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

Spanish Josh Meets Dutch Josh

One of the things that I admire the most about Josh is his ability to acclimate immediately to new cultures.  And while these pictures are a little more tongue in cheek rather than true examples of him acclimating, they made me smile so I thought I would share…

"Spanish" Josh

           “Spanish” Josh

But here in the Netherlands, things are just a little bit more serious than la vida tranquila that we had in Barcelona.  And… a lot colder too!!  Hence, Dutch Josh (on his bike no less!):

Dutch Josh!

             Dutch Josh!

I wonder what type of Josh we’ll meet next???? 😉


The Big 4-0

It’s the year we (ok I) have been dreading. The big one. 40. Thankfully Josh is taking one for the team first. This being a big one, I really wanted to make it special for Josh.  But I found it to be a struggle.  I wanted us to go somewhere for a few days, but then there were personal things that came up that made us rethink spending the money on 2 trips – one for each of our birthdays.  We thought we’d go on one trip some time in April – only April is in another week and between our availability, our babysitter, visitors, etc – that’s not going to happen either.  We’ve got both kids birthdays and then a surprise trip with Liam and Josh at the end of the month, so we’ll postpone the trip to perhaps June.   Continue reading

Josh’s Surgery

The day has finally come and gone for Josh’s surgery.  It’s been a long and tough 7 weeks while we’ve waited for this day.  Or I should say that he’s waited for this day.  This is not the way any of us planned on starting our time in the Netherlands and I have no doubt in my mind that this has been not just physically difficult for Josh, but also emotionally.  I can’t say that I’ve been much help with those emotional feelings since I’ve been struggling on my own.

But my hope is that the worst is behind us now.  I hope.  I really really Continue reading

Day 2… Dial 112 for Emergency

Day 2 started off pretty well, at least much better than day 1 went.  We went to get our BSN numbers in the center of town which is a super cute area – those are our social security numbers.  Josh already has his but the kids and I needed ours.  We can’t get health insurance or even a cell phone without one.  So we filled out all the forms and Josh updated his number to reflect our new address.  In a few weeks we’ll be official residents of the Netherlands.

I dropped off Josh at the train (since he obviously didn’t have his bike which he takes every day to/from the train – yes, he’s now Dutch Josh… bye bye Spanish Josh) and the kids at school.  My mission was to find a hardware store looking for ceiling anchors.  But instead I found a huge grocery store.  They even had crescent rolls (they aren’t Pillsbury, but I’ll take them!)!  Yay!!  There was also a small electronics store so I got a new phone Continue reading

Feliz Cumpleaños Josh!!

Well, it’s a few days belated but Happy Birthday to Josh!  I did a poor job with pictures (as in, none) but my hope is that is because were off having fun!

Josh didn’t get home until late on the evening of his birthday but not to worry, we were ready for him on Friday morning with gifts and a cake for Friday night.  The benefit of him working from home on Fridays is that often we get to go out to lunch together which is exactly what we did.  That was after we exchanged just about everything I bought him which was the wrong size.  Yes, after 20 years, apparently I still can’t buy the correct size! Continue reading

Big Changes Ahead

Life is full of changes and when you are an ex-pat, it’s pretty much par for the course that things are going to change and change often.  Just when you get settled or finally get into a groove, BAM! Change!  You either roll with it or get run over by it, but it’s going to happen no matter what.  I’ve never been a big fan of change but in the last 4 years, I’ve learned to while maybe not totally roll with it, at least be more accepting of it. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Josh!! Our Visit to Sitges, Spain!

Saturday was Josh’s 35th birthday.  Not having been in Spain long to really get a feel for the shops and not having much room in our apartment for more “stuff”, I decided that I would take Josh on our first trip outside the city to the seaside town of Sitges.  And we would go sin niños.  So after securing a babysitter for the day/evening, Josh and I headed down to the train station to take the Renfe about 1/2 hour south to the town of Sitges.  Continue reading

Work hard, play hard, getting stuff done

I have been at work for two weeks. How different is Barcelona from Lexington? There is defiantly more of an office buzz or energy you might say. It reminds me of the startup days in lex – which is a good thing. I have been lucky enough to participate in growing the company from 16 employees to a little under 2000. The Lexington office is probably in the mid 400s but the BCN office seems alive with much fewer employees. It could be the environment as there is definitely the work hard play hard mentality – again back to the start up days. It’s hard to leave work at night – much more than I thought it would be. Lex gets online about right after lunch here 2 or 3. Continue reading