It’s Been a While

It’s been 5 months since my last post.  In 8 years of blogging, I’ve never gone more than a few weeks, so 5 months feels like a lifetime.  I’ve been wanting to write and yet, I haven’t. I’ve hit a phase here where now that we’ve bought a house here in the Netherlands, I’m feeling rather content.  My blogging was a way to deal with frustrations, celebrate victories and more than anything, to have a record of this adventure for the kids when they got older.  But things change and so have I. Continue reading

Brexit

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

Best Friends Together Again at Legoland Germany

So I’m a bit far behind in my blogging apparently.  Liam’s birthday was back in early May and he went to Legoland about a month ago as well.  You probably remember the happy dance Liam performed on his birthday when he found out he was meeting up with his BFF at Legoland right?  If not, you can see it here.  Well the time has come and gone and he and Josh headed off to Germany to meet up with Liam’s best friend Quinn and his dad.   Continue reading

Cruisin’ the Baltic Sea

(July 1, 2014)  Last year when we thought we were moving back home, Josh and I decided that our last trip in Europe would be a cruise in the Baltic Sea.  A few of our friends had done the cruise and raved about it and our thoughts were that we hadn’t had much opportunity to explore Northern Europe and that we could at least touch upon some areas we hadn’t seen and then decide if they were places we would want to make the journey back to Europe to see in more detail.  In the end, instead of a “goodbye Europe” trip, it ended up being, “Intro to Northern Europe” now that we are moving there.

We aren’t cruisers by nature.  There is nothing wrong with it, it’s just not usually our cup of tea.  Plus we often travel for just long weekends rather than for a week or more at a time so most cruises don’t usually fit into our schedule.  The only other cruise that I had been on was the Disney one 6 years ago with Josh and Aidan (Liam was at home) and Josh had been on several in his earlier 20s but cruising in your 20s is very different than cruising with your family in your late 30s.

Regardless, we are very excited about the cruise and all the stops we will be making, especially St. Petersburg, Russia.  There aren’t many opportunities one has to visit Russia in their lifetime and so we are especially looking forward to that port.

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A Trip to England for my Birthday Weekend!! Feliz Cumpleaños to me!!

In the midst of the chaos that is currently our lives, my birthday has arrived.  I don’t know how it happened as it doesn’t feel like it should be June yet.  In fact, my aunt sent me a message the other day wishing me a happy early birthday and my first thought was, “is she crazy, my birthday isn’t for months”.  Then I realized, time is passing by incredibly quickly here these days and in fact, it’s here. Never in my life have I almost forgotten my birthday but it almost happened.

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Weekend in the English Countryside with the Cousins!

Josh has a lot of family in England and Ireland and one of the advantages about us living in Europe has been being able to visit with them easier than we could when we lived Stateside.  During this time, we’ve become very close with Josh’s cousin Fiona and her family in northern England.

Back in November, they met up with us in Edinburgh, Scotland – with the timing of events on their end and flights on ours, we only got one full day in, barely that.  And yet, they drove 4 hours to meet up with us.  It was a great chance for the kids to meet their cousins for the first time.  The best part was that they all hit it off immediately. Continue reading

Our Final Day – London Aquarium

We were incredibly lucky with the weather in London pretty much the entire time we were there.  We had temps in the upper 40s during the day with sun (yes sun, in London!).  However, as we knew, this couldn’t last.  And our last day the weather was… blech…. it started off with some rain (surprise!) and temps in the lower 30s with a promise of only improving by a few degrees. Continue reading

The London Science Museum…and Chinese Food

That title is probably a bit misleading.  But those were the two big highlights of our 4th day in London so I suppose it’s apt. And… I couldn’t think of another title.  On another note, I just want to point out that museums in London are free.  They are huge, beautifully maintained and free.  This would probably explain why most of London was in the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum on the days that we wanted to tour them as well.

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Dinosaurs and More!!

Once again, we started out strong at 10AM (seriously, what happened to the American in us if we can’t get out the door before 10AM on a given day unless it’s school or work related?).  Our goal this morning, the Natural History Museum.  Our handyman had suggested it to us as there is a huge display of dinosaur bones being shown there that the boys would like. Continue reading

History Lessons – London Day 2

Our second day started off much better than the first one.  We hit the ground running around 10AM.  The great thing about our kids these days is their flexibility.  Gone are the days where we have to be back for nap or bedtimes, and while they need to eat, they can also do it on the run.  So there is no longer a need for us to be out the door at the crack of dawn for just a few precious hours.   Continue reading