Lake Barcis

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I don't want to brag or anything, but there are a lot of hidden gems around where we live.

About 15 minutes into the mountains from my house is a beautiful man-made lake called Barcis.
The water is an insane blue color, and is absolutely gorgeous.

It's one of my favorite places to show people when they visit, so obviously when my cousin was here back in June we had to go.

Anyone want to book a reservation at Casa del Cravinho?

A family of 3

Monday, July 29, 2013

Words cannot explain how excited we are to be starting our own little family!

I am so ecstatic to finally be able to share this news with everyone! All I have wanted to blog about these past couple of months was being pregnant, and now I finally can.

When it comes the important things in my life, I have always had somewhat of a gut instinct. I don't know if "gut instinct" is even the right word. Basically just knowing that this is the path I'm supposed to take, without a doubt. Perhaps it's God's plan just falling into place. 

When my husband and I first started dating, I just knew this was the man I was going to marry. I knew he was my other half, and that we were meant to spend the rest of our lives together.

This past spring I just knew I was ready to take the next step in our lives and start a family. Something inside of me told me that now was the time. 
I say that "I just knew I was ready" instead of "we" because my husband had already been ready, he was just waiting for my go ahead.
As soon as I said "lets have baby" I was pregnant!

Being pregnant has been the most incredible feeling in the world. Having a life that the two of you have created growing inside of you is just unexplainable. 

I'm not going to to lie and say it's all been roses and rainbows, because it hasn't. Being pregnant is hard, but for now I will save that for another post. This week I've started feeling much better, and I think that the pesky "morning" sickness is finally gone.  *Knock on wood*

Pregnancy is starting to get fun!

We both feel so incredibly blessed, and can't wait for this next chapter in our lives.

I've already been asked about bump pictures, and will start featuring regular "Bumpdates" very soon, I promise :)

For now, here's some (mostly unflattering) outtakes from our announcement shoot.

"Don't you have your stupid camera set-up yet?!?"

"I know it's like 100 degrees out, and that you didn't want to take these pictures in the first place, but just pretend that you like me right now!"

"KISS ME DAMMIT! I don't care if all of my sticky lipgloss gets all over you!"

"The faster we get our acts together and take some good pictures, the faster we can get home."

Exciting news and more posting coming soon

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Even though lately my blogs have been few and far between, I wanted to let y'all know that there will be some exciting news coming next week!

That's all I'm going to say on the topic, but I can't wait to share it with y'all!

There's a heat wave headed in our direction this weekend, so my goal is going to be to stay cool. 

I have many more trips to catch up on here at Pearls & Prosecco, including some wine tasting in the Chianti region of Tuscany from this past spring, as well as a trip to the South of France. 

Once again I apologize for the sporadic posting, but it's about to get better- I promise!

Have a wonderful weekend!

The colorful island of Burano

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Burano is a small island off of Venice known for lace and it's colorful landscape.

I had seen pictures online and knew this was somewhere we needed to go.
It's about a 30-45 minute boat ride from Venice to Burano.

We took the 12 Vaporetto from the Fondamente Nove stop, which seems to be the easiest stop to get on at for Burano. The boat first stopped at Murano, the island known for glass. We continued on for a bit longer until we finally reached our destination.
The town is adorable.

Brightly colored houses line the town as a canal runs right down the center.

Burano is a great place to spend a couple of hours when visiting Venice. Although we had already enjoyed lunch prior to our arrival, they had some fantastic looking restaurants. 

We checked out some shops, enjoyed some gelato, and took in the scenery. 

Oh yea, and snapped tons of pictures.
This town is kind of a photographers dream, and my husband had a field day. 

If you find yourself in Venice, I highly recommend taking a break from the craziness of the city and making your way over to Burano. 

I guarantee you won't be disappointed.