Monday, July 15, 2013

The Porch - Stacey from Boy, Oh, Boy, Oh, Boy!

I'm so excited to have Stacey here today! For some reason her post didn't publish last week and we both just realized it! I was a dummy and didn't even make sure it did what it was supposed to! She was on vacation and I was with extended family most of last week! 

Stacey is someone that I admire! I love her enthusiasm for her boys and she really thinks and sews some of the cutest boy stuff out there! Please welcome her to my "porch" today! 

Hi! I'm Stacey and I blog over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts where I mostly blog about sewing, crafts, and activities for my three boys.  Lately, I've branched out and started sewing a bit for myself which has been terrifying and exciting all at the same time.

What I don't write much about over there is my life as the wife of an American diplomat. While I think people might find it interesting, since the blog was started as my creative outlet, it just never really feels like it fits there. As I was thinking about what to write for today's post, and pondering what Vanessa and I might chat about, this seemed like the most interesting aspect of my life.  I know Vanessa and I would touch upon crafty things as some point and definitely end up talking about the raising of small boys. Since we've been living overseas for the last 6 years, it really all ties together
We first moved overseas when my oldest son was about 15 months old.  We lived in Athens, Greece for two years.  It was my first experience as a SAHM (how does one prepare for that?) as I had gone back to work as a teacher when he was 6 months old.  Before leaving, I had a few limited hours of language learning but I managed to learn enough that first year to get by at the local, outdoor markets and understand basic conversations.  That said, it was not nearly enough. I could have lived there for 10 years and would still pause and sing the Greek alphabet song in order to read a street sign.  I met some of the best friends a girl could have while living in this city, learned that words are rarely necessary to communicate most things, you can survive homesickness, and that life is good while you relax under an umbrella as your child plays in the waves.
Our second move was to Berlin, Germany.  Our second son had been born in Greece a few months before our departure so as usual, we were trying a bunch of new things all at the same time.  Germany was an entirely different experience.  I knew quite a bit more of the language after taking German in High School and College (it's actually where I met my husband) and I can not stress enough how helpful that was.  The change in weather and the shock of such a different culture where the challenges here.  Our saving grace from the anti-child atmosphere of the city, were the fabulous friends we made.  My oldest started preschool, we lived a block away from the amazing Grunewald Forest, and once we figured out where (and where not) children were acceptable, we loved living here.  Haha, so much so we ended up with baby number three.
Our last move was to Copenhagen, Denmark.  This seemed like both a very long tour and yet, so very quick.  Constant rain aside, this was an easy post.  It's amazing how much easier it is to deal with the stresses of living away from home, when everyone you meet speaks perfect English.  The only thing that could have made it better,besides the weather, (No really, I'm not exaggerating.  I don't buy the Danish saying, "No bad weather, only bad clothing". The weather just plain sucks) would have been the ability to take advantage of the local preschools.  Copenhagen has some wonderful places to visit but it is VERY expensive.  There's no denying it.  Since we didn't qualify for the school subsidy given to the rest of the city, it just wasn't in the budget.  This made for really long days at home with two very active toddlers while every other little kid was off at school.  That said, when the weather's good, nothing beats throwing the kids in the bucket of your Cargo bike and riding around the city visiting the beaches and amazing parks.  Not to mention the daily parade of horses coming by our house from the local horse riding school.  This adventure has seen our family grow from babies to school age children, we've traveled to some amazing places throughout Europe, and I know we only have amazing things in our future. We are truly blessed.

I'll leave you all for now.  I have to admit, I'm terrible at good byes.  Which is pretty darn ironic, I know, considering we move every two years.  I'm so glad Vanessa invited me over to "The Porch".  Hopefully I haven't rambled on and put you all to sleep.  Bye!


So fascinating, Stacey!!! Thank you so much for sharing that part of your life! What neat experiences you have gone through! Thanks for coming today and now I know who I can travel to see overseas one day! Haha! 

Be sure to check out Stacey's amazing blog! She's got the cutest stuff ever! Like this awesome Kimono style dress!