Posting from my phone seemed to go well the other day, so let’s do it again! Currently I am sitting on a train traveling from Firenze (what us Americans know as Florence) back to Venezia (Venice) and then home to Aviano. Yesterday my sister and I took a day trip from Firenze to Pisa to see the famous leaning tower! We found a great place with pizza for lunch, shared a bottle of Chianti, and enjoyed our view!
While in Pisa, we also visited the Duomo (cathedral), Camposanto (cemetery), and Battistero (baptistery). The acoustics in the baptistery are phenomenal, and at regular intervals throughout the day a guy comes in and does an echo demonstration. (I took a video of it, and am trying to share it here. Having issues from my phone though, so hopefully I can upload it once I’m home! It’s definitely better in person though, so if you ever find yourself in Pisa be sure to check it out!)
This is my first time posting from my phone, so let’s see how well this goes!!My sister came to visit, so we took off to Florence and Pisa for a few days! Left the laptop at home, so for now I only have cell pics, better ones to come later!
Today we saw the statue of David, and tomorrow we’ll see the famous leaning tower.
On a side note: I recently started using Instagram! Follow me there (jecreations) to join us on our travels!
I DID IT!! I am happy to announce that I finished my very first half marathon! There was a 3 hour time limit, and I made it in 2:52:42! Walked a little bit more than I wanted to, but my goal was to finish…so mission accomplished! My goal for the next one will be to finish without walking!
My super awesome friend Sarah went with me to cheer me on, take photos, and drive me home! I was really glad I didn’t have to drive myself the 2 hours home, and had some awesome photos to share!
This is me, not sleeping, 4 nights before my first half marathon! If I’m already unable to sleep, I can’t even begin to imagine how much worse it will be Saturday! I’m very nervous/excited/terrified, all at the same time. Right now my goal is to make it over that finish line in the time given—I’m not a very fast runner, and I only get 3 hours to run all 13.1 miles! If you think about it, send lots of good vibes my way Sunday morning, 10 am Italy time!!
Inspiration struck me, I had the perfect vision in my head, and knew the perfect little two-year old for that vision. Unfortunately the photo I pictured in my head never came to be, as toddlers tend to NEVER do what you want them to do, when you want them to do it. This photo was the closest we got:
You won’t see me complaining though! Because what happened next was pure magic! We played, we danced, we wore rain boots. Little miss Alli was about as cute as she could be!
I was super excited to find out my first newborn of the year was going to be the first baby born at Aviano in 2014! This precious little girl was born New Years Day, and came to my little studio to be photographed just 9 days later!
Her big brother was a joy to photograph as well! He did so good with his baby sister!
This year is off to an excellent start!
A very good friend of mine, Erin Stevens, was nominated for Military Spouse of the Year! If anyone deserves this award, it’s her! Just in 2013, she somehow logged 1330 volunteer hours (that’s only the hours she actually logged! I guarantee she volunteered more!) on top of raising a kid, working a full-time job, and going to school for her masters degree! She is an amazing woman, and has done SO much for this base! If you could please take a minute to vote for Erin Stevens, I would really appreciate it!
2014 is off to an AMAZING start so far! Not only did I get to photograph Aviano’s first official baby of 2014, I also got to photograph a very good friends gender reveal! Thanks to todays raininess we ended up a little limited on space, but it still ended up being a very cute session!Now if only I could get them to stay in Italy for her birth….
Every year on the eve of Epiphany, the Italians celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new with a huge bonfire, and a witch burning! (If you would like to know more about Panevin, check out this awesome article from JDomb’s Travels, my go-to site for anything travel related!) This year the celebration for many of the towns near me was postponed a week due to some crazy rain last week, so Ben and I enjoyed the bonfire earlier this evening!
We always have such a fun time! Each little town has their own (or at least a lot of the towns do!) And it’s a great time for the community to get together and drink some vin brulle (hot wine) and eat some cakes! You’ll see kids running around, setting off fire crackers, and every so often you see fireworks coming out of the bonfire!
This is one tradition I’m really going to miss when we move back to the states.