I’m leaving for Italy in a few hours…

by Susan


It’s almost 5 am, I’ve just written 10 posts and I haven’t been to bed.

My bags are only half packed and my plane leaves in 12 hours.

I’m going to catch a couple hours of sleep before I begin the oh-so-fun 9 hour red-eye flight to Amsterdam with 2 tired little girls, 1 of whom won’t have a seat because we wanted to save $800.

(Crazy us, I know… but she slipped in under that 2 year mark and well… that’s a lot of money to me. So I’m hoping for empty seats on the plane. )

From Amsterdam, we’ll hopefully make our connection and arrive in Venice a couple hours later. Rob’s parents will meet us there and drive us 45 minutes to their home in Treviso.

It will be a long journey, but well worth it once we arrive.

Julia is so excited to see her cousin Emily again. Here’s a photo of the last time they were together. Julia was the age that Sophia is now… 2 years old, Emily was only about 6 months old and Sophia was still in my belly.

Julia and Emily

I can’t wait to watch the three girls — Julia, Sophia and Emily — play together!

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Robin~PENSIEVE September 5, 2009 at 7:58 am

I can’t decide if I’m more impressed you wrote TEN posts or will be traveling potentially that long w/a baby in your lap. I don’t blame you, though…$800? You can have a whole lot of fun shopping in ITALY with the money you’re saving by a little family togetherness on the plane (keep that in mind;) ).

Have a fabulous time…and I wouldn’t worry about that internet connection too much…sounds like you’ll have great distractions!


2 Can Can (Mom Most Traveled) September 5, 2009 at 8:03 am

Have a great trip :)


3 Stacie September 5, 2009 at 9:06 am

Have a safe trip! I am so jealous. I would love to go to Italy! The picture of the girls is adorable!


4 patti September 5, 2009 at 9:33 am



5 Danna September 5, 2009 at 10:24 am

How sweet! Have fun on your trip! :)


6 Twisted Cinderella September 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

Have a wonderful trip!


7 Krista September 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Good luck with the little one and getting an extra seat! Our little guy just slipped in under 2 (by a week!) when we went to Saudi Arabia in March from Seattle. On every flight we had extra seats except the last leg home from Paris to Seattle. That was exacerbated by the fact that Air France is not great at customer service… ugh!
But I bet she sleeps for most of the way, especially on the way home if you’ve been busy on your vacation!


8 SarahHub September 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Have a safe and fun trip. I just love Venice – my favorite city in the world!


9 Susie's Homemade September 5, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Have a great trip:-)


10 Carey September 6, 2009 at 8:30 am

Have a safe trip.


11 Stephanie September 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Have fun in Italy, Susan. I’ve always wanted to go there. Do you speak any Italian? Or does your husband? I hope you’ll take some pictures on your trip and share them with us. :)


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