Moving Internationally with a 5-month old baby, and everything you should pack to survive.
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[...]
We've lived in Slovenia now exactly 2 months! As I've said before, living here is really not that difficult. I have however found myself missing things that are very common in The United States but not so common in Slovenia. You can only imagine how happy I was to finally have some things that I've missed in a care package from my mom and mother in law. It was basically Christmas in our house on Wednesday, and I may have almost cried! Ha Below is a list of common things in The United States[...]
When I was in Monterey we had a WONDERFUL group of Foreign Area Officers spouses. One of the HOT TOPICS was where to send your children to school. Do you send them to QSI (International School) or do you send them to school in that country? (Full Immersion) It seemed to me like a lot of the moms in class were a little leery of sending their child to a full immersion school. I'll admit, I was scared of the unknown as well. However when we got to Slovenia, and I realized that the international school was a tad[...]
Jet Lag is a REAL thing! It doesn't just affect sleeping, it affects eating, your mood, and how you generally feel. Combine that with a two-year-old that's already on an emotional roller coaster, and you get a hurricane of emotions. Let me paint you a picture. (Night 1) At this point, I have not been to sleep in 30 hours, and Tyler may have had 2 hours of sleep. We both decided to keep the kids up and pretend as tho it was a regular day without an 8 hour time change. This strategy worked for Nolan (our 4-yea[...]
We are in the middle of our BIG MOVE! I am happy to let everyone know that we survived our first plane ride as a family. The kiddos did way better than I would have ever imagined. Below you will find the list of things I used for packing. I've included a link to all the items I used. Please know I am an Amazon affiliate, but I bought these items without any incentives. Packing cubes (Seriously) color code them for each family member. I ended up putting the huge ziplock bags inside each packing[...]
It amazes me how fast a year can FLY by when you're having fun! It feels like yesterday we were driving across the United States, I can remember my first time driving up the coast of Monterey Bay thinking, "WOW... this is our home for the next year". I still drive up Hwy 1 (coastal highway) every morning to drop Nolan off at school and the view of the ocean takes my breath away. Tyler's first day of school was October 22, 2015. I still remember him packing his backpack the night before. I also remember that[...]
Hello! Welcome to Brittany McAnally (Website/ Blog). I have been working on this website/blog for wayyyy too long! I thought with the BIG move to Europe (Slovenia), I should put my butt into gear and work on it. I thought this would be a GREAT way for our family and friends to keep up with our travels around the world (we're super excited). I also thought this would be a GREAT way to help other FAO (Foreign Area Officer) spouses understand how our IRT (In Region Training) went. You should also[...]