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East Bay, CA
Interests: Walking, writing, my family, travel, anything expat.
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turning 13 with a fabulous fun and friend filled party. Nothing crazy, just 15 of your nearest and dearest over for a swim and pizza party, followed by an amazing cake (and cupcakes courtesy of a friend). Even more fun... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dinoia Family
It's simply what it feels like here to me...every day is warm and sunny, some more so than others, some days have windy evenings, but in the end I am perpetually seasonally confused and everything is...August. This is not entirely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
the newly minted 7 year old? Hard to believe it's been so long since the little guy arrived on that snowy February evening in Reykjavik. Even harder to believe is that it has been nearly 7 years since we left... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
About *that.*. You know...that of which I no longer speak as that would take me back to a time of fear, uncertainty and confusion. Today was my final doctor's appointment with the surgeon. I had the 'gram earlier this week... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
was a laidback and casual affair for the most part in our household. We did have a bit of rushing around on Christmas Eve (had to pick up the smoked ham that had been sent from the BBQ place near... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
Peter assisting with the pinata.... Yesterday, we had an opportunity to participate in a family service project. I have been trying to find one for a long time, and bounced many ideas back and forth. My office ended up coming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
Before..... or 2.64 miles according to Pete's GPS, but if the shirt says 5K, I'm fine with that. Yes, today we *ran* our first 5K here. I'm not sure when Pete last ran one, but my official recent race (not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
You know when you have those places that just get to visit them and they somehow just sort of take hold of you? Somoto Canyon has become that place for our family. If you remember Nick's thoughts from a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
is one of our favorite holidays, even when overseas. Some might think it's not widely celebrated overseas, but every post we have been at has had enjoyed festivities involving the embassy and local expat community. It's no exception in Managua,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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