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When traveling in Cambodia I decided that we would just take the bus – but I’m speechless. Well, maybe not speechless, I’m not sure I’m ever speechless.  Perhaps it’s utter shock.  I’ve traveled in developing nations before but somehow the dry, dusty eye opening bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia is leaving me in a state of awe.  The kids are bored (it’s 7 hours), but I’m riveted to the window.  I’m so captivated I’ve requested my child give up her window seat so I can…

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So it perhaps wasn’t my best parenting decision. As a matter a fact, in terms of safety it’s perhaps a major fail. It’s not the decision I’m most proud of over the past year, truly it’s not something that could have even occurred in any country with a definitive legal system but in a developing country it was screaming to happen – and happen it did. It started off innocently enough. Bagan begs to be discovered by bike. Really. It’s known, talked about, there are shops everywhere –…

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Asia!  We couldn’t have chosen a more dramatic contrast to pick back up with our backpacking lifestyle.  Dragging our backpacks from the depths of our camper after 5 weeks and trekking through the airport I heard exclamations of “It’s so exciting to travel again” and “I can’t wait to get back to Asia.”  Going through my mind…”I’m so proud of these kids.”  Their tenacity and enthusiasm, curiosity and endurance is inspiring. After five wonderfully weeks we’ve left the tranquility of the New Zealand countryside, the calm relaxed atmosphere of…

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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,…

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…

It seems as if one can’t drive in Iceland for more than 15 minutes without seeing waterfalls.  I have this crazy obsession with water so personally, I’m fascinated!  Whether it’s the ocean, lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, Iceland has it covered.  Like I said, this is the perfect place for me. I’ve always thought my love of water was quite the norm.  After all, who isn’t amazed by the power and strength of water?  When I initially perused my guidebook each and every waterfall made the list. Day one.  I…

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So I knew we would have some bumps in the road.  A little turbulence so to speak.  And I knew it would happen soon.  We’re dealing with jet lag, sleeping four to a room, racing around a country to see as much as we can, living life a little to exhaustion so to speak.  I should have expected that on what my girls have now termed “Avery and Kaitlyn Eve” (after all there’s a “New Years Eve” & “Christmas Eve” they tell me), the night before their 10th birthday-…