The joy of living abroad

Walking through the marina in Swansea this weekend, the Hubs commented that on our next trip there, we’d need to get on the water – take one of the boat excursions offered in the area. Boo looked at him and said “MY first boat ride was in Paris”. Yeah. How cool is that?

OBX 2010

In my post-college years, I went on cruises with my friends every year. I’ve been to some beautiful beaches and islands, but when push comes to shove, one of my favorite places in the world are the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina. My husband took me there a few years before we got married; [Read On]


Well, it looks like my poor parents are trapped in my cold, drafty but lovely home yet another day…. As this is the view up the Dingle… And down the Dingle…. And more snow coming down!!! No plows on our road… Gorgeous, so long as you don’t need to be anywhere. The Hubs walked to [Read On]

The Sand Man

Sometimes, it is the simple things in life that make a guy happy. Like digging a hole in the sand… Note: it is a good idea to keep your three-year-old cousin nearby, so she can go get help when you get stuck INSIDE the hole you dug. I’m now calling my nephew “The Sand Man”. [Read On]

Beach Week

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. I confess. But, really, I’ve been too busy stuffing my face with steamed spiced shrimp, key lime pie, she crab soup, margaritas and beer, and rinsing sand out of my personal spaces after swimming, jumping waves and dodging jellies for hours in the ocean. I love it! Let me [Read On]

Road Trip!

In what some have claimed is insanity, I packed up our suitcases, a collection of DVDs, snacks, blankies, Ox, and the kids, and drove from Chicago to Virginia. On my own. Day one wasn’t too terribly bad: the kids snacked so much that they opted to skip lunch. Boo peed roadside twice (he discovered the [Read On]