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

Camp Wekeela – Year 2

Last year the boys went to summer camp.  For 3 weeks.  Yes, at ages 7 and 10 they were at overnight camp for 3 weeks.  And they did amazing.  They became more independent.  They made friends.  They spent time out in nature after 5 years of city living. They got to do things without their mom yelling “Don’t do that! Don’t touch that! Don’t climb on there!”, amongst many other mom type sayings 😉 Continue reading

Our US Visit Part 2 – Josh Vacations With Us!!

I think it had been something like 2 years since the last time Josh was home in the US.  And as a family… well, it hadn’t been since we left 5 1/2 years ago.  I normally take the kids by myself to the US and Josh comes for work and visits during those times.  We wanted to use his vacation time for travel in Europe since we knew our time here would be limited (we say that every year only to find ourselves still in Europe).  Only since he changed jobs almost 2 years ago, there hasn’t been a need for him to be home.  And it’s important that, like us, he go home on a regular basis. Continue reading

Summer Camp

We decided last summer on the spur of the moment that the kids were ready for summer camp.  At that time, we had been planning to move back to the States after this school year ended and we figured the timing would be perfect – we would take a cruise thru the Baltics (which we did) as a goodbye Europe trip and then the kids would go to camp for 3 weeks while we got the house back into working order to move back in before school started in September.

Well the best laid plans… you know how it ends.  The Baltic Cruise ended up not being a “goodbye Europe” tour but instead was an “introduction to Northern Europe where you will be spending the next Continue reading

Road Tripping to Maine…

My best friend Michelle and I love an adventure.  We always have even since we were little kids.  And living in Europe has provided us with the background to some great ones.  With random trips to France to a week plus long road road trip to Italy, we love to seek out trips beyond our backyard.  So when Michelle suggested let’s head up to Maine for the day on my “freebie” day without the kids, I didn’t hesitate for even a moment.  I’m in!!! Continue reading