Constructing a Disney Mini-Villain

May 22, 2014

When Max was 2, he told me he wanted to be The Lion King’s “Scar” for Halloween. Not just a sinister lion from the movie — no, that would be too easy. He wanted the Broadway version of Scar, “just like your costume, Dada.” Uhhhhh. Okay.  Of course, he told me this about 1 week [...]

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The Insta-Home Challenge: Seattle, WA

April 24, 2014

We doggone hit the weather lottery this past winter, and it didn’t stop once we left Hawaii. March came in like a lamb, out like a lamb, in sunny Seattle. Yes, you heard right. Sunny. How lucky we were, in so many ways… There was barely any rain, by Pacific Northwest standards (maybe a little [...]

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Vegas, Babies! Top Kid-Friendly Activities in Sin City

February 7, 2014

This post is a joint venture between Angela Tsai and Kendra Thornton, the former Director of Communications at Orbitz and mother of three from Chicago. Find Kendra’s top kid-friendly Vegas picks down below as well as her travel tips on Twitter at @kendrathornton. It’s no shocker that Vegas gets a bum rap, kid-wise. It’s a [...]

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Eva-lution: 13 thru 27 weeks

February 6, 2014

Ohmigosh, the babe is becoming a little gal! Feast your eyes on Miss Eva Ling Hollick. We start this photo sequence below at roughly three months old. Is she turning into something else or what? A few fun quirks that have emerged now that she’s almost seven months: She loves her brother, but he barely [...]

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The Insta-Home Challenge: Honolulu, HI

February 3, 2014

There’s nice … and then there’s niiiiiiiice. We’ve arrived on the island of Oahu, Hawaii with The Lion King for two months. If that sheer fact wasn’t enough, we booked The Gingerbread House in Honolulu — a historic residence in the posh neighborhood of Kahala. And yeah… it’s niiiiiiice. There’s a pool in the lush [...]

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The Insta-Home Challenge: Los Angeles

November 27, 2013

Jack Kerouac once said that “LA is a jungle,” but since we’ve moved into Studio City, LA’s been more like a nicely manicured topiary in the San Fernando Valley. Oh man, we’ve become soooo LA. Of all  the sprawling LA ‘hoods, we chose Studio City because we wanted to be a stone’s throw from our [...]

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The Insta-Home Challenge: Tempe, AZ

November 10, 2013

Question: What if The Lone Ranger and Howdy Doody had a joint garage sale, and someone fervently galloped over with a pickup truck and asked them in desperation, “How much for the whole dang load?” This someone was most likely the owner of our vacation rental in Scottsdale, and instead of driving these kitschy items [...]

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Eva-lution: 1 thru 12 weeks

October 17, 2013

Many have been asking, where are photos of Eva? How is she doing in her first three months of life? These following photos will tell you. They’ll also tell you where we’ve been. It’s the start of a photo journey we’re calling “Eva-lution.” Clever, eh? I must come clean and admit that I ripped off [...]

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The Insta-Home Challenge: Dallas, TX

October 14, 2013

Dagnabbit! We’re back in Texas! Yes, we could have used another month in Pittsburgh, with the gorgeous weather, surprisingly lush landscape, and friends and family to visit with.  But perhaps it was meant to be. We were blessed with a pretty seamless first airplane ride as a family of FIVE (with Turkey!).  In fact, the [...]

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Eva at 1 week old

October 6, 2013

Still basking in the afterglow of Eva’s natural birth while still in Annville, PA, I decided to take advantage of our lush surroundings and get Eva’s newborn portraits done. The photographer I really liked specialized in natural light family portraiture, and she also turned out to be the mother of a schoolmate of Mike’s little [...]

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