We are big Disneyland fans. Huge! We've been taking the kids since they were very little. This trip differed because they are no longer little. How to have a fun family vacation that includes a big dose of "cheesy" without all the eye rolling? We who have teens, run into this often. Fortunately my kids … Continue reading Weekend Away: Disneyland
I hope you'll forgive the inclusion of packaged ramen noodle. The college kid staple has a bad reputation, but in my defense this one of those "silk purse out of a sows ear" recipes. Sometimes cheap and cheerful satisfies. Spicy Beef Ramen 4 packets Ramen Noodle For the Sauce 1/2 cup Beef Stock 1/2 cup … Continue reading Spicy Beef Ramen
We usually don't put up our Christmas tree early but, this year everything is happening a little sooner on account of Kellen spending the holidays in Denmark. In our house the Jef and the boys go out and hunt up the perfect tree and I stay at home and get out all the decorations and … Continue reading Tree Trimmings
Those who know me, understand that I love Halloween! I decorate with gusto and hand out full size candy bars, I dress up and allow my teenagers to go trick or treating. (provided they wear a costume, don't trample the little kids and, are excruciatingly polite) This years festivities are hampered a little by the … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
In which John Green reads chapter 1 of his new novel, "The Fault In Our Stars". Available in January: Indiebound , Amazon and B&N That was a nice treat! Very excited to read this when it comes out! Until then DFTBA!
Traveling is one of our favorite things to do. Getting free of the office during the school year, is challenging so we've become experts at the weekend away. (click on the pics to embigen) The last few years we've driven up to Seattle, but our first love is taking the train. This was THE way … Continue reading Weekend Away: Seattle
My son is finally old enough to play in a place where I can have a vodka and tonic! Having teenagers is awesome!
My Son was now safely and easily in Denmark. The carry-on luggage idea worked well as he didn't need to fetch his bag and could just breeze through customs. He was all set to have a nice visit. One of the things that adult travelers don't have to think about with is whether to bring … Continue reading Sending Your Teenager Abroad Part 3
When last we left our intrepid teen adventurer and his anxiety stricken Mother, we had figured out the air travel, passports, talked about getting a temporary international cell plan, and which stalking...er, tracking apps were my favorites. Which brings us to packing. Those who have read this blog for a while know of my past … Continue reading Sending Your Teenager Abroad Part 2
When our 16-year-old son asked if he could visit his girlfriend in Denmark we said, after many questions were answered, yes. The main question was, is our son mature enough to handle traveling alone? We have traveled quite a bit as a family, our son had (with us) navigated security queues, airports and luggage carousels … Continue reading Sending Your Teenager Abroad Part 1