The Kids Take a Trip of Their Own

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For any readers still following along with us here at Barney Life, this is for you:

Thank you!!!

This post is for and about my kids. My kids, who, in spite of me and my raging personal anxiety, decided last fall to go on a road trip to Arizona. On their own. The backstory is that Taye loves Troye Sivan and wanted to go to a concert. She discovered that the nearest concert was in Phoenix. The kids have grown up going on lots of road trips, so they decided to hit the road and go the concert. Dominique, Jaten’s girlfriend, also went with them. She’s an awesome person and I’m grateful to know her and grateful that Jaten has her in his life.

The kids planned everything themselves. They budgeted. They saved their money. They took care of each other. They had a blast.

They are truly amazing people. And Josh and I are lucky to parent them.

There was a road trip manual created by Jaten complete with individual job responsibilities, schedule, packing list, budgeting plan, and personalized coloring pages:


And off they went!! Below is a fantastic video compilation of their trip, shot mostly by Taye and edited mostly by Brinkley. They had a fantastic time and fully intend on road tripping some more!

P.S. There was no food stolen. 😉


I know I’ve been MIA for several months. That’s just because I’m a liberal snowflake and I happen to believe that President Trump is a complete and utter joke. I think the news coming from the White House is a complete shit show that gets worse and worse every single day. It truly feels like an alternate universe to me. And that being said, I’ve disconnected a lot. At least on social media. I completely deleted my Facebook account. Not just deactivated, but deleted. My family and I are still active on Instagram if you’d like to follow us there. And I think the family and I will definitely be more politically active, though I’m not entirely sure what form that will take just yet. Love to all of you and yours!!

P.P.P.S. If you feel so inclined to comment, please do. Also, if you feel so inclined to share this post, please do.

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  1. Jodi
    Feb 17, 2017

    Ahhhhh!! Ha! This is the BEST! Ok seriously I smiled the whole time ! What a great time 😘

    • Toni
      Feb 17, 2017

      Glad it made you smile! Love you, Jodi!

  2. Erin
    Feb 17, 2017

    My favorite part was the plan to steal snacks from grandmas! That would be on my kids list too! Oh, and I liked the shit show comment and I totally agree…

    • Toni
      Feb 17, 2017

      Haha! That was a good part! Funny kids! The fact that so many agree with me regarding the shit show is honestly the only was I stay sane about the whole thing. Miss you, friend!

  3. Melissa
    Feb 17, 2017

    I remember my first alone trip… It was fun! I didn’t have a schedule, though. They’re on top of things. Awesome

    • Toni
      Feb 17, 2017

      Haha, yes, they are on top of things. Thanks, Melissa.

  4. Acacia
    Feb 17, 2017

    I love you all!

    • Toni
      Feb 17, 2017

      We love you too! So much!!

  5. Kim Feller
    Feb 24, 2017

    What a terrific trip! They were so organized. Love the coloring page and job titles! They grow up fast. Awesome!

    • Toni
      Feb 24, 2017

      They do grow up so fast, Kim! Thanks for reading and commenting! Love to you and yours!

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