TGIF: Pattern Blocks


A few months back Gramma Ruthie gave us a big box of wooden pattern blocks. We were familiar with them as we have a small, plastic set for our school. I put them aside, not sure if we would need them. However, upon move in, the kids flocked to this box and immediately started playing. […]

Kids in the Kitchen, Joy or No Joy?


My mother-in-law was a big fan of including the kids in kitchen activities. She was always braver than most when it came to giving them jobs. And she always had a great attitude about it. So, as I think of ways to honor her, I’m particularly pleased to have today’s guest post, written by Jenna […]

TGIF: Our Family’s Fun This Week


Overall, it’s been nice to enjoy 60 degree weather. I feel as though I am in a time warp. I know that KC, my town just two short months ago, is experiencing chilly weather these days. It’s surreal to set up the Christmas tree in sunshine and bare feet. Man, I need a pedicure! Usually […]

Book It! The Dangerous Book for Boys


Last winter our boys received this wonderful book as a Christmas gift. It is full of stories and projects, and well, dangerous things for boys to do. Timers and tripwires to construct, knots to tie, potato cannons to build, you name it, the directions are there. This book is the all-around BOY handbook. And since […]

Wii Did It


The FishBoys have been interested in video games for a few years. First they pooled their funds to purchase a Nintendo 64 off Ebay. Awhile later some friends gave us a GameCube they no longer wanted. Using an older, used gaming system is a great way to innaugurate your family into the World of Super […]

Kids Can Cook!


Looking for some kids-can-cook recipes for Thanksgiving? Check out my article about Turkey Day Treats at Charlotte Parent. If you like what you see, consider purchasing my e-book, FishMama’s Guide to Cooking with Children. Details are here.

TGIF: Le Gouter

Close-up of Chocolate --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

My sister and her girls are here for the weekend. We just got home from a fun “park day” afternoon with our local homeschool support group. So nice to come home to a cool house. It was 92 degrees here! Now as the boys fire up their video games, Janel and I are enjoying le […]

Poke Ball: A Cake You Could Make


One of the beauties of having SIX KIDS is that birthday celebrations are frequent at our house. And I love a birthday party. Okay, not the kind of “party” that includes masses of sugar-hyped kids running around like monkeys. Thankfully, we don’t know enough people in our new town to have had that kind of […]