Expat Life · In Italy · Military Life

The Long Italian Good-bye

If I see you in the U.S. and greet you with a “Ciao!,” please don’t be annoyed. It’s reflex now. At the bus stop, at preschool drop off, at the bakery, at the grocery store, at the cafe, walking through town… every hello and good-bye has been “Ciao!” for the past three years. (Unless we’re… Continue reading The Long Italian Good-bye

In Italy · Israel

Tooth Fairy Around the World

We took our first step into Jerusalem and our youngest said, “Hey, look! My tooth is a drawbridge!” Indeed his wiggly tooth was able to fold forward. We secretly tapped “toy store” into Google Maps as his brother raved about the awesomeness of the Tooth Fairy’s present for first lost teeth. He was very concerned… Continue reading Tooth Fairy Around the World

In Italy · Italy

Rome with Kids

Last year we visited Rome just after Easter. The weather was just what you expect at the cusp of spring: cool in the mornings, warm enough in the afternoon sun to melt the residual winter chill. If you’ve been there, you already know that it’s a magnificent, historic city with tons to see and do.… Continue reading Rome with Kids

Expat Life · In Italy · Italy · Travel

Sweet Sicilia

Our 2017 will live on in our family as one of our most epic travel years. We did so much, and it was wonderful. Condensing it into one photo book is impossible! I’ve come to recognize how much I rely on my Instagram archives and even this blog to support (or even stand in for)… Continue reading Sweet Sicilia

Expat Life

Celebrating Halloween

Confession: I’m a terrible celebrator of Halloween. Always have been. Last year I bought a witch hat on clearance so I could appear to care, but with minimal effort. The littlest thinks it’s beautiful. (Bless him.) The oldest wishes the whole family would dress up as Lego Nexo Knights. (Dream big, buddy.) I thought living… Continue reading Celebrating Halloween