The Last Time I Ever Nursed

Today. Today was the last time I nursed my fourth-and-final child. I’m sitting in my kitchen alone — all the “big” kids at school, my baby drifting off to sleep in her nursery — with quiet tears falling down my cheeks. I feel like I need to mark this occasion somehow — commemorate it, celebrate […] Read more…

Five Steps for an Easy, Last-Minute Dinner Party

Elegant fun shouldn’t be fussy. There is nothing that makes me happier than filling my home with friends, laughter and lively conversation! Sometimes inspiration hits on a Thursday morning — don’t be afraid to float out a few texts and get a group together. When we entertain with kids, we often serve little ones first […] Read more…

Three Winter Days in the Vosges Mountains

We just returned home from such a fun winter vacation in France’s Vosges Mountains in the Alsace region. Three days was perfect! The area is beautiful and central to Strasbourg and Colmar. A little background: I’ve researched ski trips in the Alps for two straight years (especially since most people book their chalets at least six […] Read more…

The Two Magic Words that Make Parenting Easier

So much of parenting involves shuttling kids — to school, to lessons, to playdates, to church, to baseball, to naps and bedtimes, to birthday parties, to doctor appointments. At our house, even when we try to keep life simple, there’s still a whole lot of moving-little-bodies from point A to point B. There are shoes to […] Read more…

Getting Dressed for School: Sports Clothes vs. Handsome Clothes

According to Charlie, my now 7-year-old son, there are only two types of clothes in this world: Sports Pants and Handsome Clothes. Handsome Clothes are rotten. They have zippers and buttons; they’re itchy and not nearly soft enough. Sports clothes, on the other hand, are the bomb. Charlie’s drawers are filled with polyester sports clothes […] Read more…

8 Travel Big City Tips for Families of Young Kids

The kid-to-parent ratio is double in our family. That means we’re always short-handed. Since moving to Europe two years ago, we’ve traveled about once a month, so we’ve picked up some tips that work for our family. Maybe they’ll work for yours too! Here’s what we discovered: 1. Dress the Kids in Bright Colors I could spot my […] Read more…

When Kids Lose Their Loveys…

During our transfer from Milwaukee to Europe, John’s blankee (or “doodoo” as they call it here) was packed up in a box and loaded on the moving truck, not to be seen again for months as it sat on a dock and traveled by boat across the ocean. So as we prepared for our transatlantic […] Read more…

The Fabulous Oddities of Expat Life

The other night on the couch, Rob said, “I find myself thinking in British English sometimes.” And it’s true; I do too. One of the odd things about not just just expat life, but about moving in general as often as we do, is the way you can feel like an imposter as you integrate […] Read more…

Travel with Kids Is Hard. Here’s Why We Do It.

One of the greatest perks of expat life is the travel. Proximity to places we only dreamed about visiting from the States means we can hop on a plane or roll down the highway from our little Lux and be anywhere in Western Europe within hours. Our four kids are young (aged nine and under)…one […] Read more…