Welcome to Go Wander, Bee Happy! I’m glad you’re here. I am a Canadian expat living in California. This is an expat mom blog to share my experiences as an expat mom and a Canadian abroad.
Let me step back a little. My name is Diana and I am a life-long immigrant and an expat mombie. I am a Belorussian-Jewish-Israeli-Canadian resident of California. Wow, that’s a mouthful. I moved to Silicon Valley with my husband and first child, Lulu, in the summer of 2015 from Toronto, Canada. My family immigrated to Canada from Israel where we lived for 7 years. I have very fond memories of growing up in Israel and still have a lot of extended family there. We immigrated to Israel from Minsk, Belarus. In contrast, I have very few memories of Belarus because I was so little. Moving around and living in so many places has definitely shaped who I am today and you’ll see references to my nomadic life throughout the blog.
Fast forward to now. We’ve had a lot of changes in a very short time. Becoming a new mom is a huge adjustment. Moving to a new place as a parent is very different than moving as a child. Becoming a stay at home mom in a new country was a big deal for me as well. We became Canadian expats in the USA because Husband got a great job opportunity. I gave up my IT job to become a (sometimes reluctant) stay at home mom – at least for the time being.
We welcomed another baby, Booboo, into our lives and now I am the proud mama of two little girls. One of whom is already a dual citizen herself. Our family has experienced a lot of important and huge life events in the past few years which resulted in a lot of excitement but also some identity crises. Still, I’m very proud of us and how we have all handled these scary changes. With so many changes my head was spinning. This blog has been a great outlet for me to share my experiences and perspectives and I hope you find it interesting to read.
So who am I? I am a Canadian expat living in the USA. I am a lover of tea AND coffee. I love red wine AND beer. I love my family and my friends. I love travelling, board games, taking photos of my littles and doing arts and crafts with them. I love food of all kinds, ethnic and diverse, classic and fusion, food trucks and fancy shmancy restaurants. I do NOT like housework. You are unlikely to find housework tips or hacks here on my blog.
This blog is the story of multiple-immigrations. The story of motherhood. The story of a journey from working-mom to domestic-management-engineer(TM). This is my story.