In Hong Kong we mostly explored the area nearest to our hotel (given that we were slammed with jet lag!), but we were daring enough to venture farther out once in a while. We just aren’t theme park people (well, Robert and I aren’t), and there was no way I was going to try (and … More Hong Kong Science Museum, et al.
The major themes of our stay in Hong Kong were: Jet lag, the comfy hotel, and Cantonese. The night we arrived in Hong Kong, we were all either in tears or close to it. We, collectively, hadn’t slept much (though some more than others), and really needed beds. The hotel was air-conditioned, and the beds … More Hong Kong
Well, technically, it’s not a new continent to me, but since it is to a majority of our family, we will call it new. Our first flight was from Los Angeles to Xiamen, China and I was dreading a 14 hour flight with 2 three year olds, let alone the 4 other kids. The flight … More Flying to a new continent
Included in our quest to world school our children is the opportunity to downsize. We knew that we would need to get rid of 99% of our stuff. Due to issues in my childhood, I can safely say I am not a hoarder. This made the concept of downsizing seem easy, I just start throwing … More The reality of giving away everything you own.
We arrived at Bryce Canyon with no real knowledge of it or even being able to remember having seen any pictures of it. It was on our route and it was free (Every Kid in a Park) so in we went. You can’t really walk to any of the hikes, it is more of a … More Bryce Canyon
For the last few years, I have spent a lot of time sitting in our local orthodontic office. On one of these many visits, I picked up a book (it was titled “Natural formations around the world” or Natural wonders everyone should see” or something like that), and as I was flipping through, I saw … More Horseshoe Bend
The Grand Canyon was breathtaking; let me just start with that. It was well worth the time and energy of taking six kids, ages 2 to 16, across three states by myself. I was worried at first. Will someone get left at a gas station? Will someone fall into the canyon? Will one of my … More The Grand Canyon
On our first trip to turn in our passport applications and have our photos taken, I could not have imagined the monumental task ahead of me. At our local post office, the 8 of us stood in line and one by one we looked straight into the camera and didn’t smile (they don’t like smiles … More The reality of taking toddler passport photos.
The first official step on my journey to help my children become global citizens was obtaining passports. I am sure that if you need to get one only for yourself then the process is simple. Though, I know that there are myriad things that can go wrong with any given passport application, imagine multiplying that … More The Passport Saga
This is just a little interlude to explain the term wordschooling. Since most people haven’t ever heard this phrase it can cause confusion. It can mean many things, but the nub of the matter is that one who worldschools travels with their families so their children can experience different people and cultures. That can look … More Worldschooling