Omaha winters are long and hard. I was lucky to spend a cold Omaha morning in a very warm home. A home with huge windows, toddler giggles and an irresistible new baby smell.

Big brother is a huge train fan so this photo was an easy one to capture. However, he (and my own son) couldn’t figure out why in the world we wouldn’t connect the tracks. Crazy adults.

This baby’s Grandma has a gift for making adorable and super stylish baby blankets. I’m sure this blanket will be treasured for many years to come.

He’s whispering in her ear, “do you like trains?”

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  • Jennifer LansfordMarch 22, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Love, love, love! Beautiful pictures!

  • Julianna NickensMarch 22, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Love these!! Great job! I love the one of Graham whispering in Aubrey’s ear!! aunt Juls loves you guys!!!!

  • Angel PowellMarch 22, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    So sweet! Can’t wait to meet her. You have a beautiful family.

  • SALLY HARRISONMarch 22, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    CAN ALL OF THE PICTURES BE MY FAVORITE? VERY NICE WORK!

  • BritneyMarch 22, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    You guys are soooooooo cute! Love the babes! Muchos besos! – Brit

  • Debbie LansfordMarch 22, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    Love the pictures! Can wait to get some for my own house!!

  • Maggie LansfordMarch 22, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    Me too, Debbie, Kasey was fantastic and I’m loving all of these sneak peeks! Can’t wait to see the entire gallery, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to have all of them! Thanks Kasey!

  • Marye NickensMarch 22, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Beautiful family!!

  • Leslie CupitMarch 22, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    Maggs, such wonderful photos of you guys. You belong in a magazine 🙂 love ya and that baby and blanky are adorbs! Can’t wait to meet baby Aubrey.

  • Allison HertzlerMarch 23, 2014 - 5:57 am

    These are absolutely beautiful!

  • Maddison Nolf0March 23, 2014 - 11:47 am

    What a beautiful family, inside and out! Kasey Mikelle, you did a great job of capturing that. Beautiful photos! So lucky to call this family my friends!

  • Jay NickensMarch 23, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    Great pics you guys. -Dad

  • Amanda SerfassMarch 23, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Beautiful pictures of an awesome family. Congrats, Lansfords!

  • John NickensMarch 23, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    love the train pic and G whispering in her ear.

  • Trice TriceMarch 23, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family- favorite one is the train heart pic 🙂

  • Shannon DaughtryMarch 23, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    These are the sweetest pictures! Congratulations, Lansfords!

  • Itzel TriceMarch 23, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    beautiful family- love the train pic!

  • Kathi DavidMarch 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    love love love the Lansford’s pics!….. all of them are my favorite!

  • Micah LansfordMarch 24, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    Wow! Just glanced at the gallery, too. Not sure how we’ll ever decide. Thanks Kasey.

  • Megan DerbaMarch 25, 2014 - 8:00 am

    I just love this family! Beautiful photos and two of the most precious kids!

  • Megan DerbaMarch 25, 2014 - 11:04 am

    I absolutely love this family and the photos turned out amazing! They are such a beautiful family inside and out!

  • Amanda SooterMarch 25, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Beautiful family! Congrats, Lansfords!!

  • Logan ScarbroughMarch 26, 2014 - 9:55 am

    SWEET SWEET pictures!

  • Parin PatelMarch 26, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Such a beautiful family and such adorable pictures! My favorite is the one of Graham kissing Aubrey’s little ear! 🙂

  • Jenna JacupkeMarch 26, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    You have the most beautiful family, Maggie! The photos are stunning!

  • Kathleen DrobnickiMarch 26, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    Wow – these are some great photos! So precious – thanks for sharing!

  • Roberta LansfordMarch 29, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Sweet Aubrey. I’m excited to see her soon.

  • Ali DeneenMarch 29, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    What wonderful pictures! You have the cutest family 🙂

  • David CupitMarch 29, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Hey guys! Great pics. So happy for you guys. Can’t wait to hang out this summer.

  • RebeccaMarch 29, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    Beautiful family! Love y’all!

Hello prairies, corn fields and green grass. I’m brushing off the desert sand and moving past memories of tripping on cacti. I’m now open for business in Omaha and looking forward to a busy 2014.

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We spent the last few weeks exploring the Twin Cities in Minnesota. While I’ve been there before, this was the first chance I had time to wander with kids.

I’ve never seen so many parks and green space in a city. I think my cousin thought I was a wee bit wonky when I couldn’t stop raving about their parks, the interactive playground equipment and variety of activities. I’ve lived and traveled in plenty of states and countries and this was the first time I have been able to walk into an amusement park, pool or fancy nature center without paying a dime.  To say I was impressed is an understatement. I now understand why Minnesotans put up with their wretched winters.

Brace yourself, this is a long post. There is A LOT to do in Minnesota! Please, pardon my use of so many iPhone photos. Sometimes the best camera is the one with you.

Places we visited:

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden – Walker Center:

I’ve driven by this multiple times and seen it from the interstate. However, this was the first time we got up close and explored the area. I could have spent more time here if my kids hadn’t been distracted by the mini golf.

Science Museum of Minnesota:

We have an annual Children’s Museum membership which allows us a free/reduced rate entry into hundreds of museums. Therefore, I try to take advantage wherever we may be traveling. It was a beautiful day, so we spent the majority of our time outside. There was a maze, rock mining area and mini golf course. We’ve been doing a geology unit, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

 

Walker on the Green – Artist designed mini golf (temporary exhibit) –

By far, the most unique miniature golf course I have ever seen.

Rae spent most of her time at this hole working on being zen.

Minnehaha Falls Park

Como Town

The perfect sized amusement park for parents with toddlers. Our kids never got tired of the train.

Mall of America

We had quite a few rainy days. We spent one of them just walking around the mall. While there was plenty to see and spend money on, we opted to just window shop. My little guy was in awe of the roller coaster and Sponge Bob area.

Tamarack Nature Center

I wish we had gone here twice. My son made some very good memories, building dams and forts, with his cousin.

Be prepared to get wet and dirty. I wish we had taken swim suits, but was content with a nice clean change of clothes.

Rosebrook Park Wading pool

An example of some of the interactive playground equipment. The wading pool (not pictured) was perfect for our new swimmers.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

While I wish we could have stayed here longer, the mosquito population was out of control. We lasted long enough to see the state flower, Pink Lady’s Slipper and then got out quickly.

 

Where we stayed:

Saint Paul East RV Park (Woodbury) –

The owners conveniently positioned us right by the park which won over our kids immediately. They had the spots laid out so that the road by the park was closed to traffic which allowed peace of mind to parents.

Location: If you’re looking for a bit of peace with modern conveniences a short drive away, this is perfect. Located right in Woodbury, there was a Trader Joe’s, YMCA, Kawalski’s, Wal-Mart and whatever shopping/restaurant you might want.

Wireless Internet: Our wifi was great, being close to the office. However, when we visited the Grandparents a few rows over I couldn’t connect at all.

Staff: The owners live on site and were very friendly.

Grounds: Very well maintained with personal touches throughout.

Facilities: 24 hr laundry, pool, playground, volleyball

Price: Expensive as parks go, but comparable to all those in the area (extra $2 charge for children 5+). We were comparing rates to local state parks with full hook ups. With reservation fees and entrance fees, there wasn’t a huge difference in price.

Overall review: We will definitely go back.

 

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  • RobinJune 25, 2013 - 6:16 am

    We have been to some of these great spots, but we’ll be sure to check some of the other gems out. Wish we were going to be there at the same time:0)

  • adminJune 25, 2013 - 6:46 pm

    I wish we were too!

  • Marissa NoeJune 26, 2013 - 8:20 am

    Keep this up!! I love it! Definitely makes me want to travel more! I’ve got to figure something out!!

  • adminJune 26, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Thanks Missy! I’m going to try to stay on top of blogging. Your support is great motivation 🙂


I took this photo with my iPhone on August 23rd of last year. This is us pulling out of our house in Placitas, NM. At this point everything had either been sold or put in storage. All we needed to live was neatly packed away inside our 36 foot house on wheels. Ahhhh, sweet relief.

It’s been almost a year since we set off on our adventure and during that time our kids have spent quality time in more than 20 different states. They’ve earned junior ranger badges, waded in streams, rowed boats, climbed mountains, visited museums, watched plays, ridden trains, made new friends, deepened friendships with friends afar, and just generally grown up. While our son will not “officially” begin school until this August, he has had no shortage of life lessons and hands on learning.

One of the reasons we RV fulltime is to combat nature deprivation. When you live in such a tiny place you naturally gravitate outside. This means our kids explore rocks instead of video games and chase bugs instead of watch TV. That’s fine by me.

While I haven’t been documenting our adventures over the past year on a blog, I will do a bit of review and will definitely start keeping track and staying organized. Just reviewing my iPhone photos since August has me all flustered and overwhelmed. Thank goodness they are categorized by date or I’d be lost.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE photographing seniors. Just meeting them and hanging out for 2 hours makes me feel young again and have more  hope for the future. I have no doubt Naomi will make a huge difference in this beautiful world of ours.

If she could live anywhere in the world, she would live … in Iceland.

She has never… ridden in a hot-air balloon.

Her dream job is… to be a speech therapist and to work with children.

She most looks up to… her Dad because he has always been dedicated and hardworking. If she could be like someone she would be like him.

Her Favorite Song is… The Mamma Mia Soundtrack and The Phantom of the Opera Soundtrack

Her Favorite Quote is… “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” William Arthur Ward

5 goals on her life’s to-do list are…

1. Go to college in Maine
2. Sponsor a child
3. Go back to Europe
4. Work with children
5. Join a nonprofit organization

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