What Does Your Blogging Family Tree Look Like

During a previous Selfiebration #BlogHer14 Twitter chat, Carter Gaddis chimed in with something that made us all go, hmm. He said, "I haven't been to BlogHer yet, but if @mrdougfrench had a blogging family tree, I'd be a little twig out on the edge." Which started me off on a wonder trail: Who is part of my blogging family tree? ...more
Love this so much!  Must make a blogging family tree!more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Blowing Things Up

Midday on the 4th of July, we decided to abandon plans to attend fireworks. You know, the professional ones set to patriotic music that large crowds of people drive to see. I mean, those kind of fireworks are great, but the boys spent four hours in the pool at The Farm ....more

Ohio Runners: Attend RunFest This Weekend in Columbus!

Do you Run Ohio? I do. And in case you couldn’t figure that out since I live in Ohio and identify as a runner, I have a sticker on the back of my car that lets you know ....more

Training for the Columbus Marathon: When a Run Streak Butts Up Against Training

The Columbus (Half) Marathon is in 104 days. 3 months and 12 days. 15 weeks, meaning that I just completed my first week of training ....more

My First Stitch Fix, or: To Stitch Fix with Love

I resisted All Things Stitch Fix for a really long time—even though I looked at other bloggers’ awesome fixes and thought, “Ooh, that’s pretty. Ooh, I like that. Oooh, shiny.” But I just couldn’t do it ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Pirate Ship

Last week on vacation, we took one morning off from our usual beaching to go do something as a four person family unit. When vacationing as a multi-generational family, we find great importance in taking time for our individual family unit. Sometimes we go to the aquarium ....more

Training for the Columbus Half Marathon: Begin (and a Look Back at June)

Training for the Columbus Half Marathon begins for me today. The race is in 110 days, or three months and 18 days. Or in 12 weeks ....more

Happy 2nd Birthday, Callie!

Yesterday Callie turned two! Two-years-old. She’s totally not a puppy anymore ....more

The Family Vacation We Almost Canceled Was the One We Needed the Most

Last June, my dad's youngest brother hatched a grand plan. The three brothers and their families hadn't vacationed together in quite some time. My husband, two sons, parents, brother, and sister-in-law perfected the multi-generational vacation over the years, and as my uncle got to witness it in person for three days last year, he decided 2014 would be the perfect year to really put the multi in multi-generational. We booked two houses as soon as we could, and we began planning out the most epic of vacations. We all happily looked forward to June 21 when we would begin a week of pure relaxation and family togetherness. Then my beloved grandmother, my father and uncles' mother, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014. ...more
I am so, so glad you had this vacation at just this time.more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Beach Togetherness

I started writing a beautiful piece about how these two boys are getting along splendidly at the beach, how they dig holes and/or convince Papau to dig them a hole that they can continue to work on after the hard work is completed. How they made friends with another brother pair and spent hours digging and playing. How they acted like pirates and laughed as they engaged in a sword fight on a pirate ship ....more