I am attempting something a little different with my summer work schedule this year. A few months back, I was thinking about the kids’ summer break and what my hopes and goals were around it. It dawned on me that I had a lot of paid time-off stored up, and why not make use of it for something other than an actual vacation or being sick? I decided to “cash out” to take off 4 days per week in June… Read more »

  Last week, we decided to take a little family adventure road trip before the end of Christmas break. I’ve written about our interest in having family micro adventures before HERE. And this getaway fits the bill. We love creating shared experiences with our kids. We all benefit and learn from being together. And now that they are a little older, we don’t dread extended time in the car with them anymore. Especially after the Christmas hustle and bustle, we… Read more »

Last week we spent a week at the beach near St Augustine. It was wonderful and just what the doctor ordered. Although we love traveling to new places very much, this is the other type of vacation that we love – a home away from home type vacation. For seven days, we were together with no work, no school, no scheduled activities and no chores. Talk about a needed refresh. We pretty much stay for a week at the same beach… Read more »

One of my greatest joys in having kids is getting to dive into children’s books with them. My boys know I will stop whatever I am doing to read to them if they ask. Picture books are extra special because we value the illustrator as much as the author. A well-illustrated book with a good story is like hitting gold. Today I wanted to share some of our family’s favorite picture books that make us laugh. There is real talent in… Read more »

    Nearly every weekend, we all pile onto the couch as a family and watch a movie together. We started doing this about 2 years ago, and it dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that this simple, ordinary thing might end up being one of the boys best memories as they grow up. Not because it is earth-shattering or that no one else is doing it, but because we are all together and we do it on… Read more »