Three Great Read Aloud Handbooks

Are you looking for some good books to read with your children? Are you getting a little worn out from reading Good Night Moon twelve times a day? Eager to expand their literary horizons as well as yours? It is easy to fall into the same old, same old reading habits with young children. My […]

TGIF: Host Your Own Film Festival

For several years the kids and I hosted a 3-Day, afternoon movie shindig for friends and neighbors. It was a great way to break up the winter blahs as well as socialize with other families. It doesn’t cost much at all to have a good time. Invite your friends and neighbors – I made up […]

6 Guy Friendly Love Stories

Your spouse’s tastes in movies may differ from yours. But, here are a few that you can both enjoy: guy-friendly love stories. My husband snickered last week as we walked past the Chick Flick display at Target. Yes, he humors me, and we often watch girly films on date nights. But, they aren’t what he’d […]

TGIF: Let Daddy Do It

One of my children’s greatest entertainments is time spent with their dad. They have all sorts of traditions and rituals, like FBA Meetings, Monkey Treats and the Choosing Game. Of the two of us, my husband is more adventurous. It’s a good balance for my kids to have calm, stay-at-home-ishness with me and climb-every-mountain-ness with […]

TGIF: Plan a Super Bowl Party

Personally, I’m not all that into football or the SuperBowl. In fact, I am not really sure who’s playing. Once the Chargers lost, I lost interest. But, I know that FishPapa and the boys enjoy watching and rooting for their favorite teams. And that’s a good thing, because it got me cable tv which in […]

TGIF: 7 Great Kid Flicks

There is a wealth of great family-friendly movies out there. Here are seven that have been favorites. source: Disney Pixar We love movies around here. Since the bulk of our parenting years were lived without cable television, or any television for that matter, we’ve come to rely on movies as our go-to form of entertainment. […]

TGIF: Read Alouds for Preschoolers

One of the beauties of having SIX KIDS is that I have always had little ones. Yes, it’s full of challenges, but the preschool years are such a precious time in a child’s life. Currently, I have two preschoolers: a rough and tumble, four year old boy and a nurturing, knows-how-to-change-GI-Joe’s-diaper, two year old girl. […]

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. […]