Just Before Spring

I spent all of February saying that it is quite possibly the hardest month to get through, but March is proving me wrong. We had a pretty wild winter storm this past Tuesday. It landed the littles and I at my parents’ house. My husband had to work and planned to stay with a coworker…

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…

In Which We Go Camping, Part III

Saturday was hot. It got up to 80 degrees with air thick and damp. I know to many who come from warmer climes this seems like nothing, but 80 degrees in northern Maine at the end of May makes you feel like you just stepped into the Amazon. Nothing is ever quite dry and even…

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…

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…

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 pepperĀ plant, you sneakily take pictures of her. She only kept the one with her feet and the one with the tomato (Or is thisĀ the pepper?) in it….

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…

The Last Day

Most of today was spent getting ready for a new week, one that sends us back into our usual routine. While I was mostly caught up in doing work for grad school and getting things squared away for work, I spent a little time thinking about how much this week has meant to me. Our…