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Parenting in Lithuania

If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, you know that I wrote an article about Parenting in Slovenia. Now that we're in Lithuania and we have an extra child this time around. thought it would be fun to write about my experiences in Lithuania. Much like Slovenia, it's not uncommon to see children Nolan's age 9 walking to school by themselves or taking the bus alone. Kids have a lot more freedom in Lithuania than they do in the United States. Children in Lithuania also don't start gra[...]

Our Life in Bags…Again

If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that when we started this life, one of my first blog posts was called Our Life in Bags. I thought it was only fitting that at the start of this new journey I would start with the exact same topic, with some tips and tricks, I've learned along the way. As a disclaimer, some of the links in this blog may be affiliate links... but I promise I love all the items I'm recommending and personally own them myself! The first set of movers came and they took 1,000[...]

The Beginning… Life in Lithuania.

It's been a week since we arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania. I can't believe I'm typing that... it's crazy how quickly time flies when you're having fun and trying to figure out life in a different country. Our first week looked like Moving into our new house! We got super lucky and were able to be picked up at the airport and moved right into our new house. Our air shipment was actually waiting for us in our garage! We had great sponsors they packed our frig full of great food and brought some things ove[...]

Gilroy’s U-Pick Cherries

Today the boys and I went on an adventure to Gilroy, CA U-pick cherries. We've been strawberry and apple picking many times, but we've never been cherry picking. So when I saw the advertisement for U pick cherries I loaded the boys up and headed to Gilroy. (If you're new to Monterey that's about a 45-minute drive to Gilroy) This is the first time that this farm has offered U-Pick Cherries and they'll be open the next two weekends Thursday-Sunday (June 20-23) and (27-30) at 5920 Frazier Lake, Gilroy CA mak[...]

Venice, Italy

  Tyler's parents came to visit us in Slovenia in October, and the one thing that they really really wanted to do was go to Venice, Italy. We were lucky enough to only live 2 hours away, and it was so close I honestly couldn't say no.  Below is everything I did/wish I would have done. I hope this list makes visiting Venice with your children easier. It's so crowded! I feel like Venice has more Americans squeezed into that tiny city than any city in America! I'm not even kidding, it was like I drove[...]

Home is where my family is

Hello! I've been super silent as this move from Slovenia, back to The United States has been hard! I'm super use to moving... this is my 8th move in 8 years, but what about killed me this time was the amount of time our stuff took to get to Slovenia (74 days) we got our stuff and our home in Slovenia felt like home FINALLY!  Just to pack it all back up and send it back to The United States for it to take another 105 days to get back to Monterey. You don't realize how exhausting moving is until you've don[...]

Budapest, Hungary

When we travel with our children we try to do things that are educational, and fun with our children. Tyler loves to go to museums and tends to do these things while the children are napping during the day. During the day while the children are up we try to do things as a family that we would all enjoy! Budapest, Hungary made this very very easy!  Budapest, Hungary has been the one place in Europe next to Spain that I really really really wanted to visit! Sadly we were unable to make it to Spain this ye[...]

5 Things You Should Bring On Your Family Holiday

Taking a break from everyday life can be good for the whole family — but what if it doesn’t feel like a break? What if you come back from your holiday needing another one? You can’t control everything, but you can boost your chances of actually getting a breather by packing some key essentials. From speeding up travel times to keeping an eye on kids who like to wander, we’ve got you covered. (Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash) Essential travel documents You’d be surprised how many[...]