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A Red Balloon in Rome

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We fly back this afternoon, but our trip to Rome has been so good. It can be hard to travel with small kids, even the most well laid plans can be interrupted by a toddler. We’ve tried to come in with low expectations and a generally slower pace and we’ve been pleasantly surprised.  My favorite memory from the trip was after an amazing dinner the first night the kids were starting to get fidgety so I took them out while Paul waited for the bill. In the little alleyway were some street musicians and the kids started dancing in the street. As people walked by they smiled and started dancing with them for a bit. It was really fun. Then a man walking by with a red balloon handed the balloon to Moses. It was so funny because he didn’t really say anything and he barely even stopped walking, It was just this serendipitous exchange that was totally magic. Moses was so happy he almost passed out, but didn’t stop dancing. The rest of the evening Moses walked around Rome clutching his little red balloon. It was pretty adorable.

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  1. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark!

    December 5, 2011

    I just love Rome! I will always remember just strolling around the streets in the moonlight on my honeymoon. I can’t wait to go back!

  2. Jeff Greatorex

    December 5, 2011

    My son saw the photo and exclaimed “Papa! Ballon Rouge!!!” Theres something about balloons… Has Moses seen the movie “Le ballon rouge”?

  3. Cecilia

    December 5, 2011

    What a cool bit of magic. So happy that you’ve enjoyed your trip :)

  4. Jennifer

    December 5, 2011

    Your story just reminded me of the book “The Boy and the Red Balloon” !!! Such a great story about the adventures of a young boy in Paris. I can’t wait to see the movie!

  5. Taylor

    December 5, 2011

    This sounds like such a fantastic magical scene straight out of a storybook! Thanks for sharing. Rome is simply stunning! Someday I will get back there.

  6. Amber Lavoie

    December 5, 2011

    I posted my favorite family picture on flickr!

  7. Natalie Norton

    December 9, 2011

    Funny thing: when I saw this, I immediately thought to myself, “Wait, I thought they were in Rome, what are they doing at the Venetian in Las Vegas.” Frrrrrrrrrrrr. Your life makes me drool. xo!

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