A New Start

I’ve been a bit incommunicado lately.  I don’t have one good reason, but several weak ones. I’ve been busy.  And I had a little freak out about putting my family on a public forum (still kind of freaking out about that). Between the new house and new puppy, our 2016 ended on a beautifully high, but very busy, note.  It was a year full of positive change and self discovery and now that the new year is well under way (I’m sooooo far behind in my writing), we’ve been making even more changes to our lives and my writing had been taking a bit of a back burner to getting things done.   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


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

Quick Trip to Boston!!

I don’t remember the last time Josh and I went to a wedding and this year we have THREE! Two of them are this month.  What’s fun (for me at least) is that this year will be the first time the boys have ever been to a wedding as well and they get to experience three different celebrations of love – what a great way to start off the year! Continue reading

What a Difference a Year Makes – Thanksgiving 2015

Last year we celebrated Thanksgiving just the 4 of us.  Josh was still recovering from his knee surgery and we really didn’t have any friends.  It was the first time we’d ever celebrated “alone”.  And it sucked.  I hated it. We were alone in yet another country.  The anger took over me for a long time – especially over the holiday season.   Continue reading

Kicking and Screaming

This is the last entry for my trip home – I promise.  But it’s an important one because it covers all the emotions from being home for 6 weeks.  Usually by week 3, I’m so exhausted that I can’t wait to get home. But not this year. Yes, I was exhausted. Hell, I passed that point 3 weeks into the trip. But I will sleep when I’m dead. And yet I wasn’t ready to come back home to the Netherlands. Continue reading

Meeting Our Niece

For me, one of the biggest highlights of our entire 6 weeks at home was getting to meet our niece, Emma.  Until now, our kids have been the only grandchildren on both sides, so Josh and I were super excited to welcome Emma to our family this past January. Unfortunately living 4000 miles away can make meeting new family members a bit of a challenge. Continue reading

Family Reunion

We’ve been home for almost 2 weeks now, but as you can see, I’m still writing about our amazing trip back home this summer.  As I mentioned before, when Josh was in town, we only came off Cape a few times. The first was for a family reunion with my family.  It was the opportunity for the kids to see all of their cousins (they had seen a few but not all) along with their great aunts and uncles, and of course, their Papa. But what was interesting that it was actually the first time Josh met a lot of my family and we’ve been together over 20 years! How is that possible???? Continue reading