1. Spring Break 2017 | Kid's Choice Staycation

    Spring Break 2017 | Kid's Choice Staycation

    For Spring Break this year we decided to stay around here and assign each of the kids a day and let them choose the activity or activities they wanted to do for their day. We didn't set super specific rules and began the process a few weeks before just by brainstorming a list of possible things on a big chalkboard near our di... Read More

  2. And Then We Got Engaged

    And Then We Got Engaged

    A week or so ago on Instagram I shared that Aaron had asked me to marry him while we were on vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Today I want to share more about the story and our adventure. We planned this getaway last September after I had to miss going with Aaron to see Dave Matthews at the Gorge due to those blood clot issu... Read More

  3. Weekends Are For

    Weekends Are For

    This past weekend was a stay-at-home-and-take-care-of-the-stuff-of-life weekend and it was wonderful. It was just Aaron and Simon and Anna and me from Friday to Sunday. Definitely a little quieter as we moved through the days while the other kids were off on a skiing adventure with their Mom. As our weekend started on Saturda... Read More

  4. Beach Weekend & Happy Thanksgiving & Sale Update

    Beach Weekend & Happy Thanksgiving & Sale Update

    One of my favorite things is waking up at my parents home on the Oregon coast. Last weekend Aaron and I headed down there to visit, to relax, to read, to eat & drink, and to walk. We walked along one of the trails along the coast that leads to Shore Acres State Park. Rain was in the forecast but it ended up being beautifu... Read More

  5. Halloween 2016

    Halloween 2016

    All kinds of fun and celebration happened here last night. So much so that I didn't get as many photos as I usually do because I was in the middle of the fun. I was cooking and laughing and chatting and drinking and monitoring and encouraging and lighting and opening the door. I love having friends over for Halloween and last... Read More

  6. These Kids

    These Kids

    These kids are rad.  This house is full. The toothbrushes have all been replaced and everyone now has their own color so there's no confusion about who and where.  It's good.  Here's a look at what's up with my crew right now:  Name: Audrey Age: 7 Totally into: Kittens, puppies, Shopkins Likes: Shopkins, ki... Read More

  7. Entry Points & Participation

    Entry Points & Participation

    On the backend of this website, along with the shop products and photos and galleries and classrooms, is a place where blog posts are started and saved. Some make it to the light of day and others never do. Some are stories about my life or my kids or memory keeping topics I think you might enjoy. Right now there are about... Read More

  8. Health Update & Listen To Your Body

    Health Update & Listen To Your Body

    I had planned to be sharing photos of my trip to Bali with you these last few days but I ended up having a crazy health scare with deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in my leg) and pulmonary embolisms (blood clots on the lungs) that landed me in the hospital last weekend. I've been sharing some of the story on Instagram and w... Read More

  9. Around Here

    Around Here

    I was on the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast earlier this week (talking about documenting mental health issues) and during the discussion I talked about how much I valued my Around Here posts - the ones that capture a combination of facts and feelings about what's happening in my home and my head and my heart at any given ti... Read More

  10. The Next Chapter

    The Next Chapter

    Sometimes when I tell the story of my life I talk about how at one point, before getting into memory keeping and before having any kids, I envisioned that I was on a path to being a stay-at-home-mom and having five kids while my husband worked to support our family.   Life has a funny way of making things happen in... Read More

  11. A Weekend At Floret

    A Weekend At Floret

    For my 40th birthday (last November) I decided to gift myself an adventure.  I thought about a big trip - maybe Tokyo or somewhere else far away - probably with Aaron in tow. As I started to explore my options something about Floret's flower workshops popped up (either via email or on Instagram or something) and I dec... Read More

  12. Full Circle

    Full Circle

    Sometimes you go away from something for a long time, and then, all of a sudden (or maybe not so suddenly), you are back. On Sunday I went skiing with Aaron for the first time in probably 15 years.  It was so, so fun. As a kid my parents decided that skiing was something we should know how to do (along with golf and swimming)... Read More