Many of my childhood summers were spent at an old farmhouse in the midwest. In the side yard was a cluster of shade trees where my mom had the wisdom to hang a hammock. I loved retreating to that cool, quiet spot to read a book. Our backyard here in San Diego has very little shade […]
I never really knew my grandfathers. One died when I was very young; the other experienced Alzheimers before I got to know who he really was. My dad worked a lot when I was growing up, so we missed out on many experiences together as well. There can be regrets, but there are so many things […]
I told you last week how we have a plan to have fun this vacation. One of the action items on our To Do list is to go to the movies every week. Now while I love going “to the show,” I don’t love the prices they charge these days. But, thanks to Regal Entertainment […]
Adventure Mom Janna has come up with a brilliant project to help you record your stories for your children. Check out Mommy’s Piggy Tales to see how you can write your life’s story in 15 posts or less. What a great way to pass on your history to your kids! Janna’s got a timeline as […]
You can’t live or travel in California without a trip to Disneyland. Sooner or later, I think a trip to Disneyland, the original Disney theme park, is in order. Yet, the tricky part is finding a way to afford it. Amusement parks are never cheap. And while Disney, in my opinion, is the creme de […]
When I was a child I considered Memorial Day simply a holiday which interfered with my birthday plans. Inevitably, most of my friends would go out of town for the long weekend, and birthday party attendance was sparse. In later years I thought of it as an odd tradition that older friends had of decorating gravesites […]
My kids love to eat. And they love to cook. They also love to make some messes along the way. Recently, I came to terms with that cook-mess-eat reality. Afterall, I’m probably going to make a mess, too. So, I might as well say, “Yes!” and let them help. We can make memories and messes all at the same time. Oh, yes, yes, we can.