1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Just The Three Of Us

    Just The Three Of Us

    This past weekend I took the kids to Disneyland. As you know from past posts, I really like Disneyland. And I also really like surprise adventures to Disneyland. So I did it again. I kept it to myself until 3:30am last Friday morning when I woke them up and said, "Wake up we're going to Disneyland."Man, that's seriously the b... Read More

  5. Southern France 2015

    Southern France 2015

    Over the last few years I've developed a tradition of a fall work trip. In past years I've done trips organized by Jim West at Scrapmap/Craft Tours (Italy, Ireland, China, Peru). This year I decided to mix it up and attend an event in Montpellier in southern France organized by my friend Celine Navarro.  The trip ende... Read More

  6. Labor Dave Weekend

    Labor Dave Weekend

    When my parents dropped off my kids today my Dad said, "You didn't post enough photos to Instagram this weekend."  I laughed out loud. My parents love Instagram. They love seeing what we are all up to via that platform.  But yes, he was right, I didn't post very many photos from our adventure this... Read More

  7. Family Camping 2015

    Family Camping 2015

    Ah, family camping. I'm a fan of repetition in design as well as in life. Repetition in life is called tradition. Our location is the same (outside Olympia, Washington on some timber land that my brother's company owns) and many of the people are the same from year to year. This group was started by my brother and sister-in-l... Read More

  8. Disney World 2015

    Disney World 2015

    I've been to Disney World a few times in my life. Once back in 2006 with Chris and Simon and a few other times when CKU events were held in Orlando. This past week we made the trip again - this time with Aaron, Katie, Simon, Anna and Audrey. You can read about our 2006 adventure here.Magic is a word that tends to get thrown a... Read More

  9. Spring Break RV Adventure 2015

    Spring Break RV Adventure 2015

    As you might remember from some of my previous posts, for Spring Break this year Aaron and I decided to plan a week-long RV adventure with all five of the kids. We survived. We started with grand plans - Utah, Grand Canyon, California - and then scaled back as we considered some of the basics such as this being our first time... Read More

  10. Bring On The Adventure

    Bring On The Adventure

    Later this month we, these five kids + me + Aaron, are heading out on an adventure in a RV for Spring Break. The photo you see above was our first all-together adventure over two years ago - everyone is quite a bit taller and smarter and sillier and better acquainted. We decided, this being our first RV outing, to not go too ... Read More

  11. The Weekend Lens | Washburne State Park

    The Weekend Lens | Washburne State Park

    Because Thoreau said it best: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to p... Read More