I have no stories today. But since I'm here and you are here, let me get a thank you out of the way- I'm glad that we've begun keeping up this blog again, and I want to thank you readers for the delightful comments you leave here and on our Facebook page, and for encouraging us along the way. It's a nice little corner of the interwebs that we have here, thanks to you.

Happy Wednesday, we are headed to Phoenix for some sun.


Photos from Boston, Massachusetts.

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Once Tyler told Isabelle he would pay her $50 to get her ears peirced.

Mainly this was because she kept saying how she wanted to do it, year after year. But, she was too scared of the pain that her friends told her about. "Mom, it's like 5 minutes of extreme pain!!" she would say. I would laugh because Isabelle is super tough with pain and I knew it wouldn't be a big deal.

Isaac would pester her to do it. Secretly I think he thought she was wasting an opportunity that he was socially "not allowed" to have.  He pestered her so much that finally she broke and asked him never to say the word "Earrings" again.

That's when Tyler stepped in with his outrageous bribe.  The $50 bribe that she turned down.

"No- I'm just too afraid," she said.

Then one day when we were in Spain, she said, "Mom- I really want to get my ears pierced. Today."

And so we did. 

Isaac was so proud of her that he filmed the whole thing from multiple angles. When it was over he practically had tears in his eyes. 

She looked adorable. As soon as I got to wondering whether Tyler would still offer the $50, outrageous bribe, Isabelle exclaimed, "I'm so glad I didn't take any bribes- it was worth waiting till I was ready for it!"

'Atta girl!


Here are some pictures of our thrashed hotel room in Valencia, Spain. It's a strange set but Belle's earring shows :)

for your Monday Morning

Tyler showed me this adorable, delightful, inspiring video last week and I am excited to share it with you. Click below to see 2 adorable ladies take on a travel adventure. You won't be able to not smile! 

It's an 8 minute video which is quite long, but I thought it was very worth it. 

Have a great Monday everyone!


Photos from Seattle, Washington.

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cheater cheater

In September we held a big goPro workshop reunion on the New Jersey shore. I really, really need to blog pictures from that reunion, it was so fun!  Our kids were somewhat in attendance for the weekend and one afternoon we all found ourselves on the beach doing some team games.  

We did a game where we divided into two groups of about 15 or so. Both teams were to build a giant sand sculpture that had something to do with photography. It just so happened that Belle decided to hang out with one team and Isaac with the other. 

We had 10 minutes to build. On the mark of go, each team furiously began building their sculpture. The team I was on decided to build a big camera. I was curious what the other team was building so I asked Isaac to be a spy and to run over and check out their sculpture. He was DELIGHTED with this spy task and bolted away.

He sprinted back and said, "it looks like they are building a plate!"

Ummm... ok. I was comforted by the thought that he thought they were building a plate. That meant that whatever the other team was making was still totally unrecognizable .

(I get a bit competitive at times.)

During the next 10 minutes I asked him to go spy a few more times. Time was quickly up and each team went to check out the other team's work. Turns out, we had both built cameras. Wah-Wah.  

To decide who won, we asked a random beach goer to pick a winner- I don't want to brag or anything but I was on the winning team :)  But that's not important NOR is it the point of this post.

On the walk back to the party house, Isaac sidled up to me cozily and sighed contentedly. "Mom, you taught me a great new skill today. I had SO much fun cheating!  I'd love to do it again."




From London, England.

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