January’s Reading Recap

by farrah on January 31, 2015 · 2 comments

My silence over the past week or so wasn’t only due to writer’s block. I’ve been cheating on my blog with my renewed desire to read and read and read. I have to say, I have missed it, and glad to be back into the game, blog posts or not. It’s winter anyhow- and to be honest, we don’t have that much going on. So  for me at least, reading is actually a really nice alternative to globetrotting.

The Paris WifeWinner of the month.  [click to continue…]


Carnival is Coming! The 2015 Version

by farrah on January 30, 2015 · 1 comment

We’re about two weeks out from that crazy time of year- Carnival! This, being our third year here for the event, we know what to expect and how to prepare. In order to get ourselves ready- last night we went to a makeshift temporary costume shop and purchased our first costumes. Adding to the chaos this year, my best friend is arriving from the US two hours before the parade starts. This will be her first time in Europe (I think) and I can’t imagine a better way for her to be introduced to the Dutch.

carnival in the netherlandsPeople dressed & ready for the parade 2013 [click to continue…]

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Adventures In Dentistry: Dutch & Beyond

by farrah on January 23, 2015 · 7 comments

Yesterday I had my first taste of a Dutch dentistry procedure. It went pretty much as I expected, except for the part where the root canal wasn’t accomplished. If you’re squeamish, go ahead and skip my background as to why I have dental anxiety- and jump right to the part about what happened yesterday. It’s not nearly as bad.

dentThis was in the waiting room. [click to continue…]


The American Flu In Holland

by farrah on January 22, 2015 · 0 comments

It’s freezing today. Still grey, and even one of the boys asked me how much longer till summer. I hear ya kid. I’m ready for it too. This week hasn’t been fun, no, not at all. I’ve been sick and yuck and feeling like death, but then again, it’s winter and aren’t many of us?

winter I feel ya, Sweet Brown. [click to continue…]


Sometimes you’re lucky enough to go on a family vacation that you can’t stop thinking about. Such is the case today, while it’s a bit cold, and there was actually snow on my car this morning. My thoughts drift back to the sun filled days of our past two summers in Dordogne when we stayed at Le Chevrefeuille. I’ve written how fantastic of a place this is for kids and adults- with the charm and the beauty of a small French hideaway. It’s everything you think it is. But it wasn’t until last year that we promised ourselves that we would seek out the artist Guy Weir who we learned lived somewhere nearby.

Guy Weir DordogneWatching him work. [click to continue…]


How Our Family Plans a Trip To Scotland

by farrah on January 16, 2015 · 4 comments

Spoiler: It doesn’t include Googling romantic restaurants, climbing cliffs or researching who has the best haggis. How our family plans a trip to Scotland is turning into a very serious operation indeed.

Crathes CastleCrathes Castle by Alison Chino of Chino House

When my husband brought up the idea of going to Scotland over a year ago- it was with the hopes that he could get a group of his friend together from the States and they could make it a Malt Whisky Trail/Golf Gone Wild sort of trip. It won’t pan out this year with them, so my husband has had to settle for his dream trip with us this spring.

Fortunately, he likes us, and we adore him. Sure I highly doubt doing the Malt Whisky Trail with a wife who doesn’t drink whisky or children too young to even smell the stuff won’t be the same, but we’ll do it. Additionally, his goal of golfing at St. Andrews can happen- but it’s not worth the greens fees for me to join him since I haven’t played since our honeymoon (in 2006) and our boys are no Tiger Woods prodigies.

So you do what you can do. You don’t have to get your wife excited because she’s happy to go anywhere. You do, however have to sell the trip a bit to your kids who seem to be a bit on the unimpressed side of travel if it doesn’t include a hotel pool or play place. So three boys….how do you sell them on Scotland? [click to continue…]


Dutch Things That No Longer Faze Me

by farrah on January 12, 2015 · 11 comments

By this point, we have been living in the Netherlands over two years with another year and a half or so to go. I have to keep reminding myself that although I live here and might cease to be dumbfounded by the differences that once startled me, that’s not reality. The reality is that I have grown and evolved, as well as adapted to things and don’t notice them as ‘funny’ anymore. In a way, that kind of makes me sad. So today I thought I’d point out a few snippets of daily Dutch life that I’m taking a wee bit of granted for, and give them the props they deserve.

stairsOur narrow, steep stairs. No big deal. [click to continue…]


Last night we went to a restaurant we’ve never been to before. As is usually the situation when we’re going somewhere for the first time, I stalk their Facebook page and try to get a feel for what to expect. Because even though I realize something as simple as ‘wok restaurant’ should be the same pretty much across the board— I know here in the NL that’s not always the case.

barOne of the two dining rooms, this is the bar area.  [click to continue…]


I’m planning a trip to Morocco with three hilarious friends. We’re all pretty different but also very similar. This, of course, makes for some interesting conversations and messages back and forth regarding what we will do on a trip to a place as different as Morocco. Just to give you a taste of what to expect,  I took charge of the trip and have already lost my planning privileges on the Moms in Morocco undertaking. Here’s how.

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I wonder how many people drop some form of Facebook after the New Year. It has to be as popular a resolution as being healthier, decluttering, etc. In just the couple of days I’ve had FB off of my phone I had a handful of people tell me that they have also done the same. So now what do we do with all of this time not spent scrolling through other lives? Well, read about imaginary or historical ones of course!

Timeless Books

First, I realize that many people are doing a personal reading challenge this year. The number of books seems to vary from 12 to 50 or so, and it’s up to you to decide how many or how few you want to do. The key though- is to CHALLENGE YOURSELF. You know. Like I can’t say completing five books for me would be an accomplishment. A few years back it would have been when I had babies and severe sleep deprivation! But not anymore. Today there’s no excuse for me to not carry around a book or my old Kindle.

So what to read, where I am finding suggestions and where am I keeping track? [click to continue…]