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The Old Men – Kitty Memoirs

March 30, 2015

It’s been over a month now since we said good-bye to our beloved Nelson Kitty. Two weeks later we said goodbye to his brother Roswell. The loss of these two Old Men –  they would be 17 in April – is the end of a generation for Michael and I. In April of ’98 while […]

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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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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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Free to Learn

August 21, 2013

We moved back into the house our son Gavin was born in January of this year. It’s a very small home, under 800 sq ft. We came from a very large house on a large piece of property that we tremendously enjoyed renting for just over a year. We’ve been purging a little at a […]

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A more peaceful existence.

April 17, 2013

It’s official, the kids are falling comfortably into the world of Un-schooling. Waking up around 10-10:30 after being up till after midnight. Our mornings are peaceful now, no rushing around getting dressed, breakfast and grabbing notebooks and homework to get out the door to be at school by too darn early.  We’re happily well into […]

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