When our big kids recently asked if they could expand our suburban zoo by a pair of pet bunnies, we asked THEM how they would earn the money to make that happen… We choose not to pay our kids a traditional allowance, their household chores considered just part of being a family. If they want to earn money, they must Read More →

Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for the fun idea… Materials: A carton of [cheap, non-organic, NOT farm fresh] eggs. Instructions: Hard boil some, and leave some raw (we hard-boiled eight of twelve), then allow your kids to discover which are which by cracking them over their heads– ala Ramona Quimby. We conducted our experiment: 1) outdoors, 2) before showers, and 3) in Read More →

Once again, we are continuing our home schooling through the summer months. For now, year-round school is a good fit for our family– since we are mostly home, anyway, and actually enjoy it. The kids complete an abbreviated workload and I seek out additional, creative ways to daily stretch and challenge their minds… … like regular trips to our Read More →

Most often, being Mommy is incredibly fun… The most fun ever. Watching your kids master a skill like tying their shoes, learning to read, blow a bubble with gum, or ride a bike; throwing them a super fun birthday party, saying yes to popsicles for breakfast, surprising them with a trip to Disney… these moments are the best moments, the mountaintop moments. The highlight Read More →

Welp, the inevitable has happened. I knew this day was coming, but didn’t expect it so soon… Yesterday Firstborn had two math problems that I couldn’t help her with. Even with the teacher’s answer key. We had to save it for Daddy. I suppose that’s to be expected when one breeds with a genius. Fortunately, my ego is Read More →

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s not quite 8am and I’m tranquilly sipping my hot coffee, in a sunbeam, in solitude, as Handsome Husband and kiddos craft me a special breakfast. Picture perfect, right? What I failed to mention is that I’ve been up since 6:30, already unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, washed and folded laundry, stripped sheets off beds, and cleaned up a potty-training disaster. Read More →

May might very well be my favorite time of year in Montana. And as I especially love holidays, we naturally marked the 5th, on our calendar, as an excuse to get festive… Cinco de Mayo was never particularly marked during my childhood, likely due to the fact that it’s also my baby brother’s birthday. Born when I was a teen, Read More →