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Adventures in “Re-patriothood”: Part 1

Yes, it’s been some time since I’ve updated my space.  After being thrust into the holidays, new schools, and home improvements and repairs,  I am finally ready to recount our adventures returning stateside.  Thanks for reading. “Welcome back,” the customs agent muttered, barely … Continue reading

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New Zealand, Period.

Gorgeous.  Simply breathtaking.  Period. Our trip to Queenstown, New Zealand was just that (minus a couple of 2 year old tantrums, fines at customs and a trip to the emergency room.)  After hauling 13 bags from Australia (we were on our way home to … Continue reading

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Goodbye Australia

It took 10 months to make a home on the other side of the world. It really was our home and I will miss it. Sadly I say goodbye from the Southern Hemisphere. Goodbye to my new friends. Goodbye to … Continue reading

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Packing up over cricket… 4 days and counting

Yes, it’s just 4 days until we leave Australia and head home to the balmy winters of New Jersey (after a quick stop over in new Zealand, of course.)  Just 4 days.  Where have my final weeks gone? This very minute, I am watching … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks and Going Home

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Thanksgiving came and went without a whole turkey (I roasted a $65 turkey breast from our local butcher over the weekend), without family football, without stuffing, without pumpkin pie, without a parade and almost without turkey-hand … Continue reading

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Have kids. Will celebrate.

September normally brings on a new school year, falling temperatures and lots and lots and lots of birthdays, including my children born 2 years apart, minus 2 days to be exact.  Last year I was able to eek out a combo-celebration.  This year I … Continue reading

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Sydney from 3 1/2 feet

My almost 4 year old daughter Claire contributed the following post. I love vacations.  I love hotels.  I love Sydney.  My favorite part was the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.  Colin says, “op house…  (pause) ahhhhhhh.”   He likes it too.  … Continue reading

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Expat Exhaustion

The signs of expat exhaustion. Staring at an open fridge, zoning out long enough for the open door sensor to beep only to forget if you are looking for the crumpets or VB beer. Realizing that your daughter’s cute new accent … Continue reading

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You’re Welcome, President Obama

We tried to give the 4th of July its justice.  Daddy and daughter saw a summer movie, Cars 2, even though it’s barely 50 degrees outside and raining.  We created a BBQ indoors by making pulled pork in the oven, even though my inquisitive … Continue reading

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The Garden State

Ha!  I knew New Jersey and Victoria had something in common.

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