Brian, partner since 1996, husband since 2002. Software guy. No idea what he does but he loves it and gets paid to do what he loves. Excellent father to the kiddos (a better parent than me). I plan on keeping him forever so long as he puts up with me. I still really like him, all these years later.

Blaise, first born. September 2010. Energetic kiddo who loves gaming, LEGO, and anything World War 2. Avid reader. Awesome big brother to his sisters. Very in touch with his emotions and those of others. Rule-follower and always the first to jump in and help anyone. Also known as Blaisey Daisy.

Laine, second born, first girl. July 2011. Silly, funny kiddo who loves to find the humor in everything. Spunky and confident in everything she says. Obsessed with gymnastics and anything black. Easy going and happy to roll with life, with whatever is thrown her way. Also known as Lainey Bug.

Saige, third born, second girl. September 2014. Was the easiest baby alive, didn’t even cry until four months. And even then, it was a whimper at best. Turned terror around 18 months and still is, at six. A cute terror. Everything is awesome, and each day starts and ends with a smile with many laughs between. And a total people person—thrives on socialization. Also known as The Pie.

Baby (Vaile), fourth and final (so we thought), third girl. October 2015. Arrived three weeks early and hasn’t missed a beat since. Loves life and every day is filled with excitment for her, always smiling and happy. Except when she doesn’t get her way. Fourth child syndrome. Wants to be a werewolf when she grows up. She says we can call her Vaile when she’s 16.

Maive, fifth and final (for real, snip snip), fourth girl. October 2019. Super chill kiddo, probably because she has to be. Except when she’s alone—she doesn’t do alone time. She’s always had people around, being the fifth and a pandemic kiddo. Learning how life works these days. And has mastered wrapping people around her finger. We are thrilled to have a fifth. We didn’t know we wanted another until she arrived.

Rounding out the crew is Melvin, Moose, and Snugs. They’re the four-legged crew members. Rodger and Chip swim in their separate fish tanks.