Welcome to the Wandering Drays!

Not all who wander are lost...

Welcome to my blog dedicated to my family and our crazy foreign service life. Never content with staying in one place, we are excited to share our journey. We've survived two unaccompanied tour (Baghdad 2010-2011 and Baghdad again in 2015-2016), multiple TDYs, and enjoyed a two-year family assignment in Cairo, Egypt. The fab hubby is currently learning Turkish for our next assignment...Istanbul, Turkey! We leave for Turkey sometime in summer 2017. I write about what I know. Which is mainly kids, tween drama, gross pets, dealing with lots of government info, our moving adventures, being a nurse, yoga, running, living on too-little sleep, and an addiction to coffee lattes. I hope you'll enjoy this glimpse into our lives.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

FS Rodeo...err...Round-Up!

Well, thewanderingdrays.blogspot.com is hosting this upcoming week's State Department Round-Up.  As I've never done a weekly Round-Up, I am a weensy bit nervous it might end up being more of a Rodeo.  And I don't want to end up feeling like I got kicked by a bull.  So, I'm putting the world out early.

Here's the nitty gritty for the upcoming week's submissions.

*Submissions are due to me no later than 11:59PM EST Thursday, June 23rd. (And dude, if you're late, it's ok.  Send it anyway.)

*Email me or you can post your link on this blog entry below in the 'comments' section (preferred method!).  You can also contact me through Facebook if we're FB friends.  If we're not FB friends, why aren't we?

*This week's optional theme is:  Vacations/Home Leave.  Nice and broad/vague/open, eh?  It's summer and that means it's also travel season!  I know lots of FS folks are traveling or in the process of planning a vacation or home leave.  Where are you going this summer?  Where have you been in the past?  Any suggestions on planning a great vacation?  It's a broad theme.  Take it and run with it, should you choose to accept this assignment.

We just recently celebrated my husband's last home leave from Baghdad in early June with a family mini-vacation in Pennsylvania.  And while we thoroughly enjoyed it, a little bit more planning would have gone a long way (see photo below).  Maybe you have suggestions that will help to avoid National Lampoon's Vacation moments like these!

*Of course, as always, should you choose not to write on the optional theme, no worries.  That is the nature of optional.  Please submit any blog post on any topic.  We love FS Blogs!

National Lampoon's Vacation kinda moment.  Don't let this happen to you!


  1. I am not sure I will have anything "official" to add this time around (you know, since are are still post virgins at this point!) But can't wait to read what everyone says!

  2. It's a old post, but it is what we are looking forward to in a few weeks from our up coming R&R.http://webtexans.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/thoughts-of-texas/

  3. I liked shannon's post on flights http://cyberbones.blogspot.com/2011/06/flight-nightmares.html

    and Dave's on what he was up to while the fam was away:


  4. http://webtexans.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/fly-the-friendly-skies/

    Ok - a better post for submitting. It's updated at least! You can ditch the Thoughts of Texas one - a link is embedded in the new.

    Thanks for hosting!

  5. Ooh, our last vacation had quite a few lows, but there were some highs at Disney, so I'll share those. Thanks for hosting! http://spectrummymummy.com/2010/12/14/disney-magic/

  6. Here's our latest post about our extended vacation back "home." http://thebryantblogger.blogspot.com/2011/06/home-for-summer.html

  7. No vacation thoughts for us this week. We are staying put for a couple months. Here's my story of the week.
    Part 1: http://whereintheworld-stephanie.blogspot.com/2011/06/one-week-and-several-thousand-rupees.html

    and Part 2: http://whereintheworld-stephanie.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-rugs.html

    Thanks for hosting!

  8. Thanks for hosting this week! Here's my submission:


  9. My most "exciting" vacation experience here is at this post though:


  10. http://www.110to220.com/nomadic/2011/06/muddy-days-ahead.html

    I don't know that this fits the theme. But the Russians offroading made me laugh out loud. Love ya! Thanks for hosting. (I know I have submitted a bunch, feel free to chuck any that don't work with what you are doing.)

  11. I'm late, but here it is!

  12. Okay, it's Friday night in MY time zone. . . time to read the round up!