“It’s a museum.” What started as a simple joke about a neighborhood museum in Siena that was closed on Sundays turned out to be a defining description of our adventures throughout Europe. While the United States and Europe aren’t that different from each other, there were several moments that caused us to laugh and shake … Continue reading Buongiorno and Willkommen
“Bird. One.” Everyone erupts with laughter as we all realize that three of the cards on the table each have a different type of bird written on them, and the boys’ team has to decide which bird my dad wants them to guess. Not surprisingly, it took them two tries to get it right, but … Continue reading Shifting Strategy and Perspective
"So can we put our Christmas tree up on the Saturday after Thanksgiving this year?" It was October 29, and my family and I were in the middle of our weekly Skype call. We had just gone through the dates that Abby and I would be home for Thanksgiving, and I knew that I needed … Continue reading Adaptable Adventures
“So if it’s 635 feet long and travels at six miles per hour, then the ride takes how long?” One of the more popular Pittsburgh attractions is a trolley ride up the side of Mt. Washington that provides a scenic view of downtown. Actually, there are two such inclines, but my family was discussing whether … Continue reading Pinch Me, I Must be Dreaming.
“On Fridays, the flannel family rides the ferry to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin.” Both of my sisters were home for the weekend, and following my brother’s suggestion, we had just arrived at the local pumpkin patch across the river. Naturally, before we could select our pumpkin, we decided to find our … Continue reading Twisting and Turning Expectations