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13 Aug
A Rainy Day in Vermont and a Glass Factory: Our Family-Style Anniversary

A Rainy Day in Vermont and a Glass Factory: Our Family-Style Anniversary

It rained from dawn to dusk today on our 13th wedding anniversary, but I’m pretty sure we managed to make it as romantic as possible with my lovely mother and three kids in tow. The Simon Pearce Glass Factory in Quechee is just simply a beautiful place, and even though the price tags on their items are too rich for our blood, the views (and glass factory tour) are free. We got to watch from just a few feet away while the craftsmen created vases and bowls and glass pumpkins. Jeremy seems to have developed a bit of a man-crush, but I am... Read More
06 Aug
Theo’s Philosophy of Travel: Let’s Give It a Chance

Theo’s Philosophy of Travel: Let’s Give It a Chance

On day sixteen of our road trip through North Carolina and Virginia Theo informed me that he wanted to go home.  He was simple and direct. “Daddy, I want to go home.” Max disagreed. “Daddy I want to go to another campin’ ground.” I could have stayed on the road for the rest of the summer, but alas, for a variety of reasons, it really was time to go home.  However, I tried to keep both boys happy. “Well guys, we are going home tomorrow, but we are going to go camping again this summer!”  Max smiled.... Read More
30 Jul
Max the Lepidopterist and Theo the Fantasist

Max the Lepidopterist and Theo the Fantasist

On our way from Asheville to the Shenandoah National Park, we broke for lunch at your typical roadside fast food joint. We unloaded the kids and began to walk into the restaurant when Max stopped dead in his tracks. Then he broke free of my mommy-parking-lot-handgrip (no small feat) and went racing back to the car yelling and pointing.Before I could scream at him about parking lot safety, he was pulling a dead butterfly out of the grill of my husband’s truck. Awesome. Of course the adults wanted to toss the thing and head in to wash... Read More
19 Jul
What It’s REALLY All About: Stephanie’s Boots on the Ground

What It’s REALLY All About: Stephanie’s Boots on the Ground

While my husband was pondering the metaphysical during our third family trip to Hatteras, I was thinking about things a bit more concretely.Sitting on the beach this year, holding a sleeping infant and watching my four-year olds play and splash, I realized I was thankful for three things:1. Four-year olds don’t eat sand. 2. Four-year olds don’t steal toys from random kids on the beach. 3. Four-year olds don’t wear swim diapers. Next year we will be back in the thick of it when Wes starts shoveling fistfuls of sand into his... Read More
18 Jul
What is the Journey About? Jeremy’s Feeling a Bit Sentimental…

What is the Journey About? Jeremy’s Feeling a Bit Sentimental…

When I was in the fourth or fifth grade my grandfather brought our whole family to Disney World for a reunion of sorts–there were 18 or 19 of us.  The trip was supposed to be a surprise (my grandfather loved surprises) but somebody accidentally spilled the beans and I found out months in advance (my family loved to spill the beans). I looked forward to that trip every day while I was sitting in class and every night as I was laying in bed.  The wild freedom of my childish imagination had kicked into overdrive.  My mind envisioned the... Read More
23 May
Camper Wesley Raises Camping Mojo: Season 4 Opener, West Chester PA

Camper Wesley Raises Camping Mojo: Season 4 Opener, West Chester PA

In the past, my husband has started torturing me in January about our spring and summer travel plans. Booking those trips keeps him occupied through the cold, dark winter months. I thought it might be a bit different this year, what with a baby on the way and a big move on the horizon. Boy, was I wrong. The camping craziness started even earlier and this year the boys were old enough to join in the frenetic conversation about upcoming trips. I found myself questioning my sanity as I packed for last weekend’s trip while simultaneously... Read More

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