Three years ago today I married the love of my life!

(c) robert madrid photography

We will celebrate officially this weekend in New Orleans, but tonight we will commemorate the occasion with a little take-out sushi date on the couch after the girls have gone to bed. I can’t wait!


2012-10-18 15.59.04

I’ve had a lot of fun experiences traveling, and through those experiences I have seen some amazing things. From vast oceans that were crystal clear all the way to the bottom to enormous evergreen trees towering high above me, I’ve seen a few of the most gorgeous things our lovely earth has to offer. The best thing that I’ve ever seen on a trip, however, has to have been Pitigliano.

In October of 2012 we traveled to Italy with Ben’s family for a 10 day vacation filled with countless amazing meals and a never-ending supply of delicious wine and breathtaking views. For most of our vacation, we stayed at Podere Palazzo, a beautiful villa on the border of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. I could write one hundred blog posts about how amazing our stay was at Podere Palazzo. I encourage you, if you are ever presented with the opportunity, to stay there.

Driving through the Italian countryside was a breathtaking experience: both in terms of the beauty…and the crazy drivers. I thought Florida was filled with crazy drivers, but we’ve got nothing on Italy! We narrowly escaped multiple car accidents, but that made it even more memorable, right? One night on our way back to the villa we came around a corner and almost hit a dog. We couldn’t believe this stray dog was running around in this area, but then we realized he was herding sheep! The next day we were driving with family and warned them of the sheep in the area. We rounded the corner and encountered this:

We saw lots of things we’d never seen before while in Italy, but as I originally mentioned, the gem of the trip was Pitigliano. Pitigliano is a medieval town in the Maremma of Tuscany, built atop a tufa ridge. Pitigliano is also known as Piccola Gerusalemme, which means Little Jerusalem, due to both the landscape and for the historical presence of the Jewish community. According to Wikipedia, “Pitigliano and its area were inhabited in Etruscan times, but the first extant written mention of Pitigliano dates only to 1061.”

I have searched through all of the images on Google of Pitigliano, and none of them can do this town justice. It truly is a sight that must be experienced. This fascinating town is full of  narrow streets, secret alleys, and dark cellars. Its unique architecture has preserved an ancient time that will forever be ingrained in my memory.


What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen on a trip? Tell me in the comments or share a link with me to one of your blog posts about it!

Pool Party!

Even though it’s only April, I’m pretty sure that summer is already here in South Florida. With temperatures on the rise, I decided to buy a kiddie pool for the girls to enjoy. They love splashing around during bath time and had a lot of fun during swim lessons, so I thought it might be a hit.

The pool arrived on Saturday and I couldn’t wait to put the girls in it!

2014-04-26 17.06.40 2014-04-26 17.06.43
They immediately began splashing each other and giggling nonstop. I’m pretty sure they would have easily spent the entire day in the pool if we didn’t have other things to do. Needless to say, expending all of that energy left my sweet girls exhausted and they both ended up napping for two hours. Score!

Cutest thing ever, right?