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

3029 Days Later

Today is our 9th Wedding Anniversary. We are spending a few days away from home on a mini family vacation – something simple to break up the summer for the kids. But Scott and I did get away for a trip together this year. In fact it was our first vacation alone since our Honeymoon . . . → Read More: 3029 Days Later

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

Disney Day #6

Wednesday was our last full day at Disney World.  This was our 3rd time staying at the Pop Century Resort and although the buses to most of the Parks are very efficient, we forgot how long the buses to the Animal Kingdom take.  We waited a very long time.  Combine that with the fact . . . → Read More: Disney Day #6

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Getting back to the final Disney posts (because if I don’t post them here, I won’t remember the details).

On Monday afternoon Juliana had her appointment at The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella’s Castle.  The package was a gift from Nonni and included a Belle dress with shoes, crown and wand, the hairstyle of . . . → Read More: The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Disney Day #4

Monday was another Magic Kingdom day.  We arrived at the gate prior to the Park open time so we could make it to our breakfast reservation .  We were dining at the castle and Juliana wasn’t the only one looking forward this meal (I might have been a little excited to go to . . . → Read More: Disney Day #4