Category: Adventures

Beach Babes

Posted by October 25, 2015

Some pics from our beach days this summer. This summer… Jacob discovered that there are fish at the beach. That doesn’t sound quite right (or like he’s not “quite right”). He knew there were fish in the ocean, just didn’t realize they came that close to shore. The kids were with Matt when Jacob made this discovery. Jacob brought home a water bottle full of…

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December in Brussels

Posted by December 24, 2014

A look back at ghosts of Christmases past. One of my favorite places to be in December (or any other time of year really) is Brussels. The Grand Place is spectacular at night. The Christmas market sells little bites of heaven—chocolate, beignets, macarons and cuberdons. There’s an ice rink, ferris wheel, luge and two amazing vintage carousels. We were here for Zwanze Day at Moeder…

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I have a motivation problem. Christmas is days away. Barely any shopping is done. The decorations are still in the attic. And I can’t muster the “holiday spirit” to accomplish any of that crap. It just doesn’t seem like Christmas time. Why is that? Maybe because it’s 80 degrees outside. 80 DEGREES. In December. Yes, I’m in Florida, but come on. Can we get more…

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On our first trip after moving to Germany, we visited Burg Nanstein and Gartenschau Kaiserslautern—this really cool dinosaur park right by Ramstein. It had pretty manicured gardens, a nice playground and a ton of cool dinosaurs. Look at the size of that allosaurus! Also soccer fields, mini golf and places to eat. We could have brought a picnic and stayed all day. But we didn’t…

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The first wave of “winter” has hit Florida. By winter I mean it’s 50 degrees. For the first time in 8 months, I may have to take off my flip flops and put on a pair of proper shoes. It’s overcast, drizzly, there’s a blustery wind. And I love it. It feels like Germany. Which in a lot of ways still feels more like home….

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Saturday we went to the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in Pensacola. It was also the 100th anniversary of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. After the Blue Angels took off, we’re like: “Look at the planes.” One kid was looking at the ground. One was looking the opposite direction. Jacob wanted to find to the bouncy castles. Nicholas wanted to pull the black tar up…

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While the kids are away, the grown-ups will play. While the kids were in Texas swimming and eating mountains of Blue Bell ice cream, we headed to Decatur/Atlanta for a long weekend. There are TONS of great things to do in the Atlanta area. Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, the Atlanta History Center (part of which is that mansion from the Hunger Games Catching Fire),…

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Before school let out, I accompanied Jacob on a class trip to Marianna Caverns (Florida Caverns State Park). There’s nothing like a swarm of 8 year olds in a confined space where you’re not allowed to touch anything to reinforce your chosen career path. And by that, I mean the decision to be anything other than a school teacher. Seriously, teaching is the most underpaid,…

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I’ve been sitting on this Groupon for a dolphin cruise in Destin for months now, and finally found occasion to use it. That occasion was it expiring. So I booked a Saturday dolphin cruise for the kids and me. We went with Olin Marler on the Hannah Marie. There are A TON of fishing charters and tour operators out of Destin. If one were to…

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