Monthly Archives: December 2012


I can’t believe today is here. Last year I made a New Year’s Resolution that I kept secret for a while… until about June when I figured I was half-way to success and would likely be able to complete my … Continue reading

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Christmas Knights

We had so much fun at Medieval Times that I can barely describe it. I’m sure this post will be severely lacking in its attempt to express just how much fun it was. All four of the boys were completely … Continue reading

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Christmas Beach Trip

We have had a fairly seamless transition from Germany to the US. We had several mornings we woke at 4:00 am almost ready for the day, but within a week we were all sleeping until at least 6:00. Not having … Continue reading

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Italy 22: – Well, Switzerland, actually.

At some point, our time in Italy had to come to a close. We left Venice on another Acqua Alta day, walking with all of our luggage around the flooded streets until we could get to a working vaporetto stop. … Continue reading

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Italy 21: – Around Venice

This post is about the sights that most people come to see when they go to Venice.  I’m the weird one who likes to sit at home and watch the goings-on of daily life around me, but I’m okay with … Continue reading

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Italy 20: – Staying home in Venice

With all the drama we went through yesterday to get to and from our tour of the Doges Palace, we were all more than happy to spend the entire day in our apartment.  I was really glad I had selected … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, 2012

This year we are celebrating Christmas with family, something we haven’t done in years. We are thrilled to be able to focus on the meaning of Christmas with each other, our children, and our family. Here is a quick recap … Continue reading

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Italy 19: – Venice – Acqua alta

We arrived during Acqua Alta season and discovered first hand what that means.  I’m not going to go into detail here, but Google it.  You’ll be fascinated!  In fact, if you want to see something really neat, go to http://www.vimeo.comContinue reading

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Italy 18: – Venice – Our apartment

When I was planning our trip I had something specific in mind for each of our locations. For the first four nights I wanted a central location for us to visit Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, and Lucca.  For Rome I … Continue reading

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Italy 17: – Assisi

After our somewhat sobering time in Pompeii we were happy to visit Assisi.  I didn’t anticipate the views of the town, inside the town, or from the town being so beautiful. We stayed in a Youth Hostel the one night we … Continue reading

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