Happy Quaranteens!

Due to COVID-19, we’ve now celebrated two quaranteen birthdays. Everything was still locked down when Maggie turned 14 back in April, so she wasn’t able to celebrate with friends at all. We were still determined to get her out of the house, so Clark loaded up the ATV’s and took the kids out to Knik for the first ride of the season. Unfortunately, somewhere along … Continue reading Happy Quaranteens!

Our New Normal for Now

It’s hard to believe we are finishing Week 6 of pandemic restrictions in Anchorage.  The orders to hunker down are working, and today we celebrate that no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alaska!  Next week our city begins the slow process of reopening, and I pray our numbers remain under control. In the past few weeks we have established a family routine that … Continue reading Our New Normal for Now

Fifteen: One Cool Ride

Happy {gasp} 15th Birthday to Sam! Long gone are the days of planning themed parties around my children’s passions.  Last weekend Sam invited a few friends via SnapChat, and I think the theme was “Come hang at my house and we’ll avoid my parents as much as possible.” In all seriousness, Sam and his friends are all great kids.  They even let me torture them … Continue reading Fifteen: One Cool Ride

NYC & DC

Sam participated in the National History Day competition in his 8th grade social studies class last spring.  It’s a contest where students research topics of their choice and create projects based on an annual theme.  This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise,” and project options included documentaries, websites, papers, performances, or displays.  Sam and his friend put together a documentary entitled Geneva Conventions:  The Laws … Continue reading NYC & DC

Dedicated Debaters

I know there’s a little dogsled race going on right now, but our weekend was dominated by debate.  It started Friday night, when Sam’s teammates came over for a cram session before the tournament.  I secretly wondered how much time 13-year-old boys would *actually* spend studying on a weekend, but they were focused: writing speeches, strategizing, researching, and (yes) dreaming. I texted this picture to Clark, … Continue reading Dedicated Debaters

We Have a Teenager in the House!

Sam is so many things:  middle schooler, soccer fanatic, Harry Potter aficionado, and aspiring YouTuber.  And now we add teenager to that list. I refuse to let this freak me out.  I’ve worked with teens long enough to know that they don’t all turn into eye rolling, surly beasts who despise their parents.  I’ve also been a parent long enough to know that sometimes he’s … Continue reading We Have a Teenager in the House!

The Great Debate

“The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world. “ ~Max Born Sam chose debate as one of his elective courses this semester.  Call me crazy, but this might be one of the most useful classes of his educational career.  Pubic speaking.  Active listening.  Persuasive speech writing.  Academic research.  What’s … Continue reading The Great Debate