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Halloween 2014

A Week of Halloween Fun: Halloween 2014

Last year we were very low-key during Halloween. The twins were just eight weeks old, and as excited as Addie was to don her monkey costume and trick-or-treat, it was a short night. This year, we went all out. We kicked off Halloween week with the annual pumpkin-carving/decorating party in our neighborhood. Coordinated by our […]

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twins turn one!

Happy Birthday Evan & Kate! The Twins Are One!

It’s hard to believe we are moms to one year old twins! So much has happened this past year – good, tough, and in between. These two have continued to shake things up since they came into the world with a bang on August 21, 2013! We had quite a few false alarms with the twins. […]

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Hiking with Babies and Toddlers - The 10 Essentials

Hiking with Babies and Toddlers – The 10 Essentials

Once upon a time, we considered ourselves seasoned hikers. We packed the 10 essentials. We planned ahead. Then we had a baby. When Addie was born, we made some adjustments. The essentials list expanded. We planned even more. We learned a lot during her first three years as we experimented with what we needed and what […]

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Celebrating LGBTQfamilies with Mombian, Residence Inn, and the Family Equality Council

Blogging for LGBTQ Families 2014: We’re an Ordinary Two-Mom Family

When I first started participating in this event just three years ago, my wife Kendra and I were new moms, and only five states recognized same-sex marriage. Now that number has grown to 19, the federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, and we became a family of five when our twins were born last August. While […]

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Camping at Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH

Camping With Infants: It Takes a Village

Okay, not really, but it certainly helps to camp with amazing friends who like your kids. And by like, I mean are willing to change a poop-loaded diaper in the middle of the night on a sleeping bag, whilst getting poop on their hands. Or to gently rock one of your kids in a hammock until […]

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Celebrating Earth Day

6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Kids

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. – Native American Proverb Today is Earth Day – a time to celebrate the awesomeness of this planet we live […]

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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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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 and the opportunity to become an epic fail. 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 – […]

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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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