• 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, Kathleen

    Happy Birthday, Kathleen

    While we were in the US, Kathleen turned fifteen years old. We were at my parents' house, so she got to celebrate the day with her grandparents. Her cousin was... Read more

    Posted on 12 September 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • R&R 2021: Lots of People, Lots of Fun, and a Fail

    R&R 2021: Lots People, Fun, Fail

    Editor's note. Our R R this year was technically home leave, but I'm still going to call it R R. Nobody cares about State Department's arcane labeling except th... Read more

    Posted on 05 September 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Best-Laid Plans

    I am a planner. I love planning and logistics and booking plane tickets and finding rental houses and putting items on the calendar and making schedules,... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • All Alone, Again

    Today, Brandon and I woke up at 8:00. After making sure the smaller children got breakfast, we showered, dressed, made sure everyone else was dressed, and... Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Hiking Fail

    Hiking Fail

    A few weeks ago, we had a holiday. The children had finished school the week before, so we decided to celebrate by doing something fun. While discussion what... Read more

    Posted on 13 June 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Change of Plans

    We've been anticipating our departure from Tashkent for quite a few months now. I've gone on two shopping weekends to get all of the treasures that I just... Read more

    Posted on 06 June 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Girls' Weekend, Part Two

    Girls' Weekend, Part

    As I was driving up to my friend's house at the conclusion of our last girls weekend, she turned to me with an excited face, "Do you want to go to Bukhara to... Read more

    Posted on 30 May 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Sophia!

    Happy Birthday, Sophia!

    This week, Sophia turned thirteen, which means that I now have two teenagers in my house. When I mentioned this to Sophia, she looked at me with a somewhat... Read more

    Posted on 23 May 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Tashkent: Best and Worst

    We're starting to wrap up our tour here in Tashkent, with our departure date two months away. A tour always seems like it was short when we're at the end of... Read more

    Posted on 16 May 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Fruit Season

    For the last two months, I've been dreaming of strawberries. Every time I would pull out another tired apple or orange from the refrigerator, I would count dow... Read more

    Posted on 09 May 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor!

    Eleanor turned seven this week. I have always regarded Eleanor as being the oldest of my three babies. I've been able to maintain that illusion for several year... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Girls' Weekend

    Girls' Weekend

    In the Foreign Service, there are various posts that have lots of interesting local handicrafts to buy, and these place are often referred to as 'shopping... Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The End of an Era

    Elizabeth turns eighteen months this week, which means that she is definitely no longer a baby. She hasn't been a baby for quite some time, but I don't think I... Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Welcome, Spring (for Real This Time)

    Welcome, Spring (for Real This Time)

    Back in February, we thought that spring had arrived. It was early for Tashkent, but I remember experiencing an equally early spring back in Dushanbe, so I... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Buzkashi


    Brandon and I have wanted to go to a buzkashi game ever since we first heard about them before moving to Dushanbe. Buzkashi is a Central Asian game that is... Read more

    Posted on 28 March 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Maldives


    A few years ago, Brandon and I took the children to Dubai. It was the first time we'd taken a trip where we weren't visiting family. Read more

    Posted on 14 March 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Groundhog Was Wrong

    When we moved to Dushanbe back in 2014, I geared myself up for a long, cold winter. After all, Dushanbe is right next to the mountains and in Central Asia, so... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday, William!

    Happy Birthday, William!

    Today William turned four. His birthday is actually this coming week, but I'm not a stickler about doing things on their exact dates if other dates are more... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Elizabeth, the Reluctant Walker

    Elizabeth, Reluctant Walker

    I love when my babies reach mobility milestones. I always excitedly watch for when they learn to roll over, then sit up, then crawl, and finally walk. Read more

    Posted on 31 January 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Happy Birthday to Me

    Happy Birthday

    This week I turned 39 years old. As birthdays go, it was a pretty good one. Since I'm the teacher, principal, guidance counselor, and school nurse, I used my... Read more

    Posted on 24 January 2021 FAMILY, PARENTING