Month: March 2017

Why do you have a nanny? [a/k/a “What do you do all day?” for this expat mom]

Ouch.  That’s how I feel every time someone asked me this.  Truth is, I am constantly asking myself this question and also why, even with a nanny, I can’t seem to stay on top of everything.  I am in awe of moms who work outside the home, that’s for sure.  I’m also jealous of the “trailing spouses” that I know who don’t have kids because surely they have time to get everything done, right?  (Short answer:  No.  No they don’t.)

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Why do you have a nanny? [a/k/a “What do you do all day?” for this expat mom]

Ouch.  That’s how I feel every time someone asked me this.  Truth is, I am constantly asking myself this question and also why, even with a nanny, I can’t seem to stay on top of everything.  I am in awe of moms who work outside the home, that’s for sure.  I’m also jealous of the “trailing spouses” that I know who don’t have kids because surely they have time to get everything done, right?  (Short answer:  No.  No they don’t.)

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Lisbon: 2 1/2 days with a toddler

We’d barely been back from Cancun for 24 hours when we started planning our next “sunny” vacation.  (Coming home to dirty snow and a high of -2 Celsius was not fun!) At the top of my list for a while now was a trip to Portugal so after quizzing my Facebook friends on the benefits of Lisbon v. Porto, we were off for a week in a {slightly} warmer climate.

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Sintra & Cascais: 2 1/2 days with a toddler

When I asked my Facebook friends whether we should go to Lisbon or Porto (nothing like crowdsourcing your vacation plans, am I right?) a third place (albeit one close to Lisbon) kept coming up—Sintra.  One quick Pinterest search later and I knew we had to go.  So we booked our tickets for a week in Lisbon, with the intent of spending half our time in Lisbon and half in nearby Sintra.

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