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The Sweet Life

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“La Dolce Vita” is an Italian phrase meaning “The Sweet Life” that we picked up on our first visit to Italy. We’ve used it often to describe our life together over the years, but I have to tell you, life over the past six months has been even sweeter than ever. This little girl is such a joy! I don’t know if anyone will even see this post since it has been so long since I last wrote, but if you are reading this and you were one of the many people who prayed for us during this pregnancy, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. It still amazes me that we get to be her parents. ❤

Over the past few months I’ve had several people ask if I’m going to start writing in this space again. And the truth has been that I just didn’t know. As I’m sure most of you who follow me on social media have guessed, we are currently keeping our daughter’s online presence to a minimum. Which means that I’m not planning to write about her here. I could write about the same types of things I used to write about here: recipes or fitness or time with friends or travels or photography or DIYs or house updates all without mentioning her or sharing photos of her. But, my friends, that’s just not where my head is right now.

I’m still doing all of these things that I was doing before her arrival, but she is just so much a part of our lives now that I don’t want to blog without talking about her. Maybe at some point down the line I’ll be ready for that or we will decide to share more about her publicly. But for now I guess this is me officially saying a goodbye to this blog.

I may not be writing in this space, but I’m not completely gone! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. And of course if you have questions about recipes or travel or baby things or just want to chat, you can always email me (thisitalianrach@gmail.com). I would love to hear from you! 🙂

I started this blog in 2010 and am so thankful for the connections I’ve made thanks to blogging. What a sweet and supportive group of bloggers I ran into in this corner of the internet. Thanks for being part of that and for reading along over the years! ❤

Love Rach

 

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San Francisco!

Another video for you guys today! We had a blast in San Francisco!

Notes: 

– The Sea Lions at Fisherman’s Wharf were one of my favorite highlights! I know I only have a few seconds of video of them, but we sat there for a long time just watching them play together. So cute!

– Christopher is giving you a tour of our hotel room because we were very pleasantly surprised to find out that our “free hotel stay” (thanks to Hyatt credit card points) landed us in the Presidential Suite of the hotel! Faaaaancy!

– Christopher tried his first moon cake from Chinatown! And I got to eat sponge cake again! Both were much sweeter than I remember from when we lived in China, but it was fun to relive those memories.

– We ate a lot of good food while in San Fran, but the Italian Homemade Company was the best! Oh my gracious, that pasta was heavenly! Reminded us of the pasta we ate outside Vatican City in Rome! 🙂

Love Rach

Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks!

We got home from the west coast late last night and then hit the ground running today. But I wanted to go ahead and share our National Parks video with you guys today because things aren’t going to be slowing down any time soon and I don’t want to get too far behind in blogging. So enjoy a little sneak peak at our time at Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks!

Notes:

– Most of the footage was taken at Yosemite & Sequoia. The General Grant Tree is really the only thing we saw at Kings Canyon while passing through.

– We took the random shot of me standing on the snow (1:28) to show just how much snow there was in some places. I’m technically standing a couple of feet above the path. You can look behind me in the photo for a park bench that’s half covered in snow for reference.

– It was all amazing, but one of my favorite things was that we celebrated Easter Sunday at Sequoia National Park. We stopped along the Tall Trees Trail and read the resurrection story from Matthew. So so powerful. The snow glistening around us, the bubbling stream, the towering Sequoias, the sun breaking through the trees. It was like being on holy ground. He is risen. 🙂

Love Rach

Ohio Trip

We spent this past weekend in Ohio visiting my oldest sister’s family. For those who don’t know, they live in Prague (check out this post for our recent trip to visit them there!). However, thanks to a business trip, they are hanging out in Ohio for a bit so we went up to visit them!

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This is us with our niece, Katka and nephew, Marek. They are so fun to spend time with! Melissa (their mom/my sister) and I have talked a lot about parenting over the years and this weekend I started asking her oldest (Katka) what she thought of her parents parenting. It was fun hearing her perspective (turns out she thinks her parents are doing a pretty good job). 🙂

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Katka is very excited to meet her cousin the next time we see them! She loved feeling my baby bump and offering name suggestions. 🙂

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My sister’s family! As always, we had a wonderful visit with them! Even though they live in Europe, I’m so thankful we’ve made an effort to see each other as frequently as we can!

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We did plenty in Columbus, Ohio over this weekend (including visiting the zoo, walking around the Ohio State campus, walking around downtown, eating lots of delicious food, and playing at parks), but this is the only other photo I have, haha! We ate at Skyline Chili and it was delicious! Though, I’ll be honest, half that cheese came off before I ate it, haha! 😉

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I’ll leave you with this shot from yesterday at the airport. Baby Girl has POPPED! I can’t figure out if this is because I really have grown this much or if this is the first Baby Bump photo we’ve taken near the end of the day versus in the morning. I definitely ate a lot of dairy this weekend which tends to bloat me. So I’m not sure how much of that is Baby V and how much of that is the cheese I had for lunch. 😉 But either way, Baby Girl is growing and making sure everyone knows she’s here! This is the 4th State she’s visited while in utero, but her first flight! I’m excited for all the adventures we’ll have with her on the outside too! 🙂

Do you have far-away family that you still get to see on a regular basis?

Have you had Skyline Chili? If so, did you actually eat all that cheese?! 

Love Rach

A day in the country

Life is moving at breakneck speed right now (seriously, I am going to wake up tomorrow and it will be 2017, ha!). So this weekend was the perfect time to get away to the country for a bit.

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If you can’t tell, we’re on a 4 wheeler in that last shot. And I’m sure some of you saw the blurry, shaky InstaStory of us riding horses as well. 🙂 I only have a couple of photos because I held a friend’s baby while she rode a horse and he fell asleep on me. So I snuggled that sleeping baby for the rest of the evening so his mom’s hands could be free. We also cooked hotdogs over a bonfire and spent the evening chatting with friends. It was a wonderful sort of day out in the country. I’m so thankful for the family who lives here who invites us all out twice a year. What a blessing this place is for the soul! 🙂

Have you been out to the country lately?

When was the last time you rode a horse or 4 wheeler?
Love Rach

Europe, here we come!!

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The time has come! We are at the airport about to fly out. I’ll be posting on Instagram throughout the trip so feel free to follow along there. Happy Thursday, friends!

Love Rach

All the things in one day

Saturday was the day that all the things happened. We started our morning at the zoo with family and went from there to a photo shoot and from there to meet up with an old college buddy who was in town visiting and from there to play outdoor laser tag with friends and from there to a birthday celebration dinner with the same group. It was quite the day. Exhausting, but fun.

Each of these things would be a blog post on their own normally, but I’m sure you guys have noticed that I’m writing less frequently these days. It’s busy season with my photography business again which means less time spent sharing stories and favorites here on the blog. But even if I don’t have time to share all the stories today, I can at least share some favorite photos from the weekend. 🙂

 Morning at the Memphis Zoo!

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If you’ve ever wondered about the church I go to… here’s a good look at some of our leadership. 😉 Our preacher & his wife, our youth minister, and our children’s minister are all pictured here. Almost everyone else here is a volunteer or a ministry team leader. We’re a pretty cool group if I do say so myself. 😉

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Both Christopher and I wiped out hard while playing laser tag (he slid in mud just after capturing their flag and I tripped over a root while running full speed as a distraction). He had an egg-sized lump on his shin (no joke! It was scary looking!) and I banged up my knee pretty badly, but we still had such a great time! We’re a little sore this week, but we’re proud of playing hard. 🙂

Now we need a weekend to recover from our weekend. 😉

Have you ever played laser tag outdoors? This was a first for us!
Love Rach