The World is a Book

Writing about: Family Travel, kids, places, food…

Month: May 2008 (page 2 of 2)

View from our house balcony

view from balcony

Finding frogs with dad in the Smokie Mountains

finding frogs in the smokies

Charlotte playing in the sprinkler last week.


view from our house

house across the street

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Counting down

Well we have about three days until we leave for our three month jaunt to Costa Rica. I’m trying to pack and organize the multitude of things that must be done before a big trip. Each time we do this I have a goal of spreading the must-do list Anf?nger. out over a longer time and trying to ensure I am not racing around like a crazy woman the day before. We’ll see on Monday but heck why break with tradition — perhaps the last minute cyclonic activity is part of the fun of traveling.

Another issue I find before leaving for an extended trip is how I start to look at my home and find greater satisfaction cheap nfl jerseys and joy in it. I almost nostalgically pat my bed and favorite places to sit and las read, thinking how cheap jerseys free shipping much I will miss them. I look fondly at the plants and imagine how they will have changed by the time we arrive home.

I was comforted to read Frances Mayes sharing the same conflicting emotion. In a Year in the World she wrote “The need to travel is a Us mysterious force. A desire to go runs through me equally with an intense desire to stay at home. The balance just slightly tips in the direction of the airport.” Funnily enough I read this while waiting for a plane last week at LaGuardia airport. The airport was very chaotic and I was tired from two days of intense (but good) work. I was thinking quite negatively about why we do this and thinking fondly of home. But after boarding the plane, from which I was debarking in Dulles, I heard it was continuing on to Buenos Aires. I found the desire to be on that wholesale mlb jerseys plane and heading to Argentina quite intense. The travel bug is deep!

But to celebrate our lovely home here in Tennessee and remind Summer! us of how lucky we are to live here, I am putting in a few pictures from the last two weeks. Now back to cheap nfl jerseys list-making and last minute shopping!

About Us

We are a family of six with mom, four big boys and one little girl, all born in various locations around the world. Kate (mom) is from England and grew up around Europe before arriving in the US at age 17.
Sam (24) was born in Texas, Jacob (22) in England, Benjamin (17) in Hawaii, Maxwell (9) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Charlotte (6) is our southern belle born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

We have been living and traveling around the world, as evidenced by the children’s varying birth places, and have been fortunate to live in many great locations. Kate is a professor in education working for a couple of universities plus doing some consulting and is extremely lucky to be able to do most of her work online thus freeing up travel time. The children are all homeschooled and again this is great as it gives us freedom plus allows us to incorporate our love of travel into our learning experiences.

While we do love traveling, dragging suitcases and children on and off planes, trains and taxis is not always that exciting so we usually try to find a main location and then head off from there. We rented a condo in Malaysia and took wonderful trips around the country and into Thailand. We spent three months in Costa Rica a couple of years ago and now we are in the middle of a three month jaunt to Europe.

Hope you hang in and read our updates.

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