The Kids Take a Trip of Their Own

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....

I Don’t Give a Damn About My Bad Reputation

I really don’t. It confuses me that people are surprised by my passion regarding LGBTQ issues. You don’t have to be passionate about them. That’s cool. I am, though. And I am because I want this world to be a better place for my kids AND yours. Latest story: my kid’s fear of going public at work about the fact that he is transgender because of fear of severe discrimination. And for what? Really? How does this affect anyone besides himself? Truly. Ridiculous. Do you know what else is ridiculous? I think we should talk about why there is no “straight pride.” It seems incredibly self explanatory to me, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 40 (yikes) years on this earth, not everyone thinks like me. Gasp! Are you-as an aside, I’m speaking to the cis-gender (if...

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+...

We’re Baaaaaaack!

Hello, everyone! Wow, we disappeared for a while there, didn’t we? So, I’m not going to be able to catch you all up on six months of our lives because that would be overwhelming (and probably a bit boring). I will do a quick catch up on the last couple of months through video and pictures, though. Enjoy!! So, those videos were primarily from the month of May. Now, we move on to June!                 Of course, you can’t expect me to get through this post without talking about the same sex marriage vote, right? Of course, I’m thrilled!!! We’re all thrilled! It’s about time. And, let’s see…it’s been a week and the world has not ended yet. As a matter of fact, nothing seems to have changed. Oh, except for the same...

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...