Living Vicariously Through Other Travelers

Summer reminds me of travel – road trips, flights, or discovering things closer to home. While we road tripped to North Carolina for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend, we do not have any immediate plans to travel out of state with our family.  Shorter, kid-friendly trips are what work best for my almost 2 year old and 3.75 year old, though I DREAM about the time when I can take them both on an overseas flight to visit friends across the pond.  Right now my son has really found his voice, and is using it VERY LOUDLY!  I know airplane passengers would LOVE that.

Back in my college days I spent an entire summer in Tokyo, Japan, came home for ten days and flew to Vienna, Austria to study there for a semester.  My time spent abroad was nothing short of amazing.  I loved meeting some wonderful friends, being immersed in the culture, exploring and traveling to new places.  Since then, I have been on a few trips, though it’s difficult to find the time and funds to do so.

To satisfy my overseas travel dreams for now, I am going to be living vicariously, or should I say viKERRYously through my friends Kerry & Matt, who left yesterday on their flight to Lima, Peru.  They sold their home, cars, and severely downsized to become ex-pats in Peru, where Matt will be working as a school principal. I’m am so excited to follow their journey, as they acclimate to their new surroundings, culture, and language.  You should check out their blogs too:

I once met a colleague during a summer internship, who had an opportunity to move his family and work in France for a few years.  He described it as the “most exhilarating experience ever.”  I truly hope Kerry & Matt find their experience to be the same!

This leads me to my next question – could I leave everything in Wisconsin and the U.S., pack my family, and move to another country for an extended period of time?  At one time in my life (before kids), the answer was unequivocally YES, but now the answer is a big MAYBE.

What about you – would you want to live / work in another country?

I featured Kerry On and Untethered as part of the Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge.  Check out the link to read Tricia’s latest finds.  I can definitely relate to her latest post on parenting young children.

Do Good Read More Summer Reading Challenge

What great blogs have you read lately?  Read more & share what you found! I’ve really enjoyed checking out the variety of voices and making new connections in the blogosphere, and I’m sure you will too.


A Day of Gratitude


Today is a day of gratitude.

We safely returned yesterday from our longest road trip – 13.5 hours! I was thankful for many things during the trip:

For my long arms that could easily pass toys or snacks or fix the portable DVD player to keep my kids happy. At one time they spiked volleyballs, shot the J, and played good D. Now they are go-go gadget like contraptions for my kids!

For an interesting route that provided fun stops: Kentucky Horse Park, Greensboro Children’s Museum, West Virginia Tamarack craft & art center, and a simple park in Chillicothe Ohio.

For happy, sweet children who liked the journey.  My daughter said, “I love this bathroom” in our first hotel. I guess the hotels were an “attraction” too. On our last day she told us she just wanted to play with toys in the car instead of go home – a traveling pro in the making.

For a patient husband who helped care for high energy kids, playing games with them when I drove and keeping the peace.

For a spontaneous hug from both kids this morning when we were all home and enjoying a lazy breakfast together.

For the post it note decoration pictured in this post.  My daughter made it for my son’s birthday. September!  He ripped part of it down already,  but such a nice gesture!

For our home and where we live. ..and for feeling like we can successfully take more fun family trips again soon.

What are you thankful for today?