Each year, my kids start talking about Halloween in July. I, on the other hand, refuse to entertain discussion of All Hallow’s Eve until the first of October.
In one of my recent CSA shares, I got a very lovely squash. For the short term, I had put it on the table in the front hall, next to a small pumpkin. I needed time to figure out how I was going to serve it and have the kids actually eat it.Read More
Things at school seem to have been going along pretty smoothly for Bubba*.
He’s more willing to be helpful, he follows the class routine more now than he used to. He’s not always doing something different from the rest of the class, which was the case last year (though it was by all accounts a great year for my Bub.)
And, he’s learning to maintain better impulse control when he is faced with school work that he thinks is foolish.
Most of the time.Read More
College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind by Nancy Berk, PhD, is the perfect handbook for realistic parents who want to keep the whole college selection process in perspective. Yes, it’s an incredibly important time for your child, and it also marks an important passage in your own life as a parent, but the stress of this stuff? Humor is just the ticket.Read More
We made gingerbread houses this past weekend.
Though I did have to spend quite a bit of time prepping, (something I could not have done when Bubba and Daisy were younger) it was worth it. Not just because they all came out so nicely, but because we all had a lot of fun doing the decorating.
|Originally, this was supposed to be a train. The guys decided it was a tractor and decorated it accordingly.|
|The house that Maggie built|
|Here is the runaway cow. He’s nibbling on a peppermint tractor wheel. Mostly because he can’t stand up on his own.|
|The is the farmhouse Daisy built–I think the cow ran away when the one eyed alien landed on the roof. Note the gingerbread man who seems to have fainted|
|I don’t think these two even realize that there’s an alien, nor that the cow ran away. Clearly they aren’t yet aware that the third gingerbread man has been abducted. I mean, look at those smiles.|