The Newest Tripper

I think one blog post a year is acceptable. Sure. Heck, maybe I’ll even write another one before 2016 ends. Hey, don’t blame me. I’ve been busy. See. I made a person!  Yep, there is a new kid trippin in this family. Her name is Finley—Miss Finn around here. She’s only four months and still…

The Best Surprises in our 2 Years Abroad

Well, folks…the time has come.  In exactly one month, our feet will be on American soil…or as American as El Paso can get.  Our time here in Germany has been at once too short and epic.  We really hit the ground running and spent every second (and dollar) on making the best of it. I’ve…

Tips to Choosing your Hotel in Europe

Hotels in Europe are not quite like the ones in America.  In the states, you basically choose between a variety big-name, hotel chains.  In Europe, the options are a bit different. For most people, hotels are somewhere you sleep, shower, dress.  You’re spending like two waking hours (tops) in your hotel room.  Folks with offspring see them…

Destination: Lake Bled, Slovenia

Assuming you ever find yourself in the alpine region of Europe and are looking for a quaint, scenic, low-cost, relaxing, mildly-tourist, has-it-all, kid-friendly destination to spend a good weekend, I give you Lake Bled, Slovenia.  Lake Bled is a picturesque glacier lake complete with alpine backdrop, church on an island, and overlooking castle.  A tourist destination…

Hiking with Kids: so they don’t hate it.

My husband and I love hiking.  Being outside, somewhere new, somewhere beautiful, packing all the necessary gear (my favorite part) and putting dirt under my shoes feels just plain good.   I want to go fast.  I want to go high.  I want to go far. The kids are less enthusiastic. I say, “We’re going on…

How will this work?

In order to stay on track and keep the jumble of ideas from getting tangled in my head, I’ve devised a little system for the blog.  This way, you know what to expect and it will probably keep me on track (don’t quote me on that). Mondays: General Posts. Travel tips, Ideas, Rants, your general blog…

The Family Behind the Blog: an introduction

A good place to start, I think.  Let’s jump right in… We are a military family, first off, which really only goes so far as to say that my husband’s career is in the military.  And with any military career, it means we move quite often, two to three times a decade if you’re curious.…