My Mom really is a hero. One night she kept our beautiful wooden house from burning down after our overzealous fireplace fire set the roof ablaze. I was in seventh or eighth grade, and doing my homework in the toasty living room fire pit area one chilly winter evening. Mom was there next to me, … Continue reading Mom Saved Our Burning House
It's a common question students ask, isn't it? There was an enlightening thread this week on the Ambleside Online Facebook group about how to answer this age old question. It got me pondering how I might answer my own kids when they ask. Here are my thoughts on why we need to learn "all this … Continue reading Why Do We Need to Learn All This Stuff?
I fell hard off the wagon of writing children's books during the disruption, emotion and confusion of Covid shutdowns this summer. I really hadn't yet regained my footing from when my Mom died last October. I usually like to write sweet or fun rollicking rhymes... and it has been a struggle to get back on … Continue reading Four New Book Babies Are Born!
This ceramic sugar jar was the one item in Mom's home I knew I'd want to keep when she passed away. October 14 last year, exactly one year ago, my mom died. It's been a tough year for sure. But do you know what makes everything better? A warm cup of hot tea with milk … Continue reading Tea with Mom
I am, I can, I ought, I will... Children are born persons... Education is a feast of ideas rather than the filling of a bucket... Nineteenth Century British educator Charlotte Mason had many wonderful, family-centered, empowering ideas about the human spirit and education. I'm inspired by her work. My favorite homeschool curriculum is a mostly-free, … Continue reading ‘Charlotte Mason Says’
The skies have been clear here these last few nights. Mars has been redder and brighter than I've ever seen it! I have fond memories of lying on patio loungers, the driveway, or the bed of our truck with the kids and scanning the sky for meteors, satellites, comets, the Milky Way, planets and constellations, … Continue reading ‘A Midnight Clear,’ Sung by McKenna and Me
Does your family love pets, especially cats and dogs? Do you have a home, yard and schedule that are well suited to inviting furry friends over for extended visits? Or maybe you're able to care for pets in the client's home? If so, you might be a perfect fit for a home-based pet sitting business … Continue reading We love dog sitting for Rover!
Every time my extended family gets together, there’s one card game we all love to play: Zigzahoggen. It’s pretty unusual to find a game that suits everyone. Most of my family likes to play Settlers of Catan... but not me; too long and strategic. Almost all of us love Wacky Six... but not the youngest; … Continue reading Favorite Family Games: Zigzahoggen
This summer the kids and I discovered a refreshing, awesomely fun swimming spot on the Verde River that is only 15 minutes from our weekly horse riding program in north Scottsdale. This spot at Needle Rock recreation area always has a rope swing someone has rigged over the weekend when we arrive later in the … Continue reading Enjoying our summer swimming hole on the Verde River
My daughter just got a little sun conure for her 16th birthday. She's seriously the most adorable bird! I love snuggling her and rubbing her cute little round tummy. My favorite is when she leans back against your chest so you can reach her tummy better. The twins have already taught her a few fun … Continue reading Cutest Bird Ever… Prove Me Wrong