We did it! Another year managing our physical and mental health despite nearly 2 years of a global pandemic. Zoom continues to be a constant companion and we’re still walking the neighborhood loop to shake us out of the digital … Continue reading
Greetings from The Rietkerks in Southern California! The Rietkerk family has landed and set up home in rolling hills of Southern California. It took longer than we had first hoped…more than 9 months of looking, evaluating, making a few offers … Continue reading
We celebrated Lauren’s 21st birthday with the traditional fancy drink and merriment in the desert. Lindsey flew out from DC and joined Eva, Stephanie and me for fun in the sun and a little down time with the girls. Cheers Lauren! … Continue reading
We just celebrated the high school graduation of daughter number 2. It was a grand affair here in Germany. Several days of parties, lots of well wishes and hugs all around. As we prepared for the festivities, I thought about … Continue reading
Strike a pose Living overseas certainly has its challenges. For our high school senior, there seems to be a never-ending list of what she’s not getting because we are in Germany. One thing we were able to accomplish, senior pictures. … Continue reading
But first! Off to the castle for pictures. The Parsburg Castle afforded us a spectacular backdrop for candid shots and the kids looked great in the afternoon sun. The prom was held on a boat on the Danube and the kids were able to take a bus from the high school to the launch site. From 8pm to midnight, they danced and ate their way down the river. When it was over, Patrick’s mom Sonja picked up the 4 for an old-fashioned bonfire at their home. She then delivered LoLa to our home at 2:30am so they could drift off to sleep with smiles on their faces and happy memories in their dreams.