I can’t believe I’m writing this blog post from ROME!!!


We left Seattle yesterday morning (March 26th) around 10:30am and finally checked into our hotel about 4:30pm on March 27th.  It was a LONG day of flying.  Oddly enough the nine hour flight was a lot more enjoyable than the two hour one!  The flight from Seattle to Amsterdam was fast.  I watched one entire movie and two halves (couldn’t stay awake!) and then six episodes of The Big Bang Theory.  I read a bit, played some games and tried to nap but that didn’t really happen.  I normally can sleep anywhere at any time, but not today. 

Once we landed in Amsterdam we had a two-ish hour layover before boarding our flight to Rome.  However, while we were lined up in the jet way the lights started flicker and then went out.  There was a huge power failure that knocked out power to all of Amsterdam.  Normally it wouldn’t be a problem, but because we were still mechanically attached to the jet way we were stuck. We then spent almost three hours sitting on the plane waiting for the power to be restored.  We sat on the plane LONGER than the actual flight time and to make things more fun we sat right in front of a group of 45 teenagers who spent the entire flight hanging over our seats.  We’ll just say when we finally taxied back from the gate there was a lot of cheering!

By the time we packed up I wasn’t feeling all that great.  I’m prone to severe motion sickness, but this was odd because I got sick when we were sitting stationary at the gate.  I don’t know why, but as we began our journey toward the runway I was trying not to throw up.  Luckily my Dramamine kicked in quickly and the next thing I new we were about to land. 

Miraculously all fifteen of our checked pieces of luggage made it to Rome and none of us will have to go naked (though it was getting dicey for Brandi as her big suitcase ended up being one of the last ones off the plan!).

Our hotel looks looks directly at the Basilica and Piazza of Santa Maria.  We wandered around for a bit after arriving, but ended up back at the hotel.  We’re all pretty exhausted and are counting down until our dinner reservations at 6:30pm (in just a couple of minutes!), so we can eat and go to bed!  Tomorrow morning we have a tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel before heading to the ship!

Here’s a couple photos of our journey to Rome:

Mason didn’t get to go, but he was pretty mesmerized by all the wheels on the suitcases!



Here are some photos from our quick loop around our hotel:



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#CatchTheMoment 365–Year in Review


I did it, I finally completed my Catch the Moment 365 Year in Review!  It’s not 100% right, but I’m tired of fighting with the program I’m using to get it perfect and at this point don’t really care.  Okay, that’s not 100% true, more that I’m running out of time before I leave on my cruise on Thursday!

Thank you Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming for being amazing hosts and pushing me to complete the challenge no matter how behind I got!  I’m happy I was able to complete the challenge!

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Now that my photo challenge is over, guess what happens Thursday?!?  I board a plane from Seattle to ROME!!!!

Yes, Rome!

On Saturday I will embark on a 21 day Mediterranean Cruise!  I am so excited and ready to go!  Well, I’m ready to go but I’m not ready to go if you know what I mean!  I’m 85% packed and started prepping all my electronics for the 9.5 hours flight to Amsterdam and then a 1.5 hour flight into Rome.  I hate packing, so this part is extremely painful for me, but this too shall pass and soon I’ll be on my way to the Mediterranean!  Bring it on!

I plan on blogging each night of my cruise; the posts most likely will be quick with just a couple photos, but still fun to post and share.  So make sure you come back and follow my journey!

See you in Rome (or on the way!).

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Irish Dancers


Top of the mornin’ to ya and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Have you ever seen Irish Dancing before? I hadn’t until I watched my friend Wanda’s twins perform last year at a summer event. The girls were absolutely amazing so when I was invited to watch them perform at a St. Patty’s event over the weekend I jumped at the chance to go; once again I was blown away by the talent of these two 14-year-old dancers. With today being St. Patrick’s Day I knew I wanted to share their talent with you!

Check them out in action in this video, you will be a-mazed! (Note: I’ve tried over and over to get this video to start at that right point, but have had no luck so you’ll have to fast-forward to the 3:00 mark to see Isabel and Olivia dance.)

Pretty amazing aren’t they?!

While most 5-year-old little girls can’t wait to begin ballet, identical twins Isabel and Olivia fell in love with Irish dancing. In their matching outfits and hair tied up in a bow these adorable girls began Irish Dancing lessons.

It wasn’t long before this talented duo began entering (and winning) competitions all across the country with trophies and awards to prove their talent.

The video I posted at the beginning was actually taken two years ago and it’s hard to believe that they could be any better, but they are! Below are a couple of more recent photos of the girls, and while they don’t dress alike all that often anymore, they are as elegant as ever.


These 14-year-old young women are absolutely amazing.

Thank you to Isabel and Olivia for sharing their talent. I just wish I had an ounce of the grace and coordination that they have! I struggle just walking without tripping over my own feet! I am completely in awe of their talent and charisma! And thank-you Wanda for introducing me to Irish Dancing!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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