Hi Ya’ll doing? For almost a year my good friend Sarah and I decided we would do a girls trip. We looked a at traveling to different countries and Turkey was a common choice among the two of us. I’ve wanted to travel to Turkey for quite a long time. Everytime I’ve wanted to visit, there seem to always be some kind of political unrest in the country. We decided to stay away from Istanbul until things settled down and instead we visited another beautiful region of Turkey instead called Marmaris. It was the best decision ever! I decided that when I travel I am going to be more adventurous. Well, I decided I would go parasailing! I was terrified but I was determined that I would have a story to tell! The view of Turkey from above was the most magical experience I could have imagined. Sailing through the clean air with crystal clear water underneath my feet was amazing! I was speechless and in awe of God’s creation.  Marmaris is the untouched part of Turkey as I see it. There’s little traffic, great beaches, fantastic restaurants, little shopping, great hotels that don’t block the view of the ocean, and fantastic cocktails.  If you are looking for a place to truly go and relax without tourist everywhere then this is your place. The people of Marmaris were beyond excited we were visiting although they said I was the first American to visit  in years. I didn’t know if this was a good thing or bad thing. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our week in Marmaris and I would certainly go back to this peaceful region of turkey with it’s crystal blue waters and sand that feels like cotton.img_9985 img_0087

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How ya’ll doing?

Last month my twins turned 14!! Can you believe I am the mom of teenagers! I look really good if I do say so myself. I gave my twins the choice of a trip with mom/dad or a birthday party. My son chose a bowling party with his friends and my daughter chose a trip with just her and I. We both were excited so I surprised her with a trip to Scotland! It was the best mother daughter trip ever. We talked, walked,laughed, ate, laughed, and ate some more. There is nothing like spending time with your kids one on one. We decided that the trip cost more than a party but the memories were priceless and so we started a new tradition. Every year for her birthday, she and I will do a trip together. I love that she loves spending time with me because I love spending time with her.  The one thing I am very protective of is our family time and mother daughter time. She’s not the normal teenager who gets embarrassed of her parents but instead she understands the meaning of family and doing life together. I am blessed that I get to be her mother and share new experiences with her. I wish my mom was only this cool when I was a kid. Family time is the best time!

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We decided for our first train ride to visit Poland as it was sort of last minute! We got on a train roundtrip for 29 Euro’s for a family of five! That is just amazing to me. The first thing the kids did when we got on the train was to pull out their books! We didn’t let me take their nooks and that was not a good choice. They read really quickly and so they decided to trade books when they were done with their own. The train ride was beautiful! It is a 2 hour train ride from Berlin to Stettin Poland. It was a nice short trip for the weekend! We walked around, visited a castle, and ate at a Polish restaurant. My son had wild boar as he is reading a series of books called Astrix and Astrix eats wild boar in the story. Atrix books are from Germany. The funny thing is that my inlaws gave my kids these books before we knew we were relocating to Germany.
It was a really beautiful day in Poland. Poland looks very similar to Germany in that the buildings have the same basic architecture. I love looking at all the churches and museums as I can’t imagine the time it took to build these buildings. The kids really enjoyed just being in another country and can’t wait for Paris!

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