hello! sharing lots of photos today from the day we took a boat out around lake maggiore. this was so much fun! i don’t know why i get hesitant to do water activities with the kiddos, i always anticipate that they are going to hate it and we’re going to be stuck on a boat far away from land, but it turns out that all three of our kids are water babies through and through and never want to get back onto shore. i guess my hesitation comes from my own nervousness about being on deep water. i don’t know what it is about it all, but every time we hit a wave or go fast, i swear we’re in for a major accident of some sort. since we’ve been in italy, we’ve actually taken 3 different boats out on our own though, and fortunately never had any issues. if anything, it’s just deepening our kids’ love for all things water and i’m working hard myself on warming up to it all with each boat ride. :)
by the way, if you’re interested in renting a boat at lake maggiore, you need to make a reservation in advance. we had made one through our hotel, but by the time we got to the rental place (much later than we anticipated… you know, three kids and all), this little orange boat we took out was all they had left at the rental place. it was fine and worked great, it just didn’t have any covering for shade which i think is helpful if you’re spending the entire day on the water with little ones. also, they are very limited on kid life jackets and the ones eleanor and samson are wearing are a little bit big, but were the only two they had. but just a side note for anyone in the future!
love this photo of all of my family in the boat!
they all love to wave and yell “CIAO!!!!!” to any passing boats! it’s incredible.
this sweetheart who always finds the map, wherever we are, and studies it so hard. it’s the sweetest thing. josh gave him a map of italy in the car and he seriously held it for maybe a half hour looking at all the different routes to take. he’d point out certain places and ask, “what does this say?” or “where does this go?” and then get back to looking so closely at all the details again. his interest in helping to navigate makes me feel all sorts of proud. i’m excited to see how he uses these sorts of tools all on his own later on in his life.
you can’t take your own boat to isola bella (we took a water taxi boat the day before to the little island), but you can boat around it. it’s so beautiful that we had to get up close just once more!
we made a stop at one of the older towns by boat to explore and eat together.
samson helping to grab the ring to tie our boat to!
getting lots of wiggles out! we ran and played for a long time in this little alley way.
this meal was actually later on that night when we were back in stresa. i have seriously eaten gnocchi almost every meal here in italy (if it’s on the menu, i do not pass it up, especially when it is homemade) and i still can’t get enough. between that and all the gelato (i have also not passed up one cone while we’ve been here either), i’m a little anxious to get back to better eating and daily exercise (can you believe josh has had NO gelato on this trip?! like not even one lick of it! he’s crazy. i threw all our eating guidelines out the window for this trip and i don’t really regret it. i have loved all of the food so so much.)
she found these flowers and put them in her hair herself! i love her so much.
toppling over and losing conrad in the process, but love this shot so much anyway.
josh says he made me try it on our last trip, but i swear i had never tried bacio flavored gelato until this trip (i haven’t ever had the candy bar, either) but after trying it, i’ve ordered it every gelato cone since. it’s real good.
photo by eleanor. :) :) :)
i already said this on my instagram, but after eleanor took that photo of us standing all nicely beside one another, josh picked me up so fast to give me a kiss and eleanor just kept snapping pictures! it was amazing. the best part is when i walked back over to her to take back the camera, i said “hey thanks, eleanor!” to which she replied, “anytime, mom.” haha! she’s the best.
watching ducks pass by (he loves making a sound like a duck! and he does better than anyone!). he could have sat here all day yelling “hiiii!” to them.
some more “CIAO!!!!!!”‘s (or “hiiiiii’s” in conrad’s case) to passing boaters.
a really really great time together. i think more boats will be in our future for sure. mama has some water-fear to over come (probably should have never gone to see that movie the shallows) so i can enjoy them as much as my people do and not feel so stressed the entire time.