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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We had to stop at the Winn Dixie for a poo-mergency the other night. A a poop emergency. A moaning-kid-in-the-backseat-not-sure-they-can-hold-it-in-at-least-we-own-an-upholstery-cleaner-type situation. That got me thinking. 1.) Thank the lord for public bathrooms! 2.) The list of things I don’t miss about Europe is short. Really, it’s this. The lack of public toilets. Imagine getting stuck in an unfamiliar European city in a tree-less urban area…

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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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Happy Halloween!

Posted by November 4, 2014

Happy Halloween ya’ll! From the Grim Reaper and Deadpool. We made ghosts and vampire fang treats and went to a school dance and trick-or-treated and had an ultimate battle between Death and Deadpool. We got full-size candy bars like last year. AND…one house in our neighborhood handed out $20 bills. For reals. Sadly not to us, but I can confirm that this, in fact, did…

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Usually, I have pretty good instincts when it comes to thrift shopping. But these chairs. I don’t know. I can kinda see potential. And I guess someone else once did too (re: the one with the rather unsuccessful makeover). But they’re just so weird. Maybe it’s the caning. Or the wheels. Maybe they could be awesome. Maybe I just have to buy every $6.99 chair….

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When it comes to room makeovers, some blogs would have you believe that rooms go from craphole monstrosity to stunning, catalog-cover ready in like 24 hours. This is not one of those blogs. This is real life. Where people have jobs and kids and laundry and dirty dishes. Painting is done in 8-ft. by 8-ft. sections at 11:30 p.m. on week nights. No one bothers…

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You know those cute back-to-school pics where happy kids with wide, toothy grins and perfectly coordinated outfits hold chalkboards proclaiming the “first day of school!” And everyone is so excited to be in whatever grade that they barely contain their enthusiasm. That’s totally what it’s like here…In my first-day-of-school fantasy land. Reality is more like this: Good morning! It’s the first day of school! Get…

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