When we found out that the first of either of Casey’s or my siblings had plans to come to our side of the Atlantic, we were so excited. We decided we would do what we could to see them, wherever they were. Well, Casey’s brother, Carl, his family, and his wife’s family had plans to be in Rome for Christmas, so we had plans in Rome for Christmas (we went the day after Christmas to be precise). How exciting!
I remember standing in front of the Roman Colosseum in the summer of 2003, after completing our summer internship in Romania with Josiah Venture, thinking that one day, I would like to come back there with my future kids, having studied about ancient Rome, and use it as an educational experience. Well, this was our chance!
Besides the wonderful company of Carl, Kodi, their girl’s and Kodi’s family, we also loved all of the sights, some of the smells (big cities don’t always smell good), and all that our boys learned. Oh, the joy of seeing our kids’ minds be blown that they were in a place where the things we had been studying really happened!
That was the whole crew (above) on the day we went on a tour of the Colosseum. It was amazing!
Caleb (black jacket/gold laurels) being super excited about all that he had studied, come to life.
Beni (red jacket/gold laurels) doing the same. Our tour guide (Laura) is on Beni’s left in this picture. She was soooo good with the kids on our tour. Gold star!
Our kids taking in every word that Laura said. She was a great teacher!
The boys in front of the Pantheon. By the way, “a Christmas sweater” was on Beni’s Christmas wish list this year and boy did he get his use out of that sweater.
The Forum with Carl, Kodi, and our cute little nieces!
St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican city
So many pretty Christmas lights for the season! And other lovely sights too… yummy aged cheese (below)!
Gelato and ice cream mustaches!
More old stuff (the Trevi fountain) and Beni on Casey’s shoulders
The yearly hot priest calendar (No joke. Each month has a different Roman priest posing)
An armada of scooters
The Yormans on top of the Spanish steps
The Roman metro (most of the time we were in the subway, this is what it was like…packed). We used public transportation the whole time except for right after Caleb got hit by a motorcycle. Speaking of Caleb getting hit by a motorcycle, I need to tell the story.
So, one time we were walking up a very busy, steep, narrow road, with no official walkway (even this description spells out disaster, right?) to get from a large Roman plaza up a hill to a nice green park, and on the way up, disaster struck. Some of us were walking up the road on one side and some on the other. Caleb decided to cross the road and looked up too late. He and the motorcycle collided. Fortunately, the motorcycle was not going very fast, Caleb got thrown to the side, not run over, no vital organs were hit, and he did not hit his head. He just had an angry bruise on both hips and on his foot. The motorcycle rider stayed there until he knew Caleb was ok. We really appreciated that. We went right back to where we were staying, rented a movie and chilled for the rest of that night. The next day, he was fine. No complaints, but just the tenderness of the bruises. Of course, Caleb got a lot of mileage out of his ordeal because if we said anything that even remotely sounded like a complaint about anything, Caleb would say, “at least you did not get hit by a motorcycle.” Oh, the adventures we have!
Besides the long, awaited trip to the Colosseum and the Vatican, our boys LOVED the DaVinci Experience (interactive museum). Caleb really loves art and invention. DaVinci was all about both. So fun. We could hardly believe all of the modern conveniences of today’s world that were invented by that brilliant man.
Casey posted a picture just like this one above, that he took, of Beni to Instagram and tagged the DaVinci Experience. They reposted it on their Instagram. Well, our kids were quite enthusiastic about what they saw and experienced! Hopefully, it helps them get some business :).
We are so thankful for the shared memories made with family on this trip and the generous family members that gave us Christmas money to help us get to Rome and enjoy our time there. We especially thank the Lord for all of our safety and for protecting our Caleb from a much worse injury, and a cheap lesson on traffic awareness!