• Making
  • Disney Shirts

    We’re headed back to WDW pretty soon, this time with Matt’s whole side of the family. I am not a big fan of the matchy-matchy family shirts, but I do like to do a little something special for a Mickey trip. So I came up with the idea of making a “custom” Mickey head for […]

  • Travel
  • UK all the Way

    One of the highlights of this year was our big UK trip. We left the day before school let out (they missed a whopping 4 hours of messing about and total teacher apathy) and flew direct to London. Once we got to London, we almost immediately hopped a train to Bath and spent a couple […]

  • Benjamin
  • Wilderness Guys

    And so while Tabby and I were hiking around Vail and the Holy Cross Wilderness, Matt and Ben were doing their own thing. They were on their annual boy’s backpacking trip, having a grand ol’ time. The highlight of their trip was getting to hike their first 13’er, Mt. Parnassus, a cool 13,574 ft. above […]

  • Camping
  • Angel of Shavano

    Ahh Angel of Shavano. This wass our third year camping at this fine spot. It was the second weekend in July (this month was CRAZY, y’all) and we went up for a long weekend (Th-Sun). It’s a great group spot. We have a ton of space and even our own restrooms! Friday we did a […]

  • Tabitha
  • Wilderness Girls

    Our fourth, and final trip for July was a split ticket. Matt and Ben went on their annual Boys Backpacking Trip and Tabby and I took the ladies to Vail. Gram had just passed away and it felt oddly appropriate to be going there with friends to relax and reflect. I also brought a laptop […]

  • Travel
  • Colorado by Train

    At some point in time, my uncle mentioned to me that trains run from Denver to Granby (a mountain town a couple hours away and near his lake house). I filed it away under “cool, maybe later” and thought nothing of it for a while. Suddenly, a couple days before we were scheduled to visit, […]

  • Camping
  • We Found Lost Lake

    We took Friday off to do our second backpacking trip of the season. Since it was mostly overcast and rainy and I only had my iPhone, my photos are not up to snuff – many of them grainy and blurry. But you work with what you’ve got. We went to Lost Lake, a 1.7 mile […]

  • Camping
  • Backpacking Trip Numero Uno

    I love the outdoors, but I have always had a rocky relationship with camping and backpacking. It comes from my intense dislike of two things: 1) not sleeping well and 2) lack of shower. I have largely gotten over #2, but #1 was still plaguing me. But last fall, two of my best girlfriends convinced […]

  • Benjamin
  • We’re on Lake Time

    We got out of town Thursday night and headed Jackson Lake. It’s a nice state park about 90 minutes from our house. It’s also in theĀ opposite way from most of the traffic, so it really is 90 minutes. Though much of it lacks shade, we got a great loop to setup on and had decent […]

  • Benjamin
  • Ben Turns 7!

    A few months ago, we decided to be really good bad parents and take the kids out of school for a full week for a vacation. And not to anywhere very cultural … Disney World! Happily, the best dates coincided with the weekend of Ben’s 7th Birthday. What better place to spend your birthday than […]