Striking a Balance in Life – Something’s Gotta Give

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I have a really hard time fitting everything into a day. There are so many things that I want to do, so many things that I need to do. There are the regular immediate household needs, like loading and unloading the dishwashers, clearing off the counter tops, tossing a load of laundry into the washer or dryer, and sweeping the crumbs ... Read More »

A blogger sat down to write a simple blog post. What happens next will make your jaw drop!

When you find out what these kids are jumping into, your jaw will drop! (Spoiler: it’s a swimming pool.) She found this cardboard box, but when she rips it open, I’m speechless. (Spoiler: it’s puppies.) She put her toilet brush under the seat. Why? It’s Genius! (Spoiler: it can drip-dry before being put away.) This guy did the coolest, most illegal, DIY ... Read More »

That Time I Set My Oven On Fire

Lattice Top Apple Pie

It’s been a busy and long day. I know that because I have 13,479 steps on my FitBit and I wasn’t even trying today – whereas I usually clock in at about 10,000 these days unless I push it.  We had arranged to have friends over for dinner – a date that we’ve been trying to set since New Year’s Eve ... Read More »

Hi, My Name is Jenn, and I Hate Running. #AfLFamily

I don't Run

I have a confession to make: I kind of hate most physical activity. I mean, I love the romantic notion of being a runner out on an early morning jog, but I feel like I’m going to die when I’m out of breath. I want to be someone that lives life on a bike, but somehow little molehills turn into mountains ... Read More »

To the Motherland… and Beyond!


My husband and I are both second generation Canadians, with all four of our parents originating in the Netherlands. Neither of us have ever been to visit, though both of us have always wanted to make the trip someday.  This past fall, two of our most dear friends packed up their worldly possessions and moved to Rotterdam for no fewer ... Read More »

Be Still and Know

The last 6 months has been a little ‘up in the air’ for our family. Every decision that we made, starting in November, was made with the preface, “If Brian gets into grad school…” If Brian gets into grad school, we’re going to have to move or store any of these Christmas presents that we buy for the kids… do we really want ... Read More »