When You Don’t Make it to the Top.

There is a hike in town with two trail heads, or rather, one trail head and one parking lot that has a road named for the same destination and the word trail head on a sign. We have read about this hike, researched it, and attempted it three times now. Each time our kiddos tire […]

Arboretum Hike, PNW Travel Fun!

As winter starts to wind down and the warmer weather creeps in bringing rain right along with it, we are finding ways to enjoy getting outside. Our legs are heavy and slow from a cozy winter, and working to get our hiker muscles back is important to all of our summer trail plans! Getting the […]

Frozen Lake Padden!

For the first time in nearly 30 years, a big lake in our town froze. I’ve never explored a big frozen lake, don’t know much about it, and am woefully uneducated on the in’s and out’s of how to stay safe in that environment. So I approached it with extreme caution  (because, you know, 4 […]

Friday Feels.

I’m always over caffeinated on Fridays. The second cup, or press, or pot, always sounds like a good plan. The day is rife with relief, it’s Friday, support is home for two full days in only 9 hours. But the day is rife with the weight of the week too, the hours on hours that it’s been […]

Great Book List Gift Guide!

Books are an ever-popular present around our house. More than likely every member of our family will have a book or two in their stocking, as we are all big fans of new reading material. I have my eye on this one (Love Warrior) and this one too, even thought I kinda have a love/hate […]

Motherhood, My North Star

I have tried to swing the pendulum into different genres when I write. I have tried to step back from talking about motherhood. Over the years I have experienced online bullying, and scary real life bullying. I have also experienced deep, authentic heart connection with friends and readers as a direct result of my words. I […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Last night I laid on my mat, finishing up a yoga video with Charlie. It was a gratitude specific practice and at the end the teacher said,  “lay into your mat and feel the ground supporting you.” My mind wandered and I thought, this isn’t the ground (not immediately), it’s this home. The floors of […]

Quickie Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffer Fun!

Whenever I wait on stocking stuffer gifts I end up buying one of two ways, either stuff they don’t care about/but need (and, to be fair, this is good sometimes! Socks!) or junk… just little, junky, dollar bin things that will break immediately. This year we are doing one gift, and stockings, for Christmas morning. […]

Life lately. A taste of our homeschool.

I’ve hesitated to share much about our homeschooling. For… many reasons. One that I am still a little nervous when I so publicly proclaim We.Are.Homeschoolers. Secondly, I am such a new homeschooler that a all I can offer is what we are doing, and has worked so far, but ‘so far’ is only a year […]

5 Tips for Making Grey Days your Best Days.

Washington is well known for it’s rain. The  locals camps seem to fall in two spaces;  “yes! Grey rain! I’ll cuddle in and be productive today!” and “OMG ANOTHER DAY OF RAIN TURN IT OFF.” Here are a few ways I embrace being the former, and try to cultivate that grey=productive mentality that so many […]