Where Rock Meets the Ocean

The tavern dining experience is not particular popular around here…even in the simplest of beach towns you don’t find wobbly paper-blanketed tables with woven chairs anywhere near where the rock meets the ocean. A rustic local place where one enjoys … Continue reading

Everything Changes

when you’re celebrating your birthday in the single digits yet everything remains the same. The day is celebrated with a close-knit group that corral around you and the flickering candles on the decorative cake of your present whim. The party … Continue reading

Fresh Dressed Plus a Giveaway

Something about the start of the new school year that spurs a variety of emotions—nervousness spins into excitement which loops into show-me-how-to-do-this attitude. Maturing minds acquitted from the carefree summer days are vessels ready to be filled with another year … Continue reading

The Road Not Taken

I always feel a need to sing the chorus of De colores when on our adventure to what feels like grandma’s nest. Within a quarter of an hour, we trot through a mini forest and various gardens to get to … Continue reading

Shaking Up the Summer

Nothing tantalizes the palate like a summer pineapple oozing with juicy goodness. Sliced, muddled, chopped, blended, stirred or sinking your teeth directly into the soft, fleshy sweetness…this nectar of the gods never fails to disappoint. We’ve been blending it lately … Continue reading

Bad Guys

Strong people rarely have an easy past…it’s the hardships that propel them into a better existence. Persistence, humility and deliberate effort is what Papa Bear knows, it’s what he has always known, it’s what he will continue to know. Throughout … Continue reading

Hazy Summer Afternoons

I’ve collected an extraordinary amount of happy moments from baby bear lately…mealtime, (boy is she loving it) bath time, and playtime; girl’s got skills and she knows how to enjoy the moment. I can learn from an infant through her … Continue reading

The Smell of Sweet Rain

“Not now, I’m busy meditating,” middle bear retorted when I asked him to do something. For a moment I believed he too was under the spell of June Gloom. However, well into July now, it had to be something else … Continue reading

Expanding Your Horizons

Sometimes I wonder if I push myself to stretch beyond the boundaries. I know that I am my children’s biggest (and sometimes loudest) cheerleader and do my best to send them off with a boost so that they crave to … Continue reading

Are We There Yet?

    Thanks to the adventures of Percy Jackson, intermittent iPad play, a few z’s and breathtaking landscapes while sipping cold water non-stop, we didn’t hear much of this phrase on our recent road trip. While I didn’t care for … Continue reading