Wally World Adventure, Day 3

After waking up to the carbon monoxide detector alarm in Colorado, we decided to just forgo showers and breakfast and get on the road. To this point, our camping club membership had not worked at any of the designated gas pumps for our gas discount, our bank cards had been locked down because we used them out of state in a high-fraud location, we were still hours behind schedule, we had slept in a Walmart parking lot, and now we were all just in a very bad mood from a rough morning start. We grabbed cereal bars, buckled our seat belts, and got on the road saying "shake it off." It wasn't too difficult- Colorado is a gorgeous state to drive and we had serious mountains ahead of us ....more

Wally World Adventure, Kick-off, Days 1 & 2

If you missed the beginning of our Wally World Adventure, start here. Then just hit that sweet little "next" button at the bottom of the post to move forward.We kicked off our vacation adventure with the One Direction concert in Kansas City. The girls found the tickets at the end of a Christmas day present scavenger hunt and Fish was absolutely speechless ....more

Wally World Adventure

This family has had a rough few...more

Birthday Party #70, I Think

Is this #70? 71? I don't even know anymore.Here is what I do know:I know that my sweet little Fish turned 15! ...more

It's Over

I read these words in my email last week: “…we have settled this claim in full with _________.” The rest went on to discuss attorney’s fees and public adjuster’s fees and other legalities. So, we've settled our claim against our insurance company. We were told that the insurance company felt they had given us quite a gift with the payout of our total claim ....more


Overheard from one of the herd:"One of the families over in the duplexes owns a pig!They brought it to the bus stop.It was so cool!Check it out.I smell like pig!" ...more

Our Rustic Family Office Makeover

Spring has been full of fun projects here! I really just want to share a ton of photos here so I'll make a long story really short. Stop laughing! ...more


An update on Operation Rebuild is long overdue. Yes, we are still putting the house back together. Sometimes it feels as if we'll always be putting the house back together ....more

About Hanging On and Letting Go

I am going to tell you a little story. Once upon a time, when I was fourteen and thought I was fat and clumsy (youth is totally wasted on the young), I found myself participating in an experiential leadership group. We called the group simply, Ropes ....more

Puppy Love

The Big Guy and I have been talking about puppies for quite some time now. As in, we should get one. It was time ....more