Random Quotes, GIFs, Birthdays, Anniversaries, OH MY!!

Here are some random quotes for your enjoyment. One each from Taye, Brinkley, and Jaten: “I’m telling you, straight is not the way to go.” “Everyone in this family has a cute butt except for Dad.” “This is a lot of people just for cake.” Who is who?? Okay, maybe Jaten’s is obvious. And Brinkley’s point was more that she has no opinion about Josh’s butt as that would be strange. Taye’s is a bit mysterious as she is the most extroverted of us all. Her quote, “This is a lot of people just for cake,” was spoken as we all walked into a celebration for the kids’ high school being named the number one high school in Colorado. There were a lot of people there and we were really just going to the celebration for free food. None of us really cares for crowds of people. We...

This Post is All Over the Place (You’ve Been Warned)

“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead. Because the reality is, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.” Caitlyn Jenner’s words. And I agree wholeheartedly. The argument about whether or not she should have received an ESPY award is beside the point. Make jokes, get angry, call her Bruce instead of Caitlyn, please, seriously, do what you have to do to hang onto your opinion of Caitlyn Jenner. Fine. But let’s have a real conversation about kids. The kids who are listening and watching us. How fast or how slow we, as a society and as individuals and families, accept and love all children across the LGBTQ+...

Catch Up and Random Things Post

So much to catch up on here, dear readers (ie., the family members still hanging in there and a few faithful friends). 😉 Here’s a speed round catch-up for you… Thanksgiving was spent at Josh’s aunt and uncle’s house in Boulder. Loads of fun and loads of food. Then came December with some Christmas type decorating… Taye made a wonderful video for all of you. Christmas was peaceful (we celebrated on Christmas Eve because I had to work on Christmas). There were Christmas jammies, a yummy Christmas brunch, a yummy Christmas dinner, and some presents. The day after Christmas, I was off to Maui for a lovely wedding! Maui was gorgeous, but the people I hung out with were by far the best part. Love and miss you! Annnnnddddd now for some...

The Month of August and Random Dinnertime Quotes (PG-13)

Now, I know I’m falling behind on blog posts these days. Forgive me, please? I started work and it’s been a crazy month. I had to work full-time during orientation, but now I’m down to my regular part-time schedule, so hopefully things will even out a bit for us. We still had plenty of fun this month, as evidenced by the pictures below. We did some hiking, some driving up really tall mountains, some birthday partying, and even attended a beer festival for good measure.     Moving on to the random quotes section of this post: We have some interesting conversations around the dinner table in the Barney household. Since we have stepped away from religion one of the things that I have noticed (just being honest here) is that we have a lot more fun together....

Parenting With Honesty, Cold Lakes, Walmart, and Painted Pianos

Parenting. Tough job, right? Most people have a hard enough time making good decisions for their own lives, let alone for someone else. And me? I chose to be in charge of four other people. Sometimes I think I’m as crazy as that sounds. Truthfully, when I started having kids it was mostly because I wanted to be  able to say this: As we all know, there is no manual for parenthood. The best that any child can hope for is that their parents will just do the best they can. The best they know how. What happens when flawed people (and we’re all flawed) become flawed parents? Seems like a big mess to me. And sometimes (at least in our house) it is a big mess. And sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it’s a beautiful mess. I have really great kids. Many people have told me over...

Love Letter to Colorado (Saying “See Ya Later” to the Road)

Well, here we are, my peeps. Here we are.  Colorado is stunning. The weather is great. The people are interesting. The hikes are magnificent. And…here’s the topper…dinosaurs used to roam here. I’m not even kidding you, folks. Dinosaurs. They left footprints. We saw them. It’s true. We think there may be some left still roaming here, though we’ve not spotted any yet. So, yeah, there’s that. We took the kids to walk on Triceratops Trail and saw some amazing dino footprints. Last Sunday, the kids and I ventured up to Boulder to visit with Josh’s aunt, uncle and cousin. We had such a great day! We went out to lunch, then to the Boulder Creek Festival, then back to their house for dinner. We’re really looking forward to spending more time with our Colorado...