Sunrise on Upstate NY

The beauty of the Finger Lakes area rivals any other place we’ve been in the United States—sans maybe Telluride, Colorado. I still miss Okinawa on a regular basis. I have dreams about visiting at least once a week. One thing I liked in Oki is that I didn’t much mind driving for a while toContinue reading “Sunrise on Upstate NY”

Homeschool Trip #2: Philly

We are 2/2 on homeschool trips accompanied by winter storms. That has not helped my attempts at turning the kids into travel seekers. The trip to Philly was fun (minus the kids fussing about the cold). We were able to get in family time, museums, historical sites, and food. The Franklin Institute on our firstContinue reading “Homeschool Trip #2: Philly”

Snapshot Sunday #6

It must be some serious concentration if the tongue comes out! Thanks Starbucks for the umpteenth vacation save…you never know when you’re going to need a place with a nice, temperature controlled place to sit that also serves sugar in a cup to keep your kids (and you) sane for just a few more blocks.Continue reading “Snapshot Sunday #6”

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #8: Have Children, will be Annoyed

I love being a mom. AND… Slaptating and being a tool seem to be natural occurrences during parenthood—for me and for my children. Also for the puppy. Everyone spends time wanting to slap people and being a tool, it just happens. Sometimes it happens simultaneously. That’s fun. My capacity for annoying behaviors has been outContinue reading “Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #8: Have Children, will be Annoyed”

Homeschool Trip #1: Boston

We’ve traveled a handful of times this school year, though much less than I hoped because of COVID. This past weekend was our first trip made with the primary purpose of reinforcing our homeschool lessons. Emma is a voracious reader. That has made most subject we’ve discussed—whether her choosing or mine—pretty simple because I canContinue reading “Homeschool Trip #1: Boston”

Plan to Plan; Road Trip to Road Trip

I took some leave last month and the girls and I did some traveling. Finally saw some friends and family that we’ve been wanting to visit for a while. Traffic on the East Coast continues to suck, so we ended up spending 30+ hours in the car over the 10 day trip. Arlington, VA-Fire Island,Continue reading “Plan to Plan; Road Trip to Road Trip”

Medical, Medical Everywhere!

I’ve had a lot of fun with medical stuff the last few years. It just keeps going too. Doesn’t help either that I have some legit anxiety that leads to a bit of hypochondria, so there is definitely a mix of physical symptoms mixed with psychosomatic symptom…it’s a fun combination 😂 I’m writing this forContinue reading “Medical, Medical Everywhere!”

Travel Log: Iejima, Okinawa, Japan

One thing I didn’t do as much of as I would have liked while living in Okinawa was visit the smaller Okinawa Prefecture islands. 2020 was the year!! But then…COVID restricted us to big Oki until our move back to the USA and we missed our chance. For Chris’ 40th birthday in May 2019 weContinue reading “Travel Log: Iejima, Okinawa, Japan”

Happy Hump Day #1

I’ve mentioned Tettohs Coffee a few times in my blog already. If you ever get a chance to visit Okinawa, Japan, make your way to Tettohs Coffee in Uruma. My favorite place on island—relaxing, friendly, delicious! In fact, I’m sure I’ll do a full post on Tettohs at one point. For now, enjoy one ofContinue reading “Happy Hump Day #1”