3 Classic Board Games to Love

Now that most of our kids are old enough not to eat the pieces, we’ve entered the world of board games. They love to play, though we don’t do it as often as they would like. I prefer to play it once the girls are in bed, and by that time, I’m beat! But, when […]

Do You Schedule or Plan Family Nights?

I remember long ago, back before I had children or when my oldest was just a toddler, listening to parenting programs that talked about Family Nights. Movies, games, read alouds, crafts — all were described in such intentional detail. Some families even had a set night every week when they spent time together as a […]

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Grandparents’ Day

While Grandparents’ Day hasn’t entered the cultural lexicon in the same way as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have, it is still a fun day to observe and help your kids show their love and affection for the grandparents. It’s quickly approaching — next Sunday is the day. Here are some quick, last minute ideas: […]

TGIF: Make Pizza Yourself

One of our family’s favorite weekend activities is Pizza Night. We often pick up a couple of pies from Costco’s food court; but usually, making our own at home is the standard mode of operation. For years I struggled to make a pizza that was even halfway decent. Ewww, some have been really awful. But, […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

When I was growing up, I could count on at least one teacher asking us to write about what we did during our summer vacation. And since I’m a sucker for nostalgia, I thought I’d review the last three months and share some of the highlights of the FishFam summer with you. You will remember […]

Santa Barbara – This Mom’s Travel Tales

FishPapa grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. I went to college there. We met and married there. First baby? Yep, he was born there, too. Pop over to Mom’s Travel Tales and read all about this wonderful, beautiful city on the California Riviera.

Learning is Everywhere: The San Diego Zoo & A Panda Adventure

One of the significant things about our family is that everyone loves to learn. Now, they don’t always love to do their math assignments, but they do love to learn new information and share ideas. Even us adults. This past month FishPapa has been reading some books on Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Celts. And he […]

Making Christmas Memories to Last a Lifetime

Christmas was always a fun holiday for me and my siblings when we were growing up. It was one of my mom’s favorite occasions and her enthusiasm was definitely infectious. She made memories for us that have lasted a lifetime. Special Meals Since we lived in Southern California and all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and […]