The Year of the Volcano

2018 in China marks the Year of the Dog (cool fact: both my son and I were born during the Year of the Dog—and on the 19th day of our birth month). In our family, 2018 also marks the Year of the Volcano (and I don’t just mean our daughter’s explosive tantrums). Without meaning to,…

One Month in Manila

This Monday marks one month since we arrived in the Philippines. The last four weeks have flown by, but we’ve really only just begun exploring our new city. We finally decided to brave venturing out for a little through the streets of Makati. One of the main reasons we didn’t do this sooner is that…

New Home and New Book!

Today marks three weeks since we’ve moved to the Philippines. We are still getting used to our new country, but it’s funny how quickly things start to feel normal. In our past assignments, we rushed to set up and get settled. Some places (like France) were definitely more comfortable than others (like China), but we…

Mabuhay to the Philippines!

In case you’ve been wondering, “Where in the world is Becky these days?” the answer is…Manila! Yes, we packed up our little family (now plus one new member) and left the lush coolness of the Pacific Northwest for the hot and humid Philippines. It’s been a summer of big changes for us. Baby Boy was…

Life in China: Three Months in

Happy New Year! We’ve officially made it halfway through our assignment in Chengdu. I’ve been derelict in my duties to my blog, but for a couple of good reasons. The first is a super-secret project that I’ve been working on. One of my goals for 2017 was to finish my first book. With the help…

Happy Halloween from China!

Happy Halloween! For the third year in a row, we are celebrating Halloween in a foreign country. As far as we’ve seen, no one does Halloween like the U.S. (though I have heard Japan is hot on our heels). I mean they don’t even do pumpkin spice lattes here! Gasp! Our building hosted a Halloween…

Hello, Chengdu!

Nǐhǎo! There you have it. That’s just about the extent of my ability to speak Chinese. For the first time in our nearly three-year journey, I am completely out of my element when it comes to communicating in our current home country. It’s a challenge, for sure, but it really adds to the adventure. Let…

Five Tips for Staying Sane While Flying with a Baby

Just like that, it’s December! 2016 really flew by, especially after the birth of Baby Girl. It’s hard to believe that she is now five months old. Tomorrow we go on our first, long, family vacation. We’ll be spending four days in Mexico City and then heading to Puerto Vallarta for a week and a…

La Vida en Monterrey

It’s been almost two months since my last post. No, I haven’t succumbed to a taco coma. I may still be learning to eat them in moderation, but my taco tolerance grows greater each day. Unbelievably, my sweet baby girl is four-months-old today! Where is time going (besides to the taco stands)? She is a…