We wrapped up Christmas in Dallas and headed to Maui, HI to escape freezing rain and cold temperatures. It had been over 15 years since Jen and I had visited Maui and the first time for the kids (who had previously been in Oahu). The goal was to get some fresh ocean air, do lots […]Read more "Ringing in the New Year in Maui…"
After spending a few days in beautiful Dublin we decided to head to London to spend American Thanksgiving eating proper English food (questionable what exactly is defined as ‘English’ food). We spent our days doing a few touristy things. The kids absolutely loved the Tower of London and we quickly learned that despite its enduring reputation […]Read more "A little bit of London… (late posting)"
We weren’t sure what to expect in Dublin but have found a city with really warm and caring folks (and they like to drink here!). We elected to stay in the center of Dublin at the Westin (needed to requalfiy for Platinum 50), which has made for an easy and quick way to see most of […]Read more "A little Dublin fun…"
Hard to believe that American Thanksgiving is almost here. This year we’re thankful for health, family (some more than others) and wanderlust, while recognizing that many are suffering due to natural disasters. My brother and his wife Kimberly were displaced from their house while the mighty Nuns fire swept through Santa Rosa, CA but luckily […]Read more "What are you thankful for this season?Dublin Anyone?"
Our last adventure of the summer wasn’t originally on the books, but we decided to tag along with our best friends on their trip to Georgetown, Grand Cayman (and then they had to cancel their trip to move). Once on the books, our kids’ best friends (and their family) decided to join us for the […]Read more "Turquoise water, endless laughs and back to school…"
We’ve been home for about a week and I just realized I’m almost 60 days into my sabbatical. I promised myself and the family I wouldn’t think about a job until September but I’ve started to have some interesting conversations that might shape my decision on my future plans. But first it’s time to plan […]Read more "What’s next…"
When I decided to take a break from American and decided to take the family on a Mediterranean tour this summer, we ended up looking at just about every cruise line that existed trying to find an itinerary that we liked. We’ve been on over 20 cruises in the last 15 years, and have tried […]Read more "Reflections on the Reflection"
The stop that we were most looking forward to was the very last stop of our European adventure. We’ve all been interested to visit Pompeii for as long as we can remember (well, except Belinda, who hadn’t ever really thought about it before, haha). It did not disappoint, and, in fact, was even more impressive […]Read more "Last but not least…Sorrento and Pompeii (and a birthday)!"
(Disclaimer: We were writing blog posts daily during our cruise, but the wifi was so abysmally slow, it would take 5 or 6 hours to upload 10 photos or so. Now that we’re home, we’re adding the photos and posting…) Oh, Athens…I’ve loved you ever since I visited for the first time when I was […]Read more "Amazing Athens…and Corinth"
(Disclaimer: We were writing blog posts daily during our cruise, but the wifi was so abysmally slow, it would take 5 or 6 hours to upload 10 photos or so. Now that we’re home, we’re adding the photos and posting…) We were all excited to visit Santorini on this trip since none of us had […]Read more "Santorini…Ancient Ruins, Wine, and Breathtaking Views"