Bliss – 6 Weeks at Home in the US

It’s been more than 6 weeks and I’ve been pretty radio silent, but that’s because I’ve been too busy having a great time at home in the US with family and friends.  We just returned back this past weekend and while I debated writing while I was away, I just couldn’t find the right place to begin and to sort out my thoughts.  My email is full of notes to myself on various things that have happened over the last 6 weeks.  All of them wonderful. Continue reading

Home Again

On Monday afternoon, the kids and I arrived back “home”.  Home as defined by me.  Not my kids.  Though Liam was incredibly excited the notion of going back home.  Aidan…not so much.  The idea of spending his whole summer vacation in this super boring place where we always do the same thing every single year (his words, not mine) was not his idea of a good time.  Continue reading

A Much Needed Trip “Home”

It’s been a LONG year… I’m not exaggerating.  This year has kicked our asses 5 ways from Sunday.  And at the same time, this year flew by.  It’s hard to believe one year ago we left Barcelona and 11 months ago we touched down in the Netherlands as our new home.  Tomorrow we are headed home for almost 6 weeks (the kids ENTIRE summer vacation). I’m in packing and list checking mode and ready to rock n roll.  It’s hard to believe in less than 24 hours we’ll be on our way.  And bonus this year is we get to fly direct – something we couldn’t do from Barcelona.  A trip home AND saving close to 4-5 hours of travel – yay!!!   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

Whirlwind Trip Home to the USA

Every year we come home to the US and every year I say that I won’t over schedule.  Every year I totally fail in this capacity and as a result, by the time we leave I can barely keep my eyes open from exhaustion.  It’s always worth it though.  It always feels so good to be back home.  And this year feels even better. For some reason, despite my inability to under-schedule myself, I’m not feeling so manic or overwhelmed with all that needs to be done and people to see.  I think I just finally know, it will all get done.  And if it doesn’t… well, it doesn’t.  Perhaps life in Barcelona rubbed off on me after all.

We made it home directly from our cruise vacation which made for an incredibly long day when you added in getting off the boat by 7 (which meant up around 5:30AM), then a 2 hour bus Continue reading

The Move… the US Portion

I’m still plugging away at my cruise entries, but lots has been happening since we left Barcelona – most of which has all been happening in the background.  And while I’ve been home in the US, I’ve been taking care of one of my favorite things (insert sarcasm here) – moving.  Again.

When we originally moved to Barcelona, we left most of our belongings behind (I don’t know that Josh would agree as we still had 110 boxes).  After all, it was just for 2 years.  We still did a huge purge of our stuff before we left figuring we didn’t want to come back to a lot of the junk we had accumulated over the years.  We left all of our furniture behind with the exception of my office chair and the kids toy storage unit.  Beyond that everything stayed.

The original plan had been for everything to stay in the house.  We moved all the personal items to the basement and the furniture stayed where it was.  We had a sudo-friend l Continue reading

Flights Booked Home… Now What?

After months of searching for reasonably priced flights, I finally gave in around March and booked our flight home.  It was painful to say the least, primarily because I know I could have gotten them cheaper had I done it earlier like I normally do.  But given we didn’t know our future living plans, we had just been waiting and I could wait no more.  I try not to mention money often on this blog but let’s just say that what I paid was close to double the highest I’ve ever paid to fly home and almost triple what I paid last year.  Yes, painful.  But it had to be done and aside from the fact that we’ve already paid for summer camp for the kids in Maine, I couldn’t deny the kids a trip home nor did I want to deny myself a trip!! Continue reading

Another Mini Babson Reunion

I love it when schedules all come together and things just work.  While our time in Boston was busy to say the least, everything just fell into place and we got to see so many of our wonderful friends and family.  And during our last weekend that included yet another mini Babson reunion at our friends Kyle and Kelly’s house.  Because this year we made it to their annual bbq!! Continue reading

Road Trip – Connecticut and New York City!

As we prepared our schedule this year to go back to Boston, we had a slight change to our usual plans.  This year, since one of Aidan’s best friend’s lives in New York and Liam’s best friend was moving there, we decided to add a roadtrip to NYC into the mix.  I found it amazing that my kids have been all over Europe and yet, haven’t been to NYC, a mere 4 hour drive from Attleboro.  But now we had reason to come visit and I think that it will become an annual tradition as both kids loved the city (Aidan actually wants to move there). Continue reading

The Catalan Reunification Ceremony

The what?  It was just a joke between myself and my Barcelona friends that have moved back to the Boston area.  We did a little reunion one night in Boston and it was so strange to see them on this side of the pond.  But yet, it was totally natural and fun.

We did dinner at Melting Pot in Boston and yup… I can’t get enough of that cheese and chocolate.  Could sit there all night.  And the conversation could have gone on for hours and hours if we didn’t all have to make our way back home.  It was so great to see my chicas and catch up for a little bit, but as always it’s never enough time. Continue reading