Friday, July 27, 2012

Festa Italiana

First things first. I finally got some help for my boofy mushroom head of a hair-do. Here is the before and after:
Quite the improvement, wouldn't cha agree?

 Oh boy. The first night rained and rained and rained. We got lucky and grabbed free ponchos before they were all gone.

 First thing I ate-fried cheese ravioli--the bomb.

 Pizza pals.

 Who else wants one of these in their home?

 The girls were good sports!

 It is never too rainy for wine:)

 Or coffee.

 You could not have special ordered the weather the next day: perfection!

 Sicilian dancers.

 One afternoon early morning, we went to a place called Holy Hill. It's a huge catholic establishment on a beautiful hill and incredible land. It also use to be a Monastery, which has now been turned into a cafe and of course we had to have some pie!

There were 3 incredible churches in all. 

 We then explored downtown Milwaukee--hitting Alterra, a coffee shop I had hoped to check out!

  We found an amazing Bohemian area on Brady St. in Milwaukee, we loved it.

 The whole gang.

 I treated myself to some shoes I used to wear in grade school. I am in love! (and to think I use to be embarrassed as a kid to wear these).

 Madz got yet another piercing in her ear, that makes 11!

 When do you think squash was 5 cents a pound?
This is at an old abandoned farm we found on our way home. We explored it for about 20 minutes, it was awesome!

Annnnnd what I worked on on the drive home--it's coming along!

Milwaukee was filled with family fun, laughter and inside jokes. Good food, tasty desserts and yummy drinks. A lot of new memories were made. I am so thankful to have the privilege to go on trips of any kind--I could never take it for granted. 


Daisy said...

I love all of your pictures! Specially the flowery dress with the glasses. You're such a cutie :)

his little lady said...

okay, i don't know how long it has been like this, but i love the little changes you have made to the blog. second, your hair is just gorgeous! loving that pizza eating picture. hilarious!
xo TJ

Natalie said...

loving the new hairdo =)

Stephanie said...

I love your haircut! And it looks like you had an amazing time. I've loved seeing all these images on Instagram. It's so fun to follow your photo stream on there!

Stela said...

Looks like you had a fun time! And I agree, it's never too rainy for wine :)

NZ said...

Mamma mia....LOVE it all!! vinegar & olive oil station? Yes please!

Barb said...

Your hair is quite gorgeous I must say! great photos - all of them!

Chrissy said...

Wonderful photos! Love them all, looks like you all had a wonderful time!
And your hair looks amazing!

Loving the new look over here!
Happy weekend xxx

ZoƩ said...

Beautiful photos here... and I love the light. :)

christina said...

Love your pics...I! Drooling over the food!!

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LeeLee said...

Sounds like a lovely time. Also, fabulous haircut and dress. :)

Vic said...

i think i wanna live there:) my hair gets way puffy too! i love the straightener! stuffed ravioli's cheese ball thingy's--yes please! they look like they could be my new favorite appetizer! love the photography doll

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Jean said...

i am in love w/ mocassins! like, in love!

love all the food shots. making me want pizza n wine n coffee.

Jenna Grace said...

Love the new look to the site! And, your hair looks great! Looks like you and your fam are enjoying summer days!

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Michelle said...

I still can't get past the fried ravioli! That sounds DEEELISH! Milwaukee looks/sounds awesome! I've heard good things about it before. I love cities like that...underrated gems of the Midwest. That's how I feel about Columbus. Oh, and I loooove those moccasins! Everything you wear is awesome!

Sarah B. said...

What a lovely trip! So glad to see you took all those pictures. Looks like you and the rest had fun. So glad! :)

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Stella said...

love the photos. looks like so much fun <3
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ADAM ❤ ALEX mommy said...

great photos, gina. your before hair looks like my hair everyday! haha, that's why i wear it in a bun most of the time. you look so cute in the red poncho! hope you're having a great summer so far.

have a great rest of the week, gina.


Vale ♥ said...

What a fun and interesting post ! I would have loved to explore the deserted farm, I like decadent places, I always think about how nice it should have been when it was up and running ! Glad you liked the italian party hehe =) Kisses from Italy

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Liv Lundelius said...

Looks like such a good time! Love the metallic salt water sandals!

Tamera Beardsley said...

Wow gina,,,such a beautiful post!

gorgeous hair!
love the dress with perfect glasses!
abandoned farm photos...all perfection...I am so drawn to abandoned farms and barns...they call to my soul in the eeriest way...i am compelled to stop and acknowledge the lives that have passed through.
you have a gift for sharing the essence of your travels.

A LONG summer here with THREE teenagers and me an overly sensitive mom in the throes of hormones? i don't know anymore... Love sharing your travels my dear!

engineer's wife said...

You are my soul sister for sure. I love each picture and wish I could have been with you on this trip. I hope you thought of me when you took the picture of the door trimmed in joy "yellow".

Many blessings

Elisha(: said...

Your trip looks oh so lovely. Your pictures are always dreamy. :)
Love you dearly!

And I love love LOVE the new blog look!!!

Julie Marie said...

you forgot about when you went to ran and red light and went to an exciting place called mcdonalds for some coffee ;)