Our Annual Family Reunion Trip – #HowWeFamily

Every year we get together with our family for a big family reunion trip.  Hold up, that’s a vague statement because our family is enormous.  We get together annually with our immediate family for a week at Lake Cushman on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  We love it there; it’s beautiful.  We love even […]

How travel impacts kids: interview with a 4 year old

We travel a lot, right?  Do you ever wonder what actually sticks with kids and makes a lasting impression?  When you’re planning your own vacation, do you seriously talk to your kids to see what they want to do or where they want to go.  After interviewing our own 4 year old, it’s become a […]

Internet trolling: Being strong for LGBT families everywhere

We’re always sharing the positive side of family travel and being two dads, right?  Every now and then we add a dose of reality by looping everyone in on what it’s like to be an LGBT family in unpleasant places or awkward situations, but did you know that even in a world as progressive as […]

#HowWeFamily for Father’s Day… and any other time

Disclosure: I have received information about #HowWeFamily from the makers of TYLENOL. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. Last year Father’s Day was a struggle to figure out.  We were both worn out from life, with Chris working bunch over in Seattle in the week before, and me being here at […]

Family hiking with the Piggyback Rider

Being a dad is the coolest thing ever.  You get to teach your kids about bugs and cooking and building things and art and hiking and so much more. While our youngest is still in the toddler stage and not about to voluntarily hike on his own, our oldest, Oliver, is quite the trailblazer… 80% […]

Mother’s Day with 2 Dads – #HowWeFamily

Disclosure: I have received information about #HowWeFamily from the makers of TYLENOL. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. Strangely we’re always asked how we celebrate Mother’s Day.  Um… like any other family does?  We have moms.  We have women in our family who are moms.  We celebrate them.  “Oh, but one […]

Crazy fun at the Children’s Museum of Denver

Omagoodness.  Have you ever been to a children’s museum? We have been to a couple children’s museums and I’ll tell you, they can be a bit stressful. The stress is all completely worth it though, or at least mostly worth it, when you see how much fun all of the kids have. The Children’s Museum […]

LGBT Travel Marketing: missing the mark… but here’s a plan!

Do you know what I love about modern television and online marketing?  Advertisements that speak to me and that I don’t mind watching or looking into more.  A catchy ad does wonders for a brand, like the Disney World ads that have tiny bits of magic woven into them.  Or there’s an ad for the […]

Family Travel in the South…as an LGBT family

Originally written for GaysWithKids.com When people ask us where our favorite places to return to for family travel are, we’re pretty quick with our answers:  Cabo San Lucas, Disneyland, Georgia/Florida…  Georgia and Florida?  Like, the South?  Yes, it’s true.  We’ve written before about how the South is changing and how it’s worth giving a second […]

Family Camping With Kids: 5 Dad Hacks

Dads have the stereotypical reputation of a few key things:  bad jokes, BBQing and convincing the family to rough it.  None of these are bad stereotypes, but also none are true for every dad.  I’ll be honest, these all are true for us…and doubly so as we’re a gay dad household.  Our sons are used to […]

Kids via Surrogacy: roadblocks and success of building a two dad family

We get countless questions about having kids via surrogacy, so we’ve decided that we need to share the process we went through and our best tips for ensuring that the surrogacy process is as seamless and safe as possible. Having kids is a huge step in life, let alone when it involves people from outside […]

Behind the Picture at the Beach… without a helmet

The story behind the picture at the beach:  we live very close to a great beach.  Like, we can walk there in five minutes so we’re there ALLLLLL the time.  It’s still special and exciting to go even though we practically live there March through October.  This particular day was a very special one though.  […]

Returning to Favorite Destinations with Kids

Originally written for the Smart GayLife Before we had two kids, we were bold with our travel choices.  We could throw caution out the window and road trip through rural Mexico and get stopped and searched by armed military.  We could visit friends in San Francisco and stay out until 3am.  We could trek through Canada […]

Families Like Ours: even pelicans have two dads

Having two dads isn’t the norm.  It’s true.  But gosh, it would be nice if we ran into more families like ours out there.  We do what we can to raise our kids just like any other parents do, but as they grow, we’ve got an extra step of calling out our family situation.  We […]

Family Travel vs. Gay Family Travel

Originally written for GaysWithKids.com It’s funny.  As I think about traveling as a gay man or as part of a gay family, I try to consider what makes our travels gay.  Yeah, um, it’s just that we’re gay; nothing else.  I was sitting here analyzing our adventures and writing and realized that our journeys aren’t […]

Fathers’ Day: planning for two dads

Holidays are a strange phenomenon.  We set aside a day to specifically think about a topic and then gather with people to celebrate it, aka cook food we don’t normally.  Christmas makes sense because clearly you’re either celebrating the birth of Jesus or you’re celebrating your own sense of how well you know others by […]

Gay Family Travels: 3 things to know about being a traveling rainbow

Originally written for GaysWithKids.com My husband and I aren’t shy people.  We do karaoke, take the kids to nice restaurants, wear Euro-style swim trunks, hold hands as a family in public…  You know, we’re not crazy but we’re not shy.  This includes traveling to potentially homophobic places.  We don’t intentionally put ourselves and our kids […]

Flying Solo: a one-parent road trip

I’m used to individual parenting. I mean, I’m home alone with the kids most of the time and I’m fine dealing with random tantrums and epic breakdowns with no logic behind them. When I’m on the road though and I’m staying in somebody else’s house, yeah no.  At home I’m the epitome of patience and […]

Our first family road trip… 4 things to prep you

You know how there are those things that you’ve loved your whole life and can’t imagine ever not liking?  Yeah, for me that was going on road trips:  with friends, with family, on my own – anything.  Some of my favorite childhood memories were camping with my family, far off in the Rockies or up […]

Bringing Kids into THIS World

I remember each person’s reaction when we told them that we were having a baby.  Most people were shocked, followed by full of joy and wow and OMG.  There were those that just couldn’t process it because, I mean, gay guys raising a baby?  And then there was one reaction that really stuck with me.  […]

Building Our Family

Once upon a time… Back in 2009 one of our friends randomly mentioned to us “Hey, do you guys want kids?  Cuz my cousin mentioned that she’d be interested in being a surrogate in the future…”  Well, we met and it was a perfect fit.  She was amazing, she had sarcastic wit, and she possessed […]

Why Write About Life and Travels

Fifteen years ago today I graduated high school.  It was not thrilling, but just another day that meant that life continued on, but without school.  I had no clue what was going to happen for me. That was my life:  no clear direction.  Why do I mention that it’s been 15 years since high school?  […]

Kid Products We Like

Before you jump in a lake, let somebody else test the water for frigid temperatures or piranhas.  Same goes for helpful ways to navigate the world of occupying a child.   The kid products we like have saved us in some tough pinches. Below you’ll find our recommendations for tactile toys, iPad apps, kids books […]