Kayaking the Willamette Falls

Now that we are living back in Portland with older kids, it is a great time to discover new activities. With an adventurous uncle in town, we decided to book a kayak tour of the Willamette Falls. We booked 2 tandem kayaks and 1 single through eNRG kayaking and they were great. We had an […]

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Nashville: A Long Weekend in Music City

Every few years, my college girlfriends get together and pick a city to explore. So when we were throwing out ideas, Nashville hit the radar. I’m a country music fan, so this was a no-brainer for me. Enter the most fun I have had in a long time. Nashville has a very laid back down […]

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48 Hours in Seattle

We ended up using some hotel points to book a room in Seattle for the weekend. What most people don’t know is the Pacific Northwest has THE MOST beautiful summers ever. Seattle did not disappoint and we were gifted with 70 degree sunny weather to enjoy the city. It was never meant to be relaxing, […]

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Being Grateful in the Middle

I have been awfully quiet, mostly because I didn’t really know where to start. This 6 month transition has been a roller coaster… some great, some bad and a little bit of everything else. But here we are, settled in and loving our new normal. We made it, and while I have many drafted blog […]

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What Now?

We are still living in transitional housing….. and we are slowly inching our way forward. The holidays and a government shutdown tend to slow your forward progress when it comes to purchasing a home and all the other details of reconnecting your life. For the next few months, my role will be to continue to […]

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My Love Letter to Cartagena

This is my love letter to Cartagena.   This Caribbean town that was never on my radar until it was.  A place I never knew I wanted to visit, let alone live.    To Coffee and Coco Rice, and all the Arepa’s in between.  To the many new friendships I have made, who will soon […]

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Transitioning, Again.

Part of the journey is the end.  Here we are again…. packing up our belongings and sorting through the many memories we have made here.  It’s time for pack-out and we are preparing to live transitionally for the next few months.  While I am often overwhelmed by the amount of to-do’s in this phase, my […]

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Growing Up Expat: Going Home

So here we are.  We have told the kids that we are moving home.  They are both excited, but not entirely sure how this new life at home looks just yet.   It is home, but it will also be a new house, new schools, and new routines. We are sub 30 days and I […]

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The Hardest Part

What is the hardest part about living overseas? It’s simple.  The being far away. This past week we had to watch the news as the Woosley Fire in Malibu, California ripped through our families property.  With no power or cell service, we were cut off from all communication for 24 hours and not knowing how […]

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More of Less: Minimalism Overseas

I recently watched the minimalist documentary on Netflix and it got me thinking about coming home.   We sold off and gave away many of our processions when we moved overseas knowing we would be living in a much smaller apartment.   After living out of 9 suitcases as a family of four for about […]

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