Copenhagen, Denmark

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You guys.  Copenhagen was so wonderful, I wish we could have spent more time there.  This was our first stop on our Disney cruise, it was drizzling, fairly chilly, but we were ready to tour the town!  We hired a private driver and tour guide for the day and it was perfect.  We hit all the hot spots like The Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Palace where we got to watch the guards march around the square, had lunch at the Torvehallerne KBH which had so much variety of some of the freshest foods I’ve ever seen (!!) and tasted (!!), and last but certainly not least- we enjoyed walking around Nyhavn.  When you think of Copenhagen, I’m pretty sure Nyhavn is what you picture.  The beautifully colored storefronts and lots of people enjoying the restaurants and scenery.  The boys indulged in some yummy ice cream in waffle cones while I indulged in people watching ;).  The weather cleared up mid way through our tour and made for a fabulous afternoon.  Would love to see this place again someday in the future, but for now, it was a delightful start to the trip!

xx


Dover, England

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Last month we flew out to England to catch our Disney ship out of Dover, and since we arrived an entire day early, we decided to do some exploring!  The White Cliffs of Dover are jaw dropping beautiful, I could have spent days hanging on the beach with that beautiful weather!  The boys had so much fun running around and playing in the empty fields in front of the cliffs where we spent a little time,  then we decided to drive up to the top of the cliffs and found there were multiple walking paths to take in the scenery.  The path we decided on had barriers so there was no way to fall off, but there were definitely paths with no barriers what-so-ever!  People were taking pictures on the edge where one wrong step backward could have sent them plunging into the North Sea. Scary!  Did you know that the mineral that makes the cliffs white is chalk?  And because of natural erosion, the cliffs are constantly being reshaped and the line of the cliffs are constantly changing…  We admired the views for a while, then decided to skip over to tour the Dover Castle.  The castle which was built in the 1180’s (whoa!) has seen multiple wars all the way up to the 1900’s with the two World Wars.  After walking the grounds, we were pretty wiped, so we went back to the hotel, ate an early dinner, then got a good night sleep since we were getting on the Disney Magic the following morning!  Can’t wait to post all about it!  Stay tuned!


Niagara Falls

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Good Lawd, this post should have been posted about 3 weeks ago.  Whoops.  That’s my life these days.  It seems I really enjoy pushing myself to endure at least 4 to 5 super stressful things at the most inopportune times, so it delays all life moments from diligently being added to the blog.  My poor kids, I hope they don’t look back at this and go, “well, what was happening during all the lulling moments on here?!?”  I’ll tell you what has been happening behind the scenes: I’m making lunches for summer camp,  taking you to see the latest movies (Lion King and Toy Story 4), martial arts for Bennett, trying to maintain my mom tribe, going to “Meet the Teacher” appointments, playdates at the trampoline park, offering ALL THE SNACKS IN THE WORLD, changing diapers when I know little dude should be going on the potty (grrrrr), swimming in the pool almost every single day… all super fun things!  Certainly not complaining.  But there are a lot of moving parts around here and it seems I just can’t keep up anymore.  And that’s ok.

A few weeks ago, we took the fam up to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls for Husband’s birthday weekend.  None of us had been there before (surprising!) so we were pumped to see what all the fuss was about.  It was spectacular!  The views from our hotel were jaw dropping, and the experience of being able to go under the falls was one we will never forget.  I don’t have the time or energy tonight to list out details of where we stayed, ate, or enjoyed- but this is a VERY popular destination spot for families in the U.S.A. and it would be easy to plan a trip.  Not to mention it is relatively inexpensive to visit!  If you have young kids, it’s a must!

I wanted to tell you guys that for the adults there is a town called Niagara on the Lake that is super cute and quaint.  They have a street full of unique boutiques and restaurants.  All around the area are tons of small wineries that are so charming!  And very kid friendly!  Best of both worlds!  Oh!  And the Butterfly Conservatory was a huge hit!

Bennett’s first day at his new school is tomorrow.  I’m anxious and excited for him at the same time.  His teacher seems super sweet and I can’t wait to see what this year brings for him.  I’ll keep y’all posted!

xx P.S. thanks for following along even when I’m not up to date with our current events, LOL! ‘preciate y’all!


Switzerland on the Bernina!

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This post is LONG overdue, but, you know… life.

Y’all, Switzerland is stunning.  One day on the Bernina Express is not enough, although it was perfect for the boys.  We trekked out of Lake Como, through & up the mountains, where poor Bennett got car sick for the first time ever, crossed into Switzerland, and caught the train.  The views from the Bernina were everything I expected and more!  Looking down from close to the top of the Swiss Alps is like something out of a painting.  It almost looks fake.  Passing through the quaint towns and even enjoying lunch in one of them was wonderful. I swear when we stepped off of the train, it was like we were transported into The Sound of Music, although I know that was filmed in Austria.  The setting was glorious! The boys loved being on the train all day, the adults indulged in all the views from every direction, and it was a wonderful!

I kept telling Husband that we will have to make a trip to explore Switzerland more.  Or maybe even a ski trip?!?  One day was good, but a week would be incredible!


Lake Como, Italy

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We’re back!!  After a magical week at STUNNING Lake Como, we have so much to share!

Can we just start by admiring that incredible view from the villa we found with Luxury Retreats?!?  The first picture really captures the beauty of Bellagio, which is the town we stayed in, and it’s where the lake splits and goes to each side of this peninsula.  The mountains surrounding all of Lake Como really are the icing on the cake for the views, in the distance you can even see the Swiss Alps!

Two days of our trip were spent on the cutest wooden boat with a captain to show us all the sights.  You name it, we probably saw it.  Richard Branson’s house, Orrido di Nesso (aka the secret waterfall), the gardens at Villa Balbianello, and of course The Clooney’s home… we saw it all!  And it was fabulous!  We enjoyed gelato on the steps of Varenna, had lunch at the cutest and quaintest spot that for some reason I don’t remember the name of (whomp whomp) but when I do I will update!

On Sunday, Husband & I took a cooking class (with wine pairings ;)) from a place I found on TripAdvisor that ended up being really fun and full of Americans!  We made pasta, gnocchi, and creme brûlée’s, all of which were delightful.  Highly recommend!  Did I mention or did you notice in the pictures that grandparents of the boys were on this vacation with us?!?  Husband & I were able to go out on dates and do fun things like the cooking class because we had so much help with the boys.  We are so thankful for them!

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When we first landed in Milan it was pretty early in the morning so we had some time to kill before heading to the lake.  We decided to go into the city and admire the Duomo… omg… the most stunning architecture that literally takes your breath away as you turn the corner and it comes into view.  WOW!  On another note, there were tons of pigeons who love the tourists.  There are gentlemen who make a a living off giving tourists handfuls of corn and the pigeons literally flock to you like bombs out of the sky almost nailing you in the head in the hopes for one small kernel.

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There were yummy street carts set up with fresh made donuts and churros that would be split and stuffed with Nutella. My mouth was watering from the moment I smelled the dough frying!

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We also went into Milan one night to see the opera at one of the most beautiful and world renowned opera houses, Teatro alla Scala.  We got all dressed up, had a nice dinner, and enjoyed the ensemble in the historic building.  There was no AC, nor were they selling water… it must have been about 85 degrees in that building, but it was worth it just to say we have been.

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We did a day trip to Switzerland which I will write about in my next post, but I wanted to dedicate this entire entry to beautiful Lake Como, Italy!  I feel like we did it right by going and exploring all of the little towns for the entire week.  We ate so much pizza and drank too much wine ha ha ha… but dang we lived it to the fullest!

Ciao!


Bennett Wesley :: Four Years Old

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Oh, wow.  I’m the mom of an “officially” four year old boy.  Bennett and I have been talking about how he is turning four, for weeks now and yesterday it was official.  He is so pumped to be four… he lets me know that he is “A LOT older than Remy because Remy is only two”.  He and I have been having some really great conversations lately, especially since he has started the “MAMA!!!” chant at bedtime, so basically that means I have to turn around when I’m half way back to bed, to go back to his room and sit (or lay… whichever he is demanding at that moment) with him and talk about powerful life topics like: When will the full moon come back?  How many stars can we count out the window?  Why spaceships countdown like, 5,4,3,2,1 BLASTOFF?  He is in a big time mommy phase where I’m the only one who can help him with any of his wishes and desires.  Daddy will be standing right there with a towel ready for him to get out of the shower because Bennett has of course already announced his willingness to depart from his hour long water escapade, but as soon as he realizes it’s daddy who has the towel… it’s like “how DARE they send this random person to wrap me up in my towel!  I need the peasant woman… MOM!!!!!”

I have been reflecting on the last year with Bennett and how much he has grown.  Not only is he a couple inches taller, he has matured quite a bit!  When he turned three he would barely say a handful of words to communicate, now he communicates SO well with unlimited vocabulary!   He has the best memory, WAY better than mine.  He remembers so many details from trips we have taken, names of people we have spent time with and where we were… some times I have to try to remember if he is correct!  And he always is!  Oh another thing, when he turned three he was still in diapers, now he is a big boy and does his business on the potty (for almost a year now… but still…)!  I’m one proud mama!

Yesterday was different from all the birthdays before.  Instead of having a big, over-the-top party with lots of friends, we decided to be mellow and just have family over for pizza and cake and pool time, which are all things Bennett loves!  He told me he had so much fun that he wants to have “three birthdays this year”!  Cutie!

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My sweet sweet Bennett,

Two nights ago, you went to bed as a three year old and woke up a four year old!  I can’t believe that this time next year we will be thinking about Kindergarten! You are so precious and every little thing about you brings so much sunshine to my life daily.

There are so many sweet moments that you share with your brother these days.  When you guys are playing together and he walks away because his attention span isn’t quite as long as yours is, and you yell for him to come back and play some more… it’s so so sweet!  When I spy on you guys and find you both sitting on the floor in your room reading books, just the sweetest!  When you grab Remy’s feet so that you can play “This Little Piggy” with his toes and you both squeal out with laughter…ugh!!  SO SWEET!

I love that you can spend hours in the pool with Daddy!  I am so fascinated that you guys can hang in the hot tub playing and chatting for so long and never get bored.  You are always down for a new adventure.  When we went to Belize, I wasn’t sure you would enjoy being on a sailboat for 6/7 hours straight, but you completely surprised me and had the best time!  And it’s something you are always bringing up to talk about with me and reminisce on…. that and the seaplane adventure in Alaska… lol

My favorite times with you are when you show a lot of excitement.  Because you are such a chill little dude, it’s few and far between when you really get amped about things.  When you know you are going to be flying on an airplane, when I tell you we are going on an adventure, when you know it’s Tumble Bus day at school, or when you know that we are going to AlliSongs… all those exciting moments for you are so special for this mama.  I love seeing a big smile on your face and will do anything and everything to keep one on your face whenever I can!

I love you so much little man.  I hope you have the best year being FOUR!

xx Mama