hello from rome! i’m in a hotel room right now and should totally be sleeping because my babies are (I WILL REGRET THIS IN A FEW HOURS), but i also allowed myself to drink bunch of cokes today (did you know i gave up soda on january 1st?! i don’t think i blogged about it so maybe not. but besides drinking one on josh’s birthday on the 31st, i’ve waited until our trip to italy to allow myself to drink it again. i hope to quit it once more when we’re back in new york because my soda habit was getting outta hand and i felt like a drastic stop was the only way.) anyway, not the point here at all with this blog post, BUT i am hyped up on caffeine at the moment, so here i am! awake! GETTING STUFF DONE!
this trip has been really special so far. of course, we have 5 small children in tow, so when i say that, you should know these sorts of experiences where you feel like you’re on such a high from adventuring a new beautiful city with loved ones also comes with incredible lows (jet lagged kids are fuuuuunnnnn, didn’t anyone ever tell you?!) but truly, it’s felt so special and i can’t believe we’re pulling it off. while our family has been to italy in the past, josh and i have talked about coming to rome together to see the new temple for over ten years now, since it was first announced in 2008. since josh was a missionary for our church in italy for two years back in 2002, news of finally having a temple here for the first time meant so much to him. his parents were very sweet at the time and said, “we’re taking you both once it’s finished!” but then ten years passed before it was finished and also, we had five kids in the meantime. ;) we aren’t in a position to leave our kiddos behind (we also didn’t want to, i can’t imagine that right now. wait, actually, i can. that’d be really really dreamy, but i still can’t imagine that happening anytime soon and traveling with my kids, while hard, is how i prefer it. it’s a lot of fun once you get past the part where you realize it is not a vacation. just parenting in a different place, a more exciting place? that’s when the magic starts to happen.) so anyway, don’t worry, we didn’t spring all those extra tickets on the grandparents either. we came on our own! and the grandparents still happily joined us for the first part of our italy trip which has been great, they are good sports! hopefully they will still like us before they leave us in a few days. ;)
i have a lot i am excited to share, but i was only able to get to some photos from the colosseum tonight, so here they are! also, a side note, but i found this mission ROME book for the kids before we left and it has been such a fun activity book for them to do together as we’ve checked out some of the museums and sites so far. it is jam packed with history and fun facts and has this scoring system as they discover and explore the landmarks of rome. my kids are all about pretending to be spies with code names daily, so it has been perfect.
ps. a blog post from with pics of eleanor and samson and josh outside the colosseum back when they were babies and our only two!
one kid jumping, one kid about to karate chop me, and one kid doing the floss! the fact that i got a photo of all three looking in the photo above this one is MAGIC!
the mission ROME book i mentioned above.
seriously throw backs to these photos from 2012!
more to come! i’m doing more insta stories (videos) these days since it feels easier with my arms full of babies, so feel free to check them out over there in the meantime if you’d like!
and for those who might be new to this blog of mine and have inquired about family travel, here are a few blog posts i’ve put together around the topic that i hope you find helpful! still figuring it all out as we go each trip, but a lot of things we have found most useful i have made sure to make a note of below.
feel free to ask any follow up q’s in the comments below as well.
— tips for finding cheap airline tickets for family travel.