Today is my birthday. It’s hard to believe I am 45 years old – but it’s true. It’s probably harder for my parents to believe!!!!
I have lead a blessed life so far and see many many more years ahead. I am healthy. My family is healthy. And my memories are beautiful and precious! To celebrate, I’m going to share my favorite pictures from the past few years – each one has a story and a special place in my heart.
I hope you are blessed with so many fabulous memories to look back on year after year!
2015 – in front of Hampton Court
Lighthouse Beach, Eleuthera, Bahamas
2015 – Big Ben
San Gimignano in the mist…taken from my torre bedroom window
My sister, Becky, and I!
So much Caprese!
A gorgeous setting for a wine tasting at Palagetto
Touring the Colosseum
It isn’t hard to eat like a local in Italy. Lemon risotto – the most amazing risotto ever!
In Florence at the most adorable cafe right near the Duomo!
My hubby and I!
Cheers – again!
Fire and Ice…I love this picture!
Lined up for the toboggan ride! Quebec City, Quebec.
What a beauty!
I didn’t know she stuck her tongue out until I looked at the pictures that night!!! Notre Dame in the background.
Eiffel Tower!!!! 2019
Sea Lion Encounter, St. Maarten 2019
June 2018. Shortly after sunrise over Vatican City. I ache for another opportunity like this one….we were high tailing it to our private Vatican Tour so we could barely stop to smell the roses, but man, I wish I could’ve frozen time in this very spot. It was so peaceful and serene.
February 2019 aboard the Symphony of the Seas. Sunset while docked off the coast of St. Marteen.
March 2013. Argenton-sur-Creuse. This was sunrise out the window of our charming 16 century townhouse at the end of the bridge.
I have a picture of my kids doing this SAME thing in London in 2013. It is fun to recreate special moments in different locations! EPCOT 2019
Symphony After Dark! Stunning!
Yes, these were BOTH for me!
Brother had to get into the action!
Photo from the top of one of the towers – San Gimignano, Italy
Try to blend in. Zurich, Switzerland – these are our “Polish faces” – my sister in law is Polish, and she said Americans smile too big in pictures – so this is how we imagine the Poles smile!
Prickly Pear blossom – so many foods are made from prickly pear – candies, licorice, jams and jellys, beer…you name it! But look at those thorns!!! Tuscon, AZ
Sagrada Familia – needs no introduction!
2015 – Barcelona cathedral rooftop. Spain
Try a new form of transportation….Char and Sable on a Segway tour of the city – in Europe, kids can do many things they aren’t “allowed” to do in the US.
Atop the battlements of Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George Castle)
2015 – Outside of Jeronimos Monastery
Malaga – breathtaking!
Scooting in Cinque Terre, Italy.
On board the Anthem of the Seas, moored off the coast of Nice, France.
Gibraltar – long lost cousins? Oh and behind Kelton in the distance? AFRICA!!!!!
Cousin’s Trip – Animal Kingdom 2016
Magic Kingdom 2017 – mom and dad’s second trip to Disney without kids!!!!
Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Magic Kingdom 2018
Windsor, Char and Sable – you all haven’t met Sable yet, but this kitty gets around. She even has her own book series in the works!
Family photo taken by dad. Yes it was cold, rainy and windy – it was April in England!!!
Kelton’s hair resembled Albert Einstein’s a bit too much!! Madame Tussauds.
My beautiful rose petal and Hampton Court gardens.
Mind the gap. We got an Oyster Card and used all manner of public transportation throughout London! I love this shot of Char and Sable!
These adorable sheep were all over the city and the kids posed with them whenever possible! The sheep were dressed in outfits that represented the area where they stood.
Monte Alban behind me!
Seasoned crickets at the market – I tried one and it wasn’t too bad!
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Ossippee Lake, New Hampshire
Swift River, Kancamagus Highway, White Mountains, New Hampshire
Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
Ossippee Lake, New Hampshire
The best welcoming committee EVER!!!
Near sunrise, the island of Oahu, Hawai’i
Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawai’i
Char playing her Ukulele at sunset…so perfectly cliche!!!
An evening toast to the good life. We are standing on the Old Stone Bridge in Wurzburg, Germany, marveling at the fortification in the background and enjoying a common daily activity.
Our favorite mode of transportation!
Outside the observatory. It was cold and windy!
Best bite in the city!
Gimmewald, Switzerland – 2019
The happy tourists! Strasbourg, France
American tourists – Amsterdam – 2020
Flowers in January. And people say it’s too cold to travel to Europe in winter!
My handsome date for the evening.
A canal boat awaiting passengers.
From the bottom – a look towards the fortress.