Our Family Halloween Costumes 2018 (and throughout the years)

We have been doing family Halloween costumes for the last six or so years and have kind-of agreed that we will continue doing these until the kids stop asking us to. While dressing as an over-sized snowman or wearing spandex may not be ideal, it just means so much to our kids, so we do […]

The Newest Member of Our Family – And How He Came to Be

There is a new member of the family that I would like to introduce you all to today, but before I do so, there is a bit of a backstory. Last weekend, we were robbed. Our garage and cars were broken into and we had a lot of valuables stolen including a ton of tools […]

Family Photos 2018

Hey guys! We had photos taken of our crew recently and I thought I would share the who, the what, the when, the where and the why behind our little session with you all today, as well as just simply share the photos that document our lives during this phase!   The Who: Beyond the obvious of […]

Life Lately – Including July 4th, 2018

Hi, friends! It’s been pretty quiet over here lately, and I have had conflicting feelings about that. On one hand, I have really been enjoying my family this summer and soaking in the memories. And while doing that, I have taken a step back from the internet. And honestly, it has felt good. I have […]

The Power of an Apology

For as long as I can remember, I have never been one to hold a grudge. I like to resolve things as quickly as possible because I can’t stand the thought of someone being upset with me and I don’t like being upset with others, either. I will even oftentimes apologize, even when I am […]

What to Bring, Where to Stay and What to Do for a Great San Diego Family Vacation

For the last two years, we have taken our big kids on a little vacation that focuses on them. Since Franklin arrived, their wants and needs have at times taken a backseat to their baby brother, so a trip focusing on them has been important to us in making sure we do.  With the help […]

Our New Christmas Cruise Tradition

There are so many wonderful things about the holidays, but one of my absolute favorite things is carrying on traditions, both old and new. Last year we took the Journey to the North Pole Cruise on Lake Coeur d’ Alene and it’s no surprise this experience made it onto our “must do” list again this […]

Baby Franklin Turns Two

Our little boy is TWO today! Gosh, isn’t he cute?! This little man was once a decision we weren’t sure about. But, goodness, I couldn’t be more thankful we added him to our family. He is the perfect completion. His big brother and sister just adore him. They want to hold his hand everywhere he […]

How to Manage Daylight Savings with Kids

Daylight savings (okay, it’s actually “daylight saving time,” but we have morphed it into “daylight savings,” over the years, so I am just going to go with the flow, here)  never used to bother me. It was just a thing that happened twice a year, and I seemed to adjust fine when it happened. Until I […]

Family Halloween Costumes 2017

A couple of months before Halloween our kids start talking about what they’d like to be, and the excitement ramps up once they agree on a theme for our family and assign everyone a character. This year, they chose Moana. And while dressing up truly is not one of my favorite things, because they love it […]