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Rain, grapes, and fall colors

Susana and I took a rainy afternoon walk around our new neighborhood – the leaves are just starting to change colors as we enter into autumn here…

Czersk Castle

Susan read that there was a castle only 20 minutes away from our home in Warsaw, so we took a trip out there. We liked it so much we returned this weekend to catch a Medieval Faire going on!

Welcome to Poland!

So we made it! We are now at the American School of Warsaw, and jumping in with both feet. Our incoming class of new teachers has had quite a bit of fun getting to know each other, and we’ve had full social calendars for the first few weeks. Lots of vodka has been involved.

First day of school 2015

First year of only one kid in the shot. After years of taking pictures with his sister, Breck shines on his own in Poland Update! It was great of Alea to send us one from Montana too!

Off to Poland!

Breck takes advantage of airport wifi, while missing his big sister (symbolized by the empty seat next to him). This will be our first new home as a family of only 3, and it already feels weird.

Summer 2015

So there was soooo much going on – we traveled to Chicago (in the previous post), we drove out to Montana with Christy and the girls, she and Rob got married, we prepped Alea for college, and we finalized everything for our move to Poland. Couple with that the fact that our truck threw its […]

Cookie Cop 2.0

The long-awaited sequel is finally out. See what a weekend at the grandparents’ lake cabin can produce?

Father’s Day visit to Chicago

Susan, Breck, and I ran over to Chicago this past weekend to see Robert and Christy and all the kids. We managed to squeeze in a day at Great America, a visit to the Field Museum, and a Cubs game, so I think we did pretty well!

End of year (and end of an era) party

Our time in Jakarta is drawing to a close, and what better way to celebrate than with a 70’s party?! The drinks flowed, the disco hustled, and – of course – the clothes got swapped.

Alea’s high school graduation!

Alea finishes up her years at JIS with a beautiful evening of pomp!

Last day of school pictures together

Well, today is the day. After 12 years, Breck and Alea drove with me to school this morning for the last time. Alea graduates on Saturday, leaves on Monday for the US, and enrolls at Montana State University in the fall. Breck, Susan, and I are in Jakarta for another 2 weeks before summer vacation […]

Schoolpix through the years

We’ve had a tradition of taking a “first day of school” and “last day of school” picture of the kids through the years, and it has been really fun to watch them grow up. Here are the shots, taken in Serbia, the US, India, and Indonesia over the past 12 years:

Linsea and the Lizard

Linsea caught a lizard in the yard today, so we put it in a bottle for her to “play” with but not injure. She had quite a lot of fun!

BAHS reunion in Jakarta

A group of ’87 BAHS graduates got together in Jakarta yesterday to share memories, stories, and plans for the future. We’ve not seen each other in nearly 30 years (!!), and have been talking about doing this for quite some time, so it was wonderful to finally make this happen. It is a great reminder […]

Susan’s 50th birthday!

Had our Puncak cabin crew over to help break in the new Groovy Gecko bar, say goodbyes for the four of us leaving, and not-really-celebrate Susan’s birthday. Thanks to Alea for all the help with organization and taking great pictures – we have such great friends and such super kids!  

Fourplay party!

Great Fourplay party this afternoon, with super food and drink, slippery floors, and even the muff bag! Our group has had a few members move on over the years, but also gained a few babies, so all is good.  

The new Groovy Gecko bar is here!

We’re inaugurating the new Groovy Gecko bar today – it came in time for all the end of year parties, and will travel with us to Poland this summer! We had it custom-built here in Jakarta as a memento of fun times around our outdoor bar: curved face, folding wings, glass top, and even engraved […]

Alea’s graduation pictures

Alea and I spent yesterday afternoon exploring the JIS campus and taking some pictures. We wanted something that could go in her graduation announcement, and had fun checking out some different places and poses. Here are some of the pictures that will NOT be in her grad announcement – that one will be a surprise. […]

Sunset over Bali

For all you all traveling this May Day weekend, here’s a little light from our last Lombok visit to warm your hearts. This was our first sunset of the week, with mist, haze, and rays cuddling Bali’s Mount Agung as the waves crash on Gili Trawangan. Ahhh….

Jogjakarta school trip

Our school takes a week without walls-type trip every year, and so we headed out to Indonesia’s cultural center with 200 6th graders. We got to visit ancient temples, go white-water rafting, view traditional dances, and just do all sorts of fun stuff to wrap up the school year (and our time in Indonesia).

Pikes on Parade

Dug up this old photo for one of those Throw Back Thursday things on Facebook. Northwestern, homecoming, must’ve been 1990? I believe this was even printed in the Sun-Times..

2006 Innova V for sale

We are selling our family’s vehicle as we prepare to move from Jakarta. It is an automatic transmission, gas (not diesel), seats 5 comfortably with 2 additional “fold down” type seats in the back area, full AC, power windows/locks, radio/CD/cassette(!) player, and is black. When we bought it, there were 77,000km on it; the mileage […]

Travesty of Justice

Bitter result of our colleagues’ trial this week. Corrupt legal system at the absolute lowest form. No evidence, no plausibility: no matter. She who pays the most wins. I’ve copied some excerpts from articles that have appeared in the last few days for friends and family around the world who haven’t seen them. A lot […]

Last Diving off Gili Trawangan

Our final spring break in Indonesia, and we went to one of our favorite places for a week of diving and relaxation.

Afternoon at the Museum

We headed downtown on a sunny Sunday to take in the Indonesian National Museum.