One craft. That’s all I knew I could probably handle, so I picked one and didn’t stress about the gazillion other cute, Pinterest-y Halloween, DIY, Classroom activities we COULD be doing. My kids don’t know. They certainly don’t care, and as long as we do something it’s good enough for everyone. We’ve been spending the […]

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To get excited for the Halloween season, we decided to pause our regular before bedtime story, and pull out some Halloween books instead. I had my mother go through her collection, and she included 7 or 8 when she sent us our mail and the rest we’ve been able to get through our library overdrive or from the […]

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  • October 29, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Stacie - We added Crankenstein ( to our collection this year. It’s hilarious and so spot in descriptions of grumpy kids (and adults!) We just got it and I have already heard a few times, “Are you being a Crankenstein?”ReplyCancel

    • October 30, 2014 - 2:43 pm

      Jess - That one looks super fun! I’ll have to add it to our wish list for next year!ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    Jennifer Slaugh Hsu - Our favorite Halloween book is called Room on the Broom. It’s one of the few books I can read over and over. We also love several of your favorites, especially the Berenstain Bear books.ReplyCancel

One of the things we love about traveling is spending time with friends & family we wouldn’t otherwise see. Whether we are traveling through their town, or make a specific detour, these visits are fun and exciting for all of us. We’ve stayed with or nearby our friends the Graces twice now. Once for Thanksgiving 2013 […]

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We had some really awesome, beautiful days this last week, as well as some so rainy we couldn’t get out. I’m learning that is what life is like in the Pacific Northwest. Still trying to roll with it, but not being too successful. We spent the weekend at Fort Stevens State Park, exploring both Ft. […]

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  • October 25, 2014 - 5:56 pm

    Janice - Yup, thats the pacific northwest! Having grown up outside of Seattle I have never gone crabbing! I have fond memories of Lincoln City because my grandparents took us there for a week each summer. Two fun shops I still remember (if they are still there on the main street) are the teddy bear shop and the bear claw dounuts at the bakery. I love reading sbout your travels!ReplyCancel

We love listening to audio books as we drive. We’ve worked our way through the Percy Jackson Series, the Enchanted Forest Series, and now we are on book 4 of the Heroes of Olympus. Even though we don’t drive 10 hours days (ever) listening to a book is an easy way to keep kids entertained […]

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  • October 23, 2014 - 5:36 am

    Boyink - Have you guys checked out Libravox? It takes a bit of exploration to find titles and then get used to some of the (non-professional) readers – but we’ve been mining their library for a couple of years. More for MsBoyink and I to fall asleep to at night. But they have some Nesbitt, Prisoner of Zenda, the Greek Classics, etc.ReplyCancel

    • October 23, 2014 - 6:57 pm

      Jess - We haven’t but I will! Really the only time we listen is when we are all in the car driving so they have to be pretty entertaining for the kids. We tried a version of Charlotte’s Web once that didn’t go over so well. :)ReplyCancel

Dear Rachel, You are turning in to quite the young lady! I’m so proud of you. As the oldest there’s kind of a lot of responsibility, but you shoulder it well. You are good to your brother and sister and are great at organizing play and having fun! Like your brother, you also LOVE to […]

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During our time in Portland, several local friends recommended that we visit Chapman Elementary School and watch the birds. This seemed both unique and local, which are two of the best reasons for us to try something during our travels. ‘The Birds’ turned out to be Vaux’s Swifts, a variety of bird that roosts at […]

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People seem surprised that we have kept our Costco membership even while living in such a tiny space. Either we are crazy, or there is more to Costco items than large, bulk purchases. I prefer the latter explanation. Truth is, we are probably addicted to some of the items they carry, and even though the […]

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  • October 16, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Betsy Groh Ptak - The flat ham steaks (only available in Western states I think. Slip flat into the freezer, fast meal, great snack leftovers. Some states sell 1 gallon milk, keep looking for those. ReplyCancel

  • October 18, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    Malinda - Hi Jess. Love your blog!
    I was at target yesterday and saw nick and Nora Jammie’s for women with air streams and pink flamingos on them. Thought of you. Check them out.
    Safe travels.ReplyCancel

    • October 21, 2014 - 8:13 pm

      Jess - Thanks Malinda! I’ll have to look for them!ReplyCancel

  • October 20, 2014 - 3:58 am

    Mica Hale Hauley - Is that a new photo on the top! That waterfall has been on my bucket list since I saw a stock photo of it! Where is it!? Love it! Love costco too :-) have you had their tri tip steak they have? I think it’s omaha but I forget… amazing! Splurge for sure though. Love the fruit leather too.ReplyCancel

Our visit to Patrick’s Point and the Trinidad area was most notable for it’s amazing blackberries. I’ll get to details there, but first, let’s talk about fun on north coast beaches. When We Visited: August 10-14, 2014 Ages of Kids: 8, 6, 4 Where We Stayed: 4 Nights at Sounds of the Sea RV Park, […]

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