What Happens When Your Brain’s Full

Not unlike most people, when I love a song, I blast it. My ideal song has a deep, throbbing bass, so when I turn a song up as high as my ears can take, the bass is felt almost more than it’s heard and I feel like I’m physically wrapped in a song. And when…

Magic Moments

Every once in a while I really get something right. Lately, bedtime had become a frustration for me. Not so much because the kids weren’t getting into bed and going to sleep (I’ve always been blessed with relatively “good” sleepers), but because those darn kids seemed to have a mind of their own and wouldn’t just…

The Amish Hour

I couldn’t tell you where this idea originated, only that I saw it as a part of an article about self-care, but we have recently started instituting something called “the Amish hour”. While we fall short of unplugging every item in our house (no candlelight just yet, but perhaps when the days start to get longer…

Whole Family Rhythms: A Review

I’ve reviewed a few different resources on the blog (if you’re curious, there are links to my reviews under the “Natural Resources” heading just above), and they’ve all been linked with forest schools and nature preschools or encouraging children to spend more time in nature. I have one more resource for you today, but it’s…

Bugs and Toads

E. is at theater camp all week, and after we drop her off in the morning, M. and I have the day to ourselves. Yesterday, after running a few errands, lunch, and a nap, we spent the afternoon outside. Obviously I’m biased, but I feel M. is possibly the best absolute kind of little boy….

Things I’m Learning

Despite the fact that we’re already through the first week of July, we’ve really only started our summer (and it’s going to be over far too soon).`However, in our few weeks of freedom I’ve learned (or relearned things I’d forgotten from last summer) a few things that have made this time so full to the…

Self-Care

Though E. doesn’t start her summer vacation until this Wednesday, mine has already started, for the most part (though, coincidentally, I’m writing this from work). For the last week or so, I’ve been home most days, and while I haven’t quite felt the weight of responsibility lift off of my shoulders just yet (we do…

School Skippers

Sometimes it’s one of those days. The kind of day where everyone, especially Mama, wakes up cranky. It was crummy, rainy morning, and as we dragged ourselves about to get ready for the day, it occurred to me that I just wasn’t going to send E. to school this morning. Work has pretty much ground…

Earth Worm, Inch Worm, Book Worm

Reading has always been a big part of our summers. I am a reader, and all through my life nothing has made me happier than a stack of books, a comfortable spot on a porch or under a tree, and hours of the day, unfilled, stretched before me. Of course, now as a mother of…

Summertime Rhythm

I’ve spent the last several days going back through my books, going over my planner, and thumbing through my Whole Family Rhythms Summer Guide. While our whole summer is far from planned out (and I wouldn’t want to do that anyway), I’ve nailed down some solid events and activities. Below is a basic daily schedule,…

In Which We Go Camping, Part IV

Our last full day of camping was a rainy one, the kind where you just know you won’t be seeing the sun and nothing ever quite gets dry. After two absolutely glorious and warm sunny days, though, we were able to except the exceptional dreariness and found ways to entertain ourselves. Our little ones turned…

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…