Faithful Friend

My faithful friend, Patches der Hund, soaking up the sunshine in the peace and quiet. The others are back up on the slopes today. We, on the other hand, embrace the fact we’re both a little older, slower, and carrying some extra weight these days. Taking it easy is the way to go. She gets me.

Escape to Austria

After two exhausting weeks of 12-hour shifts *every* day, I took the family last night and fled to the mountains. This is the view from our bedroom. The sweet older lady who prepared our beds said she was surprised when all six of us and Patches der Hund climbed out of our car. She offered to bring us fresh eggs and homemade bread, too. Continue reading

No Matter Where

Waiting in traffic presented an opportunity to explain once again how incredibly fortunate we are to live the lives that we do. We are at the border waiting to get our passports checked, and talking about why these checks are now in place, and how the things they have (a home in a safe place, school, freedom to travel, etc.) can’t be taken for granted.


Martin snapped this photo earlier today. No matter where we are in the world, this is my favorite part.

The Salt Mine and Hallein

We explored the Hallein salt mine today.

It was so cool. We had to take a mine train and two slides to get into the belly of the mountain. It’s considered the oldest salt mine in the world to be open to the public. We had to dress in big, bulky white overcoats and pants, as well as all our winter gear because it gets pretty chilly in the mountain. Continue reading

Random Act of Kindness and an Escape

When I went to pay for my coffee this morning at the shop near my office, the cashier told me to hold off.

“The lady in front of you just left a gift card to pay for others’ coffee today.”

The cashier explained that every now and then, this lady comes in and leaves a gift card to buy coffee for strangers until the total on the card runs out.

Isn’t that sweet?


We escaped to the mountains this evening.

It is snowing, and soooo quiet.


Road Trippin’

Remnants of Sy’s first German breakfast. We finalised our travel plans over juice, coffee, and pretzel bread.


We began our Girls Road Trip yesterday: Miss C, Lola, Syenna, and me. The car is full, but we’re ready to have a great time exploring different countries.  Continue reading

Grifoni SuperBowl

That’s my husband kicking that field goal!

Martin, Miss C and I packed up the car and headed to Salzburg, Austria July 16 (yes, after my flight, agh!) so that Martin could compete in the Austrian, Italian Football League championship with his team, Grifoni. Miss C and I slept for most of the 3-hour drive. 
When we arrived, we realized we were staying at a FOUR-STAR hotel, courtesy of the team. We were led to a sixth-floor suite, complete with a mini-bar, HUGE double bed (which is uncommon in Europe) and a beautiful view of the mountains.

Needless to say, I felt like SUCH an NFL wife.

My little fantasy of “NFL wife” continued the next day, when we showed up to the stadium. It was so huge, and so professional, with a ton of seats, an electronic big-screen, an announcer, beautiful turf, open-air, concession stands … everything was amazing. There were even people having tailgate parties in the parking lot.

Miss C and I, along with the other Grifoni wives, settled down in the press box and screamed our hearts out for our men. It was a very close game, but of course, we won – 21 to 19. Martin was directly responsible for four of those points, as he’s the team’s kicker. I was so proud!

 We celebrated by hitting the local Mexican restaurant, where Miss C stole the show as everyone wanted to hold and play with her. 
That wasn’t a problem for me – I REALLY enjoyed that Austrian beer.
The whole season, the guys said they would shave The Kid’s head if they won the Super Bowl. They won. The Kid put up a fight.

Until next season!