This is How We Accidentally Got to See Baby Sea Turtles

“You should see the baby sea turtles while you visit Ixtapa. It was on my bucket list and it was the first thing we did when we got there,” my friend gushed.

After she told me the price, I was deterred. It would cost a few hundred dollars to do the same sea turtle release event in which she and her family participated. My husband and I talked about it and decided that we’d wait another year. That way, our kids would be another year older and hopefully, they would better remember the incredible thing we’d be doing.

I put the baby sea turtles out of my mind for another year.

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This is What Happens When Wreck Diving Goes Wrong

I looked at my gauges. I was 35 feet under the ocean’s surface. Amazing! No ear problems. This is much better than scuba diving in the dark quarry in Ohio! I thought about where I’d gotten certified. I watch the bubbles go up as I work my way deeper, towards the dark shadowy ship another 45 feet below me.

My buddy and I hit 40 feet under and suddenly, there is a sharp pain in my right ear. Okay, I can do this. I try to descend further.

Oh, it’s searing! I shriek inside my own head. Nope. I can’t do this.

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Holy Jurassic, Batman! Seeing the Dinosaurs at COSI Columbus

It’s happening! I think with a delightful, giddy air. I finally get to see a T-Rex!*

Sort of.

*Tyrannosaurus Rex lived during the late Cretaceous period, not the Jurassic period. I really wanted to say “Holy Jurassic, Batman!”

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To Canada or Not? That is the Question

Thanks to Simone about her Canadian adventure to Minden with a toddler in tow!

After having had guests from Germany, for two weeks in June, vacation is calling. How convenient that my husband’s work’s shutdown week is right around the corner! How about a trip to Minden, Canada to visit friends at their cottage at Mountain Lake? I am immediately thinking to rent an RV for the week. That should be an inexpensive, adventurous, and hopefully fun, way to travel and we can take the dogs along; so we save even more money. “Yes? Great! Let’s do this!”

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You’ll Never Guess the Location of this Sparkling Temple

“You missed the exit,” I said, as we sailed on past it one cold December evening. “Ugh, the traffic is bad on the other side of the freeway. It’s going to take forever to get back to the hotel.” We were trying to quickly return to our holiday homebase where my sister, niece, and nephews were going to join us for some swimming.

My husband groaned about it and at the next exit, we decided to take the side roads. We meandered through a neighborhood and all of a sudden, I noticed a sparkling jewel in the darkness.

“What is that?” I asked.

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These are the Happy Highlights and Lowest Lowlights

It has been a whirlwind of a year! Even though it has been incredible, there have also been some lows. When you move your household and/or travel with kids, there bound to be highlights and lowlights. Just like with normal life. That doesn’t change just by moving somewhere new.

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The Time The Pacific Ocean Tried to Swallow Me

The wave surged over my head. I inhaled quickly, but I was too late. The crest trampled over me, ignoring my existence. I succumbed to the Pacific Ocean’s wishes. As if I had a choice to disobey.

Even knowing the water was only a few feet deep didn’t stop the thought: I have to get air.

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This is the Incredible Way I Spent the Year

Upon reflecting about 2017, it might have been the busiest year of my life. It was hard in a way I haven’t experienced before and brought about some of the biggest changes I’ve ever had (after having children, of course). It was also one of the most exhilarating years of my life. I’m still in awe about living in Mexico. I still can’t believe this is my home and it still makes me smile. Still, the time has come to say goodbye to 2017.

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5 Reasons Travel is Sweeter than Christmas Morning

It’s Christmas day, so what better time to discuss the virtues of travel? Especially since plane tickets are on my wish list this year. I’m currently in the US with my family, opening presents and enjoying the joyful sounds of my kids playing with their cousins.

So why is travel sweeter than Christmas morning?

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This is Why I Write About Language Learning Challenges

Learning another language is difficult. I write about this subject frequently. There is a purpose.

If someone speaks to you in broken English, it has required a lot of courage to do it.

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