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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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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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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Book Review: Misunderstood

I am reading a new book, Misunderstood by Tanya Crossman, a more modern version of the classic Third Culture Kids.  I have bookmarked so many amazing and relevant subjects in this book.   It seems every other page, I am nodding away in agreement. Understanding the unique situation of transitioning in and out of an […]

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Growing Up Expat: Traveling with an Introvert

I wanted to talk a little bit about traveling with your family for longer than a typical vacation.  Being out of your own space for longer than a week can present its own side effects.  As my children get older, there are different needs that need to be met in order for everyone to have […]

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Summer Recap: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

On our last leg of our summer, we did the most actual traveling… mini road trips, flights, taxi cabs, trains and more flights.  Our fist stop was Santa Cruz for a very special family wedding. The great thing about a cousin getting married is that it is the perfect excuse to see all of your […]

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Summer Recap: So Cal

We spent another good chunk of our time in Southern California.  Our other home.   We played on the beach, we ate In ‘n Out, had homemade pizza parties, hit the park,  and made some really good summer memories with our family. Having older kids this time around, we are able to bring them both […]

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Summer Recap: Oregon

I have lots of blog posts floating around in my head.  I needed a break, I needed inspiration, I needed to think a little bit about what I wanted to say.  So I took a break from posting this summer, but it wasn’t exactly quiet time. Here is what we were up to:  We had […]

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Winding Down…

I have been busy traveling back home, but I wrote this out before I left and never got around to publishing it.  I think it’s still relevant to where we are. As another school year comes to a close, I get the chance to reflect on this year in comparison to others and how I […]

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Gulf Coast Alabama

We had some very personal reasons to make our way over to Gulf Shores, Alabama 2 weeks ago and they were 7 years in the making.    Across the Caribbean pond from Cartagena, I was eager to check out this part of our country.   I have never been to the South and couldn’t wait […]

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