July 13

Our Pre-Mexico Vacation Update

Branson

It’s been a bumpy ride here in the Ozarks, literally and figuratively. I no longer have the stomach for the curvy roller coaster roads and neither do my Iowa children-thank goodness for Bonine (like Dramamine but it doesn’t knock you out.) Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to: Continue reading

July 7

Flying High in Arkansas

Hey ya’ll! We are in Arkansas visiting my parents and my dad’s side of the family before we move to Mexico (only 9 days!)

When describing my relatives in Arkansas I often tell people this: “You know the guys who step out of the woods wearing overalls and carrying a shotgun and say “Whatchu doin’ here boy?” That is my family.” Continue reading

July 5

What We Learned By Leaving

leaving

I thought that when we moved out of our house the hard part was over, but it didn’t get any easier. I spent our last two weeks in Iowa Continue reading

June 23

It’s My Birthday! 40 Before 40

40 before 40

My original goal was for us to live by the ocean before I turned 40. At first the plan was to stay in the U.S., but things progressed and, well, next month we’re moving to the island of Cozumel, Mexico. I’d say that goal is met and I need some new ones! Continue reading

June 2

45 Days to Mexico-Moving Out

Planning Cozumel

45 days until Mexico.

June’s last day of second grade was today, and Rory’s last day of kindergarten was last Friday. The last day of school is always a transition, a step up to the next level, but this year is especially poignant as we don’t know when their next year of school might be, if ever.

With school finished we can focus more on the house and the move, and there is a lot to do, especially since our house closes in 2 weeks. Continue reading

May 22

Garage Sale: It All Goes

I think it must feel lovely for a snake to shed its’ skin, scale by itchy uncomfortable scale, as it remakes itself over and over. I felt a little like that snake today.

We have been selling our things this weekend at a garage sale that will be repeated until we leave our house with only suitcases. In less than a month we’ll move out of our house, keeping only what we can carry to Mexico with us. It sounds really drastic, doesn’t it? A radical purge of our lives that will leave us temporarily homeless and almost without possessions. Continue reading

May 14

Teaching the Cat to Fly

travel cat carrier

Part of moving to Mexico means giving up things we have here: our house, our furniture, our wonderful non-stick pans, our large paintings, most of our books (too heavy) and most of our day-to-day items including clothes and toys. I’m ok with that, and the kids have adjusted to the idea. It’s not taking the pets that has been the most difficult for me.

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April 30

April: The Month of Illness and Injury

illness ER wheelchair

April has been a rough month for us and I can’t wait for it to be over. It seems like we’ve been in some sort of medical office every couple of days, that I’ve been nursing someone or feeling ill myself almost every day. Continue reading

April 25

The Seedy Underbelly of Cozumel

We’ve sold the house, we’re committed to moving to Mexico, there’s no turning back now. So imagine my dismay when I noticed a local brothel mentioned on a Cozumel forum…they have those on my sweet, innocent island? Continue reading

April 22

Selling the House and All Our Possessions

Bird house

It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here, and every day I think “I’ll update the blog tomorrow.” Well it’s not going to be slowing down any time soon, so let’s play a little catch up. Continue reading