In Which We Go Camping, Part II

We watched the weather obsessively for almost a week before we left. The predictions vascilated between sunny and hot to a complete wash. In the end, the report of a mix was the most accurate, and we felt quite lucky to wake up Friday morning to see the sun burning off a layer of clouds….

In Which We Camp, Part I

We have returned! And we are exhausted, sunburnt, maybe a little bit cranky, but above all, filled to the brim with peace and joy. As we were leaving our campsite today, my husband and I were discussing our next camping trip and where we thought we’d like to go. While we have a lot of…

And Away We Go!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! It has been tradition these past four years for my husband and I to pack up our children, drive several hours north, nearly to the Canadian border, and join my husband’s father, step-mom, and their grandson for an extra-long weekend of camping. Though I’m currently sitting comfortably in…

The Sweetest Gift

In our town there is group of nomadic boys who peddle on trick bikes, oversized baseball caps shadowing their eyes. They’re a collective of 7 or 8 ten to twelve year olds, mostly scrawny and unkempt, foul-mouthed and loud. I went to school with their brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and in a couple…

Adventures in Foods and Foraging

I don’t work at all on Fridays. It’s wonderful. Three day weekends should be mandatory, in my honest opinion. Even better, today was beautiful. It was warm and green and sunny. I spent much of the morning out in the yard with M. while E. was at school. While he swung on the hammock and…

Review: The Garden Classroom

I have another book for you! If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a shot of it in the last couple of weeks as I’ve been going through it in preparation for the summer, but I wanted to share (yet another) review here. The Garden Classroom by Cathy James is one of those…

How We Plant Things

First, you need some dirt. Lots of it. Then you need to give that dirt some love. And while mum is helping Brother make a hole for the pepper plant, you sneakily take pictures of her. She only kept the one with her feet and the one with the tomato (Or is this the pepper?) in it….

Throw Back Thursday Book Review

Just under a year ago I read How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson. It’s really what initially got me thinking about Mama’s Forest School and what my children really need in life – and what I really need in life. I wrote a review of this truly wonderful book last June on a…

Fresh Air Every Day Keeps the Doctor Away

It was warm and sunny this morning. As I was getting myself and the kids ready for the day I kept looking out the windows, wishing for more time to play outside. It occurred to me as I finished up my breakfast, that the fact we only had fifteen minutes or so before we had…

Book Review:Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens

As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, I love to research things. I recently finished going through a seriously awesome book and I wanted to share it with you. If you follow me on Instagram or you saw my post “What’s More Important“, you’ll have seen me pull a few great…

Disaster Averted…Barely

Today was one of those days. There was a bad mood I couldn’t shake. The kids were cranky, vacillating between overtired and hangry, with seemingly little in between. We grumpily tramped into the woods, my hope being we’d all feel better after digging around in the dirt, climbing around on rocks and fallen trees, and…