Best friends traveling without limits

Every so often you come across people in your lives who do things that inspire you. I know it’s not easy, and I know how much preparation they had to do to make this happen, but Teri and Danny are officially going into month five of a six month journey through Southeast Asia.

They didn’t wake up one day and say: Let’s travel the world together, but they did start with the desire to do something they always dreamed of. To not let work, life commitments, finances, fear … stuff, get in the way of doing something life changing.

I’ve been following Teri’s blog. She has been doing an amazing job keeping us all posted on all of the great things they are doing, seeing and experiencing. I had no idea how the people of India, Cambodia and Laos lived. I feel like I know so much more about their culture now.

Her glimpse into their journey has been eye-opening for me and so much fun to follow along with. These two crazy love birds left on New Year’s Eve and have since traveled through Thailand, Laos, India, Cambodia & Vietnam … and they aren’t done yet.

Teri takes photos (and videos – which I love) and really makes you feel like you’re along for the ride. Last night I was thinking of these two as I was putting the kids to sleep. I miss having these guys around. Ryan actually said, I hope they come back soon: I feel like hanging out with them keeps us young. Ha. More like keeps us interesting, you can say it.

I’m having a huge dinner party for four when these two get back so I can catch the latest first hand, but in the meantime, you can follow along too on Teri’s blog. Here’s a glimpse of their journey here and all the latest is on I hope you find inspiration in her travels and learn a little something about Asia (and different ways of life) along the way.

teri4Pics stolen from T’s blog. Totally not in order.

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What fascinates them. Fascinates me.

Lately, I notice how much they look alike. Is it the eyes? You can really see the resemblance in these photos. Sunday night we were outside playing watching airplanes go by (super cool stuff when you’re little) and I couldn’t help but stare at these two. They are heaven to me. And man, I want blue eyes too! I’m the only one in the family without them.

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And now you know

Want to learn something new? Humidifiers (even the cold ones) can set off smoke alarms. Ask me how I know. Well, I know because at 2am last night Ryan and I woke up to the sound of a loud, “Beep. Beep. Beep.” We quickly learned how unprepared we are in the case of a real fire because we looked at each other in a daze and said, “Huh?”

I turned off my phone (thinking my alarm was going off). He ran downstairs looking for what was beeping. Is the refrigerator open? Finally, like 2 minutes later (like I said, now we know) we realized it was the smoke alarm. We opened Colton’s room and there it was, beeping as loud as can be. Ryan grabbed the world’s largest ladder and unscrewed the darn thing.

Turns out Colton’s humidifier set it off. Which then set him off. And Colton and I were awake from 2am – 4:30am last night. Then I got up for work at 5:15am. That was fun. This morning, Ryan had us practice our drill because based on last night, we totally sucked at responding.

The Culprit.



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Six Years and Counting

Today, we have been married six years and one day! It feels like yesterday. It’s pretty cool because every six years your anniversary falls on the actual day of the week that you got married: ours was Friday, April 18, 2008. My in-laws graciously watched the kids while Ryan and I went to dinner at Lons at the Hermosa Inn.

We heard great things about Lons and were not disappointed. The food was okay but the patio was heaven. It was beautiful weather, we had a great spot near the fountain, under this huge tree and near the live music. They greeted us with a ‘Happy Anniversary’ and had rose pedals on our table (how cute is that?). We laugh because for our first anniversary we went to Elements at The Sanctuary and received the WORST service to-date so this place not only trumps them, but it’s a place we will recommend and come back to.

Ryan and I were finished with dinner and just about to order desert when Ryan pulled a blue box from his pant pocket and set it in front of me. I got you a little something, he said. A little something? It was a Tiffany’s box which equates to waterworks after two glasses of wine and an already perfect evening. I think I cried for 10 minutes. Finally, he said, “Aren’t you going to open it?”

He bought me an infinity ring to symbolize how long we’ll be married. All of our lives. I  love it. I love him. I loved celebrating six years with a man who I look up to. I think I pinched myself seven times last night, just thinking of all the great things we have been able to do in six years. Together, I feel like we are better versions of ourselves. Marriage is a true blessing and for that I’m forever thankful.

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Easter Eggs for Days

We just finished dying our Easter eggs and now it’s off to nap before church tonight. Colton and Kelsey have no idea what the Easter Bunny has in store and I am so excited for it! Let’s just say we have been holding out on a certain popular Disney movie. I can’t wait to see her face!

Easter EggsEaster eggs with kidsAnd no, the blue egg isn’t cracked (Kelsey thought that too). I was trying to draw lines with white crayon. Apparently, I can’t.

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National Teacher Appreciation Day 2014

It’s Tuesday, May 6th. Don’t forget to show your teacher some appreciation. We usually get the kids’ teachers a little gift card or something sweet. I love this idea of taking a new (and delicious) approach to the traditional apple. Make caramel dip, place it in a 1/2 pint mason jar, topped with an apple. Simple and oh-so sweet. Recipe & directions here >

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The real deal captured in a photo

I found this gem hidden away in my outtakes folder. This was after school’s Spring Fling. We were having a moment. You know, a sweet moment when your daughter hides her face out of spite because you are the meanest mom ever and your son squirms with all of his might to get as far away from you as possible. I love sweet moments like this, don’t you?


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They just won’t stop

Growing! And it’s really cool and crazy to watch. As I watched Kelsey push the world’s ugliest baby doll around the backyard, I couldn’t help but wonder where the time goes. I mean, just look at her! She’s like a little adult. I just can’t handle that. And then there’s Colton (who had to do what she was doing, even if that meant pushing a pink shopping cart around). Why is he so big? Where is the time going!

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And that face, right there, is the ‘tude I got all weekend. :)

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When you get parenting blues

What do you do when you get parenting blues? It happens, right? It’s a real thing, isn’t it? Yesterday was that day for me. For whatever reason I was in a funk that I couldn’t get out of. Maybe it was Colton’s neediness that threw me over the edge or the 1,000 times that Kelsey disobeyed me and threw me attitude.

Or maybe the fact that I’m starving (dieting to get rid of this extra baby weight). Or the horrible sleep I had the night before: I fell asleep on the bottom bunk of a kids twin bed (apparently I passed out while tucking Kelsey in at night). I only found out because at 5am she said, “Mom, give me back my pillow.”

Whatever it was, I’m sure glad this weekend is over. Don’t get me wrong; I value every moment with my kids but this weekend came with parenting blues and I just need a minute to reset and try again. I even volunteered to make the Costco run this afternoon. You know its bad when you would rather be at Costco fighting the crowds.

Meanwhile, Kelsey wears a school uniform now and it’s the cutest thing you have ever seen.

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A Weekend of Adventure Ahead

I have a feeling this weekend will be filled with discovery and adventure, just like every weekend before us. These two little people fill our lives with such joy. We start super early (thanks, guys) and don’t end until they decided to call it a day. Ryan and I are exhausted every moment but so fulfilled as well. Life with two just keeps getting better and better.

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