Recharging our Batteries.

Arriving home from two months in Europe was sooo nice.   No matter where one has been or how long gone, there is nothing quite like sleeping in your own bed. But there was no rest for the weary here, as we had only a short two weeks to get ready to move to Florida and onto our new boat!

On our agenda was um-tine loads of laundry and basic soul replenishing. We also got hair cuts, visited the gym, dentist and chiropractor.  Tony was right back into the office, not missing a step with work:  coordinating upcoming regattas, client logistics and accounting.

We had some cruisey, jet-lag-filled days and thankfully the fog started to clear just at the time of Oliver’s 9th birthday.  Our good friends organized a party for Oliver and their daughter our first weekend back. The kids climbed at the local rock-climbing gym and gorged on pizza, fresh fruit and cupcakes. Oliver was happy to see all his friends from his old school. These kids are all so sweet — and great climbers, every one! There were a few that tried it for the first time and loved it. What a thrill to see that happen. IMG_20141019_115955



The school / jet-lag combo was not easy. I think compounded with the fact that our stay at home was temporary and every piece of luggage was being emptied, while new luggage was being filled… the two weeks home was a challenge.  We still progressed in Math and loved settling back into our old school room.  Sophia was inspired to finish her Art History course and we created binders for our personal Anthologies of Poetry. We started by pouring through multiple poetry books, placed post-it notes on our favorite poems, then photocopied them and made it rain poetry.  A clear favorite in this family looks to be Shel Silverstein.



Sophia’s signs often appear at random during school. Above, the kids are studying antonyms and synonyms while using the dictionary and thesaurus; I’m a big fan of life skills.

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There is nothing better than recess with Dad. Nothing.


While getting re-settled, we managed to see lots of friends. And even a school soccer game!

This week was about a lot of things. But most of all, it was about re-connecting with our family and friends and celebrating our sweet nine-year old boy. We feel blessed. We love every minute of being home and seeing friends, but much time is also spent on planning our next phase aboard CORTADO. Tony and I have only a small window here to chart our next course; Another transition ahead!

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