Disney Wild Africa Trek

While we were in Disney World, we decided it was time to do something we’d never done before. The Wild Africa Trek! Indigo and Jade were too young, so while we were doing it, they went off and toured Animal Kingdom with some of Grandma’s friends. I can honestly say that this is one of […]

St. Louis Arch

As a homeschooling family, we always take every opportunity to explore cool educational things. My brother is stationed near St. Louis, so when we went to visit him last year, we had to visit the St. Louis Arch. The children (and Jim and I) thought it was amazing, and we were very psyched to go […]


We took a huge vacation this summer that began with my brother’s wedding and grew to include a trip to the beach and a tour of Virginia. When we came home, the backyard and the children’s playground was completely overgrown with weeds: So, we had to tackle it. Here’s Fletcher kinda stunned by the enormity […]


My sister-in-law planned a huge thing for all the children while we were at Topsail Island. She made a treasure map, stuffed it into a bottle, and planted it in the sand for Colter to find. (He was SO geeked out by it. LOL)     It directed them to different clues:   It was […]

Odds n Ends

I have a few random photos leftover from the air show, so I thought I’d post them all here. Hewitt and me admiring the corvettes: Greyden all scrunched into the stroller and watching the airplanes: Emery getting a video: Colter: Indigo and Grandma: Grandma watching the planes: Me and my baby brother: Hewitt resting in […]

Cousin Love

One of the best parts of our vacation was the fact that the children got to spend so much time with their cousins. Since we’re the only part of our family living in Indiana, cousin time is very precious. I wish I had taken more photos of them together, but here are a couple of […]

Having Dinner with the Gang

Our last night at Disney, we had dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern. They normally don’t have character dining, but since the Crystal Palace is being renovated, they moved the characters to the Liberty Tree. So we got to share our dinner with some good friends:   Mom and Dad’s favorite part was that the […]


Our absolute favorite restaurant of our entire Disney vacation (and this is unanimous) was:   It had the most amazing family buffet you can imagine.  We didn’t take pictures of the food (because we were too busy eating it), but they brought around huge skewers of the tenderest food ever.  My mouth is watering just […]