Home Sweet Home… for the Next Two Years

living room

Six weeks ago when we entered our home for the first time, I was filled with grand delusions of documenting our first impressions of our new home - with pictures and everything, like right away! But as it turns out, traveling overnight for 13 hours with two kids really wears you out... So once we arrived, we passed out. (However, I did manage to snap this one photo for my instagram friends to see). Fast forward approximately five weeks later and I finally manage to take some pictures.. Behold, our new dwelling: The house is a comfortable five bedrooms (including one office) and five and … [Read more...]

How Do You Say Hammock in Portuguese?


Greetings! I survived solo-parenting for the first time in Brazil this past week as the hubby traveled for work to a small beachtown called Recife. To assuage my jealousy worries of not having my partner in crime with me in a new town (state, country, etc.), he made sure I faced the week with a tool for relaxation: a hammock.  Where does one procure a hammock in Brasilia? Why, the ol' Torre de TV de Brasília, of course! The first time we went to the TV Tower to try and buy a hammock, we went on the wrong side of it. We actually hung around that side for quite some time - walking around, … [Read more...]

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...]

Packed Out, Flew Out, Moved Out, and Moved In (em Brasília)


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...]