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It seem luxurious, ideal, too good to be true… a year of traveling around the world.  Ahhh!  It’s a year released from the day to day home routines.  No keeping track of deadlines for kids’ activities, grocery trips, runs to Costco, piles and piles of laundry, cleaning up the kitchen endlessly, each meal seeming to run into the next, volunteering at school, picking kids up from school, schlepping kids to sports, and on and on.  It’s what we all do, us moms.  It’s been ten years of routines,…

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Take my word for it.  Go to Slovenia!  Really.  There’s a high likelihood, if you are from the United States you’ve never heard of this pint sized treasure.  Realistically, many of you will never venture to this unbelievable land but I’m telling you people, you’re missing out.  Those of you from Europe are close and may have never considered it a vacation destination.  You heard it here first…it is! Slovenia is a small, gorgeous country that shares borders with Italy, Croatia, Austria & Hungary.  It’s a country that…

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Here are ten things for kids to do in Slovenia. Ljubljana 1.  Climb to the top of the hill and go to Ljubliana Castle.  You can climb the hill or take a gondola.  At the gondola stop you can get a tour that tells you about the castle. 2.  Go to Back Werk and The Wok.  Back Werk is a cheap cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The Wok – if you’re lucky enough you might be taught how to open chopsticks like the professionals. 3….

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A Day in the Life of the Sullivan’s… Special Edition – Paris, France Our life is a little different from others…bumps along the road and a little bit of turbulence too. 7:30 – We wake up with the sun beating in our face and grab our iPads to do some schooling. 8:00 – We nag ourself to get out of bed and get dressed into (dirty perhaps) sweat clothes. After that we go to the bathroom and brush our hair and teeth. Doing your laundry is a pain…

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Ah, Venice.  Many say going to Venice with kids is a bad idea.  I completely disagree.  They’ve been captivated from the start.  Taking a boat down a “street” marked in the ocean with the window down, your hair blowing in the breeze.  Getting rocked to and fro as water taxis rush past – it’s a kid’s wonderland…at least for my little guy. I have to admit, this small part of our year long journey is completely selfish.  Venice has been on my list for twenty years and I’ve…

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet is a tale about a young girl, Julie, who has a dog named Louey.   When Julie, her dog and her mother go to Claude Monet’s garden Louey runs under the gate.  She discovers Claude Monet when she turns the corner in his garden.  Together they find Louey paw painting.   This story brings to life Claude Monet’s garden.  Read more to find out about Claude Monet   This is a: picture book Recommended for: ages 3-12 Read before: going to a…

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Goodbye Amsterdam, hello Berlin! We’ve had an amazing stay in Amsterdam.  Collectively we feel it was the perfect place to get our feet wet on this round the world (RTW) trip.  It was foreign enough not to be home but not so foreign as to freak us all out as we just began.  We’ve become accustom to living on the road, finding a little time to fit in schooling and have adjusted to major time changes, sleeping in random beds and finding ways to deal with each other 24/7.  We…

Hiking a glacier in Iceland

Our unconventional birthday celebration wasn’t quite over.  My now ten year olds had a glacier to hike!  While hiking a glacier was not high on the list of one birthday girl (who really wanted to ride Icelandic ponies on this celebratory day), birthday girl number two had bought into the excitement.  After all, who wouldn’t want to don a pair of crampons and yield a pick ax the day they hit double digits? The initial plan was hiking Skaftafell – Vatnajokull the second largest glacier in the world. …

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What do you do when you are staying with a family in a foreign country where only the two adults know how to speak English and the two kids (Kevin 7 and Benjamin 2) speak only Dutch?  You would probably ask yourself how do I communicate with them when all you know is yes, no, thank you and ice cream. We soon realized that just because we could not speak Dutch doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Kevin and I played a game called Guess Who?  Instead of…

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We are in Amsterdam!  It’s amazing to see so much water and canals that run through the city.  In addition to the many tall, narrow houses, many people have house boats that they live in.  In this huge, busy city there’s one place that has trees, a lake and many fun activities.  It’s Amsterdamse bos – or Amsterdam Forest!  Yesterday we visited this place called Fun Forest in Amsterdamse bos. It was so much fun but tiring as well.  Zip lines and ropes and ladders and even tightropes…