The Pope on Sports


Pope Francis recently shared some beautiful thoughts on sports. Red alludes to this often...the great life lessons that we and our children can learn though sports. "Enter into the game with others and with God; do not be satisfied with a mediocre 'draw,' but instead give the best of yourself, spend your life for what it is really worth and for what will last for ever." Teamwork, discipline, effort, inclusiveness. As someone who grew up an athlete and also helped with Special Olympics, the … [Read more...]

Kids and Coasters

My now 2yo's first ride started out with trepidation, but ended with a smile and many more rides after that...

I remember the day. I remember the feeling of disappointment.My kid was too afraid to go on the merry-go-round. Too frightened to drive the bumper cars. Too overwhelmed to step foot in the little boats that drove in a circle. I was the thrill-seeking mother who rode the Demon Drop at age 5. Was this my kid? How I wish I could beam myself back to that moment, give myself a pat on the back, and remind myself to chill.  Kids need time to grow and develop at their own pace.Fast forward 7 y … [Read more...]

Education Links!

Happy Monday!  Our homeschool year is winding down and we will be finished this Friday.  We take about 2 months off every summer to focus on swim team, theatre, and various summer camps.  We will do limited school work, mostly fun supplemental stuff, with children who are home daily.  In years past we schooled 1/2 days for most of the summer, but as time has passed I have found the summer break to be important for my sanity, and that of my kids!  Of course they do regress in certain areas, but we … [Read more...]



What have we been doing?  This.And this.And this.And I know there are some moms reading this blog who see baseball season as an absolute chore.  Dinner must be served and eaten by 5pm.  Younger siblings must be entertained on the sideline.  You tell them again and again that they cannot eat another snack.   You must remind these younger ones that they used the potty right before they left, and so there is really no need to treck across another field to use a very dirty bathroom and mi … [Read more...]

Mundo Proof

Queen B's Mundo Crew

 Here is proof that we really did get the bike.  My husband rode it home from the store with the three oldest this week.  The verdict? "This bike is so fun, Mom!"  So that I don't go all Polly Anna on you, the bike will admittedly take some getting used to.  It is HEAVY with all the kids on it!   And, the kids feel super secure on the bike, which can give them a false sense of security.  I don't want them climbing in and out of the monkey bars without me, because of the danger of tippin … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Thursday– Reunions Edition

What am I cooking?Green smoothies.  This is not really cooking, but I have gotten in to a smoothie routine that really works for me.  About once a week, I make a blender full of a combination of spinach, a whole lemon and fruit.  That becomes the base and I put it in mason jars in the fridge.  In the morning, I add some sliced frozen apples and a splash of plain Kefir and blend that again.  Portable breakfast (or lunch) that is healthy, delicious and almost instant.  I am finding that this is … [Read more...]

Quick Links Post

Hi Ladies,Two quick links of interest --1)  Being Lonely -- addressing stay at home moms, the internet, and our emotional need for connecting with other adults.  Good stuff.2)  Kids Staying Home Alone, 7 Points to Consider -- some of us have children old enough to leave home alone.  We are just started to enter that phase here, and I thought these were some good things to think about.Enjoy! … [Read more...]

A Summer Ride

I has been over 10 years since I owned a bike.  We are about to make a serious upgrade. I don't enjoy spending time in the car, but that is tricky with four kids to transport.  We are fortunate to have many of our destinations within close proximity in our neighborhood.  Still, little legs can still only walk so far and even if I have the energy to walk, I can only fit so many kids in our double stroller.  Enter the Yuba Mundo bike.  This cargo bike is awesome. I met the … [Read more...]

Thinking Summer


Summer is right around the corner, which means it's time to start planning for summer success. That's right--not just survival, folks, success. We can do this. Let's pretend until it's true...For all of the homeschooling mamas/papas out there, you have my absolute admiration and can start putting up your feet (like that will happen--ha!). But for the rest of us who send our kids to school-- WE. ARE. ON.Here are a few things on my mind as I look ahead to summer:1) SUNSCREEN: I have a … [Read more...]

Seasonal Allergies and Behavior

Good afternoon!  Just a few quick thoughts here on seasonal allergies and behavior in children.  The pollen has been kicking around here, I'm dusting my porch and cars off daily, and the lawn mowers are humming with a fresh grass smell in the air.  I am sneezing, my eyes are itchy, and I am getting some headaches.  Nothing severe, just an annoying part of the spring for me.  My sleep is generally poor during this time of year, and I am more sluggish.  But a poor night of sleep, a runny nose, and … [Read more...]