• Life
  • Fab Dads

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        I’m pretty lucky to have my amazing dad and a bunch of father-types in my life. Strong men who value women have never been in short supply and I am old enough now to fully appreciate that. #1 of course is my own dad, who has always been there for my sister and […]

  • Benjamin
  • The Purple Belt

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    About a week ago, Ben finally go the OFFICIAL nod to test for his purple belt. For the uninitiated, belts and their corresponding tests come pretty quickly at first and then they get harder and harder. It’s been over a year since Ben got his orange belt. The fact that he took last summer off […]

  • Camping
  • Backpacking Trip Numero Uno

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    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 […]

  • Asian
  • Chicken Lettuce Wraps Chopped Salad

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    Sorry this isn’t the best photo. I will try to replace it later with something more glamorous. But as a big part of this blog is to catalog the recipes that the family has deemed favorites, I want to get this UP. To be perfectly honest, only the adult members of the family are gaga […]

  • Making
  • A Maker Kind of Weekend

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    It was a good weekend. Mostly they are. The highlight of the weekend was Denver’s Mini Maker Faire. It’s quite a bit different (smaller) than the main Maker Faire in Bay Area, but it was fun! And cheap ($20 for us all!). And we got to do some cool stuff. Like make little cars (above). […]

  • Benjamin
  • Raingutter Regatta

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    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. […]

  • Cooking/Food
  • Tabby Bakes

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    This kid loves to cook. So when I suggested that as a potential summer goal, Tabby jumped all over it. Better still, she decided she would be in charge of producing the dessert for our family meeting. The first week, she tackled caramel stuffed chocolate chip cookies. I’d love to link to the recipe for […]

  • Benjamin
  • We’re on Lake Time

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    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 […]

  • Life
  • To Mom on Her 68th Birthday

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    Dear Mom, Today is your 68th birthday. I’m guessing you’re getting a pretty good look at the happenings from up in heaven, but it’s just not the a same asĀ having you here to share it with us. We miss you, darnit. I want you here so I can give you a silly gift and we […]

  • Fitness/Outdoors
  • Memorial Day Weekend

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    We had a very nice Memorial Day Weekend. Matt’s mom came in from Nashville to spend a couple of days with us. So Friday night we had a bunch of friends over for burgers and brats and hot dogs and fun. The kids watched a movie outside and the adults hung out and chatted.