Travel Day

7:24 a.m. (Germany time): It is o’dark thirty, and I’m operating on about 90 minutes of sleep. But all our bags are packed, and we are at the airport on time, just waiting for the baggage drop to open. And THEN we are on our way to America for the first time (as a family) in nearly four years.

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Heading Back Home

Earlier today, while I headed home from Italy, my sweet girl was put into her first soccer game in Germany and she immediately got the ball! I am so excited for her, and couldn’t wait to hear all about it when I got home.

Date Morning

No kids and a €20 airport breakfast makes this a Date Morning before I’m off to Rome for a work trip. Everyone cycled thru the flu last time I was gone, so let’s hope everyone stays healthy and safe this time!


I was up super early this morning, jet-lagging at 1 am with Anthony Bourdain. I love to travel, but I’m definitely feeling the effects more and more.

I felt like myself later this morning, so I think I’m over the hump. Yesterday was AWFUL, though. Really had to push through the feeling of sand in my brain.

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One Man Down

Ah, I leave for just a few days, and Martin gets diagnosed with the flu. It’s hitting him hard: Miss C says he looks like a zombie. Fortunately, his Mom doesn’t need surgery, but needs to stay with us until her leg is fully healed. Meanwhile, Amanda and the kids are doing good, although the baby has a fever now. Hard to be away, especially when the baby is ill!

Photo of my boys watching TV last weekend. To be clear, the baby is holding a part of a stacking toy. Ha!

I’ll be home soon!

Safety Note

We just landed in Germany and learned a car drove into a crowd outside Parliament, exactly where we were yesterday. I would be lying if I said I don’t think of these things wherever we go, and make all efforts to be as safe as possible. But we still go, because life is too short not to live this life to the fullest. Thank you to those who reached out to us. We are safe.