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Back home!

Today it marks exactly 2 months since we arrived in Florida. So much has already happened that even though it feels we have been back for a while, we still talk about the trip every-single-day. It is either an event, a type of food, a place, someone we met, anything that reminds us constantly about the trip. We certainly hope that these feelings and memories will stay with us for much longer!

We have been settling well at home. After a few weeks of staying with friends, we moved back to the Monkey House on July 1st. One week after we arrived from Rio, kids left for Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya, which was really their return to a “normal” life, while also gave us time to put the house back together and start looking for jobs. Chris hit the ground running and within just a few weeks had already a couple of job offers at local schools. I started consulting for one of Palo Alto’s distributors while looking for more permanent opportunities. Thankfully, we came back in a good time and there are plenty of *great* opportunities out there.


Our 10-month luggage


Monkey House

Chris and I took a road trip to pick up the kids at camp. It was very special, I had not been to camp in 4 years and missed the farewell celebrations before. We drove North with our friends, Matt and Jamie Ferrelli, and stopped to visit Baltimore, Brooklyn Heights and Burlington (VT) on the way there. It was wonderful to see the kids’ happy faces as we arrived at camp. Louisa even mentioned that she missed our trip more than she missed home. Chris then flew to San Francisco and I made the drive back with the kids. Fortunately, we got to visit with several good friends in the East Coast: the Baileys in Greenwich, CT; my Kellogg friend Carini, in Wake Forest, NC; and the Dickinsons, in Charleston, SC. It was a great bonding opportunity with the kids, they both excelled at being co-pilots and we enjoyed listening to good music and comedy shows at the car.


Baltimore with DWIII

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School is about to start and we made the decision that both kids will continue the Florida Virtual School for one more year. They were very excited and happy when we told them, both want to get involved in more sports and other extra-curricular activities. We have enjoyed seeing all of our friends too.  Also starting to work on a list of projects around the house, which is a lot of fun!

As we look back and realize how easy it has been to slide back into life and jobs, Chris and I are thankful for following our guts and making the decision to take the year off. We would not have done anything differently and only wish that everyone can have the courage to follow your dreams. It is easier than you think!

What’s next?  Well, we look forward to starting working full-time soon, welcoming a new puppy, touring high schools for Sebastian, attending our friend Ricardo’s wedding in Portugal, and having both sets of grandparents visit this Fall and Christmas. And of course, we can’t wait to plan the next family trip!


Landed in San Francisco

Our final farewells to Florida were this past weekend. Our daughter, Louisa, wished for an early birthday celebration so we threw a surprise party that completely shocked her; friends gave her photos to hold onto for her travels. So sweet and that is what friendship is all about. We already miss our friends and saved champagne to celebrate our return in June.

While I wish for smooth sailing, of course it was not to be. We stuffed our bags late into the night for a 5am ride to the airport. We knew right away that we had a problem. On the positive side, Sebastian and Louisa are fine with their packs – great job kids! The bad news is the parents that don’t practice what they preach; ugh, our stuff is too much and too heavy. To give you an idea, the handle on Leticia’s carry on broke as soon as we boarded the plane. We will correct this in San Francisco when we get our bags. Problem #2: AA forgot our bags along with 35 other passengers on the nonstop flight from Miami! Let’s hope that this is a one-time experience.

Nonetheless, we arrived safely in San Francisco and I have to say, we are already feeling like seasoned travelers thanks to the bumps. We have a week to regroup, say hellos and goodbyes to family and friends in California. Leticia is finalizing the tech side of travels like phones and computers; the funny part is that AT&T (phone) and Comcast (internet) are awful here – knock on wood for the future!



Tonight we started to pack. I made a list of things for each of the kids and let them choose the clothes they want to bring. Both are very excited and reminded me that we may need rain gear (argh). The kids backpacks are full but still managed to have some space for extras. My backpack is pretty full and heavy, I have a feeling I will have to re-evaluate some of the clothes I’m bringing, and still missing our medicine kit and toiletries. Chris has yet to pack anything but keeps warning to “keep it light!”