Live for the NOW

In one of my last posts, I mentioned that it’s time to start living for the now.  The expat life is filled with a lot of uncertainty and often times (ok, all the time) we are really only about to plan our lives one year at a time.  We have no 5 year plan, much less a 10 year plan.  We have no ties to anywhere at this point beyond where we are in this moment.  And often times, it makes it difficult to make even the simplest decisions because we don’t know where we will be in a year’s time.  It’s also hard to define what is home.  Is it where you lay your head?  Where you are from?  Where you lived most recently?

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A (re) Introduction to The Expat Chronicles

I’m sure some of you are wondering, “why in the world is she reintroducing her blog?”, especially after 7 years of writing.  It’s simple really. I’m taking a blogging course and each day I’m given an assignment to refine and update my skill set when it comes to blogging. Today’s assignment – introduce yourself and your blog.  It’s harder than it seems!  So here goes!   Continue reading

Relaxing Days at Home

While we’ve been back in the Netherlands for almost a week, I never got around to finishing up my posts about our trip back home this summer.  Probably because I was so busy relaxing😉  Normally “relaxing days” and “home” would be a total oxymoron in my book.  Never have my trips home been relaxing.  Never.  They are filled with activities morning, noon and night.  EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  Not this year.  As I mentioned in my last post, I did my best to be more spontaneous, but not only that, I’m trying my best to not over do things this year. And for once, I’m successful. Continue reading

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