Seven Things I Vow to My First Son-in-law (and the One Thing I Ask of Him!)

Congrats to our wonderful daughter, The Piglet, and her fiancé – they’re engaged and David and I are thrilled! 

Of course – me being me – I’m also a bit freaked out about being the perfect mother-in-law to this wonderful man.

What? Me? A mother-in-law? That’s some heady, for-the-rest-of-my-life stuff!

I asked our wise GypsyNester community for advice and… CONTINUE READING >>

Congrats to our wonderful daughter, The Piglet, and her fiancé – they’re engaged and David and I are thrilled! 

Of course – me being me – I’m also a bit freaked out about being the perfect mother-in-law to this wonderful man.

What? Me? A mother-in-law? That’s some heady, for-the-rest-of-my-life stuff!

I asked our wise GypsyNester community for advice and… CONTINUE READING >>

Why We Call Our Adult Kids “The Spawn” (and how they got their nicknames)

Every once in a great while we receive comments like this:

Please don’t refer to your children as “spawn”. It sounds so disrespectful…

AND

You refer to your daughter as “Piglet”…  How would you like being referred to as “piglet’ or “spawn”?” Have you ever asked her?

I’ve wanted to respond for a while now, but it didn’t feel right before I got my hands on the hilarious evidence behind our nicknaming… CONTINUE READING >>

Every once in a great while we receive comments like this:

Please don’t refer to your children as “spawn”. It sounds so disrespectful…

AND

You refer to your daughter as “Piglet”…  How would you like being referred to as “piglet’ or “spawn”?” Have you ever asked her?

I’ve wanted to respond for a while now, but it didn’t feel right before I got my hands on the hilarious evidence behind our nicknaming… CONTINUE READING >>

Cedar Key – Florida’s Spare Key

It’s clam-tastic!

Cedar Key sits just off the coast in the northwest corner of the Gulf of Mexico, clear across the state from the well-known chain of islands down south.

The locals like to call it the “Island That Time Forgot,” and… CONTINUE READING >>

It’s clam-tastic!

Cedar Key sits just off the coast in the northwest corner of the Gulf of Mexico, clear across the state from the well-known chain of islands down south.

The locals like to call it the “Island That Time Forgot,” and… CONTINUE READING >>

Creatures of the Costa Rican Night

When the sun sets in Costa Rica, the jungle comes to life! 

<– Just look at these little guys!

Join your GypsyNesters on a walk through a world of amorous amphibians, screeching owls, hidden-away bats and the other creatures that lurk in the dark of Costa Rica… CONTINUE READING >>

When the sun sets in Costa Rica, the jungle comes to life! 

<– Just look at these little guys!

Join your GypsyNesters on a walk through a world of amorous amphibians, screeching owls, hidden-away bats and the other creatures that lurk in the dark of Costa Rica… CONTINUE READING >>

The Giant Tortoise Breeding Center of The Galápagos Islands

In this strange land of strange animals, none is more iconic than the Galápagos Giant Tortoise.

Growing to over six feet long and eight hundred pounds, these are the biggest tortoises on the planet and one of the largest reptiles.

No Galápagos visit would be complete without these mammoth reptiles and the amazing Breeding Center that is giving these magnificent creatures newCONTINUE READING >>

In this strange land of strange animals, none is more iconic than the Galápagos Giant Tortoise.

Growing to over six feet long and eight hundred pounds, these are the biggest tortoises on the planet and one of the largest reptiles.

No Galápagos visit would be complete without these mammoth reptiles and the amazing Breeding Center that is giving these magnificent creatures newCONTINUE READING >>