We're just a guy and girl who shared a love of challenging ourselves by climbing big rocks. We met in college and climbed together, but dating was never an option because of our age difference. After some time belaying each other, we gave up on the no dating thing, and everything moved pretty fast after that (funny how literally trusting your life to another person will solidify a bond in no time at all). After a particularly interesting trip to climb a route named Snakedike on the back side of HalfDome, we officially started dating.
We were married 9 months later and welcomed our first baby a year and a half after that. We've since had two more babies and I won't lie, it's more difficult to get outdoors with little ones to take care of. We have not been on real rock in many years. We kept up our home climbing wall after the first baby, but even that has fallen by the wayside now. Before kids, I usually climbed 6 days a week and it's what I miss most from my pre-mommy life. Well, that and sleeping until noon. I'm still holding out hope that we'll make it back out to the rocks as the kids get older and it's easier to include them.
In the meantime, our wanderlust has not diminished. We toss around grand, crazy schemes on a regular basis. After a 3 week road trip in 2009, we realized traveling with kids could still be fun and our children are champion road-trippers that have visited 17 different states.
Our other, competing, dream is to be as self-sufficient as possible and have our own homestead. We haven't yet figured out exactly how to mesh this with the traveling we'd like to do. For now, it consists of living in the city and doing whatever gardening, animal raising, home food preservation, sewing and wood working we can.
And in the midst of it all, the children are homeschooled. This is our third year, and I think we're finally getting our feet underneath us.
To wrap it up, I'm a woman of many words (obviously) who blogs about family life, homeschooling, traveling, homesteading and anything else that comes my way.