Celebrating Near-Perfect on Mother’s Day

I know, I know… it’s a Hallmark holiday. But my dear Fred happened to be born on Mother’s Day so I’m fond of it in my own way. And like birthdays which I consider personal new years, even contrived holidays have their place as a marker to review your time in this world. For all of our good intentions, hopes, and efforts …

Parenting Teens

Val in Real Life

This week when I shared the nuts-and-bolts of visiting Bandelier National Monument, I had to think back to why I enjoyed camping there so much. Certainly it’s a very agreeable campground in a technical sense but really it was that the time with my sons went well. There are so many challenges to traveling in a small car with two …

Status Quo

Camp Granola’s George turned 11 yesterday and on the heels of Wednesday’s #OutFam chat about transitions, I have to marvel at this journey. I’ve often said there’s no status quo with kids. Each stage brings its delights and challenges, none better or worse, just different. Certainly we adults have our stages and changes, but kids go through them at break-neck …

Camp Kids

As you well know by now, we go camping. A lot. One of the elements of our adventures that helps things chug along is that I put my kids to work. I put them to work at home too, but that’s another post. At any rate, we just rounded out a 5-week camping adventure covering 18 states, one Canadian Province, …