Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Our flight left at 6am. So that meant we had to get up at 4am in order to dress, check out, and drive to the airport. If you’ve ever packed with two toddlers running around, you know it’s best to…

El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

In the last post, I described how the kids stayed amused. The balcony was absolutely invaluable. But enough play time. It’s time for our final day in Spain, which we decided to spend hiking. The hike shouldn’t be that difficult,…

Fuengirola, Spain

Fuengirola, Spain

On our penultimate day in Spain, Grandma and Grandpa decided to take a tour of Gibralter. They left on a bus around 8am, so we decided to have a completely kid-focused day. And what could be more kid-focused than a…

Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

You may be asking yourself how we managed to amuse two toddlers for almost three weeks in hotels. First, we were picky about our lodgings. When we stayed somewhere for a week at a time, it was basically an apartment:…

Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain

Off to Ronda! This is one of my favorite places in southern Spain. It is also the source of nightmares I had leading up to it. As you’ll see, Ronda is famous for being built across a huge gorge. Until…

Córdoba, Spain

Córdoba, Spain

This is a cemetery, of course. Yen discovered it on a previous trip – it has a parking lot and a nice restroom, so it’s where we park when we go to Córdoba. I think this is a little alter or some…

Marbella, Spain

Marbella, Spain

Hello, Marbella! Or rather, Marriott Vacation Club Right Outside of Marbella. Our drive from Sevilla was fairly uneventful. The kids slept for most of it, which meant we kept saying, “Wow, I wish Linus was awake to see those wind…

Sevilla, Spain

Sevilla, Spain

Day 1 We got in the car to drive to Sevilla, and were sad because the GPS said it would be a three-hour journey. About halfway through, we learned that Spain is an hour ahead of Portugal. So not too…

The Algarve (southern Portugal) - Vacation Week 1

The Algarve (southern Portugal) – Vacation Week 1

Sintra Welcome to Portugal! Please be sure to hold tightly to all of your belongings at all times – even when they are squirmy. Our plan was fairly simple: take almost three weeks off in December and explore the southern…

Trip to Iowa

Trip to Iowa

We packed up our bags and headed for Iowa over Memorial Day weekend. Linus is an old pro at traveling, so when he got to the airport, he just relaxed and took everything in. We were excited to find when…

Yen's Trip to Iowa

Yen’s Trip to Iowa

For Christmas this year, Yen made his first trip to the Midwest. He’d been to Chicago, but I think you know that doesn’t count. So to clarify: the rural Midwest. I was worried about how he’d find it – after all,…

East Pond

East Pond

The company outing continued: Sunday we were tired from the Saturday hike and staying up a bit too late, and decided to go with something a bit flatter. It’s good we did, because the bulk of what you’re about to…

Hedgehog Mountain

Hedgehog Mountain

This weekend we were in the White Mountains for my company outing. No, it isn’t an Outward Bound-esque event involving rope ladders and falling backwards onto each other. Instead, the company pays for room and board for two days, and…

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Many people don’t take extra time off at Christmas. I hear a lot of, “Well, it’s quiet, so it’s the best time to work!” Nonsense. If you just take a few vacation days, you end up getting many, many days…

The Machine Shed

The Machine Shed

This is the absolute best photo to follow that last post. Don’t worry: David is way more excited than he looks.