Wednesday, May 4, 2016

From Pinterest to Real Life: Jewelry Organizer


Another idea from Pinterest brought to real life and I love it. Found this shelf, bought dollar store hooks, screwed them in (well, Anthony did that part for me) and hot glued a tiny ceramic bowl. Viola! It was that simple!

Tons of ideas online and I went with a simple one and really love how it turned out. Nice little piece of wall art too!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Piazza Navona


One of the most popular piazzas in Rome and one visit and you'll understand why that is true. Gorgeous architecture, colorful street life and delicious ristorantes dot the perimeter of this must-see in Rome.


Have you read Angels and Demons? If so, this fountain is a famous spot mentioned in the story....Fountain of the Four Rivers.


Famous balcony has got to be photographed a million times...at least.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Our First receives her First Communion


So yesterday was about the most awesome-emotional-happy-fun day for our family. Sofia Vincenza celebrated her First Communion and was surrounded by family and friends that adore her and were happy to witness this milestone along with our little family of five. The star of our day wore a white long gown, with intricate lace detail and simple rhinestone embellishment, handmade by a little old Italian woman from Mesagne oh, about 30 years ago...the dress got a mini-makeover and worn again!


It was a day that was absolutely filled with all the necessary ingredients for a happy, lasting memory.


The weather was perfect, the family was near and the heart was full...


Sofia's school only allows the parents to sit with the candidate receiving their First Eucharist which meant some alone time with the queen-for-the-day in mass. Which was wonderful.

It had been a very long time since the last time it was just the three of us sitting in a pew together.


The children performed the "Our Father" and saying it was breathtaking was a major understatement. I was in awe of their dedication and mesmerized from beginning to end as our choir sang and the children performed the prayer. Thankfully I took a video of it to enjoy over and over again. It was brilliant.


Thank you to Zio Antonio for snapping this moment for us!


That face.


Communion is over, time to get silly!


Reunited...my two little girls.


Famiglia


Sofia and her godparents


Zio Antonio and all 6 Pitocco grandkids!


Nonna Lisa and Nonno Nicky grandkid picture


Most of the 38 children that celebrated their First Communion


Time to party! Naturally, the dessert table is never bare at a Pitcco/Palumbi Party!


Not one, but two cakes for my sweet toothed-gal!


A day overcome with happy emotions, nestled in with family and friends, basking in the sunshine of a beautiful milestone for our Sofia Vincenza! Love my girl so very much!



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

More from Roma...



The kids were amazing in Rome. Really made me so proud and ready to be doing more traveling with them. Yes, I realize we have traveled to Italy every single summer of their lives so far, but more traveling both within Italy and Europe. This Rome trip really was a lot of walking in the heat, standing in some long lines and dealing with a lot of tourists. They handled it all pretty well considering.

Of course the promise of gelato always helps too!


Near our apartment in Rome...


I love images like this one. The graffiti is a little bit too much but that's city life and unfortunately a reality. There is a lot of graffiti out there that is actually quite cool to look at too though. Check this post our from our trip to Grottaglie in 2013 for some cool graffiti.


The Pantheon. Such a beautiful structure and impressive both from the inside and outside. We arrived just after closing so we weren't able to get in but another reason to come back so the kids can see it too.


I love Rome!


Monday, April 11, 2016

From Pinterest to real life!


I still love Pinterest and proclaim its wonders to all who will listen. I found this little craft awhile back and pinned it knowing it would come in handy one day. And that one day was for Sofia's birthday. 18 girls and a little time at the ice cream shop and I planned for a simple little necklace for the girls to make. Simple fun and their favor to take home too.

This is the tutorial from Pinterest that I found but I changed it up just a bit. I used wooden rings that I found online, the beads I had from another necklace craft we made at Sofia's 7th birthday party and the colorful baker's twine I had already as well. Some of the wooden rings I painted ahead of time with paint that I had at home. Gotta love having a stash of craft items at the ready!

Simple little craft, perfect for the 7 and 9 year old's in your life too!
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