Father’s Day Weekend: Photo wrap up.

This weekend we celebrated Fathers Day with our favorite handsome engineer. We started the weekend with an assortment of handmade cards and pictures from the kids like this portrait of Dan drawn by MM and a few goodies from ThinkGeek.com. Saturday we all went to Devils Lake State Park with some friends. We had a picnic lunch, played at the beach and Dan and his … Continue reading Father’s Day Weekend: Photo wrap up.

5 minute fixes: For toy clutter, kids artwork & more!

Confession: Organizing my kids toys is a soul sucking task that I ignore as long as possible. Do I like the disaster that they live in most days? Nope, it drives me slowly insane. But sometimes it seems like any solution I attempt to give them to better organize their things is only going to last for a few days at best before they break … Continue reading 5 minute fixes: For toy clutter, kids artwork & more!

Puppy Alter Egos: My kids imagine our canine selves.

One of this week’s writing prompts at Mama Kat’s writer’s workshop was: 5.) If your family were dogs, what breed would each of them be? I was immediately intrigued by this idea and started thinking about what breeds my kids and husband would be and how I would describe them. And then an even better idea came to me. I decided to ask the kids … Continue reading Puppy Alter Egos: My kids imagine our canine selves.

Waxing philosophical about disposable place mats.

These two pictures? Perfectly explain the differences between my two kids. Really, they just say everything. My son, eight years old, is a sweet, thoughtful, intelligent practical kid. He wants to know how things work and likes piecing together the different elements to a puzzle or problem. He is a rule follower and genuinely enjoys making people happy and strives to do the right thing. He … Continue reading Waxing philosophical about disposable place mats.

Family Portrait by MM, age 7.

Alternate title: A study on perspective. The kids spent several hours the other day working on this epic, heavily detailed family portrait. From what I know of each kids’ drawing skills I believe this is mostly the handiwork of MM, age nearly 8, though I think BB had a lot of power over color choice judging by her meticulous outfit and my very very red … Continue reading Family Portrait by MM, age 7.

Love birds: A quick paper craft idea!

I’ve got a quick and easy craft for you – perfect if you are stuck inside with the little ones and on the brink of going crazy waiting for dinner time to roll around. Make and Takes just posted a terrific tutorial for making love birds garland – all you need is some paper, scissors and crayons! I cut a couple of sheets of basic printer … Continue reading Love birds: A quick paper craft idea!

A glimpse into the artwork of BB, age 4

mommy and BB drawn by BB, age 4 I’ve been really impressed lately with BB’s drawing skills. Since starting 4K, her pictures have begun to look more and more like real, deliberate drawings and less like a frantic desire to put as much color on the paper as possible. a self portrait by BB, age 4 She’s started to develop preference and distinction in her … Continue reading A glimpse into the artwork of BB, age 4

Dear Santa,

There have been a LOT of letters written / drawn for Santa this year. MM has latched onto the idea of written correspondence with the magical mascots of the holidays and run wild with the idea. The result? Adorable. Behold, the 2013 letters to Santa. This year for Christmas MM would like Doctor Who outfits (perfect for traveling through space and time in the living … Continue reading Dear Santa,