Ireland, part 1

touristing • May 17, 2019

Last week Jess and the kids went on a 5 day holiday in Ireland, and it was quite wonderful.  It was a land of green pastures, sheep and cows, rivers and lakes, green trees and rolling hills, rugged…

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around here

family , kid projects • Apr 24, 2019

An Escape Room, Cedar’s origami obsession, Ashton’s Easter Egg Hunt, a cupcake class for Ashton with epic ingredients, learning to buy vegetable off-base for Jess, a lunch out, a 12th birthday party (with cupcakes, dirt cake, bowling and…

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path of the gods date

outdoor adventures • Apr 24, 2019

After our tattoo trip to Bologna, Matt and I realized we can leave our kids home and have adventures for just the two of us.  We were more than happy to let them chill one afternoon while we…

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tattoos in bologna

family , touristing • Apr 3, 2019

The morning after the kids and I returned from Malta, Matt and I took the train to Bologna for an overnight trip.  I had a plan to meet with a mastectomy tattoo artist at a tattoo convention in…

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malta part 3: valetta

touristing • Apr 3, 2019

On our last day in Malta, we headed to the city of Valetta for a self-guided food tour.  We walked through the lovely streets of this walled city, marveled at the views, and enjoyed some Maltese cuisine.   Afterward,…

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london

touristing • Mar 15, 2019

For Ashton’s 14th birthday, Jess and the kids flew to London for a whirlwind 3 day adventure.  The real purpose of the trip was to see Hamilton, Wicked, and as much of downtown London as we could fit…

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carnevale!

touristing • Mar 8, 2019

We went to a Carnevale celebration in a local Naples-area town called Saviano last weekend to see what all the Carnevale excitement is about.  Carnevale is a big deal around here, with different kinds of celebrations in just…

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around here

kid projects , mama's projects • Mar 2, 2019

Polar Plunge, friends, judo, our sweet Addie, more dog-sitting and dog-walking jobs, slime, a new bunk bed, and a visit with our Italian friends.  Not captured are Cedar’s recent obsessions: origami, cooking, and rubix cubing.  Ashton is working…

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ravello girls trip

beautiful things , family , touristing • Mar 2, 2019

I took Ashton to the Amalfi Coast for an overnight girls getaway.  We talked, strolled, listened to the Rent soundtrack (her current obsession), watched a chick flick, and stayed in a seriously awesome apartment.   It is very…

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around here

family , kid projects , mama's projects • Jan 31, 2019

We’ve been laying low since Christmas (with the exception of our day trip to Rome), spending our time at home.  I’ve forgotten to take very many photos, but we’ve gone for a couple of walks, played a lot…

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rome

touristing • Jan 31, 2019

We went to Rome for the day.  It’s only 2 hours away, so we got up early and spent the day walking around, checking out all the sites.  It was a great time of year to go, without…

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sicily:: trapani

family , touristing • Dec 28, 2018

Finally, for the last few days of our Sicily trip, we visited Trapani.  We explored the salt pans, drove up a mountain to a town called Erice, where we hung out IN the clouds, visited a castle, and…

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sicily:: palermo

family , touristing • Dec 28, 2018

Still in Sicily, on day three of our trip, we left our AirBnB in Giarre to head across the island to the west coast.  We drove through the middle of the island to get there, and it was…

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