2015 in Review

The Panama Canal, three trips by train, heart surgery, and foster care: 2015 in Review

Normally, I have an abundance of words. But this year I feel introspective and private. I haven’t posted as much lately. How did this gushing writer end up in this quiet place? Let’s review. (The links will take you to other stories/posts we’ve shared this year.) Photo from our talented friends at KLT Photography The start of 2015 […]

How to Use THE CURIOUS KID’S SCIENCE BOOK for Your Elementary Science Curriculum

Affiliate links included for your convenience. I was sent a book for the purpose of this review, but I will be buying additional copies on my own. This review is honest; my commendation is sincere. As I think about our schooling choices for next year, I feel underwhelmed by the homeschooling curriculum options I’ve found and overwhelmed by the […]

18 Reasons to Love the Terrible Twos

I’m writing this during nap time of my baby’s third birthday. I tried to get her to promise me that she would stay two forever; sadly, she refused. I know that age two is supposed to be terrible, but I’m going to miss it. And that’s saying something since, for the ten weeks our foster […]

9 Ways to Have an Awesome Neighborhood

Some people might say that our neighborhood is storybook quaint. We have wide sidewalks, old trees, a location that’s within biking distance from everything we need, a simple playground, and a huge group of kids who get together regularly for planned and impromptu play dates, bike rides, and snow shoveling parties. A lot of these things are happy accidents, […]

Train Travel USA! 25 Things you need to know before you take a train trip with kids

Riding the Rails: 25 Tips for Taking a Train Trip with Kids in the USA!

A few months ago, our little family unexpectedly ended up on a train from Spokane, Washington to Chicago, Illinois. Wait. Hit the brakes. Back up. We “unexpectedly” took this trip? How does someone (especially a planner like me) “unexpectedly” end up on a train across the country? I know it’s hard to believe, but this trip was spontaneous, last-minute, random, and completely […]