Summer vacation used to mean a break from school. Long lazy days that stretched out in front of kids with nothing but time to stretch their imaginative muscles. Maybe a camping trip with the family, or late nights on a backyard swing. Along the way, summer goals have shifted a bit. Talk is often… Read More
Summer heat scorched the valley of my youth. As the empty days without school loomed large with possibility, the grass faded from a fresh green to a crunchy yellow. The box fan went into the window, the sun stayed up past my bedtime, and the bugs serenaded me each evening to sleep. It was finally… Read More
I found a little box on the shelf; in it was a stash of miniature art pieces. Popular a few years ago, Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s), allowed people to create quick and easy projects. No skill level required, they could be as complex or silly as the creator imagined.
Remember how popular skating rinks used to be? A few years ago I went roller skating with my kids. I won’t lie, I was about as stable as a newborn baby giraffe. Those little stoppers on the front? As much as I skated during childhood, I never did master those. It should have been… Read More
This year we wanted to try and shake up our traditions a bit. In the past, we’ve often made gingerbread houses. This year? We decided to skip the gingerbread. It was off limits.
Buying for teens presents a challenge for those who love them. They are too old for toys and not quite adults. I went to my reliable sources ( my own teens ) and asked them what they and their friends would appreciate.
My Grandma used to read me stories until I was a big teen girl from this book. Always the same stories. Always the same way. My requests never varied. Little Orphant Annie and The Old Woman and Her Pig. Sometimes Brer Rabbit. Grandma would start… Read More
A night of memory making. Of tender reflection. Of laughter and remembrance. Almost two decades ago we carried this tradition into our new family with our first baby. Our little spaghetti-faced, rompered baby helping Daddy with the lights. 18 years later, that 1 year old still helps Daddy with the lights. … Read More
Are the kids getting antsy and you need new ideas—fast? When we lived in the desert, the kids often had to stay inside all day, to avoid burning their skin on park equipment and seat belts. Until the sun started to set, necessity often forced us to entertain them indoors. Here are a few kid… Read More