Road Trip 2015 – Planning

March 20, 2015

  It’s that time of year again! Time to plan our road trip to see the country and get out of the summer heat in Florida. During our road trip last summer we spent a good bit of time in California and Oregon, we love the West coast!  We were set on moving to Portland […]

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Last night in Venice.

May 21, 2014

Just beginning to go through the 1500 or so images taken during our month in Italy and LOVE this one. The expressions. It was our last night in Venice, I believe. We had found a restaurant we wanted to try in the Ca D’ Oro neighborhood so we walked there from our flat in the […]

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Planes, Trains & Transportation with kids.

April 14, 2014

  I hear comments often referring to the dreadful long plane and train rides with kids.  I’m glad to say I don’t know what they’re talking about. Long plane and train rides for the most part have always been a pleasurable part of traveling for them and us as a family. It’s the beginning of […]

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Choosing accommodations in Italy

April 7, 2014

Generally we prefer to travel low-key. We like apartments or b&b’s over a hotel any day. We’ve used sites like VRBO and HomeAway many times with much success and lately have come to love Airbnb. It’s similar to VRBO and HA but you can also choose to share a house/room with others or rent just […]

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Shit’s getting real!

March 24, 2014

  I can’t believe it, after talking about this move for over four years, Michael’s last day of work is this Friday! He decided we needed a family cruise to celebrate prior to us heading to Italy and the road trip across country, so we leave this Saturday morning for a 5-nighter to get things […]

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The Next Chapter – A Sharkey Journey

February 17, 2014

I’ve been putting this off. First it was because I wasn’t sure I could trust that it would really happen this time, I mean we started the discussion roughly four years ago. I remember the day. I was still working out of my photography studio in St. Petersburg and were there doing some clean-up around […]

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Hot Rocks, a kids craft idea.

December 9, 2013

Our kids attend a home-schooling co-op once weekly. They love this co-op, it’s full of fun non-academic workshop-like classes such as Robotics, Yoga, many forms of arts, dance and music. Our daughter Addy chose to take Metal Working/Jewelry Making and Garden Art this semester. This week in Garden Art they made Hot Rocks where they […]

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Norwegian Holiday Traditions

December 6, 2013

This year we officially welcomed in  a new member of the family when my sister married her boyfriend, of two years, from Norway.  The Norwegian culture is not one I thought about often prior to her meeting Audun, but we’ve now been fully introduced to it having shared a mostly traditional Christmas with them and […]

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Unleash the Villans

September 25, 2013

This year Disney introduced Limited Time Magic. Surprises await guests of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort with new entertainment and events to experience.  On Friday the 13th one of these events took place on both coasts. The kids and I were off to Hollywood Studios for Unleash the Villains. Thirteen Disney Villains on stage […]

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Finding the right Travel Trailer

September 24, 2013

We’ve been dreaming about the possibility of living on the road in an RV for years now. There are of course reasons why full-time can’t work right now so we made the decision to go ahead and get a Travel Trailer now to use on on shorter trips, to get to know the lifestyle in […]

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