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

Serenity in Praia da Luz

We chose to stay in the area of Praia da Luz during our Algarve holiday because of many of the towns and villages in the area, Praia da Luz was on the smaller side and felt slightly less touristy than many of the other areas we’d looked at.  It’s on the western side of the Algarve so a good distance from Faro Airport and we figured many who are here on holiday may not want to drive the extra distance to get here. Continue reading

Don’t Confuse Travel with Vacation

We travel…a lot. In the last 6 weeks, we’ve now had 4 trips. Even for us, that’s more than normal.  It’s been rather exhausting.  First world problems, I know.  But don’t confuse travel to new (or old) destinations as a vacation. To me, vacation is about relaxing, having no time table and just decompressing.  Travel is about going places, for us, often a quick in and out visit,which is anything but relaxing.  It’s about exploring and often times we don’t have enough time to do that at a leisurely pace. 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

A Few Days in Portsmouth, NH (without kids)

While the kids are away…you get the picture.  It’s been a while since Josh and I were away just the two of us.  We normally try to do a long weekend every 3-4 months without kids as we think it’s important to have an existence beyond the boys as well, but the last 2 years have been challenging between Josh’s commuting back and forth to Amsterdam / Barcelona for 9 months and then his dislocated knee which had him out of commission for close to our first 6 months here. 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

Happiness Through a Child’s Eyes

This weekend I remembered what it means to be happy and seeing it through my children’s eyes made me realize that it’s not something all that complicated and really not all that hard to achieve.  All you need is really great friends and you’ll be amazed at how happy you can be.  A touch of beautiful weather doesn’t hurt either 😉 While we were in Barcelona, our pace was relaxed.  We the majority of our time with friends.  My friends did everything to try to help make things easier for us – helping to shuttle the kids to and from playdates and sleepovers and helping to organize lunches, etc.  Without them, I couldn’t have done it – we had to be in too many places at once.  And for that, I thank each and every one of you. Continue reading

All Good Things Must Come to an End… Vacation is Over :(

All good things must come to an end.  It’s hard to believe that in the course of 3 weeks we have been to France, Switzerland and Germany to visit the Christmas markets, then flown back to Barcelona for 5 days for Christmas and then drove back up to France for 11 days to go skiing.  The time has flown by for sure.  But now is the time to get back into our grooves, the kids must go back to school and Josh and I to work.  I for one, have been neglecting my work and it’s not a good way to start off the new y ear, so I’m eager to get back and get ramped up for 2012.  I’m also eager to sleep in my own bed! Continue reading

A Final Night in Corfu

Because we had a 7AM flight off of Corfu on Sunday morning we decided that it was best to stay there for our final night in Greece.  Corfu is the island next to Paxos and significantly larger. We had considered Corfu when looking at places to go in Greece and while I’m sure it has it’s beautiful areas and plenty of beaches, I’m really glad we chose Paxos. Continue reading