Parenting Goals

#parentinggoals If you’re not familiar with hashtag culture, this is code for “something good happened with the kids”. It could mean the toddler finally slept through the night, siblings acted as if they really like each other, or something as simple as nobody-threw-up-today. The expression isn’t really about setting goals; it’s more about living in…

Settling back in to school life

Winter break is over, and we’re already a week into the second half of this school year. Getting back into the rhythm of school has been a challenge, especially at this stage of our lives. Henrik is only in Pre-K, not used to the concept of winter and summer break yet, so shifting from family-time-all-the-time…

On the End of Summer

I can’t believe it’s already time for school again… Just two months ago we were returning from our big family trip, which took place immediately after school let out in late May, and here we are, already starting the next chapter! Henrik has had one year of preschool, and tomorrow he starts his journey with…

Star Wars Day at Legoland Florida

Did I mention we went to Legoland many weekends in a row? After our family visit to the Legoland Hotel, we went back the following weekend for Star Wars Days, which took place over three weekends in May. We caught the first weekend, along with the biggest crowd I’ve experienced in the park, and it…

First Visit to Legoland Florida

There’s a special joy in retracing early childhood memories with your own kids. Growing up in central Florida, I was spoiled for theme parks most of my young life. We spent plenty of time at Disney, but another big player in the 80’s was even closer to home: Cypress Gardens. Located in Winter Haven, Florida’s…

Family Baseball Outing

Living in a spring training town has its ups and downs. For the month of March, our streets are filled with Michigan license plates as Detroit natives descend in droves to follow their home team. Restaurants are more crowded, traffic is worse than usual, and forget going to a spring training game unless you want…

An Uncharted Christmas

I was never big on the holiday season. I didn’t like the Santa mythology, didn’t like the way gift-giving was treated as an obligation, and really didn’t like the push to buy more more more!.. year after year. Having children changes everything, though, and this morning, as our boys dug excitedly into their stockings, I…