Leesburg, Ohio; Day 10

The Adventurers went through some classic Halloween traditions today. First, we completed the carved pumpkins that were picked out a few days ago. Then we assembled our costumes, props and attitudes for the night. Then we were off to find trouble candy. Our first stop was to visit Aunt Tara who promptly fed everyone withContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio; Day 10”

Leesburg, Ohio; Day 9

Today was another birthday in the 5 Adventurers family – this one for Tiffany and she had a great day. To start, Tiffany’s Mom took her to the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati to see the musical stage production of Pretty Woman. After being away from stage shows for a couple years due to the pandemic,Continue reading “Leesburg, Ohio; Day 9”

Leesburg, Ohio; Day 8

Today continued our themes of school and Halloween and added a little vaccines to the mix. Today’s Halloween activity was some arts and craft kits supplied by Tiffany’s sister Tara. The kids loved making these houses and spent a lot of the day building and painting them. Suaram’s costume arrived so they also spent timeContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio; Day 8”

Leesburg, Ohio; Day 7

We jumped into the Halloween adventures with gusto today. Rain was in the forecast so we took an extended break during school and headed over to the local pumpkin patch. The kids picked out some good carving pumpkins and a couple small ones and had a great time checking out the other activities the farmContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio; Day 7”

Leesburg, Ohio; Day 6

Shopping and school today. Since the approval of the COVID-19 Vaccine for kids 5-11 seems imminent, we’ve decided to keep having US based adventures until we can get the kids their two jabs. That keeps us in the country at least through the end of November The thing about November in the Midwest is thatContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio; Day 6”

Leesburg, Ohio; Day 4

Just because we’re traveling the world doesn’t mean we get to ignore good dental health. That means today’s adventure was teeth cleaning for everyone. Tiffany’s Dad was able to get 5 cleaning appointments at a dentist in Georgetown so these Adventurers headed out before the sun was fully up to get there on time. LotsContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio; Day 4”

Leesburg, Ohio; Day 3

A quiet day today. We (ad)ventured out to nearby Hillsboro for lunch with Mamoh and Tara at the Japanese Steakhouse. It not only had a tasty hibachi, it gave the California kids a chance to get some sushi for only the second time in 10 weeks. They gobbled it down before we remembered to getContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio; Day 3”

Leesburg, Ohio; Day 2

The Adventurers are staying at Tiffany’s mother’s (aka Mamoh’s) house in Leesburg for the weekend. The house sits on a working farm in Southern Ohio. Originally purchased by her grandparents in 1913 with over 100+ acres, Mamoh spent her childhood and the last 25 years here. She has many wonderful stories about growing up inContinue reading “Leesburg, Ohio; Day 2”

Georgetown, Ohio; Day 4

Grandma Nancy and Tiffany’s sister Aunt Tracy were pressed into duty as teachers for the kids today. These former teachers were happy to take the kids on a field trip to the historic sites in Georgetown. They went to the boyhood home of former President Ulysses S. Grant and received a tour of the homeContinue reading “Georgetown, Ohio; Day 4”

Georgetown, Ohio; Day 3

A quiet Georgetown day. The kids played with Suaram’s birthday gifts, Brian and Tiffany took care of some administrative tasks. We were back to school in the afternoon and started a new class book. This time it’s Armstrong Sperry’s Call It Courage. Although there was some complaining from a couple of students about the selection,Continue reading “Georgetown, Ohio; Day 3”

Georgetown, Ohio; Day 2

Today was Suaram’s birthday! The 5 Adventurers celebrated her all day with a birthday banner, a birthday shirt and a big family dinner with all her Ohio Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents. It was so fantastic that everyone traveled an hour on a school/work night for her special evening. Brian made her favorite garlic shrimpContinue reading “Georgetown, Ohio; Day 2”

Lemont, Illinois; Day 2

Sunday at Lori’s house gave the Adventurers plenty of opportunities to play board games and to relax.  The day began for the kids in pajamas/nightgowns playing the Game of Life and ended with Monopoly. Between these games were Candyland, Connect4, Battleship, Qbitz and Operation.  The kids were in heaven. Despite the time spent on theseContinue reading “Lemont, Illinois; Day 2”

Lemont, Illinois; Day 1

Today the 5 Adventurers drove Jeremy Picklepants south about 100 miles to Lemont, IL. It is a charming town in the greater Chicago area and the home of one of Brian’s good friends from college and her daughter. They have a gorgeous house originally built in the 1880’s and so many board games tjat theContinue reading “Lemont, Illinois; Day 1”

West Allis/Milwaukee, WI; Day 1

Today was a quiet day for the Adventurers recovering from a 14 hours of travel and a late night yesterday. We slept in at the airport hotel in Milwaukee and then walked 10 minutes to Denny’s for a familiar Grand Slam breakfast. Even though our ten weeks in Central America flew by, we’re still adjustingContinue reading “West Allis/Milwaukee, WI; Day 1”

Panama City, Panama; Day 5

Today the 5 Adventurers bid adios to Central America. We have been out of the US since August but it honestly doesn’t feel like 10 weeks. We spent 10+ hours traveling to Milwaukee today, so we don’t have much to describe. There were no hassles with immigration or customs. We had some extra space onContinue reading “Panama City, Panama; Day 5”

Panama City, Panama; Day 3

Today we got to do our field trip to the Miraflores Visitor Center for our school’s Panama Canal Unit. The school staff/parents were more excited than the kids but in the end, we all were very impressed. There were some adjustments due to COVID-19 so we didn’t get to see the IMAX movie which wasContinue reading “Panama City, Panama; Day 3”

Playa Blanca, Panama; Day 1

Our traveling day today took us 350 km from Boquete to a nice beach spot called Playa Blanca. We spent a little over 4 hours on our old friend the Pan-American Highway and passed through David and Santiago, two of the larger cities in the country. We packed a lunch but a couple of hoursContinue reading “Playa Blanca, Panama; Day 1”

Boquete, Panama; Day 22

Today we did school and finished our first class study book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Shortly after that, Brian and Tiffany had something that felt like a rabbit hole experience. While the kids played math games at the end of school, the teachers moved to the ‘lounge’ aka the living room and struck up aContinue reading “Boquete, Panama; Day 22”

Boquete, Panama; Day 21

Another school day today – math, language arts and another portion of the Panama Unit. Brian continues to invest quite a bit of time in preparing his lesson including today’s 6 PowerPoint slides. Suaram’s take away was that Dad was MUCH better at slides than she’d ever realized and had some cool techniques she didn’tContinue reading “Boquete, Panama; Day 21”

Boquete, Panama; Day 18

Aside from the Spanish immersion classes in August, the 5 Adventurers also installed Duo Lingo to their devices to improve their intake of foreign languages. Tiffany and Brian have continued to dabble on the app but prefer the real world to build that language “muscle”. For the kids, however, they go beyond mere dabbling. TheyContinue reading “Boquete, Panama; Day 18”

Boquete, Panama; Day 17

As we hit October today it was mostly small administrative Adventures. For one, we are now an official homeschool according to the State of California. Part of the requirement is to send in a form some time between Oct 1 and Oct 15th. Since the timing is not the start of the year and weContinue reading “Boquete, Panama; Day 17”