A letter to my husband on our 2 year anniversary…

Andre,
It has been 2 years since I walked down the aisle to you and made you a promise that I will never break.  These past 2 years have been the best of my life.  I could not imagine my life any other way or with any other person.  I loved you when I said I do and thought that I could not love you anymore than I did then, but that’s not the case.  My love for you grows with each passing day…and to see you sing and talk to our little boy makes my heart literally busts at the seams.  I would say that little boy is our biggest accomplishment. 
I love you, Andre!  Lets make this next year the best one yet.
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Vatican City…St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s was amazingly beautiful
the lighting was by far my favorite part

the swiss guards were pretty cool as well πŸ™‚

the door that is only open for special occasions ( i think like every 25 years)

the ceiling was magnificent

told you the lighting was amazing πŸ™‚

I loved the domes as well!!!

Love, Love, Love

we sent postcards from the Vatican post office πŸ™‚

more to come πŸ™‚

Vatican City…the Museum

one day of our trip to Rome was dedicated to Vatican City
we started the day with a trip to the museum
we even got to skip the LONG line by pre-ordering our tickets (this is highly recommended by us)
the line was SOOOO long and would have taken us hours to get in and with the pre order it took a matter of minutes
the museum is really big but the collection of art is outstanding
the courtyard

busts…

the fig leaves…

my sweet husband with his audioguide

tapestries 
the map room

the wall…
if you are going to Rome then you need to visit the Vatican
but make sure you are dressed conservatively
and remember you can skip the line πŸ™‚

Roma…well actually Pompeii

We took a train to Naples and Pompeii one day during our vacation
I have always wanted to visit Pompeii
and it did not disappoint!
Everything has been preserved so well
and there are even sections of Pompeii that have not been excavated yet!

can you see Mt. Vesuvius in the background…

pompeii doggies

during our visit I got some sort to heat rash all over my legs
and I freaked out it was super red and burning
good thing there was a pharmacy in the train station
and the pharmacist was SO nice and got me some cream
just imagine seeing a tourist sitting in the train station with this white cream all over her legs…yeah that was me πŸ™‚

Roma…Ostia Antica

one day while we were in Rome we caught the train to Ostia
Ostia is probably 15 miles away from Rome and on the Mediterranean Sea.  
We went to Ostis Beach first then to Ostia Antica, which is a ruined town.
The beach…was not like the beach here in SC
definitely not as much beach, definitely a little dirtier, and the swim suits were definitely a little smaller or non existent πŸ˜‰

we just stayed out there long enough for me to find some shells and stand in the sea…
it was a pretty hot day and we had lots of walking still to do
we hoped back on the train and got off at the Ostia Antica stop

The ruins were impressive…
it was an entire town
houses…
shop lines streets…

and even fast food restaurants πŸ˜‰

we are glad that we took a day trip to Ostia
it was packed full of history and I even got to see the beach!!!

Roma…Appian Way

on our anniversary we went to Appian Way.  It was the only road into Rome back in the day. 
We rented 2 bikes and just rode and took in all of the sights!
our bikes

it took me a few minutes to re teach myself how to ride a bike…it has been a few years since I have ridden one πŸ™‚  Those rocks were killers too!!!  I though I was going to bust all of my teeth out…good thing I didn’t

the sights

appain way was so peaceful and beautiful
and riding bikes with my husband made it even better!
would be a perfect place to have a picnic!!!

Roma…the ruins

Roma has plenty of ruins…just in the middle of the city.  They are everywhere….I think that is one thing that really makes Rome unique.  
We made sure to soak in lots of the Roman history while we were there.
We visited Palentine Hill, the Forum, and the Colosseum one of our days.  
Definitely worth the time and little bit of money.  I would suggest going to see them in that order as well…the lines are SO much shorter at Palentine Hill and the ticket you get there will get you into all three places! (and you get to skip the LOOOONG line at the Colosseum!!  
Trust me you DO NOT want to stand in that line!
Palentine Hill

the beautiful view!

the forum

I just love all of the old  columns

the colosseum 

the ruins are a must see part of Rome in my opinion. 
 It is amazing that they have been preserved so we can see them today!  
more trip updates coming soon!

a love letter to my husband on our first anniversary

my dearest andre,

I can not believe that it has been a year already.  I could not ask for a better man to spend my life with.  This past year has easily been the best one of my life!

I can not think of a better way to spend our first anniversary…waking up in Rome with you, riding bikes down the Appian Way with you, strolling through the Borghese Gallery with you, really just being with you!!!

Thank you for choosing me and continuing to choose me everyday!!!  Thank you for being so compassionate and loving.  Thank you for caring for me and wanting me to be truly happy.  You are always thinking of others…thinking of me!  (an I LOVE you for that)

I can not wait to start a family and grow old with you.  I can not believe how much love two people can share and the closeness that we feel!  You are the best man in the world πŸ˜‰

this is to the next 5, 10, 50 years!!!
I love you…always!
your wife