Sunshine and Roses

Life in Italy hasn't been all sunshine and roses. (Well, there's been a lot of sunshine, especially at the beach, and the roses in the gardens here are all blooming right now ... but you know what I mean.) We have adored our time here, but I wouldn't be proving a full picture of my … Continue reading Sunshine and Roses

Inside the Walls of Viterbo

As of today, we have less than a week left in Viterbo. We leave bright and early Saturday morning to head to Switzerland for the vacation portion of our journey. From our first day here, when Henry and I tiptoed around the streets surrounding our guest house, I've made it my goal to explore as … Continue reading Inside the Walls of Viterbo

Packing for an International Trip When You’re Completely Clueless

You might want to stop reading now if you're looking for my well-tested tips on packing for international travel. In the title of this post, I'm the completely clueless one. (Remember the whole "hardly ever leaves Idaho" thing?) But I'm also a planner, so I'm not letting myself stay completely clueless. Reduce Cluelessness Tactic 1: … Continue reading Packing for an International Trip When You’re Completely Clueless

On Fear

Image of a road leading through a dark forest by Johannes Plenio from Pixabay

It's May 1. That means we leave for Italy this month. The countdown on my kids' whiteboard now says "19 days." I'm beyond excited. But I'm also terrified. I'm scared I'll lose my passport, or my phone, or my camera, or the keys to our Italian apartment. I'm scared my kids are going to lose … Continue reading On Fear