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More than a family barbeque

My niece Melissa was born when I was 19 years old and working in Queenstown, just before I headed to Australia. I remember queuing up to use the pay phone in downtown Queenstown so I could ring home and find out whether my sister’s baby had been born. 459 more words


Snow Days

We have some unusual weather here in the southern US recently. Our winter storms usually consist of 1 to 2 inches of snow that shut the city roads down for a day or so. 317 more words


Pools, monkeys, and temples in Bali

Some long overdue photos from our trip to Bali in January. We went to Ubud for a week to celebrate the new year. Braving the humidity (and a nasty stomach bug) was well worth it, because it was swimming pool heaven for mister V and he couldn’t get enough of the monkeys in Ubud’s Monkey Forest. 40 more words


Hotel Eden's perfect family offer in Rome this Easter

The Dorchester Collection is the perfect five-star hotel for families this Easter. Across all cities over the holiday weekend, a golden egg will be placed in one guest’s room or suite prior to arrival. 215 more words


Fabulous at 40!! 

Today Yesterday, was my 40th Birthday! Woohooo Happy Birthday to Me!

No big birthday shenanigans this year, because I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday, not on one day…but throughout the year. 822 more words



“Kizito!” I gasped, at the same time that my heart did a small leap in my chest.

“Good morning!” he greeted in a bright voice as he came abreast of me standing close to the gateway of the workplace compound. 2,046 more words


It Really Is A Heztacular Sunday

After trying to get my 3 year old to wind down from an energetic day,  there are some things that don’t need an entire essay to explain. 116 more words