Family · summer · video

Dutch’s 2nd Birthday VLOG

We celebrated Dutch's 2nd birthday on Saturday! Thanks for stopping by to watch his birthday video blog (only 3 minutes). We spent the morning at Zuma beach in Malibu, California. Dutch enjoyed digging in the sand, taking long walks along the beach (cliche but true), and spending time with his family in glorious, 80 degree,… Continue reading Dutch’s 2nd Birthday VLOG

garden · summer

How to Plant a Container Veggie/Herb Garden

Living in the comforts of modern day suburbia, life can become detached from reality. We take our weekly run to the grocery store to purchase much needed essentials… milk, eggs, meat, fruits, and veggies. We pull them down from refrigerated shelves giving practically no thought to how they got there in the first place. We… Continue reading How to Plant a Container Veggie/Herb Garden

Family · Marriage

25 Creative Date Ideas For Parents

One of the best things any of us can do for our children is to provide them with a strong marital model. Children need to know that their parents love not only them, but each other. The child’s sense of security grows as he/she sees parents loving each other. To put your marriage on hold for 18 or more years while you raise the children is not only detrimental to the marriage, it’s devastating to the children. We must learn to “childproof” our marriages during those parenting years, or we’ll soon learn that the marriage withers and dies. (

Letters To Dutch

What does it take to maintain a healthy marriage after baby? Hard work and creativity. At least that’s how Wes and I have managed to survive the last few years. I use the word “survive” because at certain points that’s exactly what it’s been, SURVIVAL. There have been times since Dutch was born that all we could think about was eating a hot meal or catching some extra ZZZ’s.

But there are many creative ways that you can make time for your marriage. Wes and I have put together a list of 25 Creative Date Ideas for Parents. We broke them down into 3 categories: Dates For Compressing Time Frames, Mini Date Ideas and Ideas for Longer Dates. All of the ideas that follow are ones that we use often. Our marriage is by no means perfect, but with simple ideas like these we are able to stay connected despite…

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