back in action

Hello….??  Anyone there?  It’s a wonder this blog didn’t just dry up and disappear in my absence.  Apologies.

That picture above is Darby, on the left – at the gate in Rome when we left on Monday.  And on the right – on a park bench outside our local airport 26 hours later.  Exhausted and sleep deprived and waiting for our ride.

Together Darby and I had a wonderful time in Italy.  And we had a great birthday weekend with our friends before we left.  And now… well, now it’s back to reality.

And back to my precious baby and baby-daddy who I missed soooo much!

In Italy Darby took the “real” photos, all I had was my phone… but regardless, here’s a little recap.

Before we left we spent the weekend here at the beach with our brother Chris.  I know.  He’s not really our brother.  But he might as well be.  He and his wife Katie came and we ate and beached and ate and beached and then we ate again.  It was delightful.  And I simply cannot wait to see them again.  And my friend from college, Laurin, she was in town too so we visited with her as well.  It was a perfect little weekend full of those I love a whole lot.

Then Darby and I went to Italy.  Where we ate and beached and ate and ate and drank wine and ate and drank little coffees.  And saw sights that made my heart beat really fast and soaked it all in.  And lounged.  And drank hot tea.  And laughed.  And battled a sore throat.  And slept in really comfortable beds.  And visited.  And delighted it in all so very much.

Alright, I’ll post more pictures later… I’m about to fall over from exhaustion.  My heart is so full, but my body is so tired.  My alarm is set for 4:30am because tomorrow I’m off again to check on a out-of-town project… be back soon!!!


  1. Looks fabulous! I’m so glad you and D had a good time:) We have to plan something soon! I need some cousin time. XOXO

  2. Looks like a wonderful time away!KG

  3. Welcome back! Looks like you and darby made some incredible memories together. What a way to start your 30s! Not sure you’ll ever be able to top this birthday! :)

  4. even iphone pictures are beautiful when in Rome. :) 4:30′s gonna come WAY too quick like for someone with jet lag. bless you.

  5. It all sounds so enchanting. I’ve been to Italy, and I’d love to go back someday with my sister – what an amazing girls’ trip!

  6. Welcome home! Isn’t Rome (or anywhere in Italy) wonderful?

  7. welcome back! looks like you had a great time!

  8. Wow wow wow. I cannot wait to see more. What an amazing trip!

  9. Welcome home! I missed you and Darby so much! And that isn’t even a little bit weird since I don’t know you in real life! So glad you’re back and posting. Can’t wait to hear way more about the trip.

  10. looks amazing, glad yall had a good trip. happy belated bday :)

  11. Stephanie S. says:

    So glad you both posted pics – and you had such a great time.

  12. What a wonderful trip!! It looks like you might have stayed at my favorite of all hotels – the JK Place? If so, you were two lucky girls!
    Welcome home!

  13. So glad you guys had a great time, and are home safely! Your photos are making me look forward to seeing Darby’s photos!

  14. shireen wright says:

    What a great update! Welcome home! So, I’ll bet you girls heard, “Are you twins?” a lot, huh? :)

  15. That is what life is all about! What awesome memories you are sharing with your sister. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

  16. AMAZING!!! I’m headed to Florence for work next week, one of my favorite spots! Glad you had a fabulous birthday!

  17. I LOVE italy…so beautiful!!!

  18. Welcome Back! And that pasta with the lobster!!!! It’s 8:11 AM but I would eat it right now. :)

  19. i love that picture of your breakfast (i’m assuming) one morning with the white china. sooo beautiful.
    i’m glad y’all had fun!

  20. Welcome home! The pictures are beautiful – can’t wait to see/hear more. I missed your posts (and Darby’s) while you were away!

  21. I can’t even see straight, I’m so jealous.

  22. Candace Horner says:

    WOW!! What a great update, just gorgeous pics of you two and the local shots too. I thought I was the only one to document plates of food on vacay! Glad you are home safe and sound and huggin up on baby and baby-daddy.

  23. Oh my heavens… those pictures of me… oh dear! I forgive you! :) Great post and I can’t believe you’re already back on a plane again! Love you, I had BLAST!

  24. Looks like sooo much fun! I want to go to Italy with my sister… must run that by the husband:) I LOVE your blog, and your designs. So glad I found you. Welcome back!

  25. Erika, it looks like you had a lovely trip! You stayed at the JK Florence?!?! Was it as stunning in person? I love everything Michele Bonan designs and would love to stay there when we return to Florence in the future. Which city was your favorite?

  26. ahhh. jealous. jealous. jealous!

  27. Love the pictures of Darby. I know the feeling. Traveling is the best, but can leave you feeling a little cuckoo. Glad you’re back!

  28. We honeymooned in Italy 3 years ago next week. Your picts make me wish I was back there. Glad y’all had fun… how could you not!

  29. your baby daddy comment made me laugh out loud. looks like you guys had fun!

  30. You two might be the prettiest twins ever. I love these photos, E! What a great trip to take with your sister. Took me right back to our Italy trip from a few years back. Awesome.

  31. welcome home! just the few photos you shared made my heart beat fast…from the architecture to the leather chairs and architectural prints to the beach! looks like an amazing trip!

  32. This makes me want to go back to Italy. I’m not sure that Derick would be up for it though, since he’s more of a beach bum…maybe someday! Glad you guys had fun. Can’t wait to see more pics.

  33. Erika…welcome back! My heart is pounding just looking at your phone photos. Did you not just die over everything Italian?! It has been 10 years since my 30th birthday trip to Italy and seeing your pictures only sweetens my desire to return sooner rather than later. Looking forward to seeing the other photos!

  34. Lindsey Encinias says:

    Looks like you all had a wonderful trip to one of the greatest places on earth! Happy 30th to you and Darby…can’t wait to see more pictures and hear more stories. Get rested!

  35. oooh how much fun, what a treat!!
    I’ve been to that paved street in Rome, so pretty!!

  36. Six and Seven from the bottom are my favorite. LOVE THOSE CHAIRS and love them just where they are. Love the shot .. can a rainy day really be that alluring?

    Welcome back. Looking forward to the rest of the story!

  37. fabulous photos! i especially love the last one. what a great birthday vacation! :)

  38. Erika – your pictures make me want to pack up and go to Italy too! They’re beautiful…Can’t wait to see more! Glad to hear you both had a good trip and birthday weekend :) Hope you’re having fun now in the midwest with family!

  39. Ahhhh I have that EXACT picture of Salatoo 42 from our eurotrip that was 2 years ago now! Two years ago. Wow, tugging heart strings. Glad y’all had a blast!

  40. Alexandra says:

    Hi Erika! I have a question regarding the “bed” Darby is on in the photo of your post from June 24. Is it a Vincent Sheppard furniture and was it at Hotel J.K. Place in Florence? I think no as your wrote it was pouring outside…maybe at your friends house?! Thank you in advance for your answer, happy 4th! Love, Alexandra
    PS I really looking forward to see more from your trip to Italy! Love all your posts!

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