The Butterocks

Part of our PreK curriculum is a third-party resource that comes to teach students about safe touch, body parts, etc. We have always used … [Read more...]

XC recap

Emma joined the legendary Panther XC program this fall, running as a junior high athlete.  Junior high races in Iowa are typically … [Read more...]

So How Was Your Day?

Most suppers, and many breakfasts, are shared together as our family of five around our table. After many years of modeling, Higdon has … [Read more...]

Doing Dishes

We recently bought a cabin along Lake Delhi, just 28 minutes from our driveway. While the cabin comes with many wonderful amenities, it … [Read more...]


Another birthday, another blizzard. If you asked Emma, anyhow, that is how she would view her history of birthdays in her … [Read more...]

You be the baby and I be the momma

One of Higdon's favorite games is you-be-the-baby-and-I-be-the-momma. Or with Aedan, you be the puppy and I be the mommy puppy. In his … [Read more...]

Little Linus

This started out as part of Higdon's one-year post, but apparently blankets are so important to him (and us!) that I found enough sentences … [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...]

Six Months

Higdon had his 6-month checkup Thursday.  It is hard to believe that this happy little guy is halfway to his first birthday! Emma and … [Read more...]

Flower girls and ring boys

Emma was honored with an invitation to participate in our friends' wedding as flower girl; the bride is Emma's dance teacher and the groom … [Read more...]