Author: Once Upon a Minivan

Is That Appropriate Behavior?

4DX1xbyPI spend a lot of my time asking my kids “Is that appropriate behavior?” and “How will your actions affect other people?”

I’m trying to teach them that they don’t exist in a vacuum and that they HAVE to think about the consequences of their actions.

I’m starting to think the concept that our actions have an impact on those around us is limited only to children.

I am so sick of hearing about adults making poor choices.  (more…)


The DOs and DONTs of Road Tripping With Kids


Ok friends, we just got back from a 2500 mile road trip with three kids 6 and under.

Yes, you read that correctly, 2500 miles.

So let’s start off by saying that our extended families live far away…. like 1200+ miles away. Seeing them for the holidays involves extensive travel on our part.

Last year we flew to see the in-laws for Christmas.

Do you know what is worse than driving with three small children?

Flying with three small children  during the holidays. (more…)

Christmas & Thanksgiving = PB&J

IMG_5570I’m a firm believer that Christmas and Thanksgiving go hand in hand, like peanut butter and jelly, like a burger and fries, like cookies and milk, and like Taco Delite and Friday.

I know there are those that argue that Thanksgiving gets sidelined in favor of Christmas, but I’d venture to say that Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the spirit of gratitude that Thanksgiving brings.  (more…)

Is There Such a Thing as TOO Much School Spirit?


I’ll be the first to admit that I bleed blue… Cougar Blue.

Ok, I’m not a diehard football fan, but that’s mostly because I think football is… boring.

I know, I know there was a collective gasp of horror at that statement. Moving on.

So I may not love football, but I LOVE my alma mater.

If I had to make a list of my favorite places on the planet, BYU would make the top 5.  (more…)