I am a Halloweenie

Halloween is coming. I will admit to being a little sad that trick or treating doesn’t seem to be getting rained out this year. I am not opposed to Halloween per se. I love helping my kids turn their ideas into wearable costumes. I enjoy wandering around the neighborhood and seeing everyone out and about. I am even willing to help my kids deal with all the candy bars they get that they don’t like Read More …

The Effects of Frankenstorm

We are very fortunate and have little to report regarding the impact of Frankenstorm. We never lost power. The two limbs which came down in our backyard didn’t damage anything. Our basement remained dry. Our kids only missed one day of school. As we view the footage of the rest of the east coast we are continually reminded how lucky we are. We are still learning about the many others more greatly affected by this Read More …

Making Their Own Lunches: Update

My “get the kids to make their own lunches” project has progressed to the next stage. At the start of October they worked together to fill out two weeks worth of lunch menus. I went grocery shopping to make sure we had all of the necessary ingredients in the house. That night we all gathered in the kitchen for a few hours while we prepared the various dishes and packaged them into single-serving sizes to Read More …

The 30 Minute Scramble

That last 30 minutes or so before the kids get off the school bus are often unproductive. I find myself waiting for them to arrive and reluctant to start something new since I know I will soon be interrupted. I am going to try something new. Instead of spending that time checking my email or emptying the dishwasher (something they could take care of once they arrive!) I am going to use that time for Read More …

Learning to Take My Own Advice

I think I give fairly good advice. Not always the best and rarely spectacular, but most often solid and good. Like tonight when I counseled our eighth grade son to go to bed rather than to stay up and finish his homework. It was already after eleven o’clock. It was late. He was tired. It was definitely time for him to go to bed. I appreciate how strong his impulse is to complete his assignments, Read More …