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Well now, that was quite an extended break,  wasn’t it?

Clearly I was speaking a little loftily when I implied that I could manage several creative pursuits at once! I have been having a grand old time behind the scenes making things and playing music, but I miss this space and I want to get back to it.

And while I was away I was really actually away- like on the other side of the planet, away. We took our family trip to Europe this summer- to meet up with my sister’s family who are living there- and then my brother-in-law and family came and met us too, so it was a time of cousins and family and sunshine! It was beautiful, exciting, magical and sometimes downright tough (taking a 3-year-old to the Colosseum in the heat of August is not for the faint of heart!) but such a gift for our family in so many ways. trip-7

(And in case any of you homeschool families are wondering if we just happen to be independently wealthy- um, no. We live simply, in a little cabin on one income, and we scrimped and saved for a long time, and still- it was rather a stretch! But we decided this was a chance we just had to take. Any envy you might be feeling would likely evaporate with a single glance at our VISA bill.)

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So we went and we came back home. We have a thousand stories to tell and likely many will weave their way in here.

We are still reminiscing around the dinner table about our little apartment in Rome with the windows that opened on the neighbourhood square, that gelato place in Perugia with the most incredible flavours, the awesome game the cousins made up on the rock formations on a beach on Paros, that night where our little one fell asleep at dinner and woke up in the bustling old town with her siblings and cousins ordering fancy desserts and she groggily but happily chose one herself…

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Oh and that little family run gyros place with best food and the cool motorbike delivery set up, and playing in the park at 10:00 at night with the Greek kids (who all nap in the afternoon!) and that amazing sandcastle they built that was flattened by a big wave when a ferry passed, or that tiny baby kitten we visited in a white-washed Greek alley…

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So many memories we made, and we will keep sifting through them and reliving our adventures together.

But now we are home. And we are all glad to be (if you are planning a trip with kids be sure to leave the big, crowded cities to the end so that you will be truly exhausted and ready to go and glad for the peace and quiet of your own home!)

We have settled back in, back into the routines and schedules and activities that fill our days, back into our homeschooling learning adventures, back home together. That’s the best part of traveling, isn’t it? Coming back home?

And I hope to come back home to this space more often again. I am excited about what we are up to this year in our homeschool realm and hoping to share it here as I am able.

Happy October, Friends!

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