The “Magnus Chase” Tour of Boston

I have a bunch of summer updates to do, but since this one was pretty quick and easy, I’m putting it up now.  Liam and I have read just about every Rick Riordan book for young adults (he’s the author of the Percy Jackson series if you didn’t know) and are working our way through the rest.  One of the latest is called Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. While all his books thus far have been great, the coolest part about this one is that it’s based in Boston. Continue reading


Spontaneous is not usually a word that describes me.  I’m a planner.  But year after year of exhausting trips back to the US has taught me that planning out every moment of a trip is not always a good thing.  And oddly enough, most of the trips we take as a family have very little planning beyond travel arrangements so why I have always felt the need to schedule every moment of every day when we are home is beyond me.   Continue reading

The One Foot Syndrome

Not long ago (ok, it was back in March but I’m only getting around to writing about it now), I had a revelation.  I have One Foot Syndrome.  Alright, that doesn’t really exist. But it should.  It was about truly living our lives here and not being able to let go of what was in Barcelona. I’ve had one foot here and one foot there for the last 2 years. What’s sad is that I did the same thing when we first moved to Barcelona over 6 years ago, only then I was keeping that foot in the US. Continue reading


Brexit.  It’s been the talk of the media for quite some time now. If you are in the US, then maybe not as much until the recent election.  But it affects us all and I feel like I wouldn’t be truly writing about our lives if I didn’t mention it.  I’m not one to follow politics much, but 2016 has been a very interesting political year all over the world. Continue reading

40 Was a Good Year

I never, ever thought I would say that.  In fact, when I was turning 40, I didn’t think much of it.  It happened during the crux of our terrible first year here in the Netherlands.  So more than anything, I just wanted it to come and go without any fanfare.  I had no friends here to celebrate with and my family (other than Josh and the kids) were 4000 miles away. What was there to celebrate? Continue reading