About (updated)

WHO:  I’m a wife and mom of five human children and three dog children.  For the longest time that has been my basic introduction; on Facebook, Amazon, Etsy, WordPress, Twitter, etc. What else….I enjoy photography, cooking, reading, and a big variety of music. I love chocolate, eat pasta almost every day, and have yet to meet a cheese I don’t like.

WHAT:  Every day adventures from a very full house. I often joke that I’m going to write a book called You Can’t Make This Shit Up

WHERE:  I’m originally from Michigan; moved to Maryland in 2002 after almost a year in Ontario. Very much like living here and don’t plan on moving any time soon.

WHEN:  Adopted our first pit bull mix in 2008 shortly after we bought our first house.

WHY:  Back Seat View was (is) my first blog. I enjoy sharing the rides and photos, enjoy comments from my followers and folks who randomly stumble upon my blog. The fact is that is wasn’t really me. After dealing with some health issues and a brief hospitalization early fall 2012 I made some changes in my life. Focusing a blog on something that is me and a big part of my life was one of those changes.


Dan & I, NCL Epic (January 2017)

Left to right: Cynthia, me, Emily, Andrew, Natalie, Tim (February 2017)

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29 thoughts on “About (updated)

  1. Hi there, glad to meet you! Just signed up to follow your blog and looking forward to reading more!

  2. Love your photos and I look forward to checking out more of your blog. I bet there’s never a dull moment in your household with all the kids and the dogs!!

  3. A full house! We are 3 kids and two pooches (our oldest is a 6 year old is a pit) and one cat.I am absolutely in love with your photos, what beautiful dogs!!

    • Oh wow, you definitely have a full house too! When my youngest was born I had five kids ages 6 and under, four in diapers…I must have been crazy 😉

      • or extremely brave! My girls are all 6 and under, my youngest 2 are still toddlers… I think I will be taking a break in the babies department for now! Love your blog bytheby!

  4. I didn’t have dogs when my kids were that young so I can only imagine how busy you must be!

  5. Ha! Yes it is a bit of a hand full they are really wonderful around little bitties! Also I decided to nominate your blog for The Liebster Award (which is an award for new bloggers)! You can check out the nomination and read through the rules on my blog http://thedissocialmom.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/liebster-award/ . Just love the photos and love those dogs. I hope you accept the nomination! 🙂

  6. You sound like me! I share virtually all of your passions.

  7. Hi! I nominated you for a blog award! Check out the post below! 🙂


  8. I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Anyone with more than 3 dogs is inspiring, indeed! To participate and claim your prize, go here: http://grimmsfurrytail.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/a-debt-of-gratitude/.

  9. I love the pics, and the new design of your blog! So personable and welcoming.

  10. Interesting blog. I am glad I came across your page. You have got a beautiful eye for photography. Great work.

  11. Stacy Williams

    I’d like to know where you got the pajamas for all the dogs. LOVE them

  12. Hello from Brisbane, Australia. I found your blog during the the weekly photo challenge. I always go and read the About section to see if the theme would be one I would be interested in and therefore follow — so I will be. Cheers! 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by! I always check for an ‘about’ page on new blogs I visit, actually find myself a bit disappointed if one doesn’t exist~

  13. Lovely blog and I’m enjoying my little trip to your blog.

  14. Very cool blog. So creative and inviting!

  15. so glad i bumped into you… lovely blog 🙂 🙂

  16. Hi there – Would really like to use one of your images – pit bulls in pyjamas. Would this be possible?

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