Three Years Ago

On this day, three years ago, we bought our home. It was a cold winter day when we drove it home from the dealership. We could hardly believe what we had done. We had a celebratory beer with our parents after getting it back to Andy’s dad’s house. It would be months before we’d hit … More Three Years Ago

Free Flying

With the recent fire scares and nerve-wracking weather, we haven’t strayed too far from home. We’ve been busy getting ready for the holidays — shopping for gifts and figuring out how to send things. Our weekend was filled with running errands and helping out in the park. The local garden club decorated a few things in … More Free Flying

Not a Fan of Fires

Snow and ice storms, thunder and lightening, tornadoes, torrential downpours — these are all things I have dealt with in my life. And though none of them make me feel particularly comfortable, they are things I understand, things I grew up with. We’ve dealt with wildfire scares in Oklahoma and here in SoCal before, but … More Not a Fan of Fires


Happy belated Thanksgiving from the Wandering Dolphin crew! We had a nice day yesterday. We went down to Encinitas to take photos for an event I am writing about, played with the dogs in the park, rested, and then dropped the dogs off at home before heading down to Aunt Kris’ house in Oceanside. We … More Thanksgiving

Teaching and Learning

I am shaking, trembling. My nerves are through the roof. I hate public speaking. As I look at the three students in front of me, I realize this cannot really count as public speaking — having merely three students, one of which is my husband. I have spent the past several hours preparing for this … More Teaching and Learning

Halloween in Ramona

As many of you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I have boxes upon boxes of decorations stored in my parents’ basement and normally would be in my element this time of year. Due to the heat, Andy and I were determined to boycott the holiday this year until we could celebrate in a place … More Halloween in Ramona