Trial By Brazilian Fire

the biggest flag i've ever seen

We've been in Brazil for three weeks now and so far, every day has been a continuous journey towards getting adjusted and settled in every aspect you can think of. Our three main goals since we arrived were: (1) get the kids settled and enrolled in school; (2) get to work; (3) have a normal routine. It's been a tough three weeks... First off - we finally have the Internets at home! Well, temporarily. Because we're still waiting on our CPFs (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas), we can't yet sign up for a cable/internet plan, cell phones, and probably everything else you need in the 21st … [Read more...]

So, We Packed Out, Flew Out, Moved Out, and Moved In (Brasilia)


Two weeks ago exactly, we arrived in Brasília with our two kids, dog, fourteen pieces of luggage, and bags under our eyes (thanks to the red-eye flight from Atlanta). It’s hard to believe that only a little over two weeks ago we were saying our goodbyes to a myriad of folks – friends, family, colleagues, and wrapping up preparations for departure. It was a bittersweet time for our family. During our pack-out, and despite being at the mercy of our exhaustion, I walked room to room and recalled memories. Looking at our living room, I remember the time I sat on that couch for days after … [Read more...]

NorCal, SoCal: Some Highlights
[Wordless Wednesday]


[ps. this is a scheduled post; by the time you read this, i'm hopefully safe and sound with my family in Brasilia, getting settled in.] … [Read more...]

Everything is Awesome on the Fourth of July…


For the second year in a row, we were out of town/state for our fourth of July celebrations. Last year, we were in the Bay Area (California) for one of my childhood friends' wedding.  And this year we were in Chicago for Jace's childhood friend's wedding. By happenstance, both weddings were exactly a year apart. On the fourth, we attended a barbecue and celebration for our friends' wedding - sort of a pre-wedding party (literally, since the wedding was the next day). Prior to these afternoon festivities however, we brought the kids to the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg, IL … [Read more...]

Transitioning to the Big-Boy Chair
[Product Review]


At two years old, the little Wali is quite the independent toddler/budding preschooler. He still fits in a high chair, but he now refuses to sit on it... So when I was asked to review the Summer Infant Brentwood Booster Seat, I was happy to accept. The Summer Infant Brentwood Booster Seat is the latest addition to Summer Infant's popular Bentwood collection - "a contemporary wood collection with gentle arching lines." We love Summer Infant around here (we've previously purchased and used their bath tubs and accessories, baby gates, baby monitor, etc., for both our children) - they have good … [Read more...]