Happy New Year! Though 2016 was coined as a bad year by many people, and it wasn't the best year for us either, I like to focus on the positive, especially when I realize that in the big scheme of things, I have a very good life. I am so very grateful for my family and the lifestyle we're living … Continue reading Happy New Year
December has been a whirlwind of activity, though I don't think we experience the busy-ness that many families experience. We don't spend a lot of time with extended family. Relatives either live too far away; or they have their own lives, commitments and interests; or both. The adults in my family don't exchange presents either. But we still … Continue reading Holiday Prep and Cheer
I'm writing this post on the morning of my youngest's 7th birthday. He's still sleeping, and his brother is at a piano lesson, and I just finished mopping the kitchen floor. I'm waiting for it to dry so that I can go start making yeast rolls, which is one of things he requested I make … Continue reading Birthday Week
Note: I meant to post this on my blog on Father's Day, but I was sick over the weekend and nothing got done. It was published in the Barrow Journal on June 15, 2016, before father's day. 🙂 Father’s Day is this weekend, and I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that my kids … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day
Happy Mother's Day to all you fabulous mamas! I would like to say a special Happy Mother's Day to my own mom who I know is THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who reads every single word on my blog, and that's because she loves me and is interested in my life like only a mother … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mamas
Playing a story starter game at our homeschool Valentine's party. Note: This column was reprinted in the Barrow Journal on February 10, 2016. It was first published in February 2013. But we had another Valentine's party with our same friends this year as you can see in the photo above. On Valentine's Day I will take … Continue reading What is a True Friend?
For the first time, we stayed up until midnight on New Year's Eve. Of course, we had to take some silly selfies in the dark while we waited for the ball to drop. I hope that 2016 is a wonderful year for you and your family! I want to thank all of you for reading … Continue reading My Favorite Posts of 2015
Artwork I commissioned my six-year-old to do. "A T-Rex eating a Christmas tree." Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on December 23, 2015. As I write this, my nine-year-old is completing the last class of his homeschool chemical engineering class, and there are many blessings in that. 1) He enjoyed the class and learned … Continue reading Counting My Blessings at Christmastime
My five-year-old and I made winter solstice trees today with branches, twigs and paper snowflakes. My eight-year-old decided to make a mossy swamp tree! There is moss on its bark and Spanish moss hanging from the limbs (the dried strings of glue were left there on purpose). It even has a dead branch underneath it with … Continue reading Happy Winter Solstice!
Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on December 17, 2014. I was at the hobby store with my boys last week to buy a birthday present for my son’s friend when a woman stopped us to ask advice on getting a gift for a seven-year-old boy. Her son was twenty-six, so she … Continue reading Gift Ideas for Young Kids