Category: Adventure

  • Summery Summary

    Summery Summary

    Summer sped by in a blur of baseball, beach trips, and barbeque… Firstborn spent another season working hard & playing hard, juggling full-time hours at the local amusement park with her bustling social life. We’re reluctantly getting acclimated to seeing her less; now that she’s officially a senior we feel the clock ticking more than…

  • The Last Frontier

    The Last Frontier

    For our family’s summer vacation this year we cruised north to the “last frontier” of the US, to tick a new state off our list: Alaska! This year we were blessed to be joined by my folks for our adventuring. We all piled into Firstborn’s car (she has the only vehicle with third-row extra seating)…

  • The Royal Wedding

    The Royal Wedding

    After a year-long engagement followed by a two-year hiatus, Baby Sister fiiiiiinally had her dream wedding… she and her saintly hubby made it legal two summers ago but had to delay their grand celebration due to the pandemic. It’s almost surreal that it’s behind us, but it was a joyous party worth waiting for. We…

  • On Turning Ten

    On Turning Ten

    In our house, when a kid hits double digits they earn a trip with Daddy to somewhere special, fun, and top secret. When Firstborn turned ten she flew to Texas to ride roller-coasters and eat cowboy grub. Two years later, Center Sister spent her birthday trip mermaiding in Oahu. Most recently, it was [not-so]Little Man’s…

  • Pep Rally

    Pep Rally

    Well, that’s a wrap on the school year for our Junior, Freshman, and 4th-grader. I’m exceedingly proud of each for stepping into a new school model with nary a hiccup– affirmation that it really was the correct decision for them for this year (however despondent it rendered their reluctantly retired homeschool mom). They obtained high…

  • 60th Birthday Safari

    60th Birthday Safari

    To celebrate my dad turning sixty recently, we rented a giant passenger van and bumbled down the freeway to a nearby drive-thru safari park for a leisurely Sunday adventure. With my two sisters, brothers-in-law, and nieces, we’re such a big crew that journeying in one vehicle all day together was the real treat. We call…

  • Mouseketeers


    We’ve just returned from a wee little piggyback onto my much older sister’s family Disney vacay. They’re hard-core Mouseketeers and do a full week in the parks, but we joined them alongside my folks for just two jam-packed days in the Mickey Mouse Club.

  • Beachy Keen

    Beachy Keen

    Towards the end of summer, Handsome Husband and I decided to tackle another big project. We purchased a fixer-upper at the coast as a getaway for our family and almost every weekend since we’ve been there pulling carpet, replacing light fixtures, repairing plumbing, updating electrical, laying floor, cleaning, painting, sifting, sorting, purging, assembling furniture, and…

  • Feels Like Summer

    Feels Like Summer

    It’s hard to believe that summer’s come to an end, but all in all it’s been a great one. We joined a neighborhood pool, went on several vacations, and Firstborn got a job at a local amusement park. We went to the beach, spent time with friends & family, and Center Sister kept up with…