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dinoiafamily
East Bay, CA
Interests: Walking, writing, my family, travel, anything expat.
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when you climb too close to the edge of a volcano. As you may recall, the family visited Volcan Masaya nearly a year ago in an attempt to get a few cool volcano pics. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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A few weeks ago we had the opportunity (at long last) to visit the Flor de Caña factory in Chichigalpa. In my mind, it was a much longer drive, but the reality is that even with traffic, we are a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Today's Friday Fun is courtesy of a foreign body stubbornly inserting itself in my heel and refusing to be plucked out. A few weeks ago, I was walking around in our den and felt a sharp stab in my left... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Nick still offers them, but I don't remember them all. I try to file them away in my head, occasionally note on Facebook, or blog them, when I need to just write them down somewhere... Today was one of those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Yep, someone is 16 today! Considering I just turned 29 (okay, again), it seems nearly impossible, but somehow Caitlin has gone from a wee one to...well, see for yourself... The above photo was taken by our good friend, Janet. Ignore... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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We had a whole lovely trip (or several) trips to DC proper planned on this R&R. Unfortunately, nasty little things like doctors' appointments conspired to suck away nearly three full days that could have been spent anywhere from beside the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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this time last year, I was asleep. Stunning primarily as it was the night before our move to Managua, and I never, EVER get more than three hours of sleep the night before a move. I mean, standards, right? Somehow,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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for vacation a couple of weeks early and suddenly the house seems so quiet. Peter woke up well before the crack of dawn this morning to get cash for our intrepid traveler, the traveler herself was up a few minutes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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add a cap, a gown, a little Louis Armstrong...and pass the tissues, his mom is in tears. Today was Nick's promotion ceremony from kindergarten. Yes, kindergarten. Not college or high school, but kindergarten. I went along with the pomp and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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of interesting anniversary celebrations over the past few years. Last year's was, well, not really happening. We ended up having a dinner out a few days after Peter came home, but for the actual date, he was still in Kabul.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
On Monday morning, I will get up, help get the kids on the bus, and then go back to bed. And,that, my friends, is nothing short of a miracle. Not the getting up or going back to bed...nope, the "putting... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Selva Negra. We had the chance to go for a horseback ride while at Selva Negra for the weekend. It was supposed to be thirty minutes and ended up nearly being an hour. Nick had never ridden a horse before,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Technically speaking, since 1/8 of my job is to plan events. Now, I can't take full credit for this one. I only helped a teeny bit, as this was mostly my coworker's doing. She knew of this amazing sailing tour... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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you turn 12 today! I meant to type this post last week, but between last-minute surgery, and my trip to Ft. Lauderdale, well, life got in the way. I'm not actually home yet, but will be by the time you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Though if you know me, you know this has been coming for a long time. A few weeks ago, I headed back to the States, ostensibly for a fun trip, maybe to check up on the house and make sure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Yes, he is asleep, but he technically turned 6 two hours shy of midnight. If you remember, Nick came into the world early on that snowy February day in Reykjavik. Early enough that when we alerted our families in America,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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El Hatillo was our go-to place in Caracas. Whether we had guests in town and wanted to get out without too much driving or we simply had a free Sunday and wanted to get out of the apartment, it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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though unlike our trip to Volcan Masaya in November, we actually planned today's outing several days in advance. We also didn't just peer into this volcano, we dove right in. Well, waded in, jumped in, you get the picture. Today... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
I have been reintroduced to lately is that of blogging overseas. Clearly, I want to relay our experiences, however, I want to be careful to portray a balanced viewpoint. I was a bit overwhelmed when we first arrived in Managua,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
from time to time. I take a seemingly innocent pain or pang and despite my best attempts, somehow turn it into something that it's not. And having the ability to search anything night or day on Google doesn't help when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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Last night, as I was wrapping gifts, I remembered that Nick did not have anything specifically for Kelsey. Sure, he could add his name to our gifts, but it's always nice to have a little something from him. I somehow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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a real tree. The beauty of nature in one's living room, even with the occasional shedding of pine needles, has no comparison. I vowed early on that I would always have a real tree for Christmas, no matter what. There... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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expats, if you will. Or, really, dental/orthodontic expats would be more accurate. We didn't bid on Managua knowing how inexpensive, yet good, the dental care would be, but it's definitely something we will keep in mind for future bidding. We've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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of gal. The idea of getting up any earlier than I absolutely must to buy stuff I don't need at prices lower than regular price just does not appeal to me. Even if we were in the States, I can't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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on the wire rack on the counter, while the turkey in the fridge is well into its brining cycle. I have a schedule for cooking tomorrow so that the green bean casserole, cranberry compote, turkey, and stuffing are all the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at The Dinoia Family