Parenthood and Passports - Oklahoma wildflowers

Oklahoma Wildflowers: Visiting the flyover state in spring

Spring is my favorite time of the year! You literally see Mother Nature change our land from a winter brown to a vibrant color right before your eyes. And we see it all over. Ireland has the shamrock and everything turns green. Texas has fields of Bluebonnets where suddenly the brown grass turns purple and…

Parenthood and Passports - Niagara Falls Canadian side

Niagara Falls: American vs Canadian side

Niagara Falls is one of those tourist destinations that children in the United States learn about in school. Growing up, you read historical accounts of crazy adventurous people going over the falls in a wooden barrel, or suicidal people choosing to end their life by leaping from the side into the mist below. So, as an American, the…

Parenthood and Passports - 7 Wonders of the United States

The Seven Wonders of the United States

The other day, while huffing and puffing on the treadmill alongside a good friend of mine, we got into an interesting conversation about the seven wonders of the world. We were both slightly embarrassed that we couldn’t name them all and ended up turning to our other good friend Google for assistance. I know what…

Parenthood and Passports - Royal Bavaria

Royal Bavaria: A Small Piece of Germany in Oklahoma

A Beer Garden in the Central Plains The Central Plains of the United States aren’t necessarily known for having a rich German culture. In fact, when you think of Oklahoma you likely think of cowboy and Native American culture instead. But just outside of Oklahoma City is a small, family-owned restaurant and beer garden as…

Parenthood and Passports - Bricktown OKC

Bricktown, OKC

When I first moved to Oklahoma, I had the same preconceived ideas about the state that many people around the country probably have. I thought it would lack excitement, personality and identity. I thought it would be nothing more than red dirt, cowboys and flat land. While Oklahoma does have a lot of all three…

okc bombing

The Oklahoma City Bombing: the day that changed my perspective

When I was a kid, growing up in New Mexico, I lived a somewhat sheltered life. I grew up in a stable family with loving parents and a sense of security that every child should feel. In the small town where we lived, kids could freely ride their bikes around the neighborhood for hours, only…

Parenthood and Passports - Traveling with a toddler

Traveling – or doing anything – with a toddler

Toddlers. They’re an interesting breed of humans, aren’t they? These tiny, messier versions of other humans make everything in life an adventure. I had a play date with a friend of mine last week who has a son seven weeks older than our toddler, Avery. Originally, I suggested a nice dinner out with our adorable…

Parenthood and Passports - Texas Bluebonnets

Why Texas…

I grew up in a very busy part of the world. For the first 18 years of my life I lived in Northern Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C.. The trees were tall and the grass was green. It was nice, but busy. Hardly ever did I stop and smell the flowers. Then in 2005…

Parenthood and Passports - Steamboat Springs

Returning to a Special Place: Steamboat Springs

This week we are heading to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Damon has a work conference there, and Avery and I are tagging along. Steamboat Springs holds a special place in my heart, so returning is very nostalgic. Memorable experiences in Steamboat Springs Damon and I got engaged on a ski trip to Steamboat Springs (although he…

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