Love our traditions and love our family.

Monday, September 28, 2015

scenes from annapolis

With the long weekend thanks to the Pope being in town, we headed to Maryland for a few days to hang with my family. With Nonna and Nonno at work one day and Daddy working from their house, I decided to take the kids out to downtown Annapolis. One of my favorite cities in Maryland.

Annapolis holds a very special place in my heart. I spent my high school and college years hanging out down by the water or strolling Main Street with a ice cream cone from Storm Bros. Lots of great memories. And I'm so happy to say that my girls love Annapolis too. We're not a boating family, but there's something about being down there that makes you feel like you are anyway.

So many great spots for a quick bite...

or a salute to the state flag. 

Fleet Street and the very famous blue garage. I'd love to know how many people have had their picture taken in front of this garage. It has to be well into the thousands.

Cute little front stoops..

and shops that know how to decorate their walls.

An absolute favorite of ours...Kilwin's! Ice cream and chocolate. You can not go wrong here.

Second breakfast for the girls. Big smiles all around!

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