we’ve been here for just over 24 hours and it’s so wonderful to be back. these smells–the air (this isn’t one of those travel exaggerations, i promise) actually smells like jasmine because there’s so much of it blooming in town, the way the stroller bumps along the cobblestone, the loud buzzing of the motorcycles going past, the crunchy chocolate pieces in my (favorite) straciatella gelato, the “un cappuccino per favore!” and then it comes in a pretty little foam topped cup. these things are my favorite things and it’s so nice to be here again.
Since Steve’s been gone, I’ve been sleeping right in between these two. It was simplest for getting them to bed, and for no night wake ups since I’m right there. I’ve loved it! Aside from the occasional knee to my back. Cuddles a-plenty. What are you guys doing this weekend?
Some weekend reading…
Steve’s been in Italy almost two weeks already. He left the Saturday before last, graduation day. The whole weekend was chaotic. We had the kids’ grandmother here, commencement, and then–whoosh!–Jordan, Steve, and Jan all flew out Saturday night (and at different times). Our bustling house fell silent. Well, no. There’s still five of us here, but it was bustling, and then it was much less bustling. Jordan is in Italy with Steve. A sort of last minute decision (plus a good airfare) to fill some of this gap before his job-job begins later this month. When else will they get this sort of dad-son time together? Reports via Facebook messenger video (proving to be a bit more reliable than Facetime) are that all is well. Plus, their weather is gorgeous. Emphasis on their. Weather here is still cloudy with a chance of rain, rain, and more rain.
01. Bloodline Season 3. I feel like this show is highly underrated. Not that anyone’s told me they watched and didn’t enjoy, but more that I just have never heard the buzz around it that it deserves. I’ve been watching since Season 1 and it is really such an incredible show. If you’re looking for something on Netflix, watch this! I believe this is the last season. I’m nearly through it because I binge watched over the weekend once the boys were asleep. Genius. Awesome cast. Great acting. Intense storyline.
02. All of the off-the-shoulder tops this spring. There are a million! Are you sick of seeing them? I don’t entirely blame you, because they’ve been dominating the scene for at least the last year, but if you secure the proper strapless bra (I just bought this one. Jury’s out on whether I have to hike it up a thousand times.) then the world of off the shoulder tops are your oyster, ladies! This one is in my cart right now.
03. The movie Hundred Foot Journey. If you haven’t watched it yet, do so! We watched it again last week and I was reminded of how good it is. Good for the whole family too. It checks all the boxes for me–beautiful scenery, sweet, romantic, funny, food, travel.
04. Speaking of travel! This weekend I’m flying to Italy for a few weeks! (William and Lindsey are staying home with family; pulling them out right at finals time was complicated and the apartment where we’re staying is fuller than it was last time with other professors.) Steve’s teaching a course on Rome and early Christianity over there. He’s worked his tail off to prepare this course (among so much other school-related work; it has been the busiest most stressful semester for him–we’re welcoming summer off with REALLY OPEN ARMS.) and I’m proud of him, and, of course, excited to be returning. We’ll be back in Orvieto most of the time. I miss it so much and can’t wait to walk those streets again and see some of our friends.
05. Mason Cash dishware. This stuff is beautiful and is sold in some of my favorites stores in my area. I’m always drawn to it, and expect, when I flip it over to check the price, that it’s going to be twice as much as it is. It’s not that expensive! And is so beautifully made. I have this dish and I use it all the time. Oven safe too. These bowls are so pretty too.
From last week when my friend brought her baby goats over. Is there anything more fun than baby goats in your backyard? (She brought rosé too–the perfect friend, really). What are you guys doing this weekend? We’re HOPING FOR SOME SUN.
Some weekend reading…
1// smoothies. after being out of a smoothie routine, i’m back in one. they’re my favorite way to get a whole bunch of raw greens into the boys early in the day so that the pressure’s off come dinner time when everyone’s tired, and they’re less likely to go along with the broccoli on the table.
Making: these pulled pork sandwiches for Jordan’s graduation lunch last Saturday. They were delicious. Something magical happens with pork and coleslaw.
Reading: almost through Hillbilly Elegy and really loving it; reads like a good novel.
Wanting: this adorable top.
Feeling: like I’m often pushing my feelings away, since being a Mom is one big cluster-*&^% of really big feelings and sometimes I just don’t even feel like going there… you know? (Particularly as it relates to Parker going off to Kindergarten when I’m certain he should still be like a one year old and I’d love to have a little bit of that back.)
Listening: to My Favorite Murder; I’ll be honest, while it’s super addicting it also has me googling Ted Bundy at 10 PM so, be warned.
Wishing: that families always lived close. Wouldn’t that be nice? (Or not nice, I guess, depending on who you asked.)
Loving: that Steve’s semester is over. It’s been a rough one on him (and all of us).
Watching: Handmaid’s Tale. SO MANY THOUGHTS. I could start a whole discussion group on this show, I think.
Wondering: what Parker and Anders will be like when they’re older. Will they always cuddle? Will they pull away? Will the teen years go smoothly?
Enjoying: Dustin Tebutt. I think a lot of you would be fans. Give him a listen and report back!
What are you guys doing this weekend? For us, Jordan graduates! So we’ll be celebrating with him and family. He’s already landed a job, too. We’re really happy for him. Hope you enjoy your weekends! (And check out a giveaway for a beautiful sandal by Beek shoes on my IG right now!) (above dress by ASOS.)
Some weekend reading…
He sidles into the nook of my arm and whispers in my ear, “I wish I could marry you.” Right then and there I’m certain that 5 3/4 is the sweetest age on God’s green planet. My heart is a puddly mess at the bottom of my rib cage as I lie there in bed and kiss his face. He is laying the love on so thick these days and I’m pretty sure that I’m completely head over heels in love with my own kid. He continues, knowing that he shouldn’t marry his own Mom, and lists a girl he’s been friends with forever, then names another from school adding an observation, “I think she’d make a good Mom to my kids.” Oh, buddy.
I’ve talked before about the form v. function thing and how I really love when I find things that check both boxes. After doing a bunch of traveling two years ago, and with some more coming up, I feel like I know a thing or two about good shoes for lots of walking. Plus, I’m really picky, so I don’t just want comfort but I want it to be a stylish shoe I really like wearing. Who wants to bow out of fun activities because of blisters, or sore feet? Who wants to look like a fuddy-duddy galavanting across Paris in gross “comfort” shoes? Not I. So, here’s some comfortable and cute shoes for your summer travel or just bopping around town chasing after your little ones.