Camp Wannalaffalotta T-Shirts

I almost forgot! If you’re going to camp, you need a tshirt! One year I printed out a logo like this one onto iron-on tshirt transfer paper and ironed them on everyone’s shirt that we’d already tie-dyed as a group activity. Very cool. So, here’s your logo. Use it with my blessings! You can buy […]

Another Indiana Jones Birthday Cake!

It’s birthday time around the FishHouse. We celebrate four birthdays in three weeks’ time which means lots of cake! But, remember? They like cake better than pie around here. So, it’s all good. My Littlest Man had originally requested a Pokemon cake. Then in the final hour he changed his mind and asked for a […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Stay Tuned for Summer Fun

Did you know that there are 16 Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day? I was stunned when I consulted the calendar. That’s a lot of weeks of potentially bored children begging you for something to do. Over the years I’ve found that if I have a plan, I can keep boredom at bay. And […]

Spicy Grilled Shark with Peach Salsa (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Birthday Dinner)

Birthdays are cause for special celebration at our house. Usually we let the Birthday Person choose one meal to eat out (within reason) and sometimes he gets to plan the other meals for the day as well. Each of my guys has a favorite that is often requested. So I usually have a feeling what […]

Summer’s Coming….

Are you ready for summer? Schools will be breaking soon and you’re gonna have some bored kids if you don’t plan ahead. Trust me. Years ago, our family hosted a weekly summer camp — at home. It was a great time for friends and neighbors to come over on a set day of the week […]

Are You a Lego Maniac?

Anyone in your house crazy for Legos? If so, you may enjoy a day at your nearest Legoland. And if you live in North America, then I guess your nearest Legoland would be in my backyard: Carlsbad, California, a suburb of San Diego. Last week our family took the long-awaited journey into the land of […]

Frugal Friday: Theme Parks on the Cheap

This past week our family ventured into the world of theme parks. While our oldest is almost twelve years old, we had been waiting for the “right” time. In different seasons “the right time” has been defined as when we lived close to one we wanted to visit. when the kids were old enough to […]

Weekend Trip: An Eating Tour of Santa Barbara

We spent the weekend away, back in our old stomping grounds. What a walk down memory lane! FishPapa grew up in Santa Barbara. I went to college there. We met and married there. FishBoy 11 was born there. The place is full of memories. That is for sure. If you’ve ever been to Santa Barbara, […]