I left my heart in cherry cove

We’ve spent a lot of time as a family in Cherry Cove at the West End of Catalina-jumping off the boat, rowing the dinghy, snorkeling, kayaking, paddling, free-diving, hiking. Cherry is a little gem of a cove just out and around from Two Harbors. It’s our favorite spot along with …

traditions and tribulations

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Picking out a Christmas tree is always an adventure. Even though we usually go to the tree lot at the bottom of our hill and pick out the best tree for our budget and ceiling height, it’s still an adventure. Every year we …

on decluttering

  I am truly a minimalist at heart. I am obsessed with the philosophy of simplifying my life in more ways than one. I love keeping things uncomplicated and I cherish living simply. I love to stay focused on the important things in life: family, health and financial well being. Not only are we living completely debt free but we have savings accounts for important purposes-the boat, kids, retirement. I am also on a mission to create passive income so we can live our lives as carefree as possible. But, in order to accomplish this, we need to declutter. Even though my husband and I aren’t big shoppers …

18 years together

When I was thirty and had been running wild in the mountains of California, Colorado and Mexico, I really could not have imagined that some day I would be in a relationship with an awesome guy for 18 amazing years, married to him for 13 and have two beautiful children. I really hadn’t planned …

Riddlecrew summer roadtrip

  At the eleventh hour we decided to take a long road trip to the Central California Coast. Well, maybe not long for others but long for us. Our longest road trip as a family was in a motorhome several years ago. We drove to Durango and back. But our typical road …

cub scout campout

Over the weekend we had a fantastic time camping at Palomar Mountain State Park with Merrik’s Cub Scout Pack 705. The location was amazing. It only took us a couple of hours to get to the site and we were completely immersed in the mountain ecosystem at 5500′ elevation. Our …

turning seven

My baby girl is turning seven today. The last seven years have been filled with laughter and joy, surprise and revelation. When I was a gooey mess in high school, I swore I would never have a daughter. I just couldn’t imagine wanting someone else to endure the challenges of growing …