I know just the title of this piece sounds like a bad idea. However, our family has taken many long road trips, and it's worth it (especially, when you look at the price of flying a large family). We...
I remember the magic of Disneyland from my childhood: shyly hugging my favorite characters, spinning on teacups in Wonderland, and getting “It’s a Small World” stuck in my head. So when my husband Steve found out that he had an upcoming...
Last month we spent a long weekend in Manzanita--a great little town to take your family for a weekend away! And since it’s only about 90 minutes from Portland, it’s a pretty easy drive to make with your little...
If I’m being completely honest with you, there are a lot of days in this “parenting three kids” gig where I find myself staring into space and thinking that I would really like to run away.  WAIT.  Did I...
I'm hearing the phrase "I'm bored" more and more as the summer goes on. Not that I feel obliged to provide a constant stream of entertainment for my kids, but sometimes I have to break out of the rut...
Traveling with your young children can instill fear in the strongest of parents, but it doesn’t need to be a stressful, difficult experience. In fact, with a bit of planning ahead, it can actually be quite fun! Here are...
I got my first car, a 1984 Mercury Topaz, on my 16th birthday.  I plastered the rear end of that car in bumper stickers that showcased my most deeply-held adolescent beliefs.  I also hung a rainbow sun catcher from the...
The beautiful Pacific Northwest is ready to welcome visiting families! Known for its lush natural beauty, fine cuisine, and unique culture, Portland (and its surrounding areas) is also PACKED with family fun. Make the most of your trip with...
My mother recently visited from Virginia, so I had the opportunity to view Portland through the eyes of a tourist once more.  Granted, I’ve only been in Portland for about nine months myself, so I’m hardly a local. But...
From the very beginning, my daughter loved being outdoors.  The joy on her face when she’s outside playing with nothing more than rocks and leaves and sticks is one of my favorite things to see.  Children are born investigators,...

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