Another’s Perspective

We met some friends at the Japanese Garden today. We got there earlier than they, and took that time to explore on our own. I used to come here regularly before kids, and only once or twice when Chloe was little ....more


I can say already that this is going to be a weird post. I know I’ve been neglecting this blog and I wish I could get back into making it a part of my week again, but I’m just not sure how to do it. Its gone through several iterations – randomness when I first started in 2006, a mommy blog after I had Chloe in 2008, a craft blog, and now I’m going to make it a personal journal? ...more

Home Project Dreaming

In our imaginary dream home, David would have a 2-car garage, I would have my own office and the kids would have a separate playroom. Our reality, however, is 3 small bedrooms and one small office in about 1500 square feet, and no garage. I’m not complaining ....more

Personalized pet tags work as identification on children, too.

With lots of holiday traveling coming up for many families, I thought I’d repost something I shared on a facebook group. I never really had to worry about this with my daughter (of course, there was only one child to watch back then), but my son will inexplicably decide to bolt away while we’re out shopping or running errands. This little piece of identification could make all the difference ....more

Chloe’s 5th (Painting & Art) Birthday Party!

Chloe’s 5th birthday party was a success! We hosted 16 kids plus their parents, and even now I find it remarkable that everyone seemed to fit in our home without seeming crazy crowded. Chloe loved having all her friends over and the 5 “art stations” seemed to entertain and engage the kids, despite a span of ages ....more

Party Planning

My little girl is turning 5 in less than a week! The older she gets the more she has her own opinions of what she wants to do to celebrate. A while back she mentioned a rainbow party ....more

A conversation with Chloe about little girls and underwear

Chloe: I have to put on pants. (After being sent inside by her dad). Me: Yes, I can see that ....more

8 Inexpensive Alternatives to Halloween Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

Every year at about this time I start keeping my eye out for Halloween candy alternatives for our neighborhood trick-or-treaters. I’m not opposed to candy, but since most kids are going to end up with more than enough, I figure I could just as well spend that money on something unique. In the past that’s meant things like mini play doh (Costco), party bubbles (Target), and last year’s pack of miniature crayons (Michaels) ....more

Kid Project: 5-Minute DIY Fallen Leaf Wreath

We are having picture perfect fall weather here in Oregon right now. Knowing it will disappear all too soon, I’ve been encouraging the kids to play outside as much as possible. Today, after naps, we wandered the backyard admiring all the fallen leaves ....more

At the Gas Station

Chloe: Mama, is that man (the gas station attendant right outside the open windows) going to have a baby?! Me: Embarrassed silence. Chloe: He’s really big! ...more