How to Be A Water Fight Professional

I’ve been meaning to post this all summer. We still have a few days before fall!

Two things: Our favorite middle-grade series: Fun4Hire. It’s hilarious (and meaningful) for the whole family (and the first book, Water Fight Professional is free for kindle, Nook, and iBooks! No affiliate link.) The second book is about the . . . → Read More: How to Be A Water Fight Professional

Family Narrative Experiment

Recently I read an article on how children who know their family tree and the history and stories behind it, are more confident. Looking for some more information, I found this NY Times article and decided to conduct my own little experiment.

So, that night, I took aside the youngest and started the conversation by . . . → Read More: Family Narrative Experiment

Deep Thoughts


The eldest daughter walked into the living room, bleary-eyed from staying up too late the night before. “I woke up with a realization,” she said. “You know how the average person is supposed to sleep 8 hours a day?”


“That means you’ve slept at least a-third of your life away.”

Before I . . . → Read More: Deep Thoughts

DIY Blackout Curtains

This fall, I let the kiddos pick out their fabric for curtains. The flames above are my son’s. The problem? In the Northwest, summer sunlight blazes through the darkest of curtains approximately 20 hours a day. I’m only slightly exaggerating.

I blame myself for reading all those Sandra Boynton books to my kids when they . . . → Read More: DIY Blackout Curtains