Bonjour! I’m going to let you in on who we are and what our not-so-ordinary family travel blog is really about.
We are a family of five from the suburbs of Chicago getting ready to travel across the world to start a new chapter of our lives in France. Every day, I’m going to take some time, retreat to my nice, organized, writing space to slowly write down all of my well-put-together thoughts…HA! I can’t even keep a straight face while typing that! I mean, seriously, at any given moment at least one of our littles throwing a rage fit about something while I try to make some chicken scratch notes on a Post-It that I may or may not be able to track down in an hour. But, join us and we’ll get through this together while we all learn something new, more than likely over a glass of wine once the kids are finally in bed.
While we prepare for our move we’ll give you all the details on the messy mountain of paperwork and the extensive legwork that goes into an international move. Once we make it to Europe, we’ll be taking you with us to all the best family-friendly events and locations all over Europe. We’ll share all of our noteworthy adventures and even our epic screw-ups. My goal is to give parents hope that it really is possible to see the world without waiting for an empty nest.
Here’s a quick introduction to us
I’m Toni. I’m American, a wife, writer and illustrator. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation that racked up thousands of dollars of student loan debt. But it’s okay, because I used that degree to become a stay-at-home-mom… Yeah. But, don’t get me wrong. I love being able to stay home and raise my kids. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I just really miss lunch breaks. Hell, I miss solo bathroom breaks! But, I digress. I am a far-from-perfect mama who hates laundry and loves wine and I curse too much.
My husband, Carlos is a Web developer. He’s originally from Colombia and moved to the U.S. as a child. He made the decision to switch careers and managed to teach himself a whole new set of skills. I don’t know how he managed, but he did it. He finally was able to break into the industry, which wasn’t an easy thing to do. He’s also my best friend.
We’ve always dreamed of traveling someday. Someday we’d be able to finish a thought and then maybe we’d think about the possibility. Someday is a shit word. Sometimes, someday doesn’t happen. My first bit of advice, don’t wait for someday. If it’s important to you, put every ounce of energy you have left into making it happen. I lost my dad in my twenties and since then we have become a hell of a lot more brave. Life is too damn short for “someday.” Anyways, we finally decided that it was time to start planning our escape. We know it will be difficult uprooting our lives (that’s an understatement), but the end result would be worth it. We’ll be experiencing whole new cultures, eating crêpes and croissants at outdoor cafes, living a slower paced life, and escaping that live-to-work state of mind.
So, if you are dreaming of a new start, you need tips on traveling with kids, you’re looking for some fun family-friendly adventure ideas while on holiday, or if you just want something interesting to read while you drink your wine and try to gain some sanity back after the kids finally fall asleep, you’re in the right place. Welcome. Bienvenue!
Some miscellaneous info about us, just for fun:
- My husband and I share a favorite hobby, video games. We have spent hours upon hours exploring the wasteland, escaping Rapture, and adventuring across Tamriel.
- I grew up in a little town outside of Chicago, Illinois. My husband grew up in a small town in Colombia. Each of our children was born in a different U.S. state.
- We have been near rock bottom. We’ve been on government assistance, and we’ve had to borrow money from parents just to pay rent. Without family we could’ve been homeless with three kids. It was rough, but it’s finally working out. My husband was able to switch to his dream career.
- I love: classic movies, musicals, music from the 50s and 60s, the wizarding world, superheroes (Batman mostly), coffee and wine.
- Carlos loves: Hyrule, Rooster Teeth, the wizarding world and Guinness.