Branson, Missouri- home of the 9:00 am variety show

Shortly after settling into our new Alaskan home, it was time to venture back to the midwest to visit Matt’s family. It had been three years since we had visited the area, and were excited to make the trip back.…

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Alyeska- on top of the world

Autumn is fleeting in Alaska, so you need to take advantage of those few beautiful fall days when you have the chance. We decided to spend one gorgeous September day, hiking at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska (about 45…

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First impressions of Anchorage

Our first weekend in Anchorage was a whirlwind of settling in to a hotel, finding a house, and exploring. My first thought was that it was a lot like the Pacific Northwest, lots of drizzly rain, lots of coffee, and…

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A 55 hour road trip. Seriously.

Moving your life from one part of the world to another, is not for the faint of heart! You pack up everything you own, which will not to be seen again for several months, say lots of goodbyes that you’d…

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A quick pit stop in Guam

Guam. A tiny little island in the South Pacific, only 30 miles long, and 12 miles wide, was the final stop on our three year Asian tour. We decided to make a quick pit stop in Guam, en route to…

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How do you say goodbye?

And in the blink of an eye, three years have passed and it’s time to leave Japan. How do you say goodbye to a place that has become such a part of you? I started this blog to document our…

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A family ‘staycation’ in Odaiba

With our time in Japan quickly coming to an end, we decided to take one last opportunity to spend time in amazing Tokyo. We headed to Odaiba for a short family ‘staycation’ to take in the beautiful views of Tokyo…

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Yes, real-life Mario Kart, on the streets of Tokyo, is a thing

Tokyo is known for some wacky and wild things, but I think that real life Mario Kart on the city streets ranks right up there amongst the craziest. Not to mention the most fun! I know absolutely nothing about the…

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Kyoto and Nara with Japanese friends

We had the wonderful opportunity of joining some dear Japanese friends, Kayoko and Takashi, on a quick vacation to beautiful and historic Kyoto and Nara. We visited Kyoto once before, but this time took the shinkansen, high speed bullet train. I was…

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