Sharing Holiday Treats with the Animals, or a Use for Old Gingerbread Houses

The winter holidays have now passed.  My boys decorated gingerbread houses sometime in November, and since that time they’ve served as holiday decorations.  (You can read about all the reasons that making gingerbread houses are great learning fun HERE, and some things I learned as a parent HERE.)  At this point, the houses have sat around for a couple of months and we’re ready to let them go.… Continue reading

Another Go at Homemade Fizzy Bath Bombs

Bath bombs made and packed by my 4-year-old. (He had help with the making, but the packing was all him.)

My 4-year-old has repeatedly requested that we make bath bombs again.  So when our friends suggested that we get together and make a batch, of course we said yes.

 

The bath bombs in the picture may not be the most beautiful (please remember they were made by young kids), but they are everything a bath bomb should be. … Continue reading

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies frosted and decorated by my 4- and 8-year-old boys.

When we told our boys that we were staying home over the holidays, of course they were disappointed.  Like my husband and I, they were looking forward to seeing their extended family as well as the celebrations that accompany the holidays.  Since we changed plans at the last minute, we had no celebratory plans of our own, so we decided to do some new things to make the time special.… Continue reading

A Quiet Holiday at Home

A Quiet Holiday at Home
My boys with two of their cousins, all in front of my brother’s Christmas tree last year. We miss them already.

We were planning to take a road trip out to California to visit my family for Christmas.  But between snowstorms in the mountains, sick relatives in CA, and our own exhaustion at year’s end, we decided we would be better off taking the opportunity to rest and spend time together here at home.… Continue reading

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream and Raspberries (Paleo)

Our finished cake, with raspberries placed by my 4-year-old.

Yesterday hosted a small birthday celebration for a dear, long-time friend (over 25 years!).  She and the other friends present routinely spoil my boys, as well as my husband and me, so we took advantage of the situation to put together something special for them.

 

My 8-year-old planned out the meal. … Continue reading

Letting my Kids Watch me Struggle to Learn

My 4-year-old playing the didgeridoo.

Two weeks ago I decided to learn to play the didgeridoo.  It’s totally different from anything I’ve ever done before, and it’s challenging to learn.  But I’m having fun, and really enjoying it.  The deep resonance of the sound is soothing.  And the complete concentration it requires forces me to focus on only the one thing before me, making it a wonderfully meditative act.… Continue reading

Family Game Night: Sleeping Queens

It’s no secret that my family loves playing games together.  While for a while Uno was the card game of choice, and we still enjoy cooperative games like Mole Rats in Space, the reigning game of choice in our house is Sleeping Queens.

 

Sleeping Queens is a fun card game that involves a little bit simple strategy, some basic addition skills, a small amount of remembering, and good dose of chance. … Continue reading

A Cat made of Love

Like all siblings, my boys sometimes squabble.  They pick and poke at each other.  They tease each other.  They argue.  But underlying all of those things, is a deep and abiding love.  And every once in a while, I get a glimpse of that love in a way that makes my heart burst with joy.

 

For instance, a couple weeks ago my 4-year-old was feeling scared at night. … Continue reading

Enjoying the Sleet; Enjoying the Moment

When my four-year-old began donning his rain boots to head out into the sleet, I asked him if he wanted help with his jacket.

 

“No,” he replied, “I just want to taste it.  I don’t need a jacket.”

 

I watched him walk out the back door onto our deck.  My husband snapped this picture of him tasting the rain/snow/sleet that was falling from the sky. … Continue reading

Our Favorite Snow Books

As we prepared to leave for my grandma’s house, we got our first significant snow fall of the season.  Some years we celebrate our first substantial snow by making Snow Ice Cream or make Maple Candy.  This year we celebrated by reading our favorite snow books.

 

I told my boys to pick out their favorite snow books, and they each came back with a huge stack. … Continue reading