Friday, November 5, 2010

Moving the Blog

I'm moving to WordPress and a personal domain! :-)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thankful Thursdays: Friday Edition

I'm thankful for:
  • the beautiful fall weather
  • a fun night at home with Mike
  • knowing our families will be here in a few weeks for Thanksgiving

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wedding Weekend

A dear college friend of mine got married this weekend and I had the honor of serving as one of her bridesmaids.

The wedding was in the town where Mike and I (and Bev and most of our friends) went to school so Mike and I had fun looking around campus Saturday morning before the wedding as well!

The girls taking pictures before the wedding. The weather was beautiful but it was windy!
At the reception. Lisa, Bev and I were all communications majors. We're missing one of our four - we missed you, Kelli!
Mike and me back at our hotel.
Congrats, Bev and Johnny!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thankful Thursdays

I'm back!

I'm thankful for:
  • God's plan
  • my wonderful husband
  • a weekend with friends coming up

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Europe - Day 13

Our last day in Europe was spent in London. My friend Cristen and her husband are living the ex-pat life there and Cristen served as our tour guide since she had the day off!

We loved the cloudy, rainy weather but it did hamper our photography for the day and I just realized that Mike and I didn't take a picture of ourselves when we were there. Ugh! I guess we'll just have to go back. :-)

We walked around and saw Westminster Abbey...

Big Ben and the London Eye...
Some of the soldiers guarding different government buildings...

Walked by Trafalgar Square...
And, of course, visited Harrods and met up with Lauren (who is working at our alma mater's program in England while her husband studies at Oxford) and enjoyed tea and macaroons at Laduree. Oh, and Mike officially wins the "Husband of the Year" award for hanging out with a bunch of girls for the day! :-)

Cristen and Jason, thank you for being such wonderful hosts. It was so good to see both of you and Lauren!
We ended the night at Cantina Laredo for dinner with Cristen and Jason and then headed back to their house to call it a night.

Mike and I flew home the next morning and can't believe our amazing trip has already come and gone!

Europe - Day 12

We got up early the next morning and headed to Rome. We had grand plans of going in to the Colosseum and touring the Forum but the lines were already incredibly long (since we had to wait in line at the train station to check our bags, get metro tickets, and get bus tickets to the airport later that day) so we had to be content with just seeing the Colosseum.

The "wedding cake" - I cannot remember what this thing is called!
More ruins along the walk.
I wish we could have walked through the Forum but, unlike when I studied in Italy almost 7 years ago, you now have to pay to get in so we settled on seeing other random ruins.

After seeing all of that we went back to the train station, grabbed lunch, took the bus to the airport and waited for our flight to London for the last leg of our trip. We got to the airport really early so that we had plenty of time in case we ran into trouble and were SO thankful we planned on that when someone forgot their bag hear the check in and the police cleared the terminal.

On to London!

Europe - Day 11

Wednesday morning we got up early to beat the lines and go up into the dome of the Duomo. We got there a little early and got a cappuccino while we waited. The little cafe had the cutest cups and I wish they sold them so I could have brought one home!

Us at the top of the dome. We didn't get any good pictures of the hike up but it's very narrow and rather steep in some places. Mike ended up filming the entire walk down but that will have to be saved for another time.
The view from the top.
After the Duomo we headed to the Pitti Palace so we could visit the Bobli Gardens.
So pretty! Mike called this the garden of randomness because nothing seemed to flow and we found random statues and sculptures that just didn't seem to fit such a pretty garden behind an old palace but what do we know?
Another view of the Ponte Vecchio
Our final big stop for the day was Piazzale Michaelangelo. This plaza has an amazing panoramic view of the city and I had fun using the panoramic function on our camera.