Andy and I start taking our kids camping when they are about four months old. Carter’s first time was on an outdoor ed trip I led with students, and I ended up sleeping with him in the back of an Expedition. Aila’s first camping experience was last year’s two-week road trip up to Olympic National Park.
This year, our first camping trip was in Sequoia National Park with my brothers and their partners (and Smurf!). Camping with kids is not exactly a relaxing experience (looking at you firepit of death), but to us, it is worth the extra planning and stress. Here are a few reasons why: Continue reading “7 Reasons to Take Young Kids Camping”
We celebrated my step-dad’s birthday and kicked off our summer with a weekend trip to Sea Ranch with my family. My brother, Dave, was in town after road-tripping from New York with his girlfriend, Emily, and his doggie, Smurf. I’m not sure if the kids loved Smurf or the ocean more.
The view from our house.
Spinning on this chair is so much fun!
Point Arena Lighthouse.
Harv’s first board game EVER.
Run to mama!
Playing at the park with Agong.
Two grandkids and a granddog.
The whole crew.
Experimenting with the ponytail.
Just outside the front door!
Eating eating eating. As per the usual.
Watching the waves.
She wanted to play with him soooo bad!
Ahhh, brother and sister relaxation time.
Hiking around Mendocino.
Mama and Waby out for a hike.
In-n-out stop on the way home.
Andy and I got to go explore on our own for an hour!
After going to The Color Factory, I was on a mission to get tickets to the Ice Cream Museum but to no avail. I had pretty much given up hope. So, when the museum extended their dates, I harassed people to wait on their computers the second the tickets were released. And we got tickets! Whoo-hoo! Continue reading “The Museum of Ice Cream”
Once a year, the roads of many of my dearest loved ones converge in Salt Lake City. My crazy relatives fly in from all over the country to spend a few days snowboarding, eating and hanging out in a giant vacation home (there was a lofted bedroom above the jacuzzi/shower in the master bathroom…very weird but noteworthy?). We visit the Utah Bradshaw clan and shenanigans ensue. I spend time with beloved friends. Continue reading “Our Annual Cousin Ski Trip”
Life is better with a bestie.
In Carter’s case, it’s his pal, Massi (Matthew). Massi is the son of one of my closest friends, and I love how our kids love each other too. Continue reading “Besties and Besties”