Child Rearing

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 […]


First Days of (pre)School

September 12, 2012 · 8 comments

Our kids both started preschool this week. This is uncharted territory for our family in so many ways. First time we’ve been put on a Monday-Friday schedule. (Levi goes MWF, and Charlotte goes T,TH.) First time we’ve left our kids for an extended period in the care of non-family members. First time our kids are […]


a day at home

May 19, 2012 · 5 comments

                          I feel like I’m kind of working all the time these days, which is actually not too bad because I’m generally really happy with everything I’m doing. Yesterday, I had planned to go into Gathering Together Farm really early and then spend […]


                          In general, Levi (4 years old) and Charlotte (2 years old) get along fabulously well. They play together a lot, and they never complain about sharing a bed (one of the better parenting decisions we’ve made). Charlotte puts up with all of […]


My Twitter/Instagram feed is full of folks bragging about unseasonably warm weather and photos of blooming cherry trees on this second day of spring. It’s nice to know that spring has sprung in other parts of the country. We have snow. A LOT of snow. When people ask me if it snows in Western Oregon, […]


Going to the Logging Show

February 23, 2012 · 10 comments

                          I snapped these photos this morning just before the kids loaded up in truck and headed off to the Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene. I will admit that the outfits were somewhat planned, but the kids were SO excited that they looked […]


5 pairs of undies

January 23, 2012 · 5 comments

I just wanted to share a photo from this morning. It pretty much sums up how awesome my kids are. (They came up with the idea and dressed themselves.)