Our Table

Our first major wedded-couple purchase in 2002 was a kitchen table that seated four and a matching sidebar.  It has served countless meals, … [Read more...]

Vamos a la playa!

Friday morning found me rested and wide awake.  I spent some time reading in our hammock while Joel slumbered, then later joined me with … [Read more...]

Vamos a Mexico!

Babies always seem to know when something changes in their atmosphere, and Wednesday April 2, Higdon was restless. He laid awake … [Read more...]


Soccer season ended Tuesday for Emma, and two weeks ago for Aedan. I coached Aedan's K-1 team, and had several of my former preschool … [Read more...]


Joel and I ran the Des Moines half marathon again last weekend; our previous running of the DM 1/2 was a 1:40 finish in 2010.  We "ran" with … [Read more...]

Monday – Day 2

I never fare well with time zone changes, and require less hours of sleep than Joel on a normal basis anyhow. So, I woke up Monday morning … [Read more...]


Emma won a camping pass at a local county park as part of a field trip last school year. We redeemed her two night visit by camping the … [Read more...]

Thursday – Day 5

Thursday's goal was: sun. With plenty of sunscreen and coverups, and shade during the peak hours, we wanted to maximize our time spent doing … [Read more...]

Wednesday – Day 4

Wednesday broke early, with a planned snorkel kayak trip from the beach in front of our resort. A guide took us out in kayaks, along with a … [Read more...]

Sunday- Day 1

Sunday was travel day. Cedar Rapids-->Dallas-->Maui. I cried the entire way to the airport. Joel would likely describe it as bawling, … [Read more...]