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107 Days | The Road Trip Ends + The New Farmhouse

Since my childhood, big family vacations have been part of my summers. We took a short break between college and our first babies, but since then my parents, sisters, husbands, kids and whatever cousins or aunts and uncles that can make it spend a week together in a big rented house the second week of […]

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Jackson, WY and Yellowstone

Our final leg of the trip back to the Pacific Northwest had us make our way through the western plains, into the mountains and then to the strange and beautiful expansive lands of Yellowstone. From the Black Hills of South Dakota, we took the long route so we could see Devil’s Tower. This crazy rock formation juts […]

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Des Moines, Omaha + Mt. Rushmore

It was the strangest feeling to go from driving eastward (away from our Pacific Northwest home) for so long to suddenly switch and come back westward. It put us all in a chill/let’s make the most of this/we’re almost done/slower pace and it was a really great way to finish up the road trip. We also […]

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The Middle-ish Of America

We finished up our time in the Northeast and did something a bit inefficient and traveled south and then back up north in a big ‘U’ shape. The reason: there is much to see in the middle of America! Admittedly, we missed much of it (nearly all of it, actually) but we tried to fit […]

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The Northeast

Two and one-half months into the road trip, we made it to the Northeast. Our pace was quick, but doable, up the east coast and we stayed for longer periods in Washington, D.C. and New York City. By the time we finished that leg of the trip, we were all exhausted. You don’t really know what to […]

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New York City. There is just no other place like it. Here’s a little piece of trivia: On our first trip to NYC, Ryan took the FDNY firefighter test. One year before, the fire service in the city was devastated by the events of 9/11. He was at the early stages of testing for a […]

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Our travels up the East Coast continued into Philadelphia. The city was such a pleasant surprise to me. It feels small, full of history with a gorgeous mix of old and new architecture.  But first … I mentioned in the D.C. post that my parents flew in for a few days to explore the city […]

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Washington, D.C.

For months we were keeping a secret from the kids … My parents were flying in to Washington, D.C. to surprise the kids and spend a few days with us! They met us at our campground and when we pulled up, the kids literally sprinted from the moving car to hug their grandparents. I cried. […]

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All your family road trip questions answered

Oh boy, you guys. You are in for a TREAT. Well, that is if you are curious about many things regarding a big family road trip. We’ve compiled a bunch of questions we’ve received as we’ve traveled and answered them all there … in this very long post. Enjoy.  xo, Emily Three and one half […]

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We continued our journey up the East Coast from North Carolina into Virginia. The first stop was America’s Historic Triangle with three towns that are important to colonial America – Jamestown (the first English Settlement), Williamsburg (the capitol of Britians’s largest and richest colony) and Yorktown (the site of the final battle in the Revolutionary […]

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The Wright Brothers + OBX

When we think about what our kids will remember about this road trip, there have been a few stops that have made a particularly memorable impression. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina is one of those. Kitty Hawk, if you remember from long ago and brief mention in school, is where Orville and Wilbur Wright made history by […]

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the best dishes for picnics, camping + outdoor entertaining

This post is sponsored by Crate and Barrel Crate and Barrel has long been our go-to for all things kitchen, dining and entertaining related. We registered for our wedding 14 years ago and still use our original dishes, flatware, kitchen gadgets and more. The quality is great and the designs are classic – two big reasons we keep coming back again […]

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As I mentioned a few posts back, we loved New Orleans. And Savannah was as wonderful as they come. But Charleston – with its Southern charm, deep history, lovely homes, overflowing window boxes and coastal location – it won us over BIG time. We started our tour of the city with a carriage ride through town. […]

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Savannah, Georgia

I was most excited to visit a couple of southern cities on our trip. Savannah was right up there at the top. Our original itinerary included a stop after St. Augustine in Naples, Florida. A few things fell through, the weather wasn’t looking great, the tragedies in Orlando had just happened and we were not […]

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