Celebrating Saint Nikolaus Day – December 6

Featured, Holidays December 6, 2016

This morning, Goldilocks woke up to a Saint Nikolaus Day surprise. Chocolate in her boots! (She often puts toys and bows in our boots so it was fun to see her reaction to us turning the tables on her!) The modern tradition (at least in less-Catholic northern Germany) is that the children of the household leave out their freshly polished boots by their door or radiator and Saint Nikolaus comes in the night on December 6 and fills them with candy, toys and fruits. They wake up the next morning to a delicious treat. It reminds me of the typical American Easter basket.

Send Holiday Cards from Overseas the Easy Way!

Expat living, Featured, Holidays November 28, 2016

It’s officially the holiday season! That means so many things, warm, delicious beverages, Christmas lights, decorating and Christmas music. It also means you’ll probably start getting those holiday cards in the mail from family and friends. I have always loved sending Christmas cards. We have sent one out for each year of our marriage and it has normally accompanied an announcement of a big event like a birth or move, or both! However, living abroad has provided a new challenge for sending out holiday cards.

Third Culture Kid Series – Maia

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Guest Posts July 25, 2016

Today I will be beginning a new guest series on Third Culture Kids and raising children overseas. First up, is a great friend of mine, Maia, who grew up in South America. Read all about her story and her encouragement for parents considering moving overseas with their children. It’s a great perspective from someone who grew up in the expat environment herself!

My Birth Story: Crohn’s Disease and Husband Overseas

Expat parenthood, Featured April 21, 2016

I feel so privileged to have my birth story featured today on This West Coast Mommy! My pregnancy and birth experience with Goldilocks was a unique one, but I’m sure many expat moms here have experienced something similar. Papa Bear was overseas for nearly my entire pregnancy and for 5 months of Goldilocks’ life. I also had to deal with some restrictions due to my Crohn’s Disease. It was an interesting experience to say the least!

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured August 29, 2016

Children in Germany: Seen but not heard – myth or fact?

Germany is all about order. Everything is “in ordnung.” Transportation is on time (or early!), pedestrians never jaywalk and signs indicate how everything is done. I had been warned about how children and even dogs should behave in public and was nervous about how this would actually play out with a toddler. Even Papa Bear told me that children are beloved in Germany but often they are meant to be seen but not heard, especially in places where adults are more likely to be carrying on business or conversation. Places like restaurants and museums.

Expat parenthood, Featured, Giveaways August 22, 2016

Knocked Up Abroad Book Review and Giveaway

The last three months have been a whirlwind as we visited family, prepared to move across the world and also found out we were pregnant just a week before Goldilocks’ first birthday party! The first 13 weeks of my pregnancy went by so quickly I felt like it was just a blur. I didn’t even get much time to research what our pregnancy would look like here in Berlin. That’s why I’m so glad I came across the book I’m reviewing today, “Knocked Up Abroad.”

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Moving August 12, 2016

First Impressions of Berlin

We’ve been in Berlin for 4 days now and I can’t believe how quickly it has begun to feel like home. I think the biggest reason for that is that we were able to move straight into our new home, which I will feature in a blog post soon! We really do love it here. I already love the community we’re a part of, with other Embassy families all around us and showing up at my door with food and friendship. I love the view from my back windows and being able to walk to the Grunewald (a VERY large park) within a matter of minutes. But there’s also a lot to get used to about the culture here in Berlin. Here’s a snapshot of my first impressions of this great city of Berlin.

Crohn's Disease, Expat living, Featured, Moving, Uncategorized August 8, 2016

My Military Kid Story: Part 2

I actually had my biggest TCK moment when I was filling out my graduation paperwork for college. While sitting down with the admissions office counselor, answering questions about what information they would put in the graduation pamphlet next to my name the counselor asked me where I was from. I sat there completely wide-eyed and I’m certain this was the first time she had ever heard a graduating senior answer this question in the way I did: “Um…can I call my mom and ask?” (Make sure to read Part 1 first if you haven’t!)

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Guest Posts July 25, 2016

Third Culture Kid Series – Maia

Today I will be beginning a new guest series on Third Culture Kids and raising children overseas. First up, is a great friend of mine, Maia, who grew up in South America. Read all about her story and her encouragement for parents considering moving overseas with their children. It’s a great perspective from someone who grew up in the expat environment herself!

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Moving, Travel, Uncategorized July 14, 2016

Starting our overseas move preparations

It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWWWWN! We are officially 26 days out from our big move to Berlin! We realized just last week how quickly our departure is approaching. We sat down and went over the entire moving checklist for the month and a half before our move. It’s a doozy! I’m having a hard time not feeling overwhelmed at the sheer length of the checklist of items that will go into this move. Here’s a look at what our current checklist looks like:

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Moving, Uncategorized July 11, 2016

My Military Kid Story: Part 1

So I’ve hinted at my life as a military kid, but I’ve never really told the story of my upbringing as a military kid and a self-proclaimed “third culture kid” (TCK). I say self-proclaimed because I feel that the term TCK is mostly used in reference to kids who grow up overseas away from their parent’s home country. However, I feel that my story aligns very well with the overarching meaning of the term. That I grew up in multiple places and away from my parent’s home “culture.”

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Moving July 5, 2016

Moving: An Opportunity to Give Back

We are in the heat of our moving prep and it really feels like it’s coming up fast on us now! In just 16 days we will be packing out and our belongings will be separated four ways: with us on our flight, on a later flight, on a cargo ship and in storage. In the housing we are given in Berlin we are provided with furniture so we have been selling off most of our furniture. I am currently sitting on our couch, one of the last pieces of furniture remaining on our main floor. Going through our house and preparing for our move has given us the opportunity get rid of some things and give back, something we will continue with our children as we move in the future.