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From 1 Kid to 2…How Outdoor Adventures Have Changed…

From 1 Kid to 2…How Outdoor Adventures Have Changed…

A couple of weeks ago I received a question from reader Patricia T. that really made me stop and think.  She basically wanted to know specifics about how life has changed for us since adding another child to our family.  In her words – “…I’ve had so many people tell me that the second one really shuts your life down.  Now, I’m trying to take that with a grain of salt, b/c I think we (I’m assuming she meant outdoorsy folks) are cut from a different cloth.  But it still worries me.  What’s your take on this?”   I wrote a…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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Climb Time for the Whole Family (What Works for Us!)

Climb Time for the Whole Family (What Works for Us!)

It’s my theory that eavesdropping on a family’s Sunday night dinner conversation is one of the quickest ways to figure out what’s most important to that family.  The weekend is over and everyone is setting their sights onto a new week, planning out the logistics of who’s doing what, when and how.  Which activities/events are the first up for discussion?  You know, those things that you want to MAKE time for, despite how busy you are?  Each family’s discussion will be different of course, but the logistical conversations are often the same – how to make sure ______ gets to…Read the rest of this entry →

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The Freedom of Stepping Back

The Freedom of Stepping Back

I learned a long time ago that any writing done when I am rushed and/or not inspired to write is writing that is not worth reading.  Which is why you may have noticed things have been a little quieter around here of late.  The arrival of Baby Z, combined with summer (meaning no preschool mornings for Big C…) has put a giant dent in the time I have available to write.  In fact, over the past few weeks I’ve seen the small windows of time that I previously had for myself shrinking away to practically nothing.   While Baby Z is a…Read the rest of this entry →

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