Category Archives: holidays

Working Mom Woes

I used to be a regular blogger and it pains me to see that my last post occurred in 2016. But middle school started and we jumped on the family merry-go-round of schedule insanity. My day usually starts at 4:00 a.m. and most days don’t wind down until 10:00 p.m. and in between those hours, I’m […]

Cookies for Santa

Christmas Eve is a very special day in our family. We enjoy waking up and tracking Santa’s travels across the world via the NORAD Santa Tracker app on our phones and iPads. Over the past couple of years, we’ve also been fortunate to talk with live NORAD folks by calling 1-877-HI-NORAD. The kids enjoy speaking […]

Festivus For the Rest of Us

If you have been reading this blog for longer than a year, you may recall past posts about our annual Festivus parties. And, like other years, we hosted the party again this year…..with a better, albeit smaller pole. Last year, the “feat of strength” included completion of a Virtual 5K race which sent us the […]

Holiday Bakers

I’ve always loved baking a variety of treats at the holidays, but none of us needs multiple batches of goodies in the kitchen. So, our holiday tradition has always been to bless our neighbors with a tin full of baked goods. Before we had kids, I didn’t understand how complicated or messy this task could […]

Surprise Lights

On the first Friday of each month, one of the towns near us has a community event that encourages people to visit each of the small businesses in their town. Usually, we check in at a local church and obtain the list of challenges. And, as you complete a challenge which may include guessing how […]


This Halloween, our kids had some pretty creative ideas. Our son wanted to be an Enderman from Minecraft which is his favorite video game and our girl wanted to be Hermione from Harry Potter. Every year, we take the kids to a thrift shop with their costumes in mind. This usually is a pretty targeted […]

Our Non-Traditional Holidays

This year, we haven’t done any of the “traditions” that we’ve held so dear over the previous decade. Typically, our Christmas holidays have included the Festival of Lights, catching the Christmas ships and going to a local raceway to see some Christmas lights with hot cocoa. But this year? I’d say we have new traditions, […]

Happy Halloween

It is Halloween 2015. And it is POURING DOWN RAIN here in the Pacific Northwest. That doesn’t stop our kids, however, from wanting to stay home and trick-or-treat in one of the best neighborhoods! Our neighborhood is always super popular with the families because of our wide streets and the decent street lighting. This year, […]

Dear Dad

As we near Father’s Day, I thought it might be time again to let you know all of the ways I am thankful for you (and Mom, but I’ll have to address her in a different blog post next year). Tonight, I read an article which was entitled, “An Ode to Fathers of Strong Daughters” […]

The Sweetest Kids

Who has the sweetest kids in the whole, wide world? If this were a contest, I’m pretty sure that my kids could compete handily this year. Today was Mother’s Day and my kids started preparing over a week ago specifically for today. Last Sunday, my son advised me that I could no longer enter our […]