Monthly Archives: November 2015

Country life in Bassett Virginia

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So our country life in Bassett Virginia is going very well with so many adventures and exploring going on in our family.

The kids and I have not spent Thanksgiving day in the states before so this year we made it a point to do that.  And it was just beautiful to be able to have a day set aside to just give thanks and eat and laugh and tell stories.

This year the kids great grandmother  (we call her Mama Ruby and she is 84yrs and looks amazing)  told us stories about her youth and she also made us lots of food cooked with love. Soul food is what Americans call her food.

Here are a few pictures of our adventures

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That’s Mama Ruby in the middle with the light blue top….she is surrounded by some of her grandchildren and great grandchildren

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Marcus and his only sibling and sister Chama

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Marcus parents and all their grandchildren….beautiful moment

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Marcus only sister and her family…

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Marcus and I with all our 5 amazing blessings…

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Me and my soul mate. …I love exploring life with this beautiful soul each day….

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Father and son fishing moment

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He is on the edge…

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I got a fish daddy…

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Mj building a tree house with a swimming pool

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Boy was so busy….

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All the tasty food we had for thanksgiving day

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Marcus and his only two nephews and niece…

So our family is still on a journey of explorations and any place we find ourselves we will make it a memorable moment.

February 2016 will Rio….

Bassett virginia explorations continues….

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Road Trip to Washington DC

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With homeschooling comes awesome benefits as this weekend we decided to take a long weekend trip to Washington DC to say farewell to Marcus Uncle who had passed away.

We packed up the kids and set off on a 6 hours road trip from Bassett Virginia to Washington DC.

While there we decided to make it extra special by meeting and visiting most of our families that live around the area. It was such a lovely weekend just seeing all the kids meet their cousins and aunties and uncles and sharing our travel explorations with them all.

After our family meet ups we decided to return back to bassett on sunday….then it clicked that we are homeschooling our kids so a little history classes on the road can be more exciting so we stated in DC one more night and visited the Whitehouse and also the monuments in the DC area. It was really worth missing the school book works.

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Our arrival started when we visited Marcus grand aunt (grandmother’s oldest sister) she is 101yrs old and she is such a delight to be around. The wisdom she has to share with us….at that age she still rock.

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Family all set and ready to go and pay their last respect to marcus Uncle.

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Girls with their grandmother at the funeral

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Marcus and all his aunties and uncles….such an awesome family….Brothers and sisters all at one place…

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We got to meet marcus cousin Danyett and her beautiful family….

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We met our family friend kofi at the famous Lyncoln restaurant in DC…

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We met marcus aunt Ivy and her family….family truly rocks….

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We visit our long time family friend Shenita and he beautiful family. Our kids pretty much where bestis at 3yrs old or less…

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We met with Marcus school bestis Pnina and Eric and their awesome family…

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I finally got to meet this awesome lady Dr. Rasheeda….and she gave all of our needed chiropractic  adjustment.

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Our visit to the Whitehouse. …

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At the Lincoln restaurant..every art work has a story to tell….with news paper this wall was created

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A memory to cherish forever

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Amazing view…

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The walls tells it all at the Lincoln restaurant

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At the Lincoln restaurant the floors was filled with pennies….it’s worth $8,000 such a lovely story behind this place

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At the Whitehouse….it’s all just fun….

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We got to our meet our family friend Dr. Henderson at her house….such a lovely evening

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This girls are getting really tall…

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Friends for life….

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Me and my president….

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We are all about love and understanding…
co-existing

Our trip to Washington DC is definitely such a memorable moments for the whole family and we enjoyed every bit of our trip.

United States Exploration continues…

Our Large Family

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So I am sure a lot of our love ones and readers are wondering why I have not blogged lately….well…we are still enjoying the country side in Bassett Virginia.

We will be here in Virginia for the next 3 months before we make our way to Brazil for the 2nd year of our 5yrs travels.

While in Virginia we started our homeschool year… it’s not easy but the fruits of homeschooling our kids is worth it all.

We have 2 9th graders, 1 6th grader, 1 3rd grader ( but she is in school ) and 1 kindergarten boy.

I am sure you are wondering how we keep saying we have 5 kids but we homeschool 4 kids and 1 is in school, and also we traveling with 4 kids instead of 5kids.
Well our 8 yr old Karama (whose picture is below) has a genetic disorder (she is allergic to lots of things) so we have decided has her parents to allow her stay in an environment that she can be cared for by her doctors if and when the need arise. Karama stays with Marcus parents here in Virginia and she is the princess of this country side as she is loved to the max and gets her way all the time….lol!!!

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That’s me and our 4th girl Karama she was all ready to go and watch sesame street show…

So with all our travels we have missed Karama in our pictures and adventures. But she is also having her own adventures here in the country and she is loving it all.

We hope that in the future she will be able to join us in one of the countries.

Now when our family arrive in Bassett we love to make sure we create memories for every family member we meet. And this time around we decided to take Marcus parents to the movies….yeap…Marcus Father has not been to the movies since the last time I took him which was about 8yrs ago. And marcus mom has not since last year when I went with her.

So we set out on a night adventure of movie night. We went to watch spectre….not my favorite movie but it’s the energy of the whole family out at night is what makes it super fun.

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All set and ready to go out for the movie night

Our family is so large we turn to fill up the whole seats at the movies…lol!!

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Two thumbs up…you know who the camera man was….it was marcus…

So being in the country has its pros and cons….the pros are Marcus got to teach the girls how to drive….yeyyy…our oldest who is 14yrs old started her driving lesson last week and she is enjoying every bit of it. While mj our 6yr old also learn how to drive the go-kart.

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Destiny learning to drive….

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Even though she has gotten bigger for me to carry her…she still loves to lay on me and just have a mommy cuddle time…

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My life is filled with so much cuddles and lots of tickles….

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Travelling means not being able to have a stable workout program at a particular gym…so while in Virginia. Our whole family joined the Y and I am loving all the programs they offer. One of the classes I love is call HIT (High intensity training). So staying fit if important for our family and marcus and I are the examples for our kids.

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Hard work pays off….confidence is my price

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This one was hard but I needed to keep it up…and it felt right after…what’s your excuse? My is I want to be able to hang out with my fast growing teenagers….

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It’s really exciting when you get to have such a beautiful and loving mother in law that you two get to workout together and stay fit together. We are at a Zumba class….she got her weights and ready to get fit.

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Me and my awesome mother in law and my beautiful and smart niece….I adore this two souls to the max.

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This might be the last lift….lol!! Our princess is getting too tall…

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We are one proud parents seeing our tow older girls bond to the max….sisters for life.

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It’s all dry leaves in our backyard….

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I feel amazingly awesome….at 36yrs old and still living it up for all my love one and friends.

Our daughters are becoming little inspired artist…

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Aasha our 12 yrs old new way of seeing a pencil and a blank paper is to draw a one eye lady….very talented…

Ok so now you are in the loop of how the Manns clan are doing…we are enjoying the country life.

Stay tuned as 2016 will be all about south America and carnivals…..

Country side exploration continues…..

World kids in Country

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Well…I know it’s been sometime since I posted something about our family.

So we have completed our first year in our 5yrs world travel and right now we are in Bassett Virginia USA enjoying families and love ones.

We are preparing for thanksgiving and christmas. And the kids are loving the country life while I am also enjoying my 4th princess….

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She is ready to skate around the country roads…

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He is so ready to ride that bike

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She is writing her country song…

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They love this life style too…from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa to Asia and now to USA….life is all about exploring for the Manns kids…

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Me and our 4th angel….missed her so much

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Our princess gets a lift from her daddy

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All bags arrived and getting into our truck…yeyy

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She is loving this life

Country exploration continues….

On board

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We are on board our flight emirates airlines….

Super excited heading to Virginia to spend Christmas with love one and families..

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While checking in…

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Best friends for life

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Big hugs to our friend Sara….

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Mj and his best friend having a hugging moment

It was such a pleasure meeting all the beautiful people in malaysia

We will sure miss you all…

Malaysia Exploration on Pause…..

Our Last Night in Kuala Lumpur

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Wow…what an awesome experience of travelling as we complete the first year of our adventures.

Today is our last night to that twin towers view and also our new LLF’S  (Life Long Friends ).

We never say goodbye to them thanks to tango and whatsapp….LOL!!!

For our last night we spent it with our Malaysian friends Sara and her husband Sajad and their cute boy Razmiq who calls me mummy…

We will miss them all so much but with the Manns clan you never know when the wind will blow us back to Malaysia again so stay put and stay in touch.

Oh…and here is the funny thing…for our last supper my kids asked if we could have dinner at pizza Hut….such a weird thing to ask for since we are actually going to the land of pizza hut…lol!!!

Well their not so all the time request and wish was granted and we had a tasty crusty flaky pizza and enjoyed every single bite…

Well we say Goodnight Kuala Lumpur and Good afternoon Bassett Virginia.

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Great families we have made across the globe.

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Just a few of our 12 check in bags…for 1 year I think I have done very well not accumulating a whole lot….we started our trip with 10 bags and now we have 12….and 6 passengers…so not bad at all…LOL!!!!

Malaysia Exploration comes to an End….

See you on our next Journey…starting in February 2016..you will love this one…

Malaysia Exploration comes to an end….