A small pet peeve…

Call it a small pet peeve, call it a large one. Probably a large one…here it is: I hate it when people are fake. Similarly, I hate the thought of presenting an image that is incomplete or misleading. And here is the thing. In this place called the Internet we can manufacture an appearance. We…

Each child is different…

Here is a little secret…as parents, we have made probably half of the mistakes in the book, and the other half we’ll probably encounter in the next 18 years. I am not trying to berate us, but here is something I learned quickly about kids: there is a lot of grey, and not a lot…

A Mommy’s Top 5

I loving asking my friends this question: What are your favorite outdoor baby items?  “Why” you ask? Because even after 3 kids I still learn of new things I’ve never even heard of before.  Like the Bug Band.  This last summer a good friend of mine wrote a review on them.  I had never even…

When your kid drags his feet…

How often do you spend all week coming up with an outdoor adventure plan, spend Friday night packing for it, and spend Saturday morning urging your not-so-excited kid out the door? They are reluctant. They want to watch Saturday morning cartoons. If your family was a ship- they aren’t on board. I know this kid…cause…

Swallowing our pride…

Solitude Mountain Resort opened last week and being that we are 1. excited to see the snow again or 2. insane…we decided to take the kiddos up and check it out. We’ve never been to Solitude- so we had no clue what to expect. It was also the kid’s first day on skis this season….

Why do we bother?

Sometimes I think of giving up. Perhaps it is a day where I’ve failed. I’m frustrated with my kids and yelling. The kids have reacted equally, and emotions spin around like an F5 tornado threatening the small towns that make up the sinews of our family. Perhaps it is a day that everything has gone…

These are the moments…

that made a summer I will never forget… Antelope Island, UT Anibel (age 4 in photo) climbing at Red Rocks, Salt Lake, UT Peek-a-boo fun! Refreshing Esme at Lower Emerald Pools, Zion National Park, UT Abishai, age 3, sweating it up in the hot sun! Canyon Rim Train, Zion National Park, UT Skipping to the…

Families that play together, stay together.

My title is adapted from my parent’s favorite marriage counsel- those that play together, stay together.  It is derived not from studies or stats but from years of experience.  Years of watching friends married, friends divorced and friends re-married. And over the years it has been drilled into my head too.  I was asked by…

Everyone Find a Buddy!

My husband and I love climbing.  And after our second kid was born we got back into it- but climbed only indoors at the gym.  We had written off climbing outdoors for quite some time.  But since moving to Utah- where endless numbers of route are 20 minutes from our front stoop- we wanted to…

The Froggy Potty

One small trick we learned for toddlers is to bring our little training potty – known as the Froggy Potty in our household, with on any camping trips.  A great addition for those toddlers recently potty trained and unable to hold it the 5 minute walk to the outhouse.  Or say the kids terrified by…