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Van Gogh, a very famous painter. It seems like everybody knows who he is.  A museum captures all of his paintings and puts them on display. The Van Gogh museum is where we all went today. The very fascinating paintings that he drew were just magnificent. The painting Sunflowers was displayed there as well. Next to Starry Night Sunflowers is one of his most famous paintings. Since we rented a headset we learned all about him and his life story. His was very different than most painters.  He uses…

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 Go to Reyjkavik Zoo and Family Park – it has fun rides and games.  My favorite part was jumping on the inflatable pillow. Go glacier hiking.  You use a pick ax and crampons so you don’t slip on the  ice. Take a walk between two tectonic plates (North American & Eurasian) at Thinglevirr national park.  The Rift Valley between the two tectonic plates sinks down about two centimeters a year. Take a tractor out to the cape at Inglsolour to see puffins!  In ten years they are going…

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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-…

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I’ve had everything planned for months.  Well, not everything.  Actually, I’ve only had week one of fifty six planned…but I was feeling good.  We were going, ready or not.  The not part, well, that almost happened. For months I’ve had it on my calendar that our departure was June 25th at 12:16pm.  This date and time has been ingrained in my mind for what seems like forever.  Perhaps that was the problem.  The parts of my life I didn’t have organized, my friends kindly stepped in and made…

Let’s just say our day didn’t go so well.  I had been forewarned and in turn I informed the kids that today shots were to occur.  Everybody knew.  We had discussed it for weeks.  I had gone over everything.  No whining, no fussing, no throwing fits.  We are 8 and 10 not 3 and 5.  We discussed how shots hurt for the first second and then all is well.  We talked about the importance of them and that they are to keep us healthy.  We discussed that we…

Initially India was only our jumping off place.  In the back of my mind I’m planning to strong-arm a good friend from India take us back to her home when our children are all a little older – there’s nothing like learning from locals and I wasn’t so sure about tackling India on my own!  Like many initial plans however, this one has also changed.  We were originally just stopping through Agra via New Dehli en route to Bhutan.  Liam had heard about the Taj Mahal in his second grade class and there’s nothing…

I didn’t really believe we were going to travel for almost a year. Everything just started falling in the right places.  Yesterday marked our one month countdown.  We started this forever ago.  We are so close to getting our passports stamped and stepping in that plane to head off to Iceland.  I don’t usually get excited until the day comes but this is too exciting to wait.  Traveling is what I love to do and now I get to do so much of it in one year.  Most…