Child Rearing

Lately, though, I’ve been reflecting more than usual on how some of our parenting methods are manifest in our kids’ wants, beliefs, and actions. I’m sure that this train of thought has been brought on by seeing my kids in a school environment with other children that are the products of their own (mostly wonderful, […]


{this moment}

March 7, 2014 · 2 comments

{this moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, moment. ~ Amanda Soule **inspired by Soule Mama’s (and Erin of Floret‘s) Friday reflections


Halloween 2013

November 1, 2013 · 5 comments

Halloween was a success this year even with a few costume setbacks. I picked up Charlotte’s super girl outfit at a thrift store a couple weeks ago. It was probably too small for her, but she was able to squeeze into it and didn’t complain. We thought we had a Harry Potter robe coming our […]


Birthday Boy

October 11, 2013 · 3 comments

This character turned six yesterday. Currently, he loves: all forms of Legos (even the Friends), Harry Potter (and chapter books in general), Macklemore, cuddling with his mama, baked potatoes, kindergarten, berry jam, drawing robots and bugs, hanging out with his little cousin Beatrix, and fart jokes. Currently he hates: ketchup, the fact that I make […]


Charlotte turns 4.

September 2, 2013 · 5 comments

I’m interrupting the flow of food preservation posts to tell you that my baby girl, Charlotte, turned four on Thursday. This ragamuffin child makes me laugh every single day, and she tells the BEST stories. She’s definitely a head-in-the-clouds kind of kid with almost no interest in learning letters or buckling down to study anything […]


I went outside for a few minutes to pick some parsley in the greenhouse yesterday, and when I got back to the house, I discovered that Levi had chopped off a significant portion of Charlotte’s hair. We’ve been experimenting a little lately with leaving by themselves for bits of time. Not hours or anything, but […]


By myself, I could probably make it to the pond and back in maybe 20 minutes if I really hurried, but since Henry left for California, the kids and I have being collecting sap together each morning. With my sap-collecting buddies, the same trip takes at least hour. There are always banana slugs to examine, rock […]


Hunkered Down

December 18, 2012 · 29 comments

Snow is nice because it covers up all the mud and piles of junk and other unsightly things. It sort of smooths out the world, giving the illusion of tidiness. I like that. It snows up here more often than it does in the (Willamette) valley. We’re up around 800 feet elevation, so we get […]


Happy Halloween

October 31, 2012 · 4 comments

Happy Halloween, everybody. I have to admit that I’m kind of a grinch about many aspects of Halloween. Actually, it’s mostly just the candy I have a problem with. As much as I think candy is delicious, I also think it’s evil, and I’ve tried my darndest to keep my kids away from it. They […]


This Guy (turned 5)

October 11, 2012 · 5 comments

Yesterday was Levi’s birthday. If he had had his way, it would have been all Legos, all day. Instead, we let him build a Lego monster truck (from Henry and me) before school, and then sent him off to go to school (which he loves, by the way) to eat cupcakes with his friends. After I […]