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Monthly Archives: March 2015

3 Climbing Milestones in 1 Weekend!

3 Climbing Milestones in 1 Weekend!

We finally had an entire weekend free to head up to the New River Gorge, which of course meant it was going to be snowing and in the THIRTIES (after highs in the 60’s the weekend before…).  But at least the weather was good in our neck of the woods, even if it did feel more like a warm winter day rather than spring.  And even though we had to settle for Plan B, it ended up being a weekend filled with important milestones! The whole family marched up to Red Wall at Crowders Mountain on Saturday morning.  Steve had his sights…Read the rest of this entry →

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Homesteading: Making Your Daily Bread

Homesteading: Making Your Daily Bread

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the routine our family uses to make our own yogurt.  Once we got that down, the next obvious (and more intimidating!) step was bread-making.  While the process is definitely more complicated when it comes to number of steps (and timing those steps correctly around 2 exuberant kiddos!), baking bread for our family has not been nearly as difficult as I initially thought it would be.  (And I have never been known for my baking skills…so if I can do it, literally anyone can do it!) My first few attempts were a lot of trial…Read the rest of this entry →

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Climbing with a 5 month old (Reader Question from Megan D.)

Climbing with a 5 month old (Reader Question from Megan D.)

When it comes to logistics of climbing with young kiddos, I’ve written about every age in the 5 and under set, sometimes more than once. But as my kids are growing (sigh), it’s easy for those posts to get lost in the archives, especially the itty-bitty-baby ones. So I thought I’d try something different with a question I received recently from Megan D out of Seattle, WA, about getting back into climbing with her 5 month old.  As I was digging through old posts, I realized that it might not be a bad idea to share her question with the masses –…Read the rest of this entry →

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Ain’t No Party Like a Super Hero Party!

Ain’t No Party Like a Super Hero Party!

The weather was absolutely gorgeous this weekend, but we didn’t spend it on the side of a mountain.  Instead, our family took an unconventional opportunity to channel our inner superheroes in celebration of Big C’s 5th birthday! As a pretty laidback kind of a guy, Big C didn’t request a lot of fanfare.  But he DID have two very specific requests – he wanted his guests in super hero attire, and he wanted a Batman cake. We may not have spent a lot of money, we didn’t rent out a giant playspace, and we relied on our own imaginations for…Read the rest of this entry →

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Disney World Highlight Reel

Disney World Highlight Reel

March will always and forevermore be a hectic month for our family.  Not only do we celebrate mine and hubby’s anniversary and Baby Zu’s birthday at the beginning of the month, but with the first day of spring also comes Big C’s birthday.  And THIS year in particular was even more crazy, since we celebrated Big C’s milestone 5th birthday (a couple of weeks early) in Disney World, courtesy of my parents (aka “GaGa and Paw Paw.”) We packed so much stuff into a 6 day trip, I could easily write a separate blog post for each day.  But, unless you are…Read the rest of this entry →

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