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The Upside of Boating with Teens

The Upside of Boating with Teens

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Boating with teens can sometimes seem like a crapshoot. Parents take a gamble and roll the dice, betting on the perfect little sailors — gleeful, fulfilled, and happy to spend a day on the water. If we don’t luck out, we’re greeted by sullen, miserable, and uncooperative kids looking at us as if we’re […]

Upsize, Downsize

Upsize, Downsize

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

                My husband and I were still dating when we were bitten by the boating bug. Our weekly paychecks combined were barely enough to buy food and necessities, and a savings account was the farthest thing from reality. But we had big dreams of owning a boat! We […]

One Summer Weekend

One Summer Weekend

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer goes by way too fast — we have so much fun boating, yet we have so few weekends to enjoy it. This year, we were not going to let summer fly by without having our fill of fun! My family loves boating, yet with all my cousins, my brother, and me attending college and […]

Beloved Boats, Best Friends: A Boating Family Tale

Beloved Boats, Best Friends: A Boating Family Tale

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone knows the saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend.” In my family, dogs share the title with boats, which are also our best friends!

When my family first bought our boat, we were sitting at the kitchen table, pen and paper in hand, thinking of names. We wanted it to be funny, but meaningful, too. We were trying hard, but were not coming up with anything until our dog, Chip, walked around the table at the same time as Jimmy, my brother, was eating Chip-Ahoy cookies. Brilliantly, we thought we’d name our boat Chip Ahoy!

Hey! Who’s the Captain? Kids & Decision Making

Hey! Who’s the Captain? Kids & Decision Making

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I used to drive a sporty car, live in a cozy, inexpensive apartment and vacation in the Caribbean. Now I drive a minivan, live in a good school district with outrageous taxes (we’re leaving when my youngest graduates high school!), and vacation at Disney parks. Ah, the days when decisions were ours alone to make!