Caution Leads to Independence

On New Year's Day, we bundled up and went for an icy hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our winter here has been incredibly dry with very little snow but that week of Christmas was cold. When we got to the trailhead, old snow had iced over and we carefully set out for our mile "hike" … Continue reading Caution Leads to Independence

Life Vests Are Awkward

One of my favorite memories from our recent trip to Oahu is the moment I learned something new about Frank. I always thought he was a mountain man. He loves hiking and exploring and much of our early relationship was founded on trails through the Rockies. Seeing him in the ocean, I realized he's not … Continue reading Life Vests Are Awkward

Summers Are for Saying Yes

I had the honor of sharing these summer adventure ideas over at the MOPS blog this week. During the school year, we are a schedule-driven family. Preschool three days a week; MOPS one morning a week; one day free for play dates or pajama days, whichever we need most. Most of the time we need … Continue reading Summers Are for Saying Yes

Dare

"Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Routines have their purposes but the merely routine is the hidden enemy of high art." Cecil Beaton Yesterday at MOPS, we were talking about living … Continue reading Dare

Backyard Camping

About this time, five years ago, Frank and I were driving around, running wedding errands. We were dreaming about our future and all the amazing things we planned to do over the years together. We started talking about things we wanted to do and see in Yellowstone, where we were honeymooning. Suddenly, my eyes filled … Continue reading Backyard Camping

Someday

"Someday, ride elephant!" Bea loves holding a photo of Frank and I riding Mashumbi in Zambia and wishing for a similar adventure. Ever since "someday" entered her vocabulary, Bea wonders about the future: Someday she'll ride a pony; Someday she'll go to the park; Someday she'll go the yogurt shop on a daddy-daughter date; Someday … Continue reading Someday