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Season Opener: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

It’s pretty bad around here, folks. Our boys are so desperate for the road that they are building ‘campgrounds’ out of their Megablocks and Spinaroos. Jeremy took the camper down to the dealership for a bit of a freshening up this weekend, and something about the act of hitching up and pulling out gets Max and Theo all amped up for our first spring trip. Lucky for them (and us!) we are just weeks away from our season opener. We have always headed south in the spring, but never quite far enough to really shake off the chill... Read More

In Spite of the Busy, Something Permanent Everyday

My day started at 5:30 this morning. I was on my way to work by 6:50, getting the kids from school at 4:00, eating dinner at 5:30, and baths and bed by 7:00. In between all of these major checkpoints, there was lunch packing and dish unloading and oatmeal making and face wiping and milk pouring and media negotiating. Today wasn’t anything special. Today was busy. Most days are. I’m a bit routine obsessed. The only way I can get through one of my typical week days is by having a mental checklist, marking it off in my mind, making... Read More
01 Mar
Wanna Camp with Kiddos and have a good time? Respect the Routine…

Wanna Camp with Kiddos and have a good time? Respect the Routine…

We went on our first long road trip with Max and Theo when they were not even three months old. We had no game plan; we did no research. Basically, we threw the boys in the car at 6:30 am and took off on a 13 hour drive. Learning to take care of twins is not an easy transition into parenthood, and the idea of staying home with them all summer seemed more painful than the idea of travel, so away we went. Ten months later, we bought our first camper and committed ourselves to learning how to explore the world with our children. Now Max and Theo... Read More
25 Feb
Once a Year, A Hotel: Our Great Wolf Lodge Tradition

Once a Year, A Hotel: Our Great Wolf Lodge Tradition

Max and Theo have spent well over 100 nights of their short lives traveling up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Nevertheless, they have only stayed in a hotel three times. Wes clocks in at one night so far. Suffice it to say, we have one way that we like to travel and it involves hitching up and driving our trailer to a place that needs exploring. My mother once said it was like we were dragging our house behind us. Maybe so, but that suits us just fine. When you have three kids under four years old, having your house at the bottom of the... Read More
24 Feb
What I Learned From a Couple of Nice Weekends in February…

What I Learned From a Couple of Nice Weekends in February…

Years ago, long before the boys arrived on the scene, the temperatures hit the high sixties on a weekend in February. Jeremy and I had a different sort of life then, and the weather inspired us to hightail it to a bed and breakfast in Cape May where we spent the weekend walking and eating and laying around in the sand. It was one of those weekends that you hold on to forever, one of those memories that you can feel and smell. This past weekend we weren’t able to run off to a romantic locale. No, that’s not right at all. We... Read More
22 Feb
It Was Spring Today At the Jersey Shore… (Manasquan Reservoir, NJ)

It Was Spring Today At the Jersey Shore… (Manasquan Reservoir, NJ)

When the temperature creeps up into the 50s during this sort of winter, it is almost impossible to decide what to do with the sunny respite. One feels a certain responsibility to enjoy every single second of pleasant weather. It is no wonder we ended up at the Manasquan Reservoir, knowing that us grownups could enjoy a refreshing walk and the boys would be happy with the playground at the end. It is a wonder it did not occur to us that melting snow pack on dirt paths might not be the perfect date for our jogging strollers. Not to worry. Max... Read More

The Polar Vortex is Returning: Stay Warm in a Planetarium

Last weekend the high temperature around here was 31 degrees. With the ice and wind, we just knew we couldn’t drag the brood outside. Most people with young children were hunkered down in a movie theater learning more about the wonderful world of Legos. But we have a 10 month old, and although Wes is flexible, bringing him to a movie would be downright loopy. So we decided to do the baby-friendly version of the movie theater…the planetarium. The community college near us has a great program for young children called One World, One... Read More

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