Archives for March 2014

Playful Parenting: Why and How in 7 Quick Takes

Whenever I write about parenting, I feel like I need to add a disclaimer: I am not a parenting expert.  I make mistakes every day, all day long.  If my kids appear well-behaved, it’s because either you caught them on a really good day, or you are crazy.  Take this advice with an ocean of […]

Word: Theme Thursday

A couple of months ago, Gianna got her ears pierced.  Since the holes healed, one of her favorite activities is switching earrings.  Thanks to her Mimi and my friend Kristina, she has lots of choices.  It’s no wonder that we find earrings and earring backs all over the house.  (She takes after me in her […]

Romans, the Snow Queen, and an Apocalypse

It’s another edition of What We’re Reading Wednesday! 1. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline This is a “retelling” of Andersen’s famous fairy tale.  I’m not sure how true to the original tale it is, as this is the first time I’ve read the Snow Queen.  This book definitely has […]

Secret Agent Birthday Party

Usually I avoid birthday party themes.  For someone as un-creative as me, they really only serve to make the party more expensive, time consuming, and ultimately, more of a headache.  When Aliya asked for a “spy” party though, I have to admit, I was intrigued. Here are a bunch of photos and a few words […]

Enough about me. What about YOU?

I’ve got a few posts in the works.  Some are halfway done but need some editing before I post them.  Others are just thoughts floating around in my brain.  None are ready for viewing, but I didn’t want to wait another day to post because… I miss you. That’s right, I’m a weirdo.  Kevin asked […]

So I have this crazy idea…

I have this crazy idea.  I’ve been thinking it for a couple months now, and I think now might be the moment to reveal to y’all how nuts I actually am. First, le back story: Around Thanksgiving my aunt/godmother, who is also a retired kindergarten teacher, sent me a small manila envelope.  In it were […]

Answer: Theme Thursday, and Happy Birthday, Aliya!

Please forgive the combo post.  I owe my little 7 year old (whaaaaaat?) a birthday post, and I just happened to choose her as my subject for this week’s theme: “Answer.” Dear Aliya, Happy birthday, baby! I remember your birth like it was yesterday. You came squalling into this world, 9 lbs of chub and […]

Homeschool Hacks: History and Geography for Elementary Kids

It’s been awhile since I posted anything schoolish. I generally don’t write unless I feel really strongly about something, and lately I am just so in love with my history resources that I really had to share them.  Oh, and of course you don’t have to be a homeschooler to use these!  They’re great for […]

3 Reasons I Love Lent

  -1- It gives me superpowers. I have a confession to make.  I don’t love Lent.  It’s difficult and sacrificial and hungry and loooooooong.  I guess that makes the title of this post a little confusing.  Here’s the deal: all of those awful things about Lent are actually things I need to experience from time […]

Dirt: Theme Thursday

If you’re a helminthologist or a hematologist, you will enjoy this post.  If you’re squeamish, look away.  Or scroll (very quickly!) to the last paragraph. That there bottle is full of worm dirt.  Or worm compost.  Or worm poop.  Whatever you want to call it.  2 weeks ago we put some orange peels, dry oatmeal, […]