it’s the little things

In theory I like to stop and savor the little things of life that make it sweet, such as Lena’s glee when I pick her up out of her crib, Siena’s faithful shadow, having just one baby for a little while longer, or waking up beside Elliott each day (something a military wife learns to never take for granted).However, in the hustle and bustle of life lately, I’ve taken fewer photos and often forget that we live in Italy, for crying out loud. (One reader pointed that out recently… to my conviction!)  This week I tried to capture some things that have made our lives sweet recently.  Here are a few glimpses into life in our home:

 in the phone booth in town, I love that she’s talking with her hands!
& morning light in the neighborhood
main square
& view of our town and Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe
running down the hill into the main piazza
& a visit to the little general store where I picked up some of my favorite tortellini for lunch
a pit stop for a drink on a walk
& stairs from the valley leading up to our house on the edge of the cliff… a long walk with a baby on your hip!
Daddy’s cowboy hat
& a mailbox in our neighborhood
 dazzling morning light
& looking out over our town
 our first trip to Centro Sicilia mall… which is all of 10 minutes from our house
 making the switch to greener kitchen products
 my little girl

 where did those neighborhood kittens go?
& well, there’s one of them

 bella principessa before church on Sunday
& bike on a balcony

Today I’m linking up with Hello Hue and InstaFriday.

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27 Responses to it’s the little things

  1. Autumn November 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    i love the one of her drinking water from the spout

  2. Tiffany Norris November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Amazing photos! What beautiful things you see every day!

  3. Kelly Cohen November 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    your little girl is adorable!

    x Kelly

  4. Kit November 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    You little girl is so cute…I am envious that you live in Italy. It is my husband and my favorite country!!!

  5. Stephanie November 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I love these pictures. I love the picture of your little girl drinking water from the spout – she’s darling and the texture is so cool! Ahhh the old buildings are gorgeous!

  6. ~julee~ November 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm #


  7. Carrie November 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    What a beautiful place to live! Isn’t it funny how as expats we often take it for granted until others help us to notice it?

  8. Joy November 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    These pics are so great! Lena is beautiful!

    This post reminds me of our life in Spain when we were stationed there. I know exactly what you mean about not taking for granted the fact that you get to wake up next to your spouse… That’s me every day!

  9. Anonymous November 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    These pictures are gorgeous and bring back so many memories of when I lived in Catania as a child. The roman blinds especially- it was the first thing I heard every morning, my mother ratcheting up the blinds and letting them down at dusk…

    • Becca November 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

      “My mother ratcheting up the blinds and letting them down at dusk…”

      What a beautiful memory! I hear that sound often here.

  10. Ashley R November 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Hope you don’t mind I came across your blog and thought I’d say hi! You are so lucky to live somewhere so beautiful. Great photos!

    xo Ashley

  11. Stacia November 2, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    LOVE this! You are a photographer, Becca, and take such beautiful pictures. Makes me dream of Italy…and seeing you again.

  12. Rachel November 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Great pictures, Becca!

  13. I Lelli November 3, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    we absolutely LOVE your blog. Beautiful pics, beautiful family, beautiful Sicily!

    We are Lelli Family. We live in Milan. We are your followers now.

    xoxo Lelli

  14. Rossana November 3, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    hello and nice to meet you! I’ve seen you at Rockstardiaries blog. where di you live? I live in Palermo!!

    • Becca November 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      I’m so glad you stopped by, and I’m so glad to “meet” another blogger in Sicily! We live about 20 minutes outside Catania now.

  15. megarber November 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I have to agree with everything here–beautiful photos, beautiful town, beautiful little girl, appreciating the small moments–they are the sum of life. :)

  16. Meg {henninglove} November 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    yah you live in italy aren’t you lucky?? wow if only i could an opportunity like that! i love that photo of your daughter with the phone, hard to believe that phone booths are still around!

  17. Milynn {Love + Whimsy} November 4, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    Too precious! I’ve made the switch to greener products as well! It feels great!

  18. Erica November 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Such a lovely slice of life in Italy. Lena is adorable and I think she might be Italian… just look at her talking with those hands! ;)

    I’ve really got to switch to greener cleaning products. Do you like the Meyer’s line?

    • Becca November 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      JUST started with Mrs. Meyer’s, but I’m a fan so far. The dish and hand soaps are both definitely gentler on my hands than other soaps, and that’s a huge plus during these cold winters when the water takes a long time to heat up in our taps. I’m not sure if the counter spray is worth the trouble so far, but I love the scent! I have Honeysuckle and Parsley scents so far and LOVE both of them.

    • Erica November 6, 2012 at 4:00 am #

      The honeysuckle scent sounds amazing. I’m gonna have to give it a try. :)

  19. McKenzie November 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Love it all. Such beautiful memories captured.

  20. McKenzie November 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Oh Becca, you are so sweet. Did you get my email a couple of weeks ago? Might have sent it to the wrong address. Basically just wanted you to know how encouraging it is to hear from women with husbands in the military/living overseas/pursuing the Lord/etc. etc. Thankful for you!

    • Becca November 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      No, I didn’t get it, even in my spam folder. Sad! But thank you so much for the thought. :-) And ditto about your blog and you!

  21. Anna November 5, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    these pictures are so precious. :) I especially love the one of your girl in the cowboy hat! (how amazing it must be to live in Italy!)

  22. Ashley Riah November 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    I’m so jealous, 1) of these pictures 2) you live in Sicily and 3) your daughter is ADORABLE!!! Thanks for sharing your week :)

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