Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Well, we finally made it to Kathmandu!  It was a long journey, but the 2 night stopover in Doha helped with the jet lag some.  Mason and Cadyn have been in school for almost a week and so far they are loving it.  Ember will start at the French school next month.

We have been welcomed to Nepal with smiles and open arms by both locals and the expat community......I think it will be a good two years.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mini-Cow Kids Triathlon

The kids completed their first triathlon in Columbia this weekend.  Both finished very well in their age group despite not being able to train much.  Cadyn actually started to feel ill the morning of the race but somehow found the strength to finish strong.  I know we're their parents, but seriously, these kids are amazing!

Unfortunately, we weren't able to snap pictures of each leg of the race either because of obstructed views or we just couldn't make it in time.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Another Hectic Home Leave

Popsicles make everyone happy.
Coming home is always nice.  We get to see family, visit with old friends, go to the movie theater, shop at Trader Joe's, enjoy different cuisines at some of the best restaurants.....basically anything one might consider Americana.  Putting fun aside though, home leave can also be very hectic and stressful.  In our case, there were consultations for Robbie, various medical appointments for the whole family, meetings with lawyers to update our will, house repairs/maintenance to make it more attractive to potential buyers, summer camps, administrative details that needed to be taken care of for my mom.  It may not seem like much.  However, try cramming all that in with the fun stuff and 30 days goes by in an instant.  But as I mentioned before, coming home is nice and we were lucky enough to fit in some fun.  Check it out.

A little Georgetown fun.

A very serious looking a
princess dress

Shelter from the heat on Roosevelt Island.

Ember's first trip to the Baltimore Zoo.

Flag Ponds Nature Park, Md

Beach time and dinner in Solomons with Halmeoni.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hershey Park

There wasn't enough time to make a trip down to Disney World.  So the kids had to settle for the next best thing......Hershey Park!  Fortunately, there were plenty of different rides for all three to enjoy from giant, crazy roller coasters to merry-go-rounds.  Needless to say, they all had a blast.  Instead of staying in the park, we opted for a comfortable cabin just a 5 minute shuttle ride away.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

À La Prochaine, Maroc

Words can't describe how sad we feel about leaving Morocco.  The people, the land, the memories.....we couldn't have asked for more.  Morocco is truly a magical place with warm, welcoming people.  There will always be a special place in our hearts for this amazing country.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Au Revoir Elementary School!

Diploma in hand
It feels like yesterday when we first dropped off Mason at Columbia Academy for his first day of Kindergarten.  We have watched him grow over the past six years into the strong, intelligent, compassionate, and talented boy he is today.  He'll be starting the next phase of his academic life at the Lincoln School in Kathmandu pretty soon where exciting new opportunities and new friends await him.  Good luck, Mason!  We know you'll do great things!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Cousin Sarah

With only a few weeks left in Morocco, we honestly did not think we would have any more visitors. But leave it to cousin Sarah to prove us wrong and surprise us with a week long stay vacation with the Blanchard family before heading off to vet school.

Although it was a quick trip, we were able to show her Rabat, Marrakech, Fez, Moulay Idriss, and Volubilis.  Next time, we hope to cousin Stacy!

The beautiful Riad Larroussa

Putting in an offering

Our very passionate and knowledgeable guide

The (smelly) tannery

Monday, May 22, 2017

Someone is 9!

Cadyn celebrated her 9th birthday with a birthday sleepover as usual.  This was her last birthday celebration in Morocco, so it was really important that her closest friends were there.  Happy Birthday to our sweet girl!

photos coming soon

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Our Last Moroccan Road Trip

Morocco is a pretty big country and it takes longer to get to places than most people think.  There are so many parts we would still like to visit before we leave, but sadly there just isn't enough time.  For the kids spring break and our last Moroccan road trip, we narrowed down our destination points to Essaouira, the fisherman caves in Tifnit, Kasbah Tizourgane, and Terres d'Amanar.  Once again, Morocco did not disappoint.

The view right outside our bedroom window in

Does this picture seem a little creepy to anyone else?
Fisherman caves of Tifnit

The steps leading up to our cave.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a view.
Mama's & Papa's den

Kids den
Warming up in the tide pool.
Complete serenity

Trying to catch dinner with Doudou.

It's moments like this that we will really miss.

Kasbah Tizourgane

The kasbah is filled with little doors.....I wonder where
they go.

Someone stole my hat.
Kasbah Angour
Our tower
The view from our tower.

The grounds were well-kept and stunning.
Ready to go zip-lining at Terres d'Amanar!
Ember's first zip-lining experience!