June 12

Lost in Rio de Janeiro

It was approaching midnight in Rio de Janeiro and we were completely lost. We had only arrived 6 hours ago, and in our quest to find some fun none of us had paid attention to the name of the hotel. Or the street it was on, or the phone number, or anything else that might help us find our way back. We were at the mercy of the “Marvelous City.” Continue reading

June 9

How I “Made” My Kids Love Water

It’s summer again, and the city pool is open and filled with splashing kids. Next to me is a mom wrestling a panicked child who seems convinced that she is trying to drown him; he is screaming, terrified, and refusing to get even one toe in the water. She finally lets him go and he runs away.

My kids are the opposite. They’re under the water more than they are above it, Continue reading

May 26

A Cozumel Review

Jason and I first visited the island of Cozumel in 2012 as part of a mission trip group with Friends of Cozumel. After we came back I wrote a trip review for Independent Traveler complete with hotel, restaurant, grocery stores and entertainment information, as well as our first drift diving experience.  I rediscovered it today-talk about nostalgia! Continue reading

May 20

Healthcare Failure

I am an RN, and I work for a temp agency so I go a lot of places and see a lot of things. On my last shift I saw one of the most horrendous things I’ve ever seen. Here’s a hint: it wasn’t anything gory. Continue reading

May 15

Financial Leap of Faith

exchange rate

Do you believe in fate? I went to a birthday party for a friend’s child over the weekend and I think I met the people who are going to buy our house next year.

Our house is right where she wants to be. She already knows two of our neighbors Continue reading

May 11

Mother’s Day In an Airport

Last year on Mother’s Day I was varying thousands of miles away. It was hell day on my South America trip, and we spent the day going from airport to airport for about 20 hours straight. I didn’t even see the Mother’s Day gift my kids sent me until the next day.

We started out in Puno at Lake Titicaca and got up about 6am Continue reading

May 10

Bringing Healthy Travel Habits Home

Mexico

When I travel I walk everywhere, I snorkel for hours, I bicycle and climb and spend every minute of the day exploring. I eat lots of ceviche and fresh fruit, and I drink tons of water. I always lose weight, and I feel stronger.

Then I come home and fall back into the same sedentary habits Continue reading

May 5

A Glimpse of Lima, Peru

Last year at this time I was starting a study abroad trip. Would you like to take Ethics 101 in a classroom or go on a trip to South America? Hmmm, let me think. I was the oldest student on the trip at 36, and it was the first time I had traveled without my husband. I don’t know if it taught me anything new regarding ethics, but I did learn a lot. Continue reading

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May 2

Making Summer Family Travel Plans

Our first day in Cozumel with the kids last year.
Our first day in Cozumel with the kids last year.

I’m trying to nail down what we can and can’t do this summer while the kids are out of school. Road trips around the Midwest are pretty easy and cheap because we can usually stay with someone. Jason and I want to try sailing lessons at a local lake, and there will be lots of camping and canoeing. What we all really want, though, is the ocean. Continue reading

April 27

Coming and Going: Moving with Kids

Lake Titicaca is really cold!
Lake Titicaca is really cold!

On my study abroad trip to South America last year I didn’t know anyone, so I was really lucky to end up with Lindsay as my roommate. We’re both students in our 30’s in the sea of 20-yr olds. We both missed our kids horribly. As independent adults we had a few meltdowns about Continue reading