• Life
  • Essentialism – TV

    Essentialism is a concept I’ve thought about for a long time – if not in that exact terminology then at an abstract level. It’s the concept that you have to pick what’s important to you (truly important) and say yes to that, but, perhaps more importantly, say no to other things so that you can say […]

  • Benjamin
  • Here Comes the Sun

    It’s a little hard to believe it’s been over a year since I posted. I’ve thought about doing so a few times, but not as many as I thought I would. I miss it, more because I can’t go back and see what was going on than because I miss doing it. If that makes […]

  • Cooking/Food
  • Mug Cake Cook-Off

    Wowwie. It’s been a crazy month and a bit. Crazy. We’ve: 1) gone on an 8 day road trip with 12 people in a 12 passenger van over 3 states, 3 national parks and 2200 miles, 2) started back at school, 3) gone on our biggest camping trip to date, 4) gotten and gotten over […]

  • Benjamin
  • Raingutter Regatta

    Being as that I am a girl with no brothers, I have little experience with the boy side of scouting. Which is actually part of what makes Ben’s Boy Scout events so much fun. It’s lots of new stuff. For the uninitiated, like myself, the Raingutter Regatta is the maritime equivalent of the Pinewood Derby. […]

  • Benjamin
  • Family Meeting

    A few weeks ago, I told Matt that I wanted to start having regular family meetings. I said I wanted to have an agenda and a family credo and snacks. This is exactly the variety of corny/cheesy stuff that Matt instinctively rolls his eyes at and internally GROANS. We’ve both been through way too many […]

  • Crafts
  • A Weekend in the Shop

    This guy had a birthday last week. It was a pretty fun affair if fairly low key. He got new sheets and a new backpacking chair (which hasn’t actually arrived yet) and he got to hang out with these weirdos and drink homemade lemon cream soda (delish). But my other gift to him was taking […]

  • Benjamin
  • 2015 in Review

    2015 was in many ways an excellent year for me and mine. The second full year following Mom’s death had it’s own pitfalls and moments of sorrow, but it went on and was definitely more happy than sad. Family We soaked up lots of family time, skiing, hiking, camping, backpacking, cooking, walking, reading, playing and […]

  • Married Life
  • This Guy

    My partner in crime turns 34 today. We were realizing recently that we’ve been together over 15 years and are rapidly approaching the point where we’ve known each other for longer than we haven’t! WOW. We have had quite the year with a lot of firsts – some good and some pretty terrible. Through it […]

  • Benjamin
  • The Haps

    So … a mea culpa on continuing to suck at blogging. I’m trying hard not to give up. But a LOT is going on!! Tons! We went to family reunion. Where we did things like … hike to a waterfall. And take family photos… most of which my kids managed to screw up by being […]

  • Benjamin
  • Down but Not Out

    I’ve had nice little emails and texts from people who have been missing the blog – family from far away who only get to see us regularly through this medium and friends from afar who enjoy catching up on my life as I do theirs (even though I haven’t had time lately). I’ve been missing […]