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Before my wife became my wife, she gave me a backcountry permit for the Grand Canyon. So we spent a spring break with four friends camped on the Colorado River at Phantom Ranch. It was March 2001. ...
It started very innocently, I swear. I changed lanes on the bridge because the traffic in the right lane had totally stopped and I couldn't see why. I shifted into second gear, got ready to stomp ...
After having a baby in September, one of my first postpartum activities celebrations was stashing away my pile of maternity clothes in a great big storage bin. No, I couldn't exactly fit back into ...
I'm a fan of hiking. Mark is, too (check out his list of 20 Fascinating Hiking Facts), so as we grew from a couple of trail enthusiasts into new parents, we aimed early on to continue making this ...
Created on Sat Jun 16, 2012
A year ago, Mark and our 4-year old daughter Chloe went on their first dad-daughter camping trip. Just to chill near the pine trees, set up a tree swing, and get way dirtier than either would ever ...
Created on Tue May 15, 2012
... some grub were awfully slim, Brooke had an idea.  ...
Created on Sun May 13, 2012
... my wife, Brooke. We have one daughter, and another baby in the oven and we don't yet know if that one will be a boy or a girl. Later this week, we'll be married for a full 9 years. They say that a picture ...
You can safely assume that this is a product I've never tried. Because a large percentage of our readers are in fact lovely ladies, and even though I'm not a woman, I think this very much belongs ...
All good things come to an end, even cute diaper bags. Over a year ago my wife Brooke posted about the JJ Cole sling diaper bag, and since then we get a constant flow of emails from ladies who want ...
Photo via Dream Dottie, Creative Commons License Each night, Mark sits down with the guitar and his Macbook and looks up new songs to play- he is itching to lead some campfire songs this spring. It's ...
No big outdoor adventure for us this New Year's weekend, just a small indoor one.
You know how it is: there's a little friendly competition among moms and grandmas in the quest for the absolute cutest baby clothes.  We all know it exists, but no one talks about it aloud. You go ...
Created on Thu Nov 25, 2010
Here's to good times, a full life, happy families, and especially you. Thanks for reading this blog.
Since Ania has come to live with our family - all the way from lovely Ukraine - we've joined the local gym. I guess we've literally joined the club. Mark and I really prefer something outside, like ...
Created on Wed Nov 17, 2010
Some lucky students at Perry High are getting a one-of-a-kind culture lesson from Ania this week. She will present facts, stories, and pictures of Ukraine in a 47-slide Powerpoint Presentation. ...
This year, Chloe actually knew what a birthday meant. She counted down the days, picked out Dora invitations to send for her party, and practiced holding her pinkie down to show the number "three" on ...
Yesterday was a classic example of how running keeps me sane. It was my day home with Chloe, which means in the afternoons I can count on her to take a long toddler nap. I love - no, I need - that ...
Brooke's essay dives into the world of off-highway driving.  As she's seen, and as she's dealt with first-hand, it's a macho world that's not very inviting to women.  Off-road trips with ...
The rocks, sand, and wild desert vegetation of the Baja pensinsula made up the backdrop for our family road adventure this summer. Greg and I can take partial credit for this successful vacation, ...
Created on Mon May 17, 2010
... a date like that? I still don't think you fell for it, though...Later on that trip, we snorkeled, went kayaking, and played in the water. Perfect 3 days of Mark and Brooke time.  ...

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