Gardening with Kids

9 Reasons to Garden With Your Kids!

Since Addie was born, we have had a vegetable garden in our yard. Each year we grow tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, and a variety of herbs. However, since moving last summer, we now have a bigger yard, so we are expanding! In addition to the strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb and pumpkins planted by the previous owners, […]

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Hiking at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, MA

Hiking: Harold Parker State Forest, Andover, MA

Spring is here! Finally! Not that we minded the winter, or all the opportunities we had to go snowshoeing – but one of the best things about living in New England are the seasons. Just when you’ve had enough of one, another pops up and refreshes your spirit. With temps in the mid-50′s, and clear […]

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The twins at 7 months.

Weathering the Transitions as a Family of Five

Wooooshwoooosh. Wooooshwoooosh. That’s the sound Evan’s heart makes. So different from my own thump thump. I heard his heartbeat for the first time yesterday while getting him checked out at the doctor’s office. I don’t know why I have never asked to hear it before – every doctor and nurse we’ve encountered wants a chance […]

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Epic Hiking Fails

6 Reasons Our Hike With the Kids Was an Epic Fail

With 7-month old twins, and a three year-old, every venture out of the house has the potential for disaster. Unexpected pooplosions, vomiting, crying, and myriad other obstacles are par for the course. Most times we get lucky and make it home in one piece. Every so often – well, not so much… Yesterday, when our […]

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Lowell State Forest Lowell MA

Hiking: Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborogh State Forest, Lowell, MA

Thursday was a very welcome first day of spring. As much as we’ve enjoyed the extended snowshoeing season, we’re excited to return to hiking in t-shirts and shorts! Addie and I celebrated the beautiful 50 degree weather by going on a hike with our friend Jenn and her daughter Abby. Addie adores Abby – she […]

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Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA

Visiting the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Last week Addison and I visited the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. It was not our first visit to the gallery – we love it because of the great artwork, the proximity to our home, and the free admission. Kendra and I love taking Addie to art […]

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Zoom!

Zoom! – Honoring Axel and His Balance Bike

Last year the #OutdoorFamilies community was rocked with the news of the violent murder of Axel, the son of one of our own – Jen Charrette of Velo Mom. Axel was a vibrant little boy who loved to ride his Strider balance bike, and adored his parents and older brother Kalden. Wanting to honor the memory of […]

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Our 3 kids

Learning to Savor the Moments

Six months. It’s been six months since we became a family of five. It’s been amazing. And so hard. We’re outnumbered by our kids, and with infant twins, someone always needs something. It’s hard not to feel guilty when needs go unmet or attention is diverted. Every minute I savor holding Evan, snuggling him and making […]

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Snowshoeing in the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest

Snowshoeing: Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest, Dracut, MA

With temps close to 50 degrees on Thursday, I couldn’t resist taking the twins for their first snowshoeing adventure! Luckily, I had some great company – our friends Jenn and Pat, and their daughter Abby, were not only willing to join us, but Jenn carried one of the twins for me, which made it possible […]

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Mountain House BReakfast Bucket

Gear Review (Video): Mountain House Breakfast Bucket + GIVEAWAY!

We had a great time reviewing the Mountain House Breakfast Bucket. Check out our review, then enter below to win your own! Though Mountain House provided us with a Breakfast Bucket, our review of the product is based on our own opinions. 

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