Winter Getaway

IMG_0211 My favourite things are always spontaneous.  I love it when friends call up in the middle of the night to go out for food/drinks, or stay the night to wake up to an impromptu breakfast the next morning.  I love it when Sean and I dine out for no reason or when we go for drives just because, and when weekends away are planned on a whim.  I also love it when our pantry is stocked and ready for urgent food cravings for fresh brownies or cookies, and when we have a bottle of chilled white wine and a red on our counter to accompany a nice dinner in.  Most people think that I don’t like surprises, but really, it’s the waiting that I don’t like.  When I’ve bought something special for someone, I want to give it to them right away and not have to wait a week.  I want to invite someone for dinner the moment that they’ve shared their special news, and between Sean and I, we always exchange gifts at 12:01 am on the day of the occasion because I can’t wait for gifts either!  It’s become a normal thing for us.  Needless to say, Sean has had to accomodate my crazy ways.

A couple of weekends ago, we were treated to a ski-in, ski-out resort and we couldn’t have been more grateful.  We found out last minute, and we were packed and ready to leave before you could say “Go!”  Sean and I went skiing again, and this time I even managed to go down a non-beginner hill!  We spent each morning having breakfast by our window, praying together, reading and taking in the beautiful winter scenery.  Coincidentally the internet connection was horrible, so it forced us not to be on our phone/ipad first thing in the morning.

My Dad came up to join us on Sunday and we spent the day eating, watching episodes of The King of Queens, chatting and snacking.  I couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant weekend.  Weekends like these make me wish that it didn’t take us time away from the busyness back home to enjoy some lazy and restful days.

New Year’s Day Skiing

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Happy belated 2015!  Sean and I spent our first day of the year skiing (for me)/snowboarding (for the hubby) thanks to my Dad’s Christmas gift to us.  I started the year learning something new, and it feels great!  It always helped to know that Sean was always close enough to be there if I ever wiped out, and we were able to capture everything on camera with our incredibly cool GoPro – a gift from Sean’s parents.

Sean and I have been so blessed to see God’s faithfulness in our lives this past year.  We were reminded of how God has His hand in everything, from the big things to the little things.  My hope for the new year is that through my faith and in my actions, others will be able to see more of His reflection in me.

May your year be filled with much love, grace, healing, joy and laughter.

Christmas Brunch

Since getting married, Sean and I have been starting some of our own holiday traditions.  This year, we had my Dad over for brunch Christmas morning, and I made eggs Benedict for the first time, Sean’s favourite breakfast meal.  My family loved it, so for the years when we have breakfast/brunch at our home, this will be our Christmas menu with loads of fruit, good coffee and mimosas.

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Simple, slightly indulgent, and a little bit more special.

Ancient Rome

IMG_8448Rome was saved for last on our trip.  Vast and beautiful, we were sometimes overwhelmed by just how much there was to see there.  Our legs also had the workout of a lifetime.  I was disappointed that the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps were under restoration at the time that we were there, but I can appreciate and respect Rome’s efforts to preserve the history and culture of this ancient city.

My highlights:

IMG_8110(Seeing preserved ruins scattered throughout the city)

IMG_8274 IMG_8413(Vatican City)

(Seeing Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam)

IMG_8130 IMG_8217(Visiting the Colosseum – while eating the biggest donut we could find)

IMG_8080(The Pantheon at night)

IMG_8462(Having dessert at 1 am while the streets were empty)

(On our last night in Rome: Having dinner together at Life)

Sean and I loved this trip for the simple things.  We had on great pairs of Nikes, carried everything we needed in two backpacks,  and wandered everywhere while barely looking at a map.  Visiting Italy had always been a dream of mine, and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to see so much of it, together with Sean.

A Glimpse of Tuscany

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We made a short stop in Siena on our Italy trip, so we tried to make the best of our day there.  I had always wanted to see the countryside of Tuscany, so we booked a wine tasting tour and explored the region of Chianti.  We saw cypress trees lined up and vineyards that stretched for miles.  I saw but a glimpse, but it was enough.

My highlights:

IMG_7915(Wine tasting)

IMG_7966(Visiting a castle for the first time)

IMG_7985(Having dinner in the Piazza del Campo)

IMG_7988(This panna cotta)

The Art of Florence

IMG_7781Florence, for me, is the city that felt the most immersed in art and in it’s history.  And although Sean and I visited two of their most well-known museums, the city itself is filled with sculptures and street art (if you look closely).  The cobblestone streets, and the beautifully aged buildings that lined the Arno River made for the most picturesque sunset.

My highlights:

IMG_7492(Visiting the Uffizi)

IMG_7569(Having lunch at Fiorino D’oro)

IMG_7657 IMG_7690(Day trip to Pisa – We just missed the rain!)

IMG_7758(Seeing Michelangelo’s David at the L’accademia)

IMG_7825(The view from Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset)

Venetian Charm

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Sean and I went on a ten day trip through Italy this past June, and out of the five cities we visited, Venice was our favourite.  I will never forget the moment when we stepped out of the train station for the first time and saw the beauty that is Venice.  There is something so charming about the city, and although we went during peak season and the narrow streets were flooded with tourists, I still loved every minute of our time there.

My highlights:

IMG_7092(Wandering the streets and alleyways)

IMG_7441(Having a night cap with Sean at Cafe Florian in St. Mark’s Square)

IMG_7313 (Taking a day trip to Burano)

IMG_6752(Eating two cups of our favourite gelato every day)