One week ago we found out that our kids’ schools would be closed for six weeks. I’m not going to lie, my first reaction was UGHHHH! We had been pummeled with bad news that previous week. Events and appointments canceled. Baseball season postponed, which was a tough pill to swallow for my boys. Spring is the busiest time of year for my kids. Kellen plays on several baseball teams, and Nolan being a few years younger was not too far behind. Right now we should be gearing up for conflicting practices or games every night, my email inbox dinging with notifications from coaches, and school functions to boot. Instead, it’s radio silence.

One week in and we are adjusting surprisingly well to our new normal. We have slowed down and been given the beautiful opportunity to spend quality time with our kids. Not just a quick “tell me about your day” on the way to practice. I’ve been able to identify learning gaps, skills overlooked by being over-scheduled and we’ve started to fill them in. My kids have all learned how to do their own laundry from start to finish,

Kellen rode his bike to his grandparent’s house all my himself for the first time and cooked us a breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon. These kids are resilient! Circumstances took their beloved baseball season, but a few days in and my youngest brother had built a home run fence out of pool supplies from the garage, and a bit of our baseball joy was back. The following day Luke and Kellen built an obstacle course that took up our entire acre of land, and spent all afternoon taking turns to see who could get the fastest time.

I’m also teaching Kellen to write in cursive, since that is something not taught at our school anymore. I don’t want the kids to fall behind, so we have been doing some school work, which has given our day some rhythm, and has been good for the kids, but especially for myself as I thrive on routine. We even say the pledge of allegiance every morning at the request of my kindergartner. I have let go of the high expectations that I held for having a clean house. We’re spending more time making messes than cleaning, because who is going to see it anyways? We stay up late and sleep in. We took today off from our home school, but they’re still learning. We’re measuring the ingredients for banana bread, and the kids are reading in the fort they built this morning. It’s far from perfect, but we’re trying our best and having a lot more fun than I had ever imagined at this whole quarantine thing. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to slow down! – Emili

Travel Week Photos – Legoland

My kids are GREAT little traveler’s (they definitely get that from their dad!), so we decided to take a trip to Legoland California last year. They were 8, 5 and 3 when we went, and I will say I think they were the perfect age for Legoland. Some of the highlights from the park were the Driving School-my kids did that about a dozen times and we even bought them a driver’s license lanyard with their pictures as a keepsake, and we visited in February so there were rarely any lines to stand in. We stayed at their hotel which was PERFECT for the size of our family since the sleeping arrangements were a bunk bed with a trundle in one area and a king size bed in a separate area, so Evan and I could stay up a bit later and watch TV. I got our kids matching lego shirts with their names from Etsy, and we definitely made some memories that will last a lifetime! Evan and I took a trip to the big island of Hawaii this year without the kids, so we are starting look at our next family vacation to Disneyland (shorter flight, carsland) or Disneyworld (never been, but longer flight) and I would love to hear some feedback on which was your favorite! – Emili

Travel Week Photos – The Polar Express

Traveling might not be deemed a fantastic idea right now. Not to worry though, we’ve got you covered! We’re here to spam you with some of our favorite family trips!

For Christmas one year we bought our family tickets to go on the polar express in Elbe Washington. It was a big hit with the boys…and has become a treasured memory for me. They sang, danced, handed out bells, cookies, and hot chocolate. At the end of the line you also got to see Santa at the North Pole. Best Christmas gift ever. We also used the money we would normally use to buy gifts for our extended family and brought everyone along for the ride. -Sarah

Travel Week Photos – Disneyland

In honor of this weeks episode “Traveling With Kids”, we will be sharing some of our favorite vacation photos! 

This trip for us was so magical! Not just for our boys but for Dusty and I as well. We now completely understand why some families visit Disneyland so frequently. The cost of tickets may be a shock (it certainly was to me when I first booked it) but seeing how clean, and well maintained it is, not to mention every staff member they have is kind, helpful and will go out of their way to bring a smile to your child makes it completely worth it! We’re already talking about saving so we can go back sometime soon! -Casey

Episode 7 – Traveling With Kids

Family travel doesn’t have to be a daunting experience the feels like a forced activity. Whether travel for your family looks like a vacation to Hawaii or a road trip to visit family, just remember that everything might not go according to plan or the way you expected it to. Being flexible in tour travel and open minded to the unknown can make all the difference. The more you can get out there with your kids and have new experiences, the more comfortable you will be.

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Episode 6 – Cabin Fever

This week we discuss one of the most terrible things to happen to all of motherhood, January and February. Filled with sickness, cold weather, and holiday hangovers, the dreaded cabin fever is guaranteed to hit you at least once this winter. Together we have come up with our favorite ideas for surviving cabin fever and some budget friendly tips to keep your sanity during the worst months of the year. 

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Episode 4 – Generational Parenting Shifts

This week we discuss how parenting has changed over different generations. What was considered “right” when we were kids is not necessarily something you would do now with your own children. Sometimes keeping up with what is right in the parenting world can be overwhelming, so finding out what works best for your family and being confident in that decision can make all the difference.

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