Fun at Home, and Leaving Again Family

I’ve had a few people ask about how things are going with our decision to stay home, rather than take our road trip. I have to say, they are going quite well!

I have been working a lot more the past week or so on my business, because it’s the busy season right now for music teachers. Teachers everywhere are thinking about scheduling and getting their studio ready for the coming school year. So I’ve been doing a lot of marketing, sending out special offers, purchasing banner ad space and e-mail blasts, and more. It already looks like it’s starting to pay off, so that’s good.

Despite the fact that I’ve been working more (I clocked 23 hours last week!), it seems like we’ve been spending more time together as a family, too. Here’s a list of some of the things we did this week:

  • Played board games, including a word/spelling game, checkers, and more.
  • Played croquet in the back yard (Well, Marie got tired of it, but Emily played)
  • Played imaginary games with stuffed animals
  • Went to Gardner Village, rode ponies, and enjoyed the petting zoo.
  • Played catch with a big purple ball – in the living room!
  • Went to the library and read books to the kids
  • Watched a movie together – in Spanish! (Tarzan 2)
  • Went bowling, then out to dinner at Applebee’s, then grocery shopping
  • Ate every meal together (except breakfast)

I’m sure I’m forgetting some things, but it’s been a fun week. Jen and I have also been reading together for about 1-2 hours each day, about education and family, and have had some interesting discussions both in the afternoon, and at night before bed.

So, now that we’ve figured out how to have fun as a family even when we’re not out of the country, does this mean we’re going to stay here forever? Not a chance! In fact, we’ve already decided where we want to go on our next international trip, and we’re planning on living there for at least 6 months, starting in January. We may even take a shorter trip there next month to scout out a place to rent. We’ve spent quite a bit of time looking into it this week. I’m not going to share where we’re going quite yet, but will spill the beans as soon as we have a few more of the details worked out. We’re getting excited!

Brandon is a location independent entrepreneur, musician, worldschooling father, and the principal author of this blog. He's all about reaching his potential and enjoying life to the fullest in each moment.


  1. Wow, you came to that decision quickly. I’m guessing it will be somewhere in South America again where you can speak Spanish.

  2. What a fabulous life you guys are creating for yourselves.

    Can’t wait to see you next week.

    (And congrats on the business success that is supporting your lifestyle)

  3. Jennifer Pearce Says: August 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I’m glad we have been able to focus on enjoying so much time together. I am also very excited for our next international adventure. I think it is fascinating the ways different cultures can affect you. I’ve found that I can learn and experience things away from home that can sometimes be a lot harder to come by otherwise.

  4. I am so happy for you guys that you are able to spend so much time together!! Maybe one day we’ll be able to get there… for now I’ll enjoy the daily 3 1/2 hours I get to see my family. Haha

  5. Lisa McLachlan Says: August 8, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Well, that sounds like a lot of fun. I’m glad you have decided to wait until January, so we can hopefully see you over the holidays. Keep up the good work!

  6. Hey Brandon, I didn’t know you had a blog…. altho I’m not surprised! it was so good to see you, I added your blog to my list, I hope that is ok. You all look so happy, I wish I could spend that kind of time with Chris, oh well I guess that the little amount of time we do get to spend together makes us appreciate it even more!

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