My 8-year-old received a Ticket to Ride board game over the holidays. He loves it so much, we’ve played it almost daily since he received it. Some days we’ve even played it more than once.
The game looks complicated at first. It gives you several different things to think about and manage as you play. But once you’ve played through a game and see how it all comes together, it’s fairly straightforward.… Continue reading
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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