Easy high-energy games at home!

Hyped-up kids on a rainy day or dark evening? Here's a few super-easy activities to get out lots of energy and have fun--which require NO EQUIPMENT. I started offering "physical challenges" for my boys when this happens. Sometimes I offer the choice of outdoor play or physical challenges. One boy actually really likes the physical... Continue Reading →

Family Movie Night

Nerd Alert! I made a giant list of family/kid movies, sorted by date released: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vR0ZqqG-sUXp8LFq_KarsRIIUeFj7odV7BIe9VSycdCG8vrn99aO9FoEG1RfUnuEijyehf7WgyDmOVS/pubhtml Our family started movie nights a couple years ago, but it was sporadic. Last year, we started doing it every Saturday night pretty regularly. Mr. A also makes homemade pizza and popcorn. Like all media decisions, we had a hard... Continue Reading →

Seven!

The boys turned SEVEN years old recently! Seven really seems like the official end of little kid and beginning of just kid years. Six was a good year. They finished kindergarten and did great. Their academic skills improved a lot, they made a lot of friends, they had a lot of fun. They were definitely... Continue Reading →

We are Homeowners!

This week we signed the papers and got the keys! It's official--we own a house! For the past seven years, we've been in a three-bedroom, three-bath rental house in a beautiful neighborhood of Portland. It's got a small yard, an attached two-car garage and an unfinished basement (with one finished Secret Room that is now... Continue Reading →

The New Chapter Is About to Begin!

Tuesday we put in our move-out notice at our rented house. The closing date for our new, first home is set for next week. I booked movers for Weds Oct 30. Oh my goodness, this is really happening! I have so many conflicting and simultaneous feelings. There are two "biggest" ones. The first is a... Continue Reading →

On Kindergarten

The boys completed kindergarten! I couldn't believe we were sending our little (they are so little once again at this age!) innocent souls out into the world. Were they ready? Were we ready? What would happen to them?! They were totally ready. Of course. And they had a wonderful year! They grew into their own... Continue Reading →

Best Toys for Five Year Olds

      I should have done a better job keeping track during 2018, because I always like thinking about ideas to share for gift ideas. Overall though I think this is a pretty good list! By far, the most "played with" thing in our house is plain old copy paper! Our boys love drawing, coloring, writing notes,... Continue Reading →

Six Years Old!!

These boys are now SIX! Here's what they've been up to as five year olds. Lots of big milestones this year.   First huge milestone--they both learned to read! M began first, in the spring--just all of a sudden; and E was a little bit later. Obviously the next biggest thing is that E and M... Continue Reading →

First Broken Bone!

At the end of September, M broke his arm. It happened during after-school. He fell off the monkey bars (which is sad because he LOVES monkey bars) and I guess he landed on his right arm. I was not there when it happened; I was finishing up teaching my photo class when I got the... Continue Reading →

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