Vegas, Baby

It’s a different kind of Vegas with kids. Not one that we haven’t done before. But the first time with two. And the first time with an infant. I rented the double stroller. And envisioned myself strolling through the air-conditioned shops with a coffee in hand. Easily maneuvering through the crowds by day. Munching on…

What Next?

After a successful road trip to the beach, I have been looking forward to our next adventure, which will take us to Las Vegas and Mexico mid-February. The original plan was to stay a week to scope out land in Tulum in a first step to finally set down some roots. Mexico is appealing to…

Road Trippin'

It was the night before our first trip with Mona Lu. So of course, I was running through all the things that could possibly go wrong. Doing what a mom does best. I became obsessed with the statistic set by car seat manufacturers that infants should not be in a car seat for more than…

Baby Poop Face Masks

I fancy myself a bit of a hippie mom. But our pediatrician’s recommendation to slather baby poop on our faces had even me doing a double take. Our soft-spoken doctora launching into a story about another father, who in his eagerness to revel in the benefits of his new arrival’s droppings, spread the green colostrum…

Two Times A Charm

Less than a week after delivering sweet Mona Lu, I’m feeling almost back to normal and better than I have in a long time. After a nasty fall that I never really healed from at the end of my pregnancy and a belly that weighed heavily on my body, I am up and moving again….

The New School of Unschool

The concept of child led learning where their interests determine the direction of their education. So if the kid likes boats. You take them for a ride in the ocean and do your best to surround them with opportunities to delve deeper into their natural inclinations. Still very controversial as a method of teaching, but…

To Beach Or Not To Beach

I don’t know if it’s because I’m nine months pregnant and stir crazy. Or if it’s just that time again. For a new adventure. After over two years in the valley outside of Quito and in our third house, my husband and I have been talking seriously about moving to the beach. We’re beach people…

The Calm Between The Storms

A week after negotiations and everything in Ecuador is back to normal. In fact, it ended almost as abruptly as it began. The government agreed to repeal the decree that increased the fuel price, and so far a personal and corporate income tax has been proposed for the wealthy as an alternative to pay back…

A High Maintenance Kind of Week

I wish I could say that Darwin has adjusted with flying colors his first week of school. But it’s been tough. Not in an obvious sort of way. But woven throughout the day with different, but nonetheless strong indicators of a child who is overwhelmed. Like meal time. When he says he doesn’t like what’s…