• MotherofsmallMarch 13th, 2014
    First the Blog; Now the Book »

    Jeannie’s new e-book, The Mother of All Field Trips: Homeschooling two kids in 14 countries, is a shorter, condensed version of the Kendrick World Class blogs that has the added benefit of hindsight into what our crazy travels meant (if they meant anything at all!)

  • The view doesn't get better than this. Here we are out on Jackson Lake in front of the Grand Tetons.August 10th, 2013
    RVing Through the West »

    This year we decided to travel closer to home and explore one of the most beautiful areas in the U.S.–Wyoming and Montana. We decided to go by RV because 10 years ago we did a trip with a camper to the Grand Canyon and the boys still talk about how much they loved it. It […]

  • August 8th, 2013
    On the Road Again »

    We’re traveling again and I’ll post a few photos and thoughts in a bit. It’s amazing that it was easier to communicate with the outside world when we were in China than in Yellowstone National Park. In the meantime, here are two links to two of our recent NY Times travel stories.

  • October 29th, 2012

    I’m on week 4 of my news black out and let me tell you, ignorance is bliss at a time like this.

  • Me with my umbrella and map--my two essential accessories in Tokyo. Aren't you glad I didn't post any photos of bathrooms!!September 4th, 2012
    The Chinese and Japanese Unmentionables »

    Moving from China to Japan, we’ve been talking a lot about bathrooms. The quality of the bathrooms is just one of the more obvious differences between the two countries.

  • A Mao wood cut in Lijiang. The store owner fussed at me for taking this photo--as if an image of Mao was intellectual property or something.August 25th, 2012
    How Now Mao? »

    Images of Mao are everywhere in China, which is amazing considering his record. Here are a few favorites, with the most hilarious Mao reference at the end (scroll down for a hoot).

  • Here we are in front of the Mitsubishi Pajero that our wonderful driver, Tian Ha, steered through dangerous roads.August 22nd, 2012
    The Butt-Clenching Road to Tibet »

    I had no idea what I had gotten our family into when I planned a drive through the Tibetan regions of China. Only after we’d gotten home did I discover that I’d taken my kids on the third most dangerous road in the world, which might qualify me for Bad Mother of the Year award.

  • Taking a break on the shores of Lake Erhai in Dali.August 13th, 2012
    A Three-Bike Story »

    You never know what’s going to happen on a bike ride in China. Two of our three bike rides held surprises–one good, one not so great.

  • Jeb teaching Peter and Na Na the game of War.August 4th, 2012
    Long China Train Running »

    After 52 hours on Chinese trains, I can say it was worth (almost) every minute–especially because we got to meet Peter and Na Na.

  • My sweet and very ingratiating "friend" cooling me off.July 31st, 2012
    My Big Chinese Fan »

    She was peppy and adorable and I couldn’t shake her. How I earned a friend and a new nickname on the Great Wall.


Jeannie Ralston

Jeannie Ralston (alias Mom) is a contributing editor at Parenting magazine, has written articles for many national magazines—including National Geographic, Life, Travel & Leisure—and has published a book, The Unlikely Lavender Queen. When she’s not writing or hanging with the family, you can find her nose in a book or a crossword puzzle. She loves to ski as well and counts her helicopter skiing expedition in Utah as one of her greatest sporting adventures. She is happy to report that she’s been to one country that Robb never has—Ireland.