My 3 year old crapped on the front lawn of a church

Next week we we set out for a 6 week adventure across the country in our pop-up camper. I’ll be using this “Snippet” format to share little highlights from our trip.

Here is a little story from last weekend’s trip to start us off.

We were heading back from a theme park and needed to stop so I could feed the baby. We had asked for directions to a park, but the directions were horrible and after 15 min of driving with a screaming infant, we pulled off in front of a church. We let the 4 older kids run around on the front yard while #5 ate lunch.

Have you ever potty trained a child? It’s a horrifying experience. I see her run in front of the van and drop trow right there on the grass. I’m trapped breast feeding this baby and there is nothing that can be done at this point. But then. Oh boy. She started pooping! Right on the front lawn of a church. That must be illegal in some states. She felt no shame to hid behind a bush or anything. Just let it all hang out for the world to see. I hid my head in my nursing cover. Sweet, sweet Mr. Mt. went over with a dogie bag and picked up her crap. What else can you do at that point? Traveling with 5 kids is never dull. Sometimes horrifying, but never dull.

April Expenses

The weather in April was truly amazing! I attribute our low spending for this month mostly on the fact that we were constantly out and about having fun. Because we live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, the best kinds of fun are often free. When we get so busy with […]

Happy Money


I check this book out from the library at least once a year to re-read it. It deals with the science behind how money does create happiness and how it doesn’t. I’ll admit I am a bit of a research geek, and the science they compiled behind happiness and spending is fantastic. But it also mixes in lots of great stories and examples. The book breaks down the 5 ways that money does increase happiness.

  1. Buy Experiences
  2. Make it a Treat
  3. Buy Time
  4. Pay Now, Consume Later
  5. Invest in Others

It’s full of useful details for how to maximize your happiness even in that category. For example spending on experiences, if you prepay for the experience far enough in advance, the pain of paying for it is far enough removed from the actual experience so it doesn’t taint the fun.

I find what holds most people back from living truly exceptional lives, isn’t the basic knowledge, but perspective. This books does a fine job at reshaping core beliefs about how your money brings happiness.


Creating a YOLO Experiance

YOLO gets a bad rap in the personal finance community. Probably because it sounds stupid as hell. And is often short sighted; bordering on irresponsible.   But if you don’t carpe your diem, it might pass you by. Let’s face it. Life changes fast. And opportunities have short expiration dates. Friends move away. Start big […]

My kid’s favorite activity, hands down, is skipping rocks. Really for the younger ones: throwing rocks. Except in the heat of summer, lakes around here tend to run on the cold side. But the kids LOVE to go down to the water. When the water levels are low, perfect skipping rocks are plentiful!

The Hubs is a talented rock skipper, much to the kids delight. I mostly take in the scenery and the cool delicious spring air. When the breeze comes off the mountains it smells like fresh pine sap, rain, and flowers. That is tough to beat. Other than the perfectly clear starry nights, I miss the smell of Montana most when we are away.

Can we afford a $30k Wedding?

I was reading another blog, when one of the commenters insisted that it was absolutely impossible to get married for less than $30,000. She stated that every article suggesting otherwise was either impractical or irrelevant to most people’s situation. It got me thinking. If she is in fact right and there is really no way […]

The weather in Montana carries a kind of moral obligation. Like when it is just perfect, you feel you have to go and enjoy it. There seem to only be a handful to perfect days each season, each carrying a sense of urgency. If you stay inside, you really haven’t honored the gift that was given. So we have been running around like crazy, trying to capture every perfect day for all it’s worth.

Last weekend we headed out to one of the many amazing lakes in our area. We were having fun exploring this new place, when some other campers hollered out to us. They were just about the leave and wondered if we would like to take over their campfire. Yes Please!

When we walked over, I remembered why I love Montana so much. These wonderful people not only left us a fire, but all the fixings for s’mores! There was a bag of marshmallows, gram crackers, chocolate bars, and even roasting sticks. My kids were beyond thrilled. That night when we talked about the 3 things we were grateful about today, all three had to do with the lake, campfire and s’mores.

Although it wasn’t more than a few dollars in left over supplies, it had made my kids day. Generous living doesn’t have to be expensive to have a big impact.