About

In a Nutshell...


The adventure in Australia was only supposed to last twelve months. After a year of study as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, I received a Master of Environmental Science from the Australian National University. This led to a year as a research fellow in the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society after which I accepted a position with ANUgreen, the campus sustainability office. After a terrific career, lots of travel, two babies, and nearly a decade of calling Canberra home, we finally made the agonizing decision to return to the US in 2014. The Adventures continue as always....the Down Under part lives on in our hearts forever.

 

Who We Are...


Jenn

I'm a big fan of children, food, books, travel, nature, crafts and the occasional quiet moment to myself.  I try to make the world a better place by living mindfully, parenting conscientiously, consuming sustainably, laughing frequently and loving unconditionally.  I get a little better at it every day.





Brian

Never doing anything just because that's how everybody else does it, Brian is always coming up with clever ideas and challenging pursuits.  He loves urban farming, cycling, building stuff, beekeeping and brewing.  He's also an uber talented software geek and father extraordinaire. 




Riker 

The one who turned our lives upside down in the best way possible, our first born has taken us for the ride of our lives and most days we're happy to just hold on and feel the wind (and sticky fingers) on our cheeks.  Thoughtful, eloquent, charismatic and oh so much fun to be around, Riker has taught me more than I could have imagined.



Ari

Good natured, spunky, spirited and decisive, Ari may be the baby, but he's not about to let anyone get in his way!  He adores his big brother and for all their tussles and quarrels, I just know they are going to be best mates.




Why I Blog...


I started blogging in late 2005 when I was generously sponsored by the Cleveland Rotary Club to travel to Australia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  This blog originated as a forum to keep Rotarians, family and friends up to date on my studies and travels.  All these years later it has morphed into a forum for me to share photos and family stories along with various thoughts on parenting topics (and still the odd bit of travel here and there thankfully).

Blogging is a creative outlet for me and with two young children, a hobby that is portable and sentimental is pretty much the only kind of hobby that gets much attention! I hope that one day my children will enjoy this documentary of their young lives and will perhaps also gain an understanding of the choices we make on their behalf. 

I write about lots of things but mostly I chronicle the moments worth celebrating.  Every day has its moments of stress, impatience, frustration and friction.  And every day offers a wealth of brilliant moments if only I'm able to slow down and pay attention.  It may appear at times that all of our Adventures Down Under are shiny and happy and wonderful.  This of course is not the case, but in most instances I choose not to relay the bumpy parts of the journey because my time is limited and childhood is precious. I'd rather capture the small joys that I might otherwise forget if I don't put them into words. 

So whether you're a regular reader or have just popped by from elsewhere in the virtual world, I'm pleased you're visiting.  I love to hear from my readers and welcome comments. Thanks for stopping by!



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