#thegreatgriffithmigration2017 167 Posts

It was so lovely and warm today, even though the sky was pretty overcast we all accidentally got a little sun. We spent the afternoon wading in tide pools, and wandering along the water. It’s so fun having kids that are big enough to not need to worry about them drowning themselves, or flinging themselves off the walls. 😬 #Cadiz #cadizspain #idolovetobebesidetheseaside #tidepools #spanishcoast #southofspain #worldtraveller #worldtravel #expatlife #citizensoftheworld #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #parentingteens #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
I know that there are a lot of people who are excited for Fall, but man I’m clinging to Summer with a death grip. It’s too Fall like in Madrid to pretend it’s anything else, but Rota didn’t seem to get the memo, so spending the afternoon napping on the warm sand felt like heaven to me. I’ve been to beaches all over the world, and I’ve decided my favorite is whichever I’m on at the moment, because it’s pretty hard to have a bad beach day. #spain #rotaspain #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #lifesabeach #givemesummer #sunset #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily
Hahaha! I didn’t expect this picture to see the light of day, because I hate when people make us pose, but this one made me laugh too hard. The guide told us to put our arms in the air, which is not us/is cheesy, so we obliged, but not excessively willingly. It was only afterwards that I noticed Emmie’s raised arm pose is a mid movement cheerleader pose, isaac is very literal and followed the instructions to the letter, and Paul and I were apparently instructed by the police to raise our arms. 😂 #yourenotthebossofme #posedpicturesaretheworst #morocco #ridingcamels #worldtravel #worldtraveller #stoporillshoot #expatlife #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #icanshowyoutheworld #parentingteens #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
Today was amazing! We had to come down to the south of Spain sometime in October, (to Rota naval base,) because Paul needs to take his annual fitness test, and this was the closest US military installation where he could have it be administered. He had a 4 day weekend at school, because of a Spanish Holiday today (on Thursday, but Paul’s school decided to roll Friday into it too) and the kids had Thursday off as well, (we just pulled them out of school for Friday) so we decided this was the perfect weekend to come down since the naval base isn’t taking Friday off. We left Wednesday after school, and drove the 6 hours down to Rota last night, and got up before the crack of dawn this morning, in order to take a day trip to Morocco! This is Paul and the kids’ first time in Africa, and my first time in Northern Africa. We were able to take a 45 minute long ferry ride over, and we met up with a guide that came recommended by the community on the naval base. He took us all over and we learned so much about Morocco that we didn’t know. These pictures are from the spot where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea meet each other. Some days I’m pretty sure we are the luckiest people on earth with the opportunities we have had! #worldtraveller #worldtravel #citizensoftheworld #expatlife #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #parentingteens #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #morocco #tangier
We are in Segovia today, it’s about an hour away from Madrid, and AMAZING. It has Roman ruins, medieval walls, and renaissance architecture all integrated together. This is the cathedral, which is in the heart of the city. #citizensoftheworld #worldtraveller #expatlife #spain #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #segovia #segoviacathedral
I was inspired by @thebadhousewife to tackle the last of the weaving section of the studio today, and I'm so excited to have it done and organized. It's so much space!!! I have room to refinish furniture, and to set up extra tables for crafting, or photographing things, and I have all my weaving, painting, and screen-printing things at hand now, and I'm excited to be able to get to work. I just need to finish the sewing and fabric part of the room now, and I'm all moved in! #weaving #weaversofinstagram #weaver #artist #maker #makersgonnamake #handweaver #handwoven #painter #fiberart #fiberartist #weavingstudio #artstudio #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #moving #spain #madrid #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcefamily #airforcelife #pcslife #pcsproblems #pcs
There's not a filter that's going to make this better, and I've obviously procrastinated posting #sewphotohop day 6, for a day, because I'm still so frustrated by the space, but then I've decided that, no.. this is actually a good thing to post, because it's a window into a military family's life. This is what my sewing stuff looks like, after.every.move. As organized, and as tidy as I have my studio before the movers come, this is what it looks like after they pack and unpack it for me. I always end up with items from all over the house packed in with my studio stuff (and visa versa) and drawers of things that were organized before, end up all jumbled together and wrecked. I have fabric that was perfectly folded and organized by type, stuffed into wads and often stained or damaged by what they packed it with. I would love to be able to solve the problem by packing for myself, but when you move internationally, (our last 3 moves) you can't. The movers want to lay hands on, and pack everything, since they are responsible for all damage, they don't want us to pack anything and will open and repack anything we have packed. Anyway, when your stuff is delivered, the unpacking crew won't put anything away, they literally open and dump boxes wherever they are. In the US, we don't have them unpack at all, so we can do it slowly and carefully and then just recycle the boxes, or post them on Craigslist for free. That doesn't exist here in Spain, and we had no way of arranging a free bulk pickup, so the movers opened and dumped everything. I have spent the last month we've been in the house getting the main house clean and unpacked, and the studio has been completely neglected. Now that the kids are back at school, and the house is nearly finished on the inside (the master bedroom is the only unfinished inside room) this is where my attention can go. Not going to lie, I feel overwhelmed and daunted beyond belief over where to start. It's bad enough when you make the mess, but when someone else has done it, it's the worst. #moving #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #pcslife #pcsproblems #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
I'm working on unpacking my studio today, I've got all my weaving supplies set up tidily now, (swipe for an after picture) which makes me want to weave so badly, but I definitely need to get on cleaning the rest of the room first. This is the worst part of moving for me, dealing with the mess and lack of organization that the movers have left me with. #beforeandafter #crafty #crafter #studio #artist #fiberartist #weaver #weavingstudio #maker #makersgonnamake #moving #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spain #madrid #sewcrafty #sewcialist #badhousewivesofinstagram
First day of school for the 2017-2018 school year! I cannot believe I have a senior this year, as it genuinely doesn't seem real! Most of my friends/peers/people I grew up with are celebrating kids entering middle school, or maybe having a freshman, so I guess I haven't mentally gotten there yet! Isaac is excited to get back to school, as he always misses the learning and the structure when school is out. (It's his jam, and he always thrives in that environment.) Emmie is a Junior this year, and she's ready to get out and make some friends! For besties my kids couldn't be more different, she's hoping to make it into an art class, and a yoga class, (they don't get their schedules until today.) and to dive straight into meeting friends. (She does a good job with her other classes too, she's just excited about different things.) Neither of them seemed nervous which is either a miracle or really great acting, because I think I would be freaking out on the first day of school, at a new school, in a new country, but they were acting like they've got it handled. 🤜🏻🤛🏻 #parentingteens #firstdayofschool #senioryear #junioryear #spain #madrid #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #airforcefamily #airforcelife #militaryfamily #militarylife
Okay, sorry for the photo spam today, but Avila, and the renaissance festival were amazing. There was so much energy, and some incredible displays of talent, and beautiful buildings, and fun costumes, etc. isaac bought some cool fossils from a super new age guy, we got a wooden puppet for the little boys, we ate all the food, it was my favorite experience so far in Spain. I feel like we're the luckiest family ever today, that this is our real life. #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #airforcefamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #renaissancefaire #avila #expatlife #citizensoftheworld #icanshowyoutheworld #roadtrip
I feel like there may be some sort of disconnect eating pork middle eastern food, but man was it tasty. #foodtourism #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spain #avila #parentingteens #eatallthefood #renaissancefaire #kebab #yum #militaryfamily #airforcefamily
We walked around the whole perimeter of the walls of Avila, and the whole thing is in such perfect condition, it looks like it has to be fake, and made recently for a movie. #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #airforcefamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #spain #avila #expatlife #citizensoftheworld #icanshowyoutheworld
Avila cathedral was so unassuming on the outside, we had no idea what we were about to walk into, I had goosebumps and a stomach ache the whole time we were in there, it was so achingly beautiful. It is by far and away, the most beautiful cathedral I have ever been in. There was so much intact original painting and murals, with scale and volume like I've never seen before. There were entire sections of gold leafing still intact, contrasted by stone and white carvings. There were beautiful historic textiles, and everything was curated and displayed to perfection. It was so huge inside, with vast expanses mixed with quiet reverent spaces, I cannot imagine not feeling religious in that building regardless of your belief system. THIS is where I'll be bringing guests to show them the cathedrals of Spain. #medieval #citizensoftheworld #worldtraveler #icanshowyoutheworld #spain #expatlife #avila #avilacathedral #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #cathedral #thegreatgriffithmigration2017
Avila has a special regional treat called a Yemas de Avila, it's an egg yolk, that is a custard in some way, (that it's still in a yoke shape,) but doesn't have an egg yolk texture, and is syrupy sweet. #avila #yemasdeavila #citizensoftheworld #yum #icanshowyoutheworld #worldtraveler #spain #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #foodtourism #militarylife #militarywife #militaryfamily #airforcewife #airforcelife #airforcefamily #expatlife
We're in Avila Spain today, and it has genuinely been the most amazing, beautiful place we've been in Spain so far (visitors had better plan on being brought here) the city walls are from the 11th-14th centuries, and they are a UNESCO world heritage site for their completeness and how beautiful they are. #citizensoftheworld #worldtraveler #expatlife #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #spain #avila #unesco #parentingteens #icanshowyoutheworld #militarywife #militarylife #militaryfamily #airforcelife #airforcewife #airforcefamily #ilovemyairman #medieval
My high school senior. ❤️ I love that he's still happy to take pictures with me, and pretend like he still likes me at least. 😬 #parentingteens #seetheworld #icanshowyoutheworld #thegreatgriffithmigration2017 #elescorial #expatlife #worldtraveler #citizensoftheworld