Viva Italia! Day 1 – On our way!


On our way to ITALY!!! Free wine and beer on international flights – heck yeah!!

Dinner on the flight was…well, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Pretty much a TV dinner. First time I’ve ever had a meal on a flight though – so it was exciting! We had “chicken” with “risotto.” Not really sure you could call it chicken, and it def was just rice – not risotto. 🙂 The brownie was yummy! It was a brand called “Love and Quiches.” Cute!

5 more hours until we’re in ITALY!

Back from Italy!

We’re back!

Our Italy vacation was AMAZING! Better than we ever imagined. We had TONS of fun, ate TONS of yummy food and took TONS of pictures. I took a journal and wrote diligently the entire trip – I’m hoping to type up what I wrote here in the blog to share with family and friends…we’ll see how long that takes!

We’re glad to be home (we missed the pups so much!) but I’m so happy that we were able to go and that the trip turned out to be so great!


Italy Itinerary

So last week – Josh accepted his new job on Monday, I met with the travel agent at AAA on Wednesday, I paid for our Italy vacation on Thursday and we’re leaving for our 12-day vacation at the end of the month! Things are finally moving…and they’re moving fast! I am SOOOO excited about the trip. We’re going to every city I wanted to visit. The trip is jam-packed and I’m sure we’re going to be exhausted when we get back, but I can’t wait to go!

Here’s our itinerary:
3 nights in Rome at a quaint bed-and-breakfast in the city
Ancient Rome Walking Tour
-Skip the Line: Prestige Tour – Vatican City 

3 nights in Sorrento in a hotel with a sea room view overlooking the ocean

-Full Day Amalfi Drive Tour
-Day trip to Pompeii 


4 nights in Florence at a beautiful hotel in the city

-Uffizi Gallery Tour
-Best of Florence Walking Tour Including the Accademia and Duomo
-Tuscany Full Day Drive Tour through San Gimignano,Siena and Chianti (and including a wine tasting!)
-Pisa Half Day Excursion
2 nights in Venice
-Venice Walk with skip the line entrance to St.Marks’ Basilica
I’m so excited! I’m sure I’ll have 100,000,000 pictures to share when I get back!

Congrats Eric!

Last weekend we headed down to Columbus for Josh’s youngest brother’s basic training graduation. If you’ve never been to a service graduation, you’re missing out. They’re actually pretty cool. There’s smoke, and guns and cannons – quite a show! 🙂




Josh’s youngest brother, Eric, was a foster child that Josh’s parents took in. He’s such a sweet guy and he fit in so well with the family, so Josh’s parents decided to adopt him.

When you think of all Eric’s been through, it’s really a blessing how wonderful he has turned out. He’s a kind person with a great sense of humor.

Eric, we’re so proud of you! Congrats!

Day Trip to Helen (and some more food pics)

Wosh! I’ve been super busy at work lately and haven’t had a chance to blog. But today is super slow. I hope the entire week isn’t going to be like this…

This weekend, the hubby and I decided to take a day trip up to Helen, GA. Helen is a cheesy, kitschy (thanks for that word Lauren!), touristy town modeled to look like Germany. But as silly as the town is, I love it! My parents have a timeshare in Helen, so I grew up going almost every year. Josh and I also went to Helen early on in our relationship, so I have sweet memories from that time as well.

So on Saturday, we drove up there for the day. We watched the GA game for a while at a margarita bar, walked around the shops, sat and chatted for a while on a bench at a park, went to Betty’s country store, people watched, and ended the day with some fudge for Josh and a caramel apple for me. YUM! It was such a wonderful day. We haven’t spent any quality time together lately – he’s been working late every night and then we’ve been busy on the weekends or too exhausted to do much more than zone out in front of the TV. So we really enjoyed our romantic day trip to Helen!

I’ve also been cooking up a storm lately. Here are some pictures. (I can’t WAIT to re-do the kitchen so I don’t have to have such an ugly backdrop for my food pics!)

Pasta from the Farmer’s Market with Puttanesca Sauce





Mango Margaritas (Josh actually made these – yum!)