17 Years of Love, Marriage, Baby Carriages, and More!

I love pictures because they can transport you back in time to a memory and experience. Sometimes special, other times mundane, but none the less, as a bulk, they represent the complex collage of our lives. I had a blast going through photos and videos from the last 9+ years of our lives (since my…

From Colorado to California

While it may seem like our whole life is a giant vacation, it’s really not. We spend the bulk of our days in one place working and schooling, eating and cleaning,  just squeezing in as much time to play and explore as our blended life allows. But when we left Keystone this June, it really…

Settling In To Colorado

If you’ve ever moved to a new city as a family, you know that it takes a few months (if not, a couple years) for a place to feel like home and to make good friends. When we traveled last year, we supercharged that speed by jumping in quickly because we were usually in places…

Kids’ Quirks

I’ve been going through old photos this weekend trying to clear up more space on my computer by moving them to the cloud. It’s been so nostalgic for me to see the kids’ chubbier faces and younger characters shine throughout the years. I’ve been reminded of many things about them I would have otherwise forgotten had…

Family, Fun, and Freezing

Well, it’s been quite a whirlwind since we left Austin at the end of November. We enjoyed a fast and special Thanksgiving week in Dallas, leaving our remaining memorabilia and my piano with my parents. I got to celebrate both birthdays for Annette, my sister, and Dannette, my niece, which was a special treat! The boys…

Thankful for Great Parents

I was a lucky one. I was fortunate to grow up in a home with two wise, wonderful parents who showered us with love, encouragement, and memorable experiences. It was their aim to raise us four girls to be independent, kind, and full of faith, and so they offered us many opportunities to spread our…

Leaving Austin

It’s been such a weird experience for us all to slow down from traveling for three months in a place that feels like “home.” In the beginning, it was actually quite shocking to our system to be plunged back into some amazing friendships that we’d missed over the year and also into a rigorous athletic…

San Francisco Fun

  For some reason, it felt surreal being in San Francisco! We’d been looking forward to this area for so long, and so we hung around for a few weeks. Everywhere from San Jose to Windsor. So many great spots to explore, and so much variety. We did the city as tourists: Golden Gate Bridge,…

Tioga Pass, Mono Lake

We drove into Yosemite National Park from Bishop, CA and got to visit Mono Lake on the way in. The drive over Tioga Pass was gorgeous, and we even snuck in a little hike up Lambert’s Dome before meeting the Halls at our Cabin/RV park.

Boise, ID: Low Expectations – Amazing Time!

There’s some truth to the connection between low expectations and having a great time. Part of the reason for our success in this trip so far is because we are not tied to very many great expectations. We know we want to explore as much of the Western United States as we can this year,…