This website was originally created in 2006 by Dan as a means to communicate with extended family and friends just prior to a family trip to China, with the original plan that the site be a modern-day journal of our adventures. After many years and challenging life transitions, the site evolved into an electronic diary allowing primarily for us to personally reflect upon as time passes by.

Our family has many hobbies, interests and passions. Some of our favorite things include traveling, boating, biking (the peddle type and not the motorcycle type), camping (with our new/old Airstream camper), hiking, beekeeping, amateur radio (only Dan though) and popcorn (mainly Natalie). We always strive to be happy for this moment, because this moment is our life.


Natalie Ashburn


Enjoys being the boss of the household and living life to its fullest. Mother of three wonderful children, she never stops and has many times been equated to the Energizer Bunny.  Will do anything for popcorn!

Daniel Peterson

Vice President

Father of five great kids that are growing way to fast for his comfort level. Always wishing there was more time in his day to do everything that he loves. Apiculturist, aviator, boater, air streamer, amateur radio operator and physician. Really doesn’t love being a physician though….


Vice President Natural Resources

A master of all things having to do with the outdoors.  A new home owner and living in Racine!  She’s the one sitting front and center…


Athletic Director

Loves biking, cross country running, organic chemistry and her cat, Auri.  Recently accepted into her father’s alma mater: Rush Medical College


Culinary Services

Enjoys chess, software engineering and music composition.  Plays piano for the university jazz band.  Loves to bike for one week out of the year, but it’s an impressive ride!  Finishing up his education at UW Platteville


Music Director

An accomplished guitarist and especially impresses his father when he plays the “good stuff” like Pink Floyd!  He can also draw!  Currently at UW La Crosse


Artistic Director

Has great artistic attributes, works with animals and actually enjoys chemistry.  Graduated from high school and heading to Drake University in Des Moines


Director of Social Affairs

Enjoys having two younger twin sisters, sort of….. OK… NOT AT ALL!  Likes to play basketball and wishes everything was made out of Legos.  Still fights with his sisters


Director of Stuffed Animals and Fashion

There is not a stuffed animal in this world that she wouldn’t take home. Loves to draw and bike in the mud!


Director of Paper Supplies & Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Striving to be a teacher someday so she can hoard as many books, papers, pens, pencils and erasers as she wants.  She really wishes she could eat chocolate chip pancakes for every meal.  Basketball is just one of her passions.  Still fights with her brother


Director of Finance

Knows everything he needs to know about finance and Star Trek.  The most recent and possibly the most valued addition to our team!

Willow & Zed

Guard Dogs

This is no longer a dream!  We actually have our own Great Danes!