Living Books

As we near the start of our school year, I’m thinking of what I’d like to do that’s new.  This year I’ve decided to focus more on ‘living’ books than I have in the past few years.  These are books that tell stories about our world with a lively, conversational story-telling style, in a way […]

Featured Recipe

Bacon, Cucumber, Tomato Sandwich

Summer goodies

We're savoring the tail end of summer, including all the yummy things that come with the season.  There's no better time of year for a good BLT.  At this time of year I'm usually awash in cucumbers, so I love to slice those cucumbers thin and add … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Beach in July

Beach time

Here's a snap from a quick trip we made to the beach this week. Felt weird to be traveling with only two kids, but all our bigger kids were working, and so we took the plunge and went off to play without them.  We missed them all lots, but … [Read More...]

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Unclean! Unclean!

Why, after one bath and TWO showers this morning, do I still feel the urge to scrub myself? Let’s just say that taking a bath with a baby can be risky. Oh, and the baby learned how to say “poop” this morning. Something about two revolted tub-mates screaming it over and over while hastily fleeing […]

Washboard Abs

Was thinking of going for a walk today. Looked out the window– it’s snowing. Scratch that idea. Decided to do a few sit-up as at least a token nod at the idea of fitness. One… Two… (baby is already coming my way to investigate this unusual activity).. Three… Four… (baby is now lying in my […]

Thursday 13- My Hubby

Thirteen Things about MY WONDERFUL HUBBY 1. We met in precalculus class during our senior year of high school.2. Got engaged during our freshman year of college.3. He proposed to me in a parking lot parked near a dumpster. I said yes anyway. (Actually I only noticed the dumpster later.)4. We got married at the […]

My Morning

Joining Chris and Carmen in telling about morning in a busy household with many children. 6:15 am– I awaken to the baby crying next to me. 3 year old is asleep on the other side of me. Both are crammed as close to me as they can get. Hubby left for work an hour ago. […]

Blog Olympics

OK, I am excited! Just got a gold medal in the Blog Olympics – Round 2 Results for, ahem, posting really often. (What’s that? You’re not surprised…?) Well, I was! Being a ‘baby’ in the blogging world, this is probably my only gold at this olympics, but it is fun. Can’t wait to hear what […]

Family Government

After picking up cereal off the floor for the 47 zillionth time, I decided that the presence of baby # 8 required something none of her predecessors had– a baby latch on the cereal cupboard. While working away, trying to get a screw started in ridiculously hard oak of the cabinet door, I decided to […]

Apt Slips

Like many her age, my 3 year old doesn’t pronounce all her words correctly, but her slips often end up being oddly sensible. She brushes her teeth with ‘tooth-taste’. Her favorite is vanilla. Yum. She loves visiting ‘Lick-Donalds’ where one of her favorite activities involves dipping a french fry in ketchup, licking, and repeating, til […]

Vaccines and Autism Part 2

Just wanted to share the link to this blog Adventures in Autism . FYI, California is one of the states where mercury has recently been outlawed in vaccines.

The Bandaid

Bedtime Saturday. All the little kids except the baby were off brushing their teeth, and big kids were milling around in the living room getting hugs from mom and dad. 14 yo son wanted to know if he was taller than 15 yo daughter. Much laughter and stretching was involved in the measuring process. I […]

Vaccines and Autism

This morning I read the post from The tales of Mama D where she shared her concerns over vaccinating her child. For the record, my kids are fully vaccinated, but not without a fair amount of concern, and on a much later schedule than the doc recommended. I just didn’t feel peaceful about giving huge […]