Weekly Wrap Up #28: Last Days in Barcelona

Hello everyone!  Exciting week for us as my three oldest boys flew to Italy for an exchange and I headed to Sweden yesterday with my little girls to visit with aunts, uncles and cousins.  We were sad to leave Barcelona, but grateful for all the special times we had here.

Starting off the week, Marc and I celebrated our 12th anniversary over a lovely meal.  Getting this special time together in a fun city was one of the best anniversary celebration ideas yet! So lucky to have such a warm, supportive man (and great dad!) as my husband.

12 and counting

My week was peppered with some lovely lunches saying goodbye to friends and family while the kids were at camp.  This one started with watermelon topped with ricotta.


Next up, another innovative Spanish summer salad with brie, walnuts, mixed lettuces, cherry tomatoes and lots of pepper.


Meal ended with ice-cream with cherry sauce.  Super yummy. We’ve been so lucky to try creative and delicious food in Spain!


Met up with Cloudmom’s awesome producer Thiago da Costa of Figura Media, who shot all my original baby’s first year shows and more, on our visit to Barcelona with lovely wife Tania! We laughed and fested until 1 a.m – oops!

special times

Another special lunch included this gorgeous fruit salad with melon, watermelon and cherries!  Going to miss the fruit and fresh produce here in Spain, and much, much, more, our family and old and new friends.


The boys flew as unaccompanied minors to Italy for an international exchange with three Italian boys!  There were fears and tears as you would imagine with children flying alone for the first time, but they arrived well and were eating some yummy pasta within a few hours.

Off to Italy

And the girls and I headed to Sweden to see my parents and all our aunts, uncles and cousins!  So happy to have some special time with my two peaches …

Off to Sweden

Thanks so much for reading and make sure to enter our weekly giveaway below!  Oh, and don’t forget to check in next week for our adventures in Sweden!

Tak (thanks!)  Melissa xoxo

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  • abfantom

    I’ve enjoyed hearing about your time in Spain. Thanks for the chance to win!

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • Doug Denny

    Sounds like a fantastic time! Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Bernardo Jiménez

    that tart tho <3

  • Deb Christie

    What a wonderful summer you have.

  • Mitch

    Looks really awesome!

  • margaretsmith

    What a great experience for your kids to do all this traveling.

  • Dandi D

    Spain looks like such a wonderful place to visit!

  • Laura Bassler

    Love reading about your family’s travels!

  • Sue Barney

    Sounds like some Amazing times!

  • Garry Gomez

    Love the blog

  • hawkshoe

    What an amazing opportunity for your boys.

  • Susan Smith

    Sounds like a great trip.

  • Julie Wood

    Really amazing trip that you took, and Congrats on 12 year Anniversary! The food looks delicious! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!

  • V Martinez

    Thank you for sharing!!

  • jeccica simpson

    thanks for a chance

  • Becca

    Thanks for the chance. Happy Anniversary!

  • valermeow

    I have never been out of the US. You look like you are having a great trip! I am super jealous 😉 That food looks AMAZING!

  • Elena

    thank you for the giveaway!

  • Kay Saunders

    Happy Anniversary!! All that food looks amazing!

  • shellypeterson

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • dglitter

    An Amazon gift card would come in handy about now.

  • Sandy Klocinski

    What a great trip! Thanks for the giveaway. I am totally jealous (and hungry after seeing all that great food)

  • steve weber

    Off to Italy? that’s awesome!!

  • jalapenomama

    I haven’t been to Italy – would love to go.
    Wow great food and what a good time!
    thank you
    form name Barbara Montag

  • buzzd

    Italy sounds wonderful, have fun!

  • Will Griesmer

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jenny Z

    Thanks for the giveaway and I hope you’re having fun.

  • Lisa Strawn

    I love amazon!

  • sksweeps

    I’m so envious of the boys getting to spend time in Italy!
    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

  • msrodeobrat

    You and your children are incredibly lucky to get to experience these things and travel!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

  • Veronica Clarkson

    Cant wait to see who wins!!

  • Elisabeth

    What an international family!

  • Michele Baron

    What a fabulous adventure for your family…Hope you are having the best time ever

  • Karen Drake

    Thank you for sharing your family adventures with us, I hope you are having a wonderful time.

  • slehan

    Happy 12th! Some amazing food you’re having.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • tonya dreese

    Very cool Family times, making memories.

  • mommyto2girlz

    Wow! Your boys are very brave. What a great experience for them. Thank you!

    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  • markathy

    What a great time for all of you~

  • Toni

    Enjoyed reading this! Thanks.

  • cynthiac

    Barcelona is a great city. Glad your are having a nice time.

  • Daniel M

    nice pics, looks like a good time

  • Jennifer Zahradnik

    The juicy fruit is my favorite plate by far. Can’t beat summer fruit…

  • Mimi G

    What a great read. Thanks for sharin!

  • Stephanie Larison

    I’ve always wanted to go to Sweden! So jealous. 🙂

  • Bonnie Owen Day

    the watermelon salad looks so cool and refreshing another recipe that I need to try

  • That is a beautiful fruit salad. I would never have the patience to cut it all up and arrange it like that. I’m sure they have a quick method, but I’d be there all day.

  • Matthew Clarkson

    Looks good! THanks

  • Rebecca Peters

    I love that salad.. makes me hungry

  • Lisa Pecora

    I love Amazon.

  • BreanneT

    I’m so jealous!

    Sounds lovely

  • Joni Dolniak

    Nice pics. What a great time.

  • AmandaSakovitz

    Thanks for the chance!

  • mami2jcn

    My father is from Barcelona and I’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t had the money to!

  • I love all of your adventures!

  • Ray Ray Cartucci

    Looks like an amazing vacation for everyone. The food looked so amazing…a little jealous! Happy Anniversary…wishing you many more beautiful years ahead in your journey together.

  • Samantha

    Barcelona looks like a great place to go on vacation! Love your pictures!

  • Francine Anchondo

    Thanks for the chance.

  • Elle

    I’m so jealous!

  • Sharon Braswell

    Happy Anniversary!! Enjoyed all your posts from Barcelona and what a wonderful spot for an anniversary celebration as well. The food was, oh my! You were very brave with your boy’s trip. Good for them and you. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in Sweden! Thanks for all the lovely post and generous giveaways!

  • CandieL

    I hope you had fun!!!!!! Thank you

  • Natalie

    It looks like you had a great anniversary! That salad looks incredible!

  • Betty Curran

    What wonderful experiences you and your family are having.

  • Thomas Murphy

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sand

    Looks like you’re having a blast!

  • naynays1

    So, so jealous!