Road triiiiiip! Our adventure from Portland to Chicago

I’m feeling like I’ve got a little transcontinental whiplash. It was only weeks ago that I moved to Norway, and now I’m back in the U.S. I returned largely to help my husband wrap up our lives in Portland, then we decided to take a cross country roadtrip to our beloved Chicago to visit family and friends. Plus, we’re finally and sadly getting rid of our Audi TT ....more

Our July Fourth celebration in Oslo

There is something unique about celebrating July Fourth outside of the U.S. For me, it felt more patriotic, more unifying, more “We the People” than I’ve felt in many many years. Our family recently moved to Norway and are living in my husband’s childhood home just outside of Oslo. So far it’s going well, the learning curve of the language and culture is quite steep, but we’re taking it one step at a time ....more

How my date night turned into CPR and an ambulance

It was supposed to be our evening, just me and my eldest son eating at a restaurant and talking freely about how we’re adjusting to this move to Norway. It ended with CPR and an ambulance. Let me back up ....more

Wordless Wednesday: The Kings Road in Norway

The King’s Road. This road dates back to 1700 when Norway’s king would use it to travel the nearly 300 miles (480 km) ...more

Why we moved to Norway

“Whuck!?!? You’re moving to Norway? What’s in Norway?” was generally the reaction I got when people heard our big news ....more

Netflix gives Pretty Little Liars an early release

I’m writing this post as a member of the Netflix Stream Team and have been compensated for it, but as always, all opinions are my own. One of my guilty pleasures is Pretty Little Liars. There’s been enough times where I’ve started watching it alone and my eldest comes along for a snuggle and bam!...more

Wordless Wednesday: #Rustlord community on Instagram picks my pic

This picture of an old Ford truck in Pacific City, Oregon was picked as a featured photo . I love me some Instagram, and one of my favorite communities is #Rustlord, which is filled with all things rusty. There’s sub-communities, if you will, and one of those is Rustlord_carz ....more

A parent’s nightmare: Kyron Horman missing after school science fair

The last time Kyron was seen was after his morning science fair in 2010. The Wall of Hope in Beaverton for Kyron Horman. A corner of The Wall of Hope ....more

This is what friends are for…

Sometimes it takes a good friend to bring us back to ourselves. I’ve been really quiet on my blog the past year or so and though life has got me quite busy, the silence is not because of my busyness. I haven’t been writing because I just have not been able to bring myself to do it ....more

For Holocaust Remembrance Day, meet survivor Ben Lesser

I want to introduce you guys to an extraordinary man. His name is Ben Lesser and I ran across him on Reddit, my latest obsession. Lesser is a Holocaust survivor and he did an AMA, which stands for Ask Me Anything on Reddit ....more