The Big Announcement

During my pregnancy with Otto, Mike and I talked alot about our future. Future dreams, plans, and ideas. When we married 11 years ago a mentor of ours encouraged us to sit down and write out a family plan. A plan of action for our lives. Things that were not just flimsy dreams but real, true ideas and plans for our lives that were in a way non-negotiable.
The idea of this is that no matter where in life we are, how many years we are married, or the direction life seems to be going, we can always refer back to this family plan and have some sort of reminder of the dreams and hopes we had (have) for our lives together.
This has worked amazingly for us. We have had quite a few twists and turns during our married life but each time we can always come back to what we value as a couple and what matters most.
One of those things we wrote down in our family plan was to always find adventure together. We love to travel (as I have mentioned before) and part of the spark and romance in our marriage has always been to stay out of the rut of everyday life. Yes, Mike still heads off to work each day and we live a fairly typical American life. But we always try to stay out of a rut. We try hard to keep things adventurous, fun, and somewhat unpredictable.
As we started talking through future plans a few months back a re-occurring theme continued to rise to the
After many late night brainstorming sessions we were inspired to do this:

Backseat Traveler is a new blog we are launching this week. Its been and continues to be a work-in-progress but we are excited about it and excited to see what adventures lie ahead.
We have several goals for this blog. Of course we are looking forward to plenty of family fun, chronicling the adventures we go on and sharing those with others. But on a deeper level we are hoping to inspire families to spend weekends together. For dads to put down the golf clubs a couple of Saturdays a month, for moms to forgo the mall and jump in the car with the family to make wonderful memories together.

The site has (and will continue filling out with content) ideas for free trips, cheap trips, and splurges. There is also a link for "share your experience" in which readers can share their own outings and we'll post them to the blog.

So there it is~ our newest family adventure. We're excited to see where these adventures take us!

Please let me know what you think and if you have any thoughts or suggestions. And pass it along to friends and family!


  1. How fun. The new site looks great! I was so intrigued as to what the announcement was going to be. I was envisioning something to do with beer!! :) Hope you guys are well, we miss ya!

  2. Awesome!
    I took my girls out on Saturday for an adventure. We hit what is known as the Cowboy Trail South of our city. Stopping to eat, throws rocks, play in fields, and enjoy some time out of the house.

  3. love it! Love the idea, the site and your family even though we have never met in real life. Can't wait to see more. :)

  4. I think it is an awesome idea. This has been my life for the past 8 months. Seeking out family adventures and discovering new places. As a family we have made many special moments. Cheers to your new adventure.

  5. Great idea!

    IF you want to post about it, all the national parks have free admission next week (17 - 26, I think). We're going to try to hit mammoth cave. The basic tour is free for the week.

  6. Thanks Alyssa. I saw you had posted that on facebook. I'll try to get it posted on the blog in the next day or two.
    Ah yes Kristen...there may be a big announcement having to do with beer in the near future :)

  7. how cool! i am so excited to see what comes of this wonderful adventure!!!

    our family needs more adventures!! HELP! :)

  8. Okay, haven't hopped over yet, but can I tell you how excited I am?? Rock on, and I am so there, waiting to see how this latest adventure unfolds. Yippee!

  9. What a great idea! I have such wanderlust right now -- I just want to pull the kids from school and travel, travel, travel. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  10. I didn't realize you lived close to me. I'm in Louisville :) I will have to read about your adventures, hopefully we can get some great ideas and learn about new places to visit!