• Sherwood Family Nonsense

    We're a diplomatic family traveling the world. Dad represents the US government in Baku, while the rest of us (Mom and four children) stay home living off his largesse.


  • Happy Birthday, Sophia!

    Happy Birthday, Sophia!

    This week we celebrated Sophia's birthday. Twelve doesn't have the same significance now that children transition from primary to the youth program at the... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Family Home Evening in the Pool

    Spring here in Tashkent has been rather uneven. Of course, spring is a season of uneven weather - never does the weather slowly warm up in a perfectly rational... Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Easing Up

    Friday morning, I bundled the kids - complete with masks - into the car, and we left the house. As we drove through the neighborhood, everyone started commentin... Read more

    Posted on 10 May 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    This week Eleanor turned six. Uzbekistan has loosened up their lockdown this week, but all the fun places are still closed. It made for a pretty quiet birthday... Read more

    Posted on 03 May 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • A Breath of Normalcy

    Breath Normalcy

    One of the small tragedies of quarantine in Uzbekistan has been my yard. Last year I spent a lot of time and money getting pots, dirt, and flowers for the yard. Read more

    Posted on 26 April 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Easter


    We had a very lovely Easter, despite the cold and rainy weather. After teasing everyone with warm spring weather, Tashkent treated us to a late snowstorm... Read more

    Posted on 12 April 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Treading Water

    It feels like a wave has swept across the world. When the wave was far off, crashing across China, followed by Iran, and then Italy, we knew that it would make... Read more

    Posted on 05 April 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Uzbekistan Update

    Life here in Tashkent is strange. Inside the walls of our gate, life marches on in its usual progression of days. We all wake up every morning at our usual time. Read more

    Posted on 29 March 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Riding It Out

    Friday evening, Uzbek Air flew the first ever direct Tashkent to Washington flight. On it were about seventy friends, colleagues, and associates from the US... Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Rsv

    We have all been trading colds for the past month. Many friends traveled over Christmas break and everyone brought back sicknesses, including a nasty cold that... Read more

    Posted on 15 March 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Coronavirus and Travel Plans

    We haven't made a habit of living in popular tourist destinations for the majority of Brandon's Foreign Service career. With the exception of Cairo, most... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Elizabeth Update

    Elizabeth Update

    Elizabeth continues to be a charming baby, and I decided recently that she is enjoyable 23 3/4 hours of the day. And some days she's just pleasant the entire... Read more

    Posted on 01 March 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Snow Play Saturday

    Snow Play Saturday

    This Saturday we finally made it back up to the mountains. I like that Uzbekistan has mountains, but they're much less convenient than they were in Tajikistan. Read more

    Posted on 01 March 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Halfway Done

    We have now been in Tashkent for eighteen months and have eighteen months left. One one hand, this feels like a long time, and on the other it feels like we jus... Read more

    Posted on 23 February 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Life Lesson: Don't Stick Pencil Leads in Your Ear

    I have no idea why children stick things in various orifices. I don't understand what causes them to look at a small item (bean, bead, seed, etc) and think,... Read more

    Posted on 23 February 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, William!

    Happy Birthday, William!

    This week we celebrated William's birthday. I find it so strange that my penultimate baby is three years old. This means that I have will only have one more... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Badminton

    When Kathleen reached sixth grade, I added exercising to her daily routine. Exercising is a life skill that everyone can benefit from, so I used my dictatorial... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday to Me

    This year I turned thirty-eight which is starting to sound like a lot of years. I am the same age as my mother in law when she sent her oldest son on a... Read more

    Posted on 26 January 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Amirsoy


    Yesterday we went up to the mountains for the first time this winter. Although I really don't like winter (the only real use of winter is to bring spring), I... Read more

    Posted on 19 January 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • In Defense of Ritalin

    My family has a history of ADD. Brandon's family does too, so it isn't surprising that two of our children suffer from it also. Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2020 FAMILY, PARENTING