10 Tips for Traveling With Kids

September 30, 2013 in Inspiration

It seems almost impossible to believe that I’ve been traveling with kids for nearly twenty years. From newborn babies, to teens with one foot out the door. From local weekend […]

Ballarat Wildlife Park: Marsupial Madness!

September 27, 2013 in Australia, Education, Oceania, Travelogue

The Ballarat Wildlife Park is a master class in marsupials. We learned more in one day than I’ve managed to glean in my entire life. Of course part of what […]

Dinner at Melba: You’d like WHAT on your ice cream?

September 17, 2013 in Australia, Oceania

Let me open by saying that in America the concepts of “posh” and “buffet” rarely intersect. A buffet meal anywhere between the two coast of ‘Merica feels a lot like […]

Home Sweet Drysdale

August 24, 2013 in Australia, Oceania, Travelogue

It’s been a week since we arrived in Drysdale and checked into our housesit. It’s only our second one, so it still feels a bit odd to me to roll […]

Road Schooling: A snap shot

August 20, 2013 in Education

Yesterday was our first day of a new school year for our family. Of course what that means, exactly, is hard to define for anyone not “us” because we are […]

Happy Birthday Hannah: 17 photos for her 17th birthday!

July 29, 2013 in Education, Inspiration

Today, my first baby turns 17. It seems impossible; everyone says that. When my kids were little and older moms would tell me, with tears shining in their eyes, to, […]

The Brotherhood of Traveling Children: On friendships

June 27, 2013 in blog, Education

We are asked, on occasion, what we “do” about the social needs of our children. Granted, the question has never been asked by anyone who’s actually met our children.  Spend […]

Crossing the Cook Strait: Notes from the end of the world

May 31, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania

I have no fingernails left. They’ve worn off along with the outer layer of the spoon I’ve been sanding. I’m carving it from a little piece of driftwood that I […]

Otago Central Rail Trail: Omakau to Clyde: Day Two

May 8, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

Have I mentioned how much I miss my bike shorts and gloves? No? Perhaps because I didn’t remember until this morning, when I positioned my (no longer trail hardened) bottom […]

Otago Central Rail Trail: Oterehua to Omakau

May 7, 2013 in blog, New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

The crackle of the wood stove is the only sound. The boys are sprawled out on the carpets, reading. They’ve almost recovered from the beating I gave them at Scrabble. […]