Trip to Rome, Italy!

I'm really behind on sharing these photos!  My awesome husband took me to Rome, Italy back in October 2017.  We went with my brother and brother-in-law.  We had an amazing trip!

I stepped out of my comfort zone and focused on street photography.  I photographed all the big landmarks and all the interesting stuff I was able to find on side streets and all over the city.  We hit all the tourists attractions like the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, several fountains, and Vatican City.  We also just walked around Rome and did our best not to get hit and run over by the crazy moped drivers (and there were a lot!).

And the food!  Oh Italian food is spectacular!  I highly recommend going to Rome just to eat amazing food for a week straight!  We ate gelato everyday, and I have no regrets.

Enjoy a photographers paradise (or one of them)... Rome, Italy!

The flight to England and subsequent layover at Heathrow took it out of these three.

4th of July

It's been awhile since I blogged.  With my kids wrapping up their school year, then summer beginning, I completely lost track of time!

We've had a busy summer so far with swim lessons, pool fun, playing with friends, and trying to keep cool in our 100 degree heat!  But I haven't done any permanent damage to the kids (that I know of) and everyone seems to be having fun.

Happy belated 4th of July!

We celebrated our Independence Day on Monday with a few festivities.  We watched the 4th of July Parade in Downtown Round Rock.  It was the first year we brought the kids, and they loved it!  We started off a little rocky since we got there about 45 minutes early to get a good spot.  Patience is not a strong virtue when it comes to my children.  But we finally made it to the start of the parade, and I was told it was worth the wait.  Shocking! (yes I know said with all kinds of dripping sarcasm)

There were tons of floats and most of them threw candy which is always a win when it comes to children.  All 4 got into it!  We saw a few small bands and lots of red, white, and blue.

At the end of the day, I brought Jackson and Cullen over to parent's house to watch the City of Round Rock's fireworks.  A bonus was they're neighbors bought and shot off a few fireworks of their own.  It was legit since they don't live the city limits.  The boys also had fun playing with a couple of sparklers.  Lots of neighbors setting off fireworks.  Cullen and Jackson loved it!

I hope all of you had a great 4th of July!  And a big THANK YOU to all of our soldiers (both here on US soil and those deployed) for continuing to fight for our freedom!

The crew right after we got to the parade site.

Sunscreen application!

Cullen got tired of waiting for the parade to start.

More people out to see the parade. This was before it got really crowded.

The start of the parade!

Color Guard

Round Rock Fire Department's Pipes and Drums Band

What's a parade without the Light Saber Academy showing up?!

Austin's Roller Girls!

Our solider carrying our flags.

The gorgeous sunset I mentioned.

Boys and their toys! Or fireworks in this case.

Jackson watching the fireworks.

Cullen watching the fireworks.

Cullen and his first sparkler!

And the thunder rolls....

Could it rain anymore?!

It's been raining and raining, and raining some more around here lately.

Seriously, the ground is soaking wet from rain, and my backyard turns into a mini pond during every downpour.  On the up side, we aren't in a draught any more!  And it's a balmy 70 degrees instead of the average 90 degrees mid-May.

I had to run a quick errand on Saturday at the grocery store before having to pick up my oldest from a birthday party.  I had my camera with me when I saw the storm rolling in.  The cloud line and colors were amazing looking!  I grabbed my camera and took a few quick shots.

I don't shoot storms or street photographer often (although after these I might need to pull out my camera some more).  I thought I'd share some of the images of the storm rolling in.

View out the back of my car. I was parked in a parking lot.