...two adults, four kids, and all their stuff wandering the world
Woodbridge, VA (Jun 2009 - Jul 2012)
Globehopper FLICKR - See what we're up to.

As we travel around the world to new posts as a diplomat family, this small part of cyberspace will remain right here, so you can follow our adventures and more importantly, keep in touch with us.  

Previous Posts:
Manila, Philippines (Mar 2003 - Feb 2005) ¤¤¤¤
Lomé, Togo (Aug 2005 - Aug 2006) ¤
Chennai, India (Aug 2006 - Jun 2009) ¤¤¤

 
Future Post 2012:
Amman, Jordan
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
U.S. Embassy - Jordan
Visit Jordan
Books to read before you take the test
(yes, there are tests)
Inside a U.S. Embassy
Realities of Foreign Service Life
Realities of Foreign Service Life Vol. 2
Career Diplomacy
Welcome to the Service
(it's the ride of your life)
If you're interested in what we do, have questions, or just want to say Hi, drop me a line.

Friends' Blogs - Just as our blog keeps people connected to us overseas, we read our friends' blogs to keep up with them even when we're no longer sharing the same city/country/continent.  I've listed them by the country where we met (or haven't met yet... I call those people our imaginary friends) and we hope you enjoy reading their tales as much as we do.

FS/OTHER: Dina in Moscow - Place2Place
Kolbi, James & Kids - A Daring Adventure
Jen on ISMS - Dinoia Family
Zoe in Italy - Something Edited
Jen in NL - Globally Homeless
Elise & Family - Dagnabit


Give a Helping Hand - 
SunNight Solar BOGO light
ShelterBox - 10ppl/$1000
Kiva.Org - microfinancing
Free Rice - rice through the U.N.
GoodGifts - who needs another dust collector?
Lifestraw - Donate clean lifesaving water
Make a Difference:
Carbon Conscious Consumer
Reuseit - Reusables for lunches and shopping
Earth911 - recycling, conservation & energy
18seconds.org - CFLs in every lamp
Think aloud: Consumerist.com

So, who are we?  We're a family of 6 immersed in the American Foreign Service way of life.  Right now, we're enjoying a 3 year stint at home in Virginia after 7 years abroad and before heading out again, this time to the Middle East.  We have 2 Indian cats, an American (of Mongolian ancestry?) gerbil, and we're avid Washington Capitals fans.
Before flickr.com there were blog hosted photo pages:
House | Cats | Kids,  Rainy Days (June 07)

North India 06 - 29 Oct - 5 Nov
Trip to Cochin (April 07)
Photo and Blog Archive page

May 14, 2011
Year-Round Schooling.

I'm trying to be unconvinced that year-round schooling is the way to go. After all, familiarity and ruts are comfortable.

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Posted by Michele at 09:09 PM
May 10, 2011
Happy Mom's Day 2011!

What makes a mom? Kids of course!

5/8/11: Happy Mom's Day to me.

5/8/11: Happy Mom's Day to my Mom!

Posted by Michele at 12:00 PM
April 30, 2011
Creepy encounters.

I'm a homebody, no secret there. I prefer to stay home and if I do go out I prefer to go with a family member. For some reason I approach going to the store with the same anxiety as approaching some dangerous activity... strength in numbers. I seem to have a face that says "talk to me" and if I'm with a child or spouse that tends to go away.

Katherine apparently has the same face.

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Posted by Michele at 09:47 AM
April 28, 2011
15th Anniversary Honeymoon

The stars aligned. It wasn't over our actual anniversary, that's coming up in May, but Ian had the vacation days, spring break had kids out of school, my parents were willing to take them all, we had points for the flights and Ian got a great deal on hotel. We left Saturday evening, returned Wednesday morning and the between times were just for the two of us.

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Posted by Michele at 01:03 PM
April 25, 2011
A new 11 year old.

Our trip to Las Vegas was specifically designed to coincide with spring break with special attention to being home for Nicholas's birthday. It landed smack in the middle of the break on Wednesday and we landed back home at 7 a.m. that morning.

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Posted by Michele at 11:58 AM
April 24, 2011
Hoppy Easter!

4/24/11:  There's a bird nest in the holly bush at grandma's house

I hope your spring break/Easter was wonderful. We went to Mass last night for the lengthy Vigil service thanks to the boys being scheduled for two Masses this month that we couldn't attend (one we went to a hockey game and the other was last weekend when we were in Vegas) and trading it for this one. It all evens out in the wash, right?

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Posted by Michele at 06:54 PM
April 12, 2011
Rock the Red

It's no secret... we're Caps fans.

Ian's office.

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Posted by Michele at 10:32 AM

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