If you read my mystery trip post, you know my husband planned a surprise vacation for my birthday. Even as he was checking in at the Delta counter for our flight, I still had no idea where we were headed. It wasn't until we ran into some good friends at the airport that my husband finally disclosed our destination...we were going to ITALY! (Oh, and the good friends that I "ran into"? They were coming with us!)
I could detail our itinerary and fill paragraphs listing the museums, castles, churches, monuments and Tuscan hill towns we visited as well as the sculptures, paintings and incredible views we saw. But the best way to summarize our trip is this:
We ate too much food.
We drank too much wine.
We slept too much.
And we ran too little.
All in all, it was a perfect vacation! The Italians really know how to live. Where else can you be served cake at breakfast, wine at lunch, handmade gnocchi at dinner, the best espresso imaginable at any time of the day and tirimasu for dessert? Our theme of the trip was "When in Rome..." so we made sure to live like Italians as much as possible.
|Pound cake, apple struedel and homemade donuts were just part of breakfast|
|Just one of the MANY bottles of wine we drank last week|
Eventually, our time in Italy was up and we returned home on Sunday. We immediately rushed to the hospital to meet my newest niece who was just two days old. Then we spent some time with my visiting in-laws who flew to Portland from New York to help watch the kids while we were away. They flew home this morning and now it is back to life as usual. Except it feels a little different.
I find myself waking up each day more grateful than the day before. Grateful for the health of my family. Grateful for the sunshine that has been omnipresent in Portland for the last three months.
|Berry picking one day in July|
|J in front of the Coliseum in Rome|
|Almost makes me want to have another...|
|Mom & Dad|
I could go on forever...but the bottom line is that I am grateful for the life I have been given.
"Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have." - Unknown
I am definitely happy.