Europe tour 2012: Verona, Italy

I think Verona was the most unexpected of our destinations. We became obsessed with it. We spent the day exploring the city of Romeo and Juliet!

Eating a calzone bigger than my face. It was delicious. 

Can you believe how gorgeous this town is? The best thing about it was that there were few tourists, we felt like we had it all to ourselves. 

Verona by far had the best Gelato of our trip. I mean wow. We got it twice that day. Its even better that they shape it like a flower. haha They just opened one of these babies up in NYC and I want to go just for this Gelato. 

We hiked up stairs and stairs to get to the church on a hill, the views were breathtaking. 

We also obviously had to visit the touristy part of town. Apparently this is Juliet Capulets balcony. What I am really wondering is why this is the traditional pose with her statue? haha

I would definitely recommend verona as a fabulous break from the crazy touristing.

Europe tour 2012: Venice, Italy

Venice was a place I'd wanted to visit all growing up, I read books and books about it! People told me before I left that Venice wasn't all that it was cracked up to be because it was super touristy and the water smelled bad.

Completely the opposite experience that we had. Venice was GORGEOUS and I never once noticed a bad smell. Everytime we turned a corner we needed to take another picture. We didn't get to take a ride on a gondola, $40, no way! but we explored the city and all the fun shops it had to offer!!

Venice was the city of my dreams no doubt!

Looking back

I anyone else obsessed with looking back? I love reading through my old journals and looking back through all my photos/photo books. I seriously keep all of that sentimental stuff. It makes me so happy. Im still especially obsessed with my wedding photos!

So grateful for my wonderful friend and photographer Anna and her Fiancé at the time Mateo! They recently launched a new brand together and I love it!! Check it out Anna & Mateo.

Philippines planning


I am getting so excited planning for our awesome 9 day adventures to the Philippines! I definitely need to find a rash guard, I am thinking this one from Jcrew. Its only $35. I also need some new shades, sandals, and some kind of cover-up or sun dress. Its going to be mighty hot there!

Easter weekend

This Easter weekend was filled with food, family and fun. The three F's. haha Because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we also have General Conference which is 8 glorious hours of listening to our prophets and apostles talk about Jesus Christ, families, marriages, and other gospel topics. I can't think of a better way to spend Easter than focusing so much of my time on Christ!

Saturday night the boys had a session of conference just for them so my mom sister and I went to dinner at the amazing Station 22 in Provo. Those sweet potato wedges are the best Ive ever had! We also finished off dinner with fried cookie dough, why not? My little teenager sister ditched us for friends afterwards (someday she'll realized we are cooler than her friends) and my mom and I went shopping!

Sunday we spent the whole day at my parents, and started the day off right eating our traditional homemade cinnamon rolls! Then we had 22 people over to my parents for Easter dinner. We even had some friends join us! Dinner was delicious, the egg hunt we set up for my siblings was a blast, and we even got easter baskets full of goodies from my parents. We aren't adults yet! haha

Man I love the weekend!

Today I am linking up with Oak and Oats! Link up your favorite post from the week:

Every Monday I host a link up called Week's End! It is a place for you to link up your favorite post from the week and meet new bloggers. I love community and think that we can all learn something from each other! This week Jess of Love Always, Jess is my co-host!

Hi! My Name is Jessica and I blog over at Love Always, Jess. I write this blog to chronicle my life and thoughts.I love to read, travel, cook, and be healthy. I have an amazing job at Qualtrics as a professional services consultant (it's okay if you have no idea what this is, no one does). I am also a Utah Sales Rep for an organization called The Shine Project which I am obsessed with.

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