Life and Adventures with Kids

Year of Adventure

Year of Adventure Full Recap

Year of Adventure Full Recap

We completed a year of adventure! Our year of adventure was full of 100 unique experiences and places, and was one of the best things we’ve done as a family. Some parks got counted more than once, if we did a different trail or experienced […]

Cuyahoga Valley National Park. #100!!!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park. #100!!!

OMG you guys. We did it. Last December when I suggested (strong armed?) that we embark on our year of adventure I wasn’t confident we could pull it off. I mean. I told Jake that for sure we could do it because excessive confidence in […]

The first snow of winter. FML.

The first snow of winter. FML.

Well. It’s Winter. Are you freaking kidding me with this snow. I mean. I love the snow in theory, and I have no problem bundling up and heading outside. I actually kind of love the way everything looks more magical after it snows. But getting […]

Seasons of Parenting

Seasons of Parenting

Things have so calm around here lately. I feel like we are in a good season of parenting lately. We are taking some really good steps to protect the calm, but the kids are also just in these really good phases right now. I realize […]

Thanksgiving is coming. Everybody panic.

Thanksgiving is coming. Everybody panic.

We are hosting Thanksgiving in 2 days, so clearly it’s time to clean like a crazy woman and also start a random unrelated and unnecessary home project. Timely office reorganization anyone? I put off any sort of preliminary preparation because we had a full weekend […]

Misadventures of the outdoor mom

Misadventures of the outdoor mom

It’s been a hot minute since the girls and I went outside and stomped around in the woods, so even though both girls are battling colds we headed out. I’m not going to say it was a mistake, because it was really nice for a […]

How can I become more intentional with my time?

How can I become more intentional with my time?

Life has been flying by around here lately. When Olivia went back to school I assumed we’d have some semblance of normalcy and a schedule again, but it hasn’t seemed to materialize. Our schedule seems very chaotic lately, and I feel like I never have […]

When everyone is fighting it’s time to take a hike

When everyone is fighting it’s time to take a hike

We’ve been home from the epic road trip for almost a month now, and today was the first hike we’ve done since we’ve been back. It reminded me that we┬áreally┬áneed to get out more. Today was so chaotic and everyone was annoyed it seemed. I […]

Wind Cave National Park. Epic Road Trip. Day 18, 19, and 20

Wind Cave National Park. Epic Road Trip. Day 18, 19, and 20

Guys. I have almost zero pictures of our last three days. I was so.freaking.tired. by the end of our trip. On our last day in South Dakota, and we still needed to check out Wind Cave National Park. The exhaustion though! I felt like I […]

Epic Road Trip. Day 16. Custer State Park

Epic Road Trip. Day 16. Custer State Park

Day 16, Custer State Park, officially the longest I’ve ever traveled at once. And I was feeling it a bit. The whole day was polar extremes. I was either loving everything, or just completely wiped. Traveling with your husband, kids, siblings, and parents is awesome […]