Cooking with kids

Julias Child

My kids love to “help” me cook. Audrey, my 5th grader, can actually help around the kitchen. Last summer, I taught her how to make tacos so there is one meal that she is able to make from start to finish without help. I really need to teach her some more dinners! Georgia, my 2nd [...]

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Sunny San Diego


Last weekend, Rich and I were able to sneak away from our munchkins to get a much-needed few days together. He had a business trip scheduled in San Diego, and we decided it would be a great opportunity to have a little vacation sans kids. The kids had a parent-free extravaganza, with a weekend at [...]

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Tape Measuring Fun

Yesterday I was busy in Sydney and Georgia’s room, rearranging the furniture. Sydney and Joel were enthralled with the tape measure: the way it springs back into place, the interesting numbers, just the fact that I was “playing” with it. So today, when Sydney started whining about having to do her “rest time,” I remembered [...]

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Christmas cookies


Three Flower Girls


My brother-in-law got married this past Saturday, and my girls’ dreams came true when they got to be the flower girls in the wedding. The ceremony was at 2:00, which I was nervous about since Joel’s naptime is usually 12-3. But since he was up so late the night before at the rehearsal dinner, he [...]

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Fun in the leaves

laughing boy

It was hard to get all the leaves out of her hair at bathtime

Joel loves to help

Joel didn't want to get in at first, but then realized the leaf pile was fun

Sissy was cracking this boy up!

A dandelion was peeking through the leaves

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It’s rest time

rest time

It was so easy to have time to myself when Audrey was little. After she gave up napping, around three years old, I instituted a “rest time” policy. Every afternoon while baby Georgia (the best napper EVER) slept, Audrey had to play in her room. This lasted from 1-4 p.m. Every day. Three glorious hours. [...]

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Time to carve the pumpkin!

There are lots of families who carve grand, elaborate pumpkins this time of year. People download stencils and painstakingly scrape away at the pumpkin’s flesh to create cats, monsters, ghosts, or lovely fall trees. Yeah, we stick to the basics. Little guys on the table, big girls on chairs (much to their distress. Audrey really [...]

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Pumpkin Picking

We love going to the pumpkin patch every October. Last year, Joel was just a little guy: But this year, he really enjoyed himself! We started out with a hayride, which everyone loved. Except Rich, who is allergic to hay, and got a hive on his wrist. Which happens every year. But he’s a good [...]

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Wordless Wednesday: Apple Picking

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat!

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