Aidan Turns 12 in the Netherlands

I’m still working on finishing up our Portugal entries, but in the meantime, we’ve had another birthday in our house.  This time for Aidan!  It’s hard to believe this kid is now 12!! That’s now 7 birthdays celebrated abroad. Like with Liam, I’m blown away by that number.  Not to mention the fact that my baby is now 12!! Continue reading

“This” Kid Is 9!!

While I still have a lot of posts from our trip to Portugal, this one has to take priority.  I’m always astonished at how fast my kids are growing.  But the reality often hits me when they have birthdays.  However, not for the reason you think.  Sure they are another year older, but it’s also representative of another year that they’ve been away from the US. And I’m blown away by the fact that Liam was just over 2 1/2 when we left the US for Barcelona almost 6 1/2 years ago and now, here he is, living in yet another country and is now 9!!   Continue reading

Venice… with kids

In a month filled with travel, our first stop is Venice, Italy.  Most people don’t usually think of the romantic city of Venice as a place to take their kids, especially without the most important piece of the puzzle… your husband!  But this week, I did just that.  The kids had this week off for their spring break and as Josh and I have already been to this beautiful city on our own, I thought it was a good chance to take the kids since he couldn’t take the time off.   Continue reading

My Calendar is Full

I’ve been a bit radio silent lately.  It’s been for a number of reasons, but the biggest one … I just haven’t had the time.  It’s a shame because through this blog, I’ve realized just how much I enjoy writing.  It’s cathartic to me and something that has become more than a hobby.  Alas, these days, my calendar has been full and there just hasn’t been enough time to do everything I want to do and some things have had to fall by the wayside.  One of them has been my writing. Continue reading

Being 8 is Great! Happy Birthday to Liam!

I think it’s kind of crazy that Liam has had way more birthdays abroad than he had in the US.  Actually he’s had twice as many birthdays abroad than he had at home!  We moved to Spain when he was 2 1/2 and now we are celebrating his 8th birthday here in the Netherlands!

Seven was a challenging year for Liam with our move to the Netherlands, leaving Barcelona behind and making new friends and going to a new school. But he has rocked it.  He has shown he’s made of tough Continue reading

Another Perspective of Keukenhof

As you know, I went to Keukenhof last week with my friend Brenda.  But as it is tulip season and we had more visitors this week, there was no getting around seeing it yet again.  However, don’t get me wrong – I wanted to see it again.  This is not a painstaking kind of thing for me.  Tulips are my favorite flower and while there are certainly other flowers on display at Keukenhof, the vast majority are tulips.  Not to mention that Keukenhof is a lovely place to just take a nice leisurely walk with friends while enjoying the sights and smells of 7 million flowers in bloom. So it was no skin off my back to go see them again with our friends, the Giddys. Continue reading

Back to Barcelona

What an amazing and exhausting first day back in Barcelona!!   The day started out earlier than planned with a flight change – what was supposed to be a 10AM flight became a 7AM flight, meaning I was up around 4AM and the kids at 4:30.  Poor Josh had to take us to the airport but after 5 months of driving him everywhere, I think one early morning is a-ok.  Anyways, given the wee early hour, the kids were beyond amazing.  You could tell how excited they were to get back “home”.  In fact, on the car ride in, Liam clearly stated that “I’m going to my true home!”. Continue reading