I am just back from a dream trip to Europe with my mother. This was an adventure that had been in the making for the last three years because I turn 40 years old this Summer and wanted to celebrate big time! So it was supposed to be a big-whole-kids included-family kind of trip! But it turns out, it worked out for only my mother and I to go. Which was probably a big stress saver!!
|Mom and I inside a Trenitalia train|
|Under the Tuscan Sun!|
We went to Paris, Venice, Verona, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, and Rome in 12 days! We walked like there was no tomorrow and ate like royalty! From beef bourguignon to bisteca alla fiorentina, carpaccio, pasta alla mare, pizza (the real deal!), creme brulee, belini and limoncello, cafe freddo, we had it all!! And yes, we put on a few pounds. But it was all worth it, and we would absolutely do it again!!
|The Seine River in Paris|
|Love locks before they got removed!|
|Pyramids at Louvre|
|Gondolas in Venice|
|Sweets at Laduree|
|Macaroons at Laduree|
|One of the many bridges in Venice|
|Michelangelo Piazza in Florence|
Back home, I missed my kids like crazy, and could really tell they missed me too! However they really enjoyed all the little gifts I brought them too! My husband also enjoyed the Italian wine from a Tuscan farm and the cheese imported from Campo di Fiori in Rome! Less than one week after I was back home, I already wanted to take everybody to Europe!
But instead, I went right into the end of the year craziness, with all the recitals, shows, field trips and three much needed teacher appreciation gifts! So to ease myself back into "celebrating life's little moments" mode, I put together a very simple and cute gift for my kid's teachers. Can you guess what's inside?
Inside of the cute juice jar, I put a beach towel, a bottle of refreshing coconut water (from Brazil, of course!) and a pack of mints. These are some of the things I like to have on hand during the Summer months! On the back of each tag, each of my children wrote a note to their teacher, thanking for the amazing year they had! I found the free tag here.
For the children in their class, we got bubble bottles and stuck a tag on it with their names and phone number. In case anybody wants a play date during the summer months!
And now I am making lots of plans for an amazing Summer!! Can't wait!!!
Tchau for now!