The Pose


It’s one of those things that I just hadn’t noticed until I did and now I see it everywhere. On the way to the beach this summer I posted a picture of the three kids in front of a BBQ restaurant that we discovered on our trip last year. And then I posted a . . . → Read More: The Pose

Happy Father’s Day


This is the 7th year of pictures with the DAD letters. All of the previous pictures were taken in the front yard of our house – the first year’s pictures were taken right after we moved in to this house. This year we changed things up and took the letters on the road with . . . → Read More: Happy Father’s Day

While Ruslan Dug Holes in the Sand


Yesterday was a perfect day on the beach. The humidity was low, the temps were moderate and there was a lovely breeze. I took turns playing in the waves with each of my children and I showed them how to use all of the sand molds that we had brought with us; then I sat . . . → Read More: While Ruslan Dug Holes in the Sand



We didn’t go on a big family vacation this summer – Scott was still recovering from his concussion at the beginning on the summer and then Wyatt had surgery at the beginning of August. So we scheduled a mini-vacation for the end of July – the week after Juliana’s last big specialty camp of . . . → Read More: Mini-Vacation

Presque Isle – Beach #6


My parents have been married for a long time – 41 years. They met during the summer of 1967 when they were both 16 at Presque Isle Beach #6 on Lake Erie. I was surprised when my mom recommended that we take the kids to the beach to play Friday afternoon and as we . . . → Read More: Presque Isle – Beach #6

How to Eat a Push-Up Pop


Juliana and I went to Target one morning and I told her she could pick out an ice cream treat.  She selected cotton candy flavored push-up pops (I was saddened that she didn’t want the orange sherbet ones). We had them poolside one day and Juliana happily sat and enjoyed one or two of . . . → Read More: How to Eat a Push-Up Pop

Little Island


The boys have reverted back to two naps per day while on vacation.  The wild running around, excitement, new activities, and later bedtime have made the mornings too difficult.  They are up between 6:30 and 7:00 each morning (no sleeping in for the mom).  My mom has gotten up with us each morning and . . . → Read More: Little Island

First Day at the Beach


We made a quick visit to the beach Saturday evening and then the weather on Sunday was not great.  Monday was our first major beach outing with the boys.  We packed up the wagon and toys and the big blanket and headed for the beach.  The boys were taking everything in – looking around . . . → Read More: First Day at the Beach

Ruslan and Wyatt’s Favorite Place in the Beach House


One of the best unexpected features of the beach house is the upstairs deck on the front of the house.  It is accessible from the great room and it is completely enclosed – no steps to reach the lower decks.  So this deck is basically a big, outside play area!  They can walk in . . . → Read More: Ruslan and Wyatt’s Favorite Place in the Beach House


I was so nervous about our trip to Maryland – 350 miles in the van with 2 wild babies who don’t like to stay still for long.

We timed the trip to leave right after the boys ate breakfast in the hope that they would take a good morning nap.  We had the van . . . → Read More: Roadtrip