Part 2: Or Not To Bee

Our son is obsessed with geography.  Looking back, I think it started with a road trip between Nebraska and Missouri the summer before he entered kindergarten.  He was contained in a car seat for seven straight hours, but thanks to a few road maps and a U.S. atlas he was as happy as tourist with a shiny new Canon.  He spent the entire drive quizzing … Continue reading Part 2: Or Not To Bee

Part 1: To Bee

Spelling bees are shockingly intense events.  I’ve been organizing them at my school for the past few years, and my heart simultaneously breaks for the kids who are eliminated and pounds with anticipation for those who volley through the final, tongue-twisting rounds. I serve as the pronouncer for our school bees, but I can still see the parents in the audience, nervously clenching their hands … Continue reading Part 1: To Bee

Whoops!

I adore Maggie’s teachers.  They are a team of professionals with high expectations of not only themselves, but also the students and families in their classrooms.  They have strong opinions about public education and literacy, some of them unconventional but all of them in alignment with my beliefs.  Thanks to them, many inquisitive little minds absolutely love coming to school each and every day.  Oh, … Continue reading Whoops!

Living Libraries

I finally got the kids their own “real” library cards this weekend.  Up until now they’ve had pretend cards they received years ago during a preschool story time, and all the books we borrowed actually went on my account.  That worked when they were toddlers and we only wanted print books, but times have changed.  Both for our family and for libraries! In this digital … Continue reading Living Libraries

Bunnies and Pachyderms

On Sunday Clark decided to take the kids hunting. A light dusting of snow had fallen the day before, so apparently the conditions were ripe for tracking without trudging. Clark has been dreaming about this day since the kids were conceived (probably longer) just as much as I’ve been dreading it. Don’t get me wrong:  I’m grateful Sam and Maggie have a dad whose greatest … Continue reading Bunnies and Pachyderms

Kids Can Have Book Clubs Too…

Shhhhh.  This is all sort of top secret, so as a mother I really shouldn’t be sharing all these details.  But apparently our children have formed their very own book club.  The members are Sam and Maggie, along with two of their oldest family friends.  These four brilliant children have picked a name, designed a logo, and even invented a secret handshake for their new … Continue reading Kids Can Have Book Clubs Too…

Bowling Themed Birthday Party

My way of making the kids’ birthdays special is to take something they love and turn it into a full-blown party.  We toned it waaaaay back this year, with only a handful of guests.  (See… I actually learned something from Maggie’s giant Bird Party back in April!)  For Sam’s celebration, we simply took a few kids bowling, and then came back to our house for … Continue reading Bowling Themed Birthday Party

One Fine Day

If I recall correctly, I typed my last post with dirty fingernails and weary muscles.  Well, tonight I type with nearly severed tendons.  I think that is worse? It all started this morning when I decided to make the kids blueberry muffins (just from a box, so don’t go all Supermom on me).  I reached into the fridge for the eggs, and somehow flipped a … Continue reading One Fine Day