A Charles Shultz Camping Trip

Happiness is… a camping trip. …a good pair of jeans. … a tent in the woods. …the smell of campfire smoke. …something warm when you’re cold. …reading out loud. Happiness is matching sleeping bags. Or maybe a good snuggle buddy. Happiness is gumboots and plaid. Happiness will be here tomorrow too. Come back for Part II.

Kissing Cousins

Mongolia taught me to kiss. Shocker, I know; especially with my anti-hug policies and adoration of personal space. Touchy, I am not! But when you’ve got kids thrown into your life and communication is accomplished through action, primarily; limiting one’s self to awkward smiles and waves is a bit ridiculous. Wrestles, races, dutch blitz and…

From Our House to Yours

It was all Carson’s idea. It was a little out of the blue, but the phrase “Can we take family Christmas pictures?” struck me as brilliant. Once uttered, how could we not? Now, I’m sure we’ve all had awkward family photos, but I think it’s safe to say our family is in a league of…

What Happens at Women’s Weekend…

A womens’ weekend with my Mom. A medieval-themed dinner program. A whirlwind shopping trip to the second-hand store. A surprising encounter with a friend. A brown fitted sheet. A green sheet too. Brown boots. Black tights. An impromtu feather. All this can only mean one thing… Robin Hood. I had a lovely weekend a little…

Photo Friday, on Mudnday.

Anybody else missing Photo Friday? I’ll bet you didn’t even notice it stopped ; ) Welcome to one of the things I did this summer when I wasn’t dedicating my time to Photo Fridays – Adventures in Mud! I thought it a fitting photo to share in lieu of our recent mud-hole adventure. This is…

A Date with Kate: A Kickoff to Fall

I’m going to bed smelling like dirt and applesauce. I think that’s a sign of a good day. I suppose I could shower, but I strongly dislike the activity, so I’m going to push that off till tomorrow. Hooray for procrastination! But anyways… I’m going to bed smelling strange because today I spent with Kate….

The Gentlemen in My Life

It’s time. You need to know about these two delightful characters in my life. At least, tonight they are delight. Like all humans, sometimes they are less so, but that’s okay because we’re related so I can tell them when they are not so nice and they’re stuck with me so we’ll still be friends….

August Frogging

I like August, and I like frogs.  But what do I like better? I like CATCHING frogs with kids! Welcome to my favourite part of last week: I had the pleasure of helping teach the Nature Exploration Skill at camp with 10 curious kiddos and Allison, chief Nature Explorer and Frog Catcher Extraordinaire (She’s pretty…

A Very Late Photo Friday: The Park and Parkour

___ Meet Zack and Joey: ___ ____ They’re pretty cool. ____ ____ Zack, Joey, and Adam are our resident Parkour Enthusiasts. [Click here for a description of Parkour] If you haven’t noticed, Adam is missing in this trio today, making this post about only 2 of our Parkour Heros: ____ ____ Zack and Joey! Oh…

Bus Times is Good Times

As I sit gleefully piecing together Mongolian insults out of my limited vocabulary, Adele works on memorizing scripture on our bus ride. Soon she will be able to recite the book of Ephesians, and I will be able to say “You stupid cabbage” and “dirty monkeys” at the drop of a hat. Clearly, we see…