Everything is Going Wrong, Part 1: House Hunting

Ok…maybe not everything. But in the spirit of keeping it real, I thought I’d share some of the latest musings as we close out our second month in Germany. Now that all the newness and wonder has worn off, the frustrating bits have become more pronounced and noticeable. Someone pour me a stiff drink! It’s […]

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Waterfalls and Alpine Slides

It’s been raining EVERY SINGLE DAY here, which makes it extra important to take advantage of rare pockets of sunshine. Sometimes it pours in the morning, sometimes it pours in the evening. Sometimes it pours all day long. So that’s one reason why this day trip to the town of Triberg felt so magical – […]

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Grocery Shopping in Germany

When most of us travel, we bypass the most mundane aspects of life in another country – paying bills, registering kids for school, getting a new phone plan. And you should – because after all, you’re on vacation. Who wants to do those sorts of things? But when you move to a new country, there’s […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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