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.
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
“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
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
While we were visiting/taking care of my grandmother, we made our first pumpkin pie of the season. And it was delicious. Now that we’ve been reminded of how much we love pumpkin flavored treats, my boys are begging for more.
We’re headed to California next week to take care of my grandmother as she recovers from back surgery. Recovery and two young children don’t always go hand-in-hand. That said, my two boys are so excited about going and helping and spending time with their Great-Grandmother, that I’m hoping it’ll be a wonderful experience for all of us.
In order to keep my boys entertained during times when my grandma needs quiet over the next couple weeks, I picked up a few activity books from our favorite local bookstore. … Continue reading
For two years now, I have made my own calendar notebook, which doubles as a journal/planner. … Continue reading
We like to play games in our family. Board games, card games, outdoor games; we’ll play them all. And now that my four-year-old is ready to join in the fun, it’s enabled us to take our games a step beyond Slips and Ladders and Candy Land.
Cooperative games have been a big hit in our house because, instead of competing with each other, we all work together to win or lose the game. … Continue reading
My boys and I love this, whether as a relaxing drink before bed, or as an afternoon treat. It even works well as a morning starter. It’s slightly sweet, a little bit spicy (like a chai is spicy, not like a salsa is spicy), and full of healthy ingredients.… Continue reading