the Rhodes summer 2015

August 23, 2015

I realize for a big portion of the world summer is not over. School hasn’t started yet, there are weeks of warm sunshine to still be enjoyed. But. For us, school has started and for many other reasons when summer vacation is over I feel a melancholy farewell to the season. But also this season of our life.

With this feeling I decided it was time to put all our summer memories in one video. This video is differwent than past videos because it’s capturing an entire season – and I did it in family home video style, not “here’s the highlight reel of one week!” With that said, I warn you ALL…


southern utah

March 23, 2015

Razring in Sand Hallow via seejaneblogAs soon as the little retreat was finished in Cedar City we headed a bit farther South to spend the weekend in St. George. We chose to stay at the Sand Hollow Resort – they have villas for rent that fit our family with extra space. It was sunny, fun, and a good dose of family time! Without sounding to whiney – it’s less and less common these days that we get time together with all of us. We “divide and conquer” more and more often. Dusty has taken kids on the past two weekends to softball and baseball tournaments in St George while I stayed home for dance competitions, homework and other commitments. Dusty’s travel/work schedule.


laguna beach, california

September 22, 2014

This past July our family took a road trip to one of our favorite places on earth – Laguna Beach, California. My husband has family there, and each time we visit we dream of living there one day. If our future plans go as we hope they will – we’d like to move there in about four years – after Kiana and Myla have graduated from high school in Utah. Until then, I’ll just keep watching this video and dream of the day to come!

This is the first video I have ever created, so be easy on me. It’s a new hobby still in it’s early stages. But I’m so obsessed! I want to make videos all the time!!!


marblehead, massachusetts

April 18, 2013

my kids are on spring break this week, so we went exploring in marblehead, massachusetts yesterday.  and since spring has officially arrived here in boston we’ve been enjoying what nature has to offer daily.  we made three stops, two were recommended by a friend and the other we found all on our own – which i love. we also ate lunch at a cute, classic new england cafe’, and visited the local toy shop for kites and yo-yos. it was one of my favorite days in new england so far.

the first stop was castle rock –

castle rock, marblehead massachusetts via seejaneblog

marblehead, massachusetts via seejaneblog copy

at castle rock copy

sitting on castle rock via seejaneblog

hiking castle rock at marblehead massachusetts via seejaneblog

sitting with my girls on castle rock via seejaneblog

our second stop was chandler hovey park,


williams farm sugarhouse

March 6, 2013

this past weekend, i was craving family time and a road trip, so we combined those two and headed to central massachusetts to visit the williams farm sugarhouse:

sela at Williams Farm sugarhouse via seejaneblog

the smell of maple is billowing out the top of the sugarhouse…

Williams Farm Deerfield, MA

boiling the fresh maple:

KJ at Williams farm sugarhouse via seejaneblog

wood pile williams farm sugar shack via seejaneblog

maple treats via williams farm sugar shack

maple frosted donut from williams farm sugar shack via seejaneblog

increidbly delicious waffles from williams farn sugar shack via seejaneblog

pure maple syrup from williams farm sugar shack via seejaneblog

have you ever visited a sugarhouse? do you have a favorite one in the northeast? i’d love to know. those williams farm waffles were worth every minute of the two hour drive…


cabo san lucas, part IV

December 26, 2012

{this is the last post for cabo san lucas…}

poolside in cabo

our last day{s} is always a little sad in cabo. we all mentally prepare to go home. do you do that on vacation? the last day or two, do your thoughts return to what-needs-to-be-done-at-home-or-work mode and you start to abandon the carefree spirit of vacation? cabo is so special to us, that none of us want it to end…

for some reason, we usually stay one to three+ days longer than our friends who go with us… so, the day they leave is a total downer.

KJ cheered himself up with three vanilla milkshakes after his buddies left…

three vanilla milkshakes