4th of July 2015

Happy 4th of July from Vermont!

Since as far back as I can remember, my family has celebrated 4th of July at my Auntie Debbie and Uncle Jerry’s house. Picture a huge pool party – cousins swimming, uncles grilling, and aunts gabbing. Last year the weather caused the party to be cancelled for the first time ever. It would have been the twins’ […]

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Fate? Coincidence? Or a Sign From the Universe?

Scanning through the radio stations on my drive home tonight, a song caught my ear. I had no idea what it was, but the sound was vaguely reminiscent of one of my old favorites – Suzanne Vega. The song set off a chain of thoughts in my head, as often happens when I am exhausted and just trying to make […]

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5 Tips for Canoeing With Teens

5 Tips for Canoeing With Teens

Last week Kendra and I took 16 kids from our Outdoor Adventure Club canoeing in a local state forest. For most of the kids, it was their first time in a canoe. Like every other time we’ve taken kids canoeing, it was awesome! And thankfully, uneventful. I credit part of our good luck to these […]

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Huggies Snug N Dry #UltraHug

Spread the Love With Huggies Snug N Dry

We have been fans of Huggies Snug N Dry since Addie was still in diapers. These days, they are all Kate wants to wear! No matter the weather, she would rather be in just her diaper. So when we heard about the Huggies #Ultrahug Contest, we had to enter! From now until June 25th, Huggies is accepting nominations for […]

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National Trails Day 2015

National Trails Day 2015 With Tubbs Snowshoes!

Every year on the first Saturday of June, thousands of people across the United States celebrate National Trails Day, an annual event organized by the American Hiking Society. This is a day for folks to hike on the over 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S., and show gratitude to the amazing volunteers who help build […]

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An Open Letter to Medical Professionals from a Lesbian Mom

Sometimes I wonder if sharing our conception stories with others in such a public venue is a good idea. Then I get emails like this (shared with permission from the author): I have been enjoying checking out your blog.  I too found your story inspiring and it came just at the right time.  I’ve been […]

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Family Adventure in Ramblewild's Aerial Park

Family Adventure at Ramblewild Aerial Park

These days, it’s not often Kendra and I go on an adventure without our kids. When we told our neighbors we were headed to Ramblewild, an aerial adventure park in Western Massachusetts, they joked that it would be a “marriage building” experience. Little did we know they were right – the three hours we spent helping each […]

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#PutYourHeartToPaper With Hallmark for Mother's Day

#PutYourHeartToPaper With Hallmark for Mother’s Day

We love cards in this house. Kendra has been known to come home from browsing the Hallmark aisle at CVS with anywhere from ten to twenty new cards. Heck, we even have a fancy card box to categorize them by occasion. So when Hallmark asked us to be part of their #PutYourHeartToPaper campaign, we couldn’t resist. […]

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Hiking Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH

Hiking Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH

What better way to summit one of the most-hiked mountains in the world than by bringing 22 teenagers with you? With my wife and kids in South Carolina last week for their April vacation, I decided to take my other “kids,” from the outdoor club Kendra and I lead, hiking up Mt. Monadnock with the […]

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A Small Town Mystery

A Small Town Mystery

A few weeks ago, as the snow finally melted from the sidewalks, we were inspired to find adventure in the everyday by the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge. I started taking the kids on walks around our small town when we couldn’t make it to the trailhead. On our first walk, we found some peculiar graffiti […]

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