Schadenfreude: The Pants Edition

I had some pants altered.

(Heh heh… that’s the best start to a blog post EVER.

After all, who doesn’t want to hear about pants?  No one!  That’s who.

No one doesn’t want to hear about pants.

Double negative = positive.

This is the problem with the world, people.  Sometimes, two wrongs do make a right.

It’s all so very confusing. ...  read more

On Being A Good Vacation Role Model

I’m way more mature than my children.

I just thought I’d put that out there in case any of you have ever wondered.

Oh.  You need proof?

That’s OK.  I’m not offended at all.  I understand completely.

So, for example, say my family is on vacation.   We’re cruising on the Disney Wonder – Day 3 of our journey – through gorgeous Tracy Arm fjord in Alaska. ...  read more

Vacation & The Thing I Miss The Most

Go, us!

Ten straight days of togetherness, and we survived it.  Six out of seven of us even enjoyed it!

I will undoubtedly get around to blogging more about our once-in-a-lifetime Disney cruise to Alaska.

The beauty.

The wonder.

The way we convinced our kids that taking pictures standing outside on a windy, freezing ship deck in the middle of glacierful Alaska is worthwhile, enjoyable, ...  read more

East Coast Meets West Coast: A Guest Post by Carina

Hi!

I’m away this week on our grand Alaskan vacation.  Five kids.  Ten days.  Infinite excitement!

While I’m gone, I’ve had several people graciously write guest blog posts.  Today, I’m introducing you to my friend, Carina.  Although we’ve never met in person, Carina has become my regular Dutch pen pal, and I hope someday to visit her in Holland (or have her visit me in Oregon!).  You’ll see where the following post gives me hope. ...  read more

Landon Christopher: A Guest Post by Janelle Wheeler Olivarez

Hi, Friend!

I’m on the trip of a lifetime to Alaska with my family.  Five kids.  Ten days.  Infinite excitement.  While we’re away having grand, bloggable adventures, I’m sharing some special posts by guest writers.

I’m excited to introduce you today to my friend, Janelle.  Janelle bears a large part of the responsibility for this blog.  See, Janelle’s an encourager.  Back in the day, I was an infrequent blogger.  I posted every two to six months.  I wanted to write more, but I was exhausted with twin babies and special needs kids.  Where in the world would I find time to write?  Janelle, though, was unswerving in her consistent barrage of kind words.  Randomly but frequently, she told me she’d like to hear more. ...  read more

Getting School Off To A Smooth Start: A Guest Post by Susan Heid

Hi!

I’m on the trip of a lifetime to Alaska with my family.  Five kids.  Ten days.  Infinite excitement.  While we’re away having grand, bloggable adventures, I’m sharing some special posts by guest writers.

I’m excited to introduce you today to my friend, Susan Heid.  I met Susan through our mutual blogging adventures (thanks, Kelleigh!), and I have greatly appreciated her advice, encouragement and thoughtfulness.  I’m even more excited to run my first 1/2 marathon this October with Susan! ...  read more

Honey, The Neighbors Hate Us: A Guest Post by Sarah King

Hi, Friend!

I’m on the trip of a lifetime to Alaska with my family.  Five kids.  Ten days.  Infinite excitement.  While we’re away having grand, bloggable adventures, I’m sharing some special posts by guest writers.

Today’s guest writer is my friend, Sarah.  Among other talents that include things like graduate school and working in higher education, Sarah and her husband, Bubba (for reals), raise pigs.  Specifically, right now, as I type this, they’re raising my family’s pig.  The one we will certainly savor for many a dinner and not a few breakfasts. ...  read more