This Family is a Hot Mess

I don’t know what more to say. We’re a hot mess, y’all. Not a day goes by when we don’t find ourselves in some kind of pickle. But last weekend was pretty spectacular as far as pickles go, and some of these stories are pretty funny, so I figured they were worth sharing. 😉 Mary […]

Read More

Phoebe’s Journey To Germany

Bringing a big dog like Phoebe out to Germany is no easy feat, and it’s not cheap, either! I figured it’d be worth describing what it took to bring our German Shepherd puppy back to her “homeland” for those who are curious. A little about Phoebe… We adopted Phoebe at the end of March 2020, […]

Read More

The Mundane and Noteworthy

This past week, I’ve been paying attention to Logan and Brady and their observations about our experience in Germany so far. It’s the boys’ first time out of the U.S., so it’s a treat to see life through their fresh eyes. Here are a few of the things they’ve remarked about: Sugar cubes. “I always […]

Read More

The Hardest Decision

This is a difficult post to write. I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not to share these details, because it’s going to rip my heart wide open in public. Our dog Phoebe made the trip to Germany, but our cat Baby did not. Behind all the joy of having Phoebe make it safely […]

Read More

First Impressions From Our First Three Days

It’s Friday morning, and I’m waking up refreshed and motivated to get some stuff done! My congestion is slowly easing up and I’m no longer under the grip of the cold meds, which just made me feel foggy all day long. Time to shake it off! While the last few days have seemed a bit […]

Read More

We Made It!

Well, we’re here! The trip was remarkably smooth, with just a few comical bumps. We stayed up as long as we could yesterday and now we’re only slightly jetlagged after a solid night of sleep. Here are a few of our memorable moments. Enjoy! The “Super Shuttle”… Since Ralph had already dropped off the car […]

Read More

Murphy’s Law

You know how they talk about Murphy’s Law, where anything that CAN go wrong WILL go wrong? Last weekend was a bit of a train wreck. Brady rolled his ankle while playing outside with friends for the first time in a year and has been hobbling around ever since. Then, we thought Phoebe ate a […]

Read More

Lists Upon Lists

Ralph and I both suffer from an affliction called “CRS” – can’t remember stuff. (Yes, it’s contagious and I caught it from him). A few years back, we started using AnyList to keep a shared grocery list for the family. It’s awesome because we all have the app and before shopping trips we each add […]

Read More

We’re Moving To Germany?!

One summer weekend in 2020, we were backpacking with Phoebe (our pandemic puppy) when we got an early morning call. Who could it be at this hour? Ralph glanced at his cell phone and we both immediately noticed that the call was coming from abroad. Could this be the call we were waiting for? Moving […]

Read More

A Quick Intro To Me…

Hey there. I’m Val. You probably already know me, because let’s be real – my family and friends are likely the only ones who will be reading this! But on the rare chance that you stumbled across this blog, let me tell you a little about myself: I’m a mother. I have teenage twin boys […]

Read More