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Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island

When our kids were very small, my husband and I couldn’t muster the courage go camping as a family. Our sanity depended on keeping everyone on a routine back then, and “roughing it” meant straying radically from the norm. How would we get the kids to sleep? What would our picky eaters think of camp food? Then there was the whole containment issue — no walls or doors, and certainly no baby gates. With an open fire roaring nearby, it seemed exhausting at best, hazardous at worst.

We didn’t want to deprive our kids of the camping experience, but our Read more

Central Oregon Coast Vacation Rental

View from waterAlthough they were a wonderful treat before we had kids, hotels are not the best setup for our family. Rushing around every morning to get all four of our groggy, hungry selves down to the breakfast buffet is far too reminiscent of everyday mornings at home. Well, except for the whole buffet part. Yes, the bold might simply go down pajama-clad, but that doesn’t solve the other problem with hotel breakfasts, being that one eats twice as much as normal when presented with such an array of tantalizing choices. Or is that just me? 

We don’t live near our extended family, so Read more