Italy Trip – May 2008

August 7, 2008 at 1:20 pm (Travels)

So, I’m also way late on blogging about the Italy trip. So, here is the quick-tour of our Italian getaway!

Most important thing to know about the trip – we love GELATO! We ate it every day!
First stop Positano with Brad and Amy. We stayed at La Sirenuse – OMG, sooo nice – but not too nice to wear pajamas to breakfast.
Brad and David, Positano

The weather was great, we ate lots of good food and drank lots of fabulous vino (especially at La Donna away from the touristy area). Luckily we countered the food/vino with lots of tennis so we wouldn’t gain 20 lbs!
Jil tennis in Positano

David and I did a day tour to Pompeii. The ruins were fascinating (that is Mt. Vesuvius in the back-drop) and there were lots of phallic symbols lasting thousands of years! ….’THIS WAY TO WHORE HOUSE’.

After Pompeii, we went to the cute town of Ravello. In Ravello we accidentally got drunk at lunch with Mamma Mia at a hole-in-the-wall-authentic-family-operated-deeelish restaurant and toured the Belvedere Gardens.
David and Mamma Mia in RavelloDavid RavelloRavello

Back in Positano we got in some water time and visited the grottos. Brad and Amy didn’t join us as Brad would rather do anything than go on a boat. He was probably off running up a hill somewhere training for a marathon!
David in PositanoJil PositanoPositano

Off to northern Italy by train (note to self: next time fly!) to meet up with Jeff and Judy on their honeymoon – YES, they spent a week of their honeymoon with the four of us – crazy bastards! We finally make it to Milano and then a wet, cold welcome to Lake Como where it rained and rained and then rained a little more! Our villa was cute with great views and luckily we had good company and again, lots of vino! The sun finally came out to reveal the surrounding beauty and Judy cooked us a nice dinner to enjoy on the terrace!
Lake Como view from villa
Dinner on the terrace, lake como
When the rain started up again, we had to entertain ourselves…
Lake Como, vino!David and Brad working in Lake Como
We did venture out in the rain and decided to make the most of it!
Raining in Lake ComoLake Como in the rain
There was a break in the rain here and there when we were able to get out and see the towns of Leno and Bellagio.
Leno, Lake ComoJil and AmyAmy drinking puddin'Judy with gelato in Bellagio
After being cold and wet for about 4 days straight, we had to cut our losses. Jeff, Judy, David and I decided to head back to Milano, thinking that if it is going to be rainy, it would be better to be in a city with more indoor things to do…and TAXIS. Amy and Brad had had enough and headed home to Boulder.
So, for the rest of us – off to Milano. We toured the main Cathedral (the biggest gothic cathedral in the world, I think), shopped, and enjoyed some very nice meals together for a couple of days before heading home!
Cathedrale in Milano
David, Jeff, Judy in MilanoMilano, shopping
All in all, even with the crappy rain in Lake Como, it was a great trip and we had a fantastic time with Brad, Amy, Jeff, and Judy!

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Delaney’s 3rd Bday

August 7, 2008 at 11:17 am (Family, Kids)

I know I’m soooo late on blogging about D’s bday, but better late than never, right?

May 25th was the big day. We started the day with party hats and presents, of course.
The main present was a playhouse on the patio (with a sky-light, a working door-bell – all the cool stuff) that we filled with pink balloons, she also got some other cool things like a water activity table, some books and coloring supplies, and a way-cool unicorn sleeping bag with her name embroidered on it.

Play house on the new patio

In the afternoon, I took D for a special treatment at LolliLocks. She loved it there, it is a salon just for little girls. She had her hair done in an up-do with sparkles and a tiara, then she had her fingernails done, in pink, with little flower stickers stuck on each nail. She was adorable and she loved it!
Delaney at LolliLocksDelaney's up-doDelaney at LolliLocks

Then of course, we ended the day with a home-made (well, from a mix) birthday cake!
We all had a great day and Delaney was so excited to turn 3!

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