sicilia, italia!

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here are a few (ok, more than a few) photos from our time in sicily (i posted a few while we were there, too.)  josh was a missionary for 2 years for our church in southern italy ten years ago, so it was extra special to get to see all the little towns and places where he lived.  we spent a little time in gela, palma di montechiaro, ragusa and syracusa (my favorite!) southern italy had such a different vibe and feel compared to the north where we spent the second week of our trip. it was very laid back, and josh says not much had changed at all since he lived there ten years ago.  i really loved it. the views were so beautiful. the food was delicious. the people were the sweetest. it is most certainly a very special place.

  1. naomi,
    I have to ask you where you got your blue (maybe black) and white waffle looking long sleeve shirt? you are wearing it in one of your pictures on your trip :)
    I am obsessed with it!
    thanks love!

  2. Qué lindas fotos! Me encantaría conocer Italia.
    Dios bendiga a tu familia, es maravillosa

    Saludos desde Chile

  3. thanks guys! the pink shirt is from REISS.


  4. Great photos – i'm loving all of the details of your trip. i'm so happy y'all had a great time

  5. love this post! such great photos and i am dying over your cute pink peplum shirt! mind sharing where you found it?!

  6. Such great photos

  7. You are great, guys!!! Italy through your lens is increadibly beautiful!

  8. tinajo

    Looks just fab! :-)

  9. Dimitra

    What a gorgeus family! you must had a marvellous time! next time, we are waiting next by….in Greece:)

  10. Lew

    Beautiful beautiful pictures at my favorite place on earth!! What is that gorgeous pink lipstick you're wearing? It looks so good on you!

  11. Marie

    Love Eleanor's jeans! where did u get it from? :) all of you seemed to have a great time together. Beautiful photos.

  12. Absolutely lovely pictures! Your kid are cute! Love Italy!

  13. Love the pictures! Love your babies!
    Looks fabulous!
    Italia e molto bella!


  14. Dana

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  15. Dana

    Where are your boots in the first picture from? They are adorable!!

  16. kristyn

    Eleanor in her sunglasses–so cute! italy looks gorgeous and a lot of fun :)


  17. Holy beautiful! I think my favorite picture is of miss big girl E strutting down the street with that smirk on her face! Too cute!

  18. Victoria

    Your photos make me want to visit! Hoping to go to Italy for the first time next year.x

  19. Mat

    you guys look like such a nice family, having loads of fun times together. nice one.

    glad you like the instagram magnets so much, they rock!

  20. Evelyn

    You all always look so put together. Its adorable.

  21. LOVE the pic of E pointing and you can tell your husband is looking at whatever she's talking about. priceless!!!!!!

  22. Gorgeous photos! Looks like it was a magical trip and what a great experience for your little kiddos!

  23. Marie

    Just watched your chat and I loved it! Both of u should collaborate and do it again. :)
    Picked up a few tips & advice on blogging, motherhood and life. Thank you!

  24. ali

    it seems so fitting for josh to be wearing bow ties in italy. where did he get those from? i could certainly see a bow tie or two in my husbands christmas stocking this year. please do tell!

  25. The beauty of these pictures hurts and you know it lady !! I was expecting to see beautiful moments of you 4 and you didn't disappoint me :) I think I have asked you again, but it would be great to make a post about packing for 1/2 week long trips with 1/2 children and flights. You must have some valuable experience that would be helpful for everyone ;)

  26. @Lisa | happy by… thanks! i am almost done writing my post on packing and traveling with littles. it was interesting… but we got everything into two carry ons and i still cant believe it!

    @ali, i think the bow ties are from brooks brothers.

    @dana, boots are from frye.

    @marie, her jeans are from baby gap.


  27. @jessie ann, the pink shirt is from Reiss.

    @lew, that's actually really nice of you to say because i am not wearing any lipstick. ha!

  28. What style boot from Frye? Your style is so effortless chic!

  29. Alix

    Looks like you guys had lots of fun in Italy! Both of your kids are seriously adorable. It's so fun to watch them grow up! Hoping my future children are as cute as yours! :)

  30. xgirl

    You flew with the Donkey! Wow, I'm impressed :-) And the airline didn't mangle it?

  31. Mr. Davis wore shirt and bowtie during vacation?? awesome.. :D
    and yeah, E is definitely getting cooler everyday ;)

  32. emily

    i love it. you guys are so cute.

  33. PSchmalz

    You guys are one of the cutest families I have ever seen

  34. I love your blog! I just discovered it while reading Joy's book Blog, Inc. and so happy to have had the chance to find it. I'm a lifestyle blogger as well. Great pictures and such a beautiful family. I went to Italy on a family vacation and Siena was by far my favorite (my dad is from there).Looking forward to more posts!

  35. that first photograph is a magazine cover for sure! xx

  36. Corinne

    You look so beautiful as usual. Glad Josh speaks Italian– when we visited Italy we wielded our already crappy Spanish on everyone. They laughed, but usually understood what we meant. :)

  37. Could you do a post on packing for a trip? I'm always stuck on what/how much to pack……I'm a terrible over-packer and would love to know how much you brought!

  38. lovely pictures! i wouldn't mind being there right now, instead of my freezing apartment!
    xo, cheyenne

  39. i love this! looks like your family had an amazing time

  40. Such a beautiful place and family! I can't wait to go there someday

  41. Coryann

    Eleanor looks like she's having a blast exploring Italy!

  42. Your family never ceases to make me happy! You all are so beautiful. Thankful for a memorable trip!

  43. yesss.. that's the food i miss since i 've been living in the north of italy…. almond sweets, mozzarella and prosciutto with milk bread and dried tomatoes…
    E is gorgeous and so at her ease.

    LOve these photos, can't wait to see rome and venice pics too.

  44. Sarah

    Your blog is one of my favorite places to visit. Thank you so much for sharing the bits and pieces of your life.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, and your family. Best wishes! xo

  45. These images are amazing. So much fun. I'm glad you took your babies. Wouldnt have been a vacation without them.

  46. Heather

    Beautiful photos! My husband served his mission there too- although it would have been a few years before yours was there. I'm hoping to go there with him someday soon!

  47. Marissa

    Your pictures are always so beautiful !what kind of camera do you use? Your my inspiration of what I want my family to be like. Your kids are so adorable and it looks like you and your husband are really in love!