Uncategorized

Inside a Category Five Move

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inside a Category Five Move

Inside a Category Five Move

Want to know what the first full day in our new country was like? Here’s a peek at the nitty-gritty of moving to paradise… Woke up excited that we got to move into our new house, a house we are buying(!!), for the first time. Relished the novelty of knowing we would have a home-base for the entire time we live in Vanuatu. Picked up new car, and then had to drive it home on the other side of the road from what I’m used to, in the rain. After navigating manymanymany potholes and the steep hill on the dirt road leading out to our house, I felt thankful we’d bought a four-wheel drive...

Read More

Sometimes You Try: The cousins photo shoot

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

Sometimes You Try: The cousins photo shoot

Tahlia: “Dominic, this is how you do it. Sit still and smile nicely for the camera.”Dominic: “Say what?” Mama: “Dominic, here, I’ll give you a piece of sour candy if you stand still and kiss your baby brother nicely.” Dominic: “SOUR candy? What the hell? Are you trying to poison me? Why would you do that?” Nana: “OK, Dominic, how about some marshmallow? Will you kiss Alex for some marshmallow?”Dominic: “I’ll consider it after I sample the goods.” Dominic: “THAT’s what I’m talking about. Now,...

Read More

Bhutan at the speed of baby – day 4

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Bhutan at the speed of baby – day 4

We’ve been in Bhutan for three days now. It’s been a blur of mountains, rivers, and temples. What a yawn fest. Honestly. Now all I have to do is see a temple built in the 1500’s and the next thing I know … What? I’m going to put it out there and say that some of you grownups feel exactly the same way but just won’t admit it. I might let Mama guest post about the temples and such later. In the meantime, you’ll no doubt breathe a sigh of relief when you hear that I’m going to skip all that boring stuff and update you on the real trip highlights and lowlights so...

Read More

The winner of the launch giveaway is…

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

The winner of the launch giveaway is…

So I picked a number out of the virtual hat for the launch giveaway today (read: I used the random number generator at random.org). There were 79 names in the hat, and the winner is … Lucky # 13 Erica McKay!!! Yes, she and I have the same last name. We are related, and have been ever since she married my first cousin. Mike told me it looked totally suss that my cousin was the winner and that I should draw a second name and send one to them as well as one to Erica. So I tried to draw a second name and here is what happened: I “drew” number #73, Hilary Reed, who visited us in...

Read More

Tour of 2009

Posted by on Jan 2, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

January 15 (Los Angeles, USA): Lisa and Mike board plane #1, bound for Australia. Upon arrival Mike continues in his role of wedding logistics manager and Lisa is somewhat shocked to realize she is getting married in a week. January 24 (Ballina, Australia): Wedding celebrations with family and friends. The afternoon thunderstorms hold off during the backyard ceremony but light up the sky with a fairytale backdrop for photos on the beach. January 26 (Brisbane, Australia): Plane #3 heads to New Zealand for honeymoon. Three weeks of exquisite scenery and many delicious wines also yields some...

Read More