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...

It’s a Barney Adventure!

So, first, and definitely NOT most importantly: enjoy these signs from one of the RV parks we stayed at in North Carolina. No, you turn around!! No, you! 😉 Second, and still not most importantly: we took some fun family pictures on the spur of the moment last week. Third, and definitely most importantly: surprise, peeps! We’re in the great state of Colorado! Let me tell you something, Colorado is gorgeous. And, strangely enough, feels like home to both Josh and I. Apparently we’re “westerners,” not southerners or easterners. We’ve already been hiking….loving the mountains. And here’s the story. The company Josh was working for was never wholeheartedly on board with this whole traveling thing. We pushed them and made it work. We made it work for six months....

Visiting the South, Gratitude, Ending Slavery

We made it out of Florida, baby! Woo-hoo! All the way to South Carolina! All is well, all is well. We are staying at an RV park between Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina, so we’ve visited both places. Both are beautiful cities. We’ve been to Charleston before, but never to Savannah. We have more visiting planned this week, but here are some pictures of our adventures so far. In both Savannah and Charleston, the kids and I walked around downtown. We were able to see some historical sites, beautiful churches, gorgeous trees/streets, shop at Old Town Market, and enjoy an old time candy shop. In case anyone is wondering, it is SUPER fun to navigate a Suburban through downtown Charleston with four kids chattering away in the back. Super fun.  I highly...

Let’s Move to Florida and Live in an RV

Just kidding. That’s not actually what we planned on doing. We have so enjoyed our time in Florida, but we are ready to move on. So, that’s what we’re doing. Soon. First, though: We made it to a theme park. We’re in Orlando, Florida. I think it’s a requirement. Okay, maybe not. I don’t know. So, did you guys know that theme parks are EX-PENSIVE??!! What? Yes. True. Why did I write expensive like that? I don’t know. Maybe like this would have been better: EX-PEN-SIVE. Then it’s broken into syllables. Yes. My OCD likes it like that better. Sorry, I got distracted for a moment. So, theme parks are expensive.  We would never have made it to a theme park if it were not for my children cashing in their future birthday presents for this year from their...

The Post of Random Quotes (parental guidance suggested)

Quote Number 1 “I used to think you were a bitch, but you’re really quite nice, aren’t you?” This quote is a rather eloquent remark made by a fellow classmate when I was a sophomore in high school.  And it perfectly captures my teenage angst. And my adult angst. Only recently have I been able to say (and feel comfortable saying), “I am an introvert.” I’m not shy. I’m not withdrawn. I’m not a snob or a bitch. I am introverted in a world that prizes the extroverted. I value deep connections with a limited number of people over surface connections with many people. I gain energy from being alone and expend it (sometimes really quickly) with social interaction. I am generally quiet and reserved, especially around big groups of people. I love people. I enjoy deep,...