Las Vegas

As someone who avoids crowds, we went to Las Vegas. Hahaha. It feels a bit wrong, taking kiddos on vacation to Vegas. Like that one old man unintentionally pointed out as we were waiting for the parking garage elevator at

Las Vegas

As someone who avoids crowds, we went to Las Vegas. Hahaha. It feels a bit wrong, taking kiddos on vacation to Vegas. Like that one old man unintentionally pointed out as we were waiting for the parking garage elevator at

Flowing Lake

On the days Brian’s gone, I find I’m waaaay more productive. I’m not quite sure why this happens; it always has. Even before kiddos. When he’s around, I tend to hang close to him home. He’s the same way. Perhaps

Flowing Lake

On the days Brian’s gone, I find I’m waaaay more productive. I’m not quite sure why this happens; it always has. Even before kiddos. When he’s around, I tend to hang close to him home. He’s the same way. Perhaps

San Diego

Back in 1998 when I flew to San Diego, Southwest wrote Sandy Eggo on the sign at the gate. That’s always stuck with me. That and I was seated next to two 20-something guys who were talking in-depth about the

San Diego

Back in 1998 when I flew to San Diego, Southwest wrote Sandy Eggo on the sign at the gate. That’s always stuck with me. That and I was seated next to two 20-something guys who were talking in-depth about the

Iron Horse & Cedar Butte

Cedar Butte was an accident. Maybe not an accident. Unintentional, unintended? Better words. Although I like how when I Google the definition of accident, the second meaning—an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause—has

Iron Horse & Cedar Butte

Cedar Butte was an accident. Maybe not an accident. Unintentional, unintended? Better words. Although I like how when I Google the definition of accident, the second meaning—an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause—has

Cedar River Watershed Education Center

Not really a hike but kind of a hike. More of an outing. Memories of taking Blaise and Laine to the Cedar River Watershed Education Center as toddlers, when we did anything and everything to get out of the house.

Cedar River Watershed Education Center

Not really a hike but kind of a hike. More of an outing. Memories of taking Blaise and Laine to the Cedar River Watershed Education Center as toddlers, when we did anything and everything to get out of the house.

Maple Valley Gnome Trail

The first kiddo hike of 2022. Finally. Unless hitting the Snoqualmie Valley Trail counts. Except we do that so often it’s not very exciting. Yeah, no—it doesn’t count. At least not toward my goal of taking the kiddos hiking at

Maple Valley Gnome Trail

The first kiddo hike of 2022. Finally. Unless hitting the Snoqualmie Valley Trail counts. Except we do that so often it’s not very exciting. Yeah, no—it doesn’t count. At least not toward my goal of taking the kiddos hiking at

Septober 2021

September and October, in one post. It’s November now, and I have never been happier to welcome November. I’m exhausted. Between summer, birthday season, and everything school and activities, it’s been an exhausting few months. Juggling five kiddos probably has

Septober 2021

September and October, in one post. It’s November now, and I have never been happier to welcome November. I’m exhausted. Between summer, birthday season, and everything school and activities, it’s been an exhausting few months. Juggling five kiddos probably has

Two!

Number five is two! The Toddler, as we call her. She was SO excited it was finally her turn. All the kiddos had birthdays the past few months, and all Maive wanted was her birthday. Or, “Birf-day, me?” She kept

Two!

Number five is two! The Toddler, as we call her. She was SO excited it was finally her turn. All the kiddos had birthdays the past few months, and all Maive wanted was her birthday. Or, “Birf-day, me?” She kept

Six!

So long, five! Baby is six! And yet she’s still Baby. The nickname we never intended on having and yet it’s weird to call her anything else. Now that she’s started kindergarten, she’s starting to go by Vaile. Which is

Six!

So long, five! Baby is six! And yet she’s still Baby. The nickname we never intended on having and yet it’s weird to call her anything else. Now that she’s started kindergarten, she’s starting to go by Vaile. Which is

Twin Harbors State Park

Growing up, we went almost nowhere. Sure, we did the standard we live in California things, like go to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and whatnot. But I can count on one hand how many family vacations

Twin Harbors State Park

Growing up, we went almost nowhere. Sure, we did the standard we live in California things, like go to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and whatnot. But I can count on one hand how many family vacations