Euro Trip Part 2: Bonnieux

People travel for different reasons. For rest, relaxation, education and exploration. For me, the best trips are the ones when we feel like a¬†character in another world. We surprise ourselves when we live in a different environment, and it stretches who we are as a person. It’s the same reason why I love theatre so…

Euro Trip Part I: PARIS

I do realize I haven’t yet written about our current home: Bangkok. I will. Eventually. ūüôā It took the better part of a year, but we do love our life in Bangkok. Still, we needed an escape.¬†I hate to complain at all- we do have a good quality of life here. But the never-ending heat,…

Love Anyway

Last night I dreamt that an adolescent boy broke into my apartment through my back door. At first I was afraid. What does he want? He ran to my bedroom and grabbed my guitar. Then sat on my floor, face aglow at this magical thing. My fears relaxed and his face morphed into that of…

She Came in Like a Wrecking Ball: The Birth Story of Magnolia Patton

How’s that for a title? I can’t believe my baby girl is over 6 months old and I’m just now writing this. ¬†As I mentioned before with Henry’s birth story, there’s something biologically altering in a woman’s memory that happens after she has a baby. ¬†Over time, the negative things are mostly forgotten and what’s…

Henry is TWO!

Henry is TWO today!! Where has the time gone? ¬†It seems like yesterday I was nervously awaiting his arrival at the base hospital in Japan. ¬†And now he’s a wild little fire-loving caveman; a walking,¬†talking, soon-to-be big brother! ¬†I absolutely love this age (challenging as it is)- in my opinion, it doesn’t get much cuter…

TOP 10 THINGS I MISS ABOUT JAPAN

Holy Moses it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged! ¬†Things got a little crazy after I got pregnant. ¬†Twenty weeks of severe morning sickness (and a husband that was gone through most of it), followed by a big move back to the states has knocked me out of the blogosphere and everything else. I’m…

A Very Unorthodox Easter

This Easter you won’t see any cutesy family photos from the Patton family.¬† You know the sort- everybody dressed in their Sunday best Springtime attire, beautifully posed near a patch of flowers or under a tree.¬†¬†I love these kinds of pictures, and¬†of course it was the plan.¬† Had it all laid out- Henry was supposed…

Bali with a Baby

Like most hot-blooded, wanderlusty girls who have been influenced by Elizabeth Gilbert‚Äôs Eat, Pray, Love in their 20s, I had Bali at the top of my Asia to-do list for years.¬† For the uninitiated into this cult classic chick lit, Bali was the Love portion of the three part memoir set in Italy, India and…

Happy NY Japan

It’s that time of year again where we join the crowds in Ome (a country village on the far end of Tokyo with a disproportionate amount of vintage American Western movie billboards) to let go of our Daruma dolls of yesteryear and buy new ones. For an explanation on this fun and superstitious Japanese tradition,…

DIY Boogie Wipes

Let me start by saying this is not a regular blog post for me. I am not crafty (creative maybe but there’s a difference). I don’t cloth diaper. Yes, “Cloth” is a verb here- and something I don’t do because I suck at laundry already. (My husband and I secretly laugh at the fact that…

Hong Kong + Macau

For Memorial Day weekend, we decided at the last minute to check HK + Macau off our Asia to-do list. ¬†This hastily planned trip was also Prince Henry the Navigator’s maiden voyage (outside Japan, that is) and a BIG learning experience for all of us ūüôā If we flew by the seat of our pants…

My first Mother’s Day

I almost forgot that I’m part of the club this year! ¬†It’s kind of like suddenly realizing you get to celebrate another birthday, only sweeter. ¬†All I really wanted to do was sleep in, which I did (until 11:30). ¬†The boys and I brunched at the Officer’s Club on base. ¬†I’m starting to love Officer’s…